SALLAH SHABATI

Dir. Ephraim Kishon (110min, Israel, 1964)
Hebrew with English Subtitles
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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sallah Shabati – one of the most outrageous, beloved, and enduring artifacts of Israeli cinema – with a presentation of a newly restored print. This sharp, hilarious satire centers on new immigrants Sallah and his Yemenite Jewish family, flown to Israel during “Operation Magic Carpet,” and immediately shuttled to a government settlement camp. Unlike his hard-working neighbors, Sallah (Chaim Topol in his breakout role) is shiftless and lazy.

Against all odds, he becomes a hero when, while wheeling and dealing, he uncovers misappropriations and corner-cutting in Israel’s housing industry. This hilarious portrayal of immigrants in Israel was the first Israeli film to be nominated for an Oscar and the first to win the Golden Globe.

Sunday, February 22, 2:30 pm
Goethe Institut
814 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC

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ephraim-kishonEphraim Kishon was an Israeli author, dramatist, screenwriter, and Oscar-nominated film director. He was one of the most widely read contemporary satirists in the world.  He was a prolific writer and director, best known for Sallah Shabati, The Fox in the Chicken Coop and The Policeman.
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“A good-natured 1965 Israeli comedy about an Asian immigrant’s attempts to adjust to the local way of life, which happens to include work. As in Fiddler on the Roof, Topol plays a man much older than himself, and does it well.” -Time Out