“Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed.”
The Marble Faun, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A consumer of art is also a creator who contributes added value to the discussion of art. However, sometimes the viewer likes a film but cannot explain why. The film just stayed with him or her. Intuitively, it provides that person with an understanding of their problems, offers consolation or a new, eye opening understanding of reality that gives strength and a desire for life. In each film, we find a collection of symbols and meanings, and what captures our interest is the voyage of deciphering them; exploring that elusive place in art in general, and in cinema in particular.
We asked several prominent Israeli filmmakers and television creators to choose a short film that effected and stayed with them. Following their selections, we invite you to a surprising and diverse evening in which we’ll screen these short films and meet the filmmakers who will present them and try to examine what exactly it was in these shorts that touched them. This is an opportunity to listen, to see and share their excitement as they try to decipher the moment when a short film was a significant Island in the Stream.