Cinematheque

The Jerusalem Cinematheque is a movie theater and arts venue just a few minutes walk west of the Old City walls.

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Last week, Noah and I went to the Cinematheque to see an origami exhibit as part of Jerusalem’s week long Japanese festival.

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The exhibit has some pretty amazing origami figures:

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For the event, they were also handing out free samples of sake and ‘origami-ed’ vegetables:

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While at the Cinematheque for the origami exhibit, we bought tickets for the following week to see the movie Boyhood. When we returned a few days ago for the movie, we got there a little early to get drinks at the small food kiosk at the theater:

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WARNING: you can’t bring food and beverage into the theater, so if you get a snack or drink, make sure to leave plenty of time to finish before the movie starts!

The theater itself was clean and comfortable…although the chairs were a little step down from the couch-like chairs at fancy theaters I’ve been to in the U.S!

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The movie was in English with Hebrew subtitles. Boyhood is a really unique movie. It was filmed over a period of 12 years, using the same actors to depict a family growing and changing over time. The main character, Mason, starts the movie as a six year old, and the movie ends when he is 18 and just starting college. Despite having been filmed in segments over a number of years, the flow of the movie worked great, and the transitions between each time period felt totally natural. The main themes of the movie dealt with social conditioning, personal connection and relationships, and how beauty and love can exist even in times of hardship. I thought the film was incredibly realistic and touching, and I’ve continued to think about it over the last couple days since seeing it…definitely a sign of a good movie! I would definitely recommend going to see it if you have the chance! I’m glad the Cinematheque offers films in English, and I definitely hope to go to more movies there over the course of the year.

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