Beyond the Mountains and Hills

Nominated for six Israeli Academy awards, including Best Picture, this film by writer-director Eran Kolirin (The Band’s Visit) weaves several narratives into a moving portrait of a family and a society at a crossroads. Facing a difficult transition after 27 years of military service, Lieutenant-Colonel David Greenbaum takes a dispiriting job as a salesman, while the rest of his increasingly alienated family struggle with their own issues. His wife, a high school teacher, begins an affair; his activist teenage daughter forms a troubling bond with Arab neighbors; and his son observes the simmering tensions from afar. As David’s household unravels, blind frustration leads to an impulsive act, triggering a cascade of events that corrupt everyone’s innocence. “Like an Israeli American Beauty… a poignant and political family drama.”—The Hollywood Reporter.

Genres: Drama