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John Turturro and Shlomi Elkabetz Join New Plaza Cinema For Talkback Following “Black Notebooks: Ronit”
Actor/Director John Turturro and Actor/Director Shlomi Elkabetz (HBO’s Our Boys) will be guests of New Plaza Cinema for a Talkback following the screening of Elkabetz’ BLACK NOTEBOOKS: RONIT on Friday, November 11th at 7:45 pm.
Turturro and Elkabetz are close friends, eager to bring attention to this documentary about Shlomi’s late sister, Ronit Elkabetz, who was a beloved and critically acclaimed star of Israeli cinema (Late Marriage, The Band’s Visit, Gett). The film was the winner of the Ophir Award (“The Israeli Oscar”) for Best Documentary in 2022.
Based on family archives and excerpts from the trilogy created by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz – BLACK NOTEBOOKS: RONIT invites us into the intimacy of a Jewish-Arab family, a family of uprooted exiles, in an imaginary story where a brother and sister revisit the past and the present to defy an implacable future.
Ronit Elkabetz’s versatility, beauty and magnetism prompted the New York Times, in 2008, to dub her “Israel’s Meryl Streep,” while other international critics compared her to an Almodovar heroine. She co-directed three films, including Gett, with her brother. In BLACK NOTEBOOKS: RONIT, his love letter to his sister and to cinema, Shlomi chronicles the making of Gett, as the siblings are faced with Ronit’s illness. Determined for Ronit to stay alive, they embark on a journey, traveling the world with their film and attempting to change destiny. Ronit Elkabetz died in 2016 at the age of 51.
You can view the trailer here:
New Plaza Cinema is located at The Macaulay Honors College, 35 West 67th Street. Tickets can be purchased at www.newplazacinema.org or at the door.