Eran Riklis as Schwartz Artist in Residence Emory University Announces Famed Israeli Film Director

August 3, 2015

Emory University’s Department of Film and Media Studies will host internationally-acclaimed Israeli film director Eran Riklis as a Schwartz Foundation Artist in Residence, beginning Wednesday, August 26, 2015. During “Forging Cinematic Identities: Eran Riklis,” the director will present introduce and discuss three of his films, deliver three lectures on the history of Israeli Cinema, visit classes and supervise a student filmmaking project.

Riklis is one of Israel’s most acclaimed filmmakers and has been working as a director, writer and producer for more than thirty years.  He is best known in the United States for The Syrian Bride (2004) and Lemon Tree (2008); his The Human Resources Manager won five 2010 Ophir Awards (given by the Israeli Film Academy), including Best Film and Best Director, and was Israel’s official submission that year to the Best Foreign Film category of the Academy Awards.  His most recent film, A Borrowed Identity (aka Dancing Arabs), had its American premiere at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival and opened in theaters this summer to uniformly strong reviews. 

Chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies Matthew H. Bernstein noted, “Riklis’ films are celebrated for their humane, sensitive and understated exploration of the intimate and complex relationships between men and women, and between Israeli Jews, Israeli Arabs and Palestinians.  As they explore the nature of identity, and more specifically what it means to be Israeli, his films are an eloquent cinematic voice for common understanding among various peoples, cultures and traditions, a voice that has never been more relevant than in the past three decades.”

Eran Riklis’ residency is co-sponsored by the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Foundation Artist-in-Residence Fund, Emory University’s Department of Film and Media Studies, the Halle Institute for Global Learning, The Hightower Fund of Emory College of Arts and Sciences, the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, the Israeli Consulate of Atlanta, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, the Department of History and the Department of Theater and Dance. 

Residency Schedule

Film screenings will include an introduction by Riklis, along with a post-screening discussion with the director. Each lecture will be followed by a reception.