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Join CRS and the Israel Film Center of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan for a conversation with acclaimed Israeli actor Hani Furstenberg (Campfire, Asylum City, and The Golem) and Israel’s legendary Alon Aboutboul (Beaufort, Ricochet, and The Dark Knight Rises).
Ms. Furstenberg and Mr. Aboutboul will take us behind the scenes as we spotlight the dramatic evolution and expansion of Israeli film and television in a conversation with Isaac Zablocki, senior director of the Carole Zabar Center for Film at the JCC Manhattan. On the eve of Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day), we will celebrate 75 years of Israeli culture and creativity, and the way they now touch audiences worldwide with impact and inspiration.
About Our Speakers
Alon Aboutboul recently completed 5 successful seasons of John Singelton’s hit series SNOWFALL for FX, where he portrayed the fan favorite Avi Drexler.
Aboutboul has been appearing in films in his native Israel since the early 1980s. In 1989 he won the Israeli Film Academy’s Best Actor Award for his performance in Uri Barbash’s Ehad Mishelanu. He has since been nominated for Best Supporting Actor three times, again winning the award in 2003 for his performance in Savi Gabizon’s Nina’s Tragedies.
Aboutboul played a pivotal role in Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and has appeared in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises, Steven Spielberg’s Munich,Peter MacDonald’s Rambo III and Eytan Rockaway’s Lansky opposite Harvey Keitel, Sam Worthington and AnnaSophia Robb.
Aboutboul starred in London Has Fallen opposite Gerard Butler, Hand of God, which earned him another award from the Jerusalem Film Festival and A Place in Heaven, written and directed by Yossi Madmoni, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival and won him Best Actor at the International Film Festival of India in Goa. In 2018, he appeared in Beirut, directed by Brad Anderson.
In the United States, Aboutboul has guest-starred on the television series Twin Peaks (the reboot), FBI: International, Homeland, The Leftovers, Low Winter Sun, Fringe, Castle, Burn Notice, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NCIS: Los Angeles and The Blacklist.
Some of Aboutboul’s best work has been on the stage in Israel’s most prestigious theatres. Just to name a few, he starred in the Stage Theatre productions of Hamlet, King Lear, Caviar and Lentils, Sonia Mushkat, Blood Brothers, Closer, and Redemption. At the Haifa Theater, he starred in Andora, Yair, and a one man show called The Baby of Ben Shatrit. Lastly, he’s also performed at the Beer Sheva Theater, starring in The Jewish Zis and The Western Wharf. He is currently nominated for an Olivier award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in the West End production of THE BAND’S VISIT.
Alon is also an accomplished painter who has solo exhibits in Los Angeles and abroad; and will soon be releasing his first music album Family Business.
Hani Furstenberg is an American, Israeli actress with an international career in both theatre and on screen. She made her Broadway debut 7 years ago as Fraulein Kost alongside Alan Cumming in CABARET and her off-Broadway credits include the leading role in Adam Rapp’s premiere of “THROUGH THE YELLOW HOUR’ and Lucy Thurbers ‘STAY’. Some of her on screen credits include her leading role in ‘THE LONELIEST PLANET’ alongside Gael Garcia Bernal and ‘FIVE NIGHTS in MAINE’ alongside David Oyelowo as well as her recurring character in STARZ ‘AMERICAN GODS’. She has led three high profile Israeli television series, THE BOURGEOISIE, ASYLUM CITY and FALSE FLAG (Season 2). She received the Israeli Academy Award for best supporting actress in Joseph Cedar’s ‘CAMPFIRE’ and the Israeli Theatre Academy Award for best supporting actress in Joshua Sobol’s ‘GHETTO’. Hani was most recently seen in ANGELYNE as Emmy Rossum’s (Angelyne) holocaust survivor mother. She stars alongside John Leguizamo in the upcoming series ‘THE GREEN VEIL’, which premiered this past summer at The Tribeca Film Festival and this April, you’ll be able to see her in the new Hulu series, ‘SAINT X’.
Isaac Zablocki is the Director of film programs at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. He attended film school at Columbia University and went on to work at Miramax films. Previously, he produced and directed feature films and developed film educational programs for the Department of Education. Since 2004, Isaac has been developing film programs at the JCC including The Israel Film Center. Beyond ReelAbilities, he programs multiple film festivals annually including the acclaimed Other Israel Film Festival about Arab and minority populations in Israel.