Thirty-three films representing some of the most recent offerings from Israeli cinema will screen in Los Angeles at the 19th Israeli Film Festival, including Erez Laufer's documentary Mike Brant: Laisse Moi T'Aimer, a profile of the celebrated Paris-based pop singer that receives its world premiere at Cannes.
The event, which runs from May 28-Jun 8, will open with Keren Margalit's romantic drama All I've Got, about a woman who marries after her first love is killed in a car crash and faces an agonising choice at the end of her life.
Margalit's film comes under the Reflections of Women sidebar that features a collection of work by leading Israeli female directors. Others titles here include Shiri Tsur's coming of age story Tail Of A Kite and Dina Zvi-Riklis' intense love fantasy The Postwoman, which won the best drama award at The 2002 Jerusalem International Film Festival.
The festival will also showcase work from Israeli film schools and feature panel discussions about Israeli film-making and current affairs.
Ori Inbar's football drama Provence United, which won best film at the 2002 Haifa International Film Festival, will close the festival.
Other screenings include Ilan Heitner's romantic comedy Wisdom Of The Pretzel, about love and regret, Doron Eran's erotic thriller God's Sandbox and Igal Bursztyn's The Glow, a mystery with philosophical undertones.
A sparse documentary strand features just three titles: Mike Brant: Laisse Moi T'Aimer, Gil Kami's Dugit Over Troubled Water, about the pressures on a friendship between Israeli and Palestinian neighbours in North Gaza, and Chanoch Zeevi's On the Front Line, which focuses on a pre-army preparatory course.
'We really have something for everyone - drama, comedy, family films, documentaries,' festival founder and director Meir Fenigstein said in a statement.
'It's exciting to know that we'll be offering our audience the opportunity to engage films, film-makers and film genres that they may never otherwise have had the opportunity to experience.'
The opening night film will screen at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, while all other screening will take place at Laemmle's Fairfax Theatre in Hollywood and Laemmle's Town Centre 5 in Encino.
The Israel Film Festival has just finished playing in Chicago and also has scheduled stops in New York (Jun 19 - Jul 3) and Miami (Nov 13 - 20).