Shalom, a young Israeli at the outset of his life, was born into a bourgeois family in Tel-Aviv. His parents wish he would go to college, but Shalom doesn't feel like studying. His father isn't quite convinced his beloved son is doing the best he can when not doing anything at all.
Shalom has a dilapidated station-wagon, two girlfriends to ride and love and "don't think twice, it's all right", as one of them sings to her sweet babbling infant. Shalom goes out on the road looking for his own self – an Israeli easy rider. In his wandering he comes across a group of artists debating over Israel's social-political fate. War and peace, occupied territories and settlements, rich and poor. One thing is not up for discussion, the future doesn't seem bright.
Shalom makes up his mind to leave it all and go to America. Makes up his mind, but stays.
"Shalom' is the nearest the Israeli film industry has ever come to a real political film. Considering that the film was shot a year before the 'Yom-Kippur War', an almost prophetic spirit is being revealed." (Dan Faynaro "Haolam Haze")
"So timely! So revealing! Suddenly we discover that our distress was not born the day after 'Yom-Kippur War'." (Emanuel Bar-Kadma "Yedioth Achronot")
"Much is talked about the need of change and self-expression of the young )
Ami Susetz, an Israeli artist, abandons his wife and daughter in New-York, and comes back to his home land after years of absence.
Susetz wishes to decipher his constant feeling of failure as a human being, as a family man, as an artist. His best friends were killed in war, his paintings were burned not without intent. He has no past and no future.
Back home Susetz reunites with his dying father, with his mother, who unsuccessfully tries to understand her son, and with a childhood friend, Ansberg, now a philosopher/homeless.
Ansberg has adopted unusual methods in order to bring love back to Tel-Aviv and expects "conscientious" Susetz to assist him in that. Susetz cannot be a "conscientious", or anything else for that matter, not before he resolves his own personal fate: who is he, why was he born, why does he live.
Ami Susetz decides to make a movie, about himself, his parents, his hometown Tel-Aviv, and about all that constitutes the puzzle we call human life. His movie fails in resolving the pattern but ironically becomes a commercial blockbuster.
At the end of the day, the movie gets burned, just like the paintings, not without intent…
"Rocking Horse" was the first film to represent Israel in the Directors’ Fortnightof the Cannes Film Festival. It also participated at Locarno, San-Francisco, Chicago and many other international festivals. "Rocking Horse" received the special judges' award and the best actor award at the Oxford, England, film festival.
"Rocking Horse is one of those rare and unusual movies that one has to watch twice in order to fully appreciate and enjoy. Franz Kafka, who loved cinema and called it Laterna Magica (searching for lost youth) and whose novel The Castle has much in common with Rocking Horse, would probably have enjoyed Yosha's film." (Josef Sharik "Haaretz")
"Here, in Israel there was never a hippie-beatnik culture. Why? Because here no one is really beaten. In the US Jack Kerouac, was wandering on the road throughout his short life and coined the sociological definition, The Beat Generation. Kerouac's anti establishment protest found an honorary place in modern American culture. Here, in Israel there aren't and never have been any troubled minds, who traveled anywhere, or bothered to write.
I'm telling a long story while actually trying to send all readers to see an Israeli film. So Israeli, so personal, and yet, any resemblance to a typical Israeli film is purely coincidental." (Bar-Kadma, "Yedioth Achronot")
"Rocking Horse proves that good and sincere movies can be made in Israel, and that there are those who can make them. Rocking Horse is a personal pondering on an individual fate, a fate determined before his birth. It reflects the fate of a whole generation in search of identity and sense of purpose. The type of dilemma presented by director Yaky Yosha reminds that of Allen Rane, and I don't know if Yosha himself realized that in his second feature he had already touched the Holy Grail of modern filmmaking." (Rav-Nof, "Davar")
Boaz, a young officer, returns home from the "Yom-Kippur" (1973) war. He left for the war with two friends and returned with one dead and one badly injured. Down and out, and lonely, Boaz aimlessly wanders the streets of Tel-Aviv.
To comfort himself, Boaz goes to console his dead friend's parents, only to find himself sucked into a most complex relationship with the bereaved parents. First out of courtesy, then out of cynicism, Boaz gives them all they’re missing: a poem their son allegedly wrote, false tales of heroism and some occasional snapshots.
Out of thin air Boaz erects a false monument of a dead hero out of a fairly mediocre child, who didn't get to leave much behind him.
Before long, Boas is running a full scale immortalization industry, “manufacturing” for each bereaved family a creative, sensitive son. A soldier and a poet.
Boaz becomes romantically involved with his dead friend's girlfriend, and simultaneously with the beautiful coordinator in the army's memorial department. And so, by day they serve a holy trinity of comfort and immortality and by night they are fallen angles, ménage a trois.
Before too long, the next war breaks out. Boaz is called again for duty. Now an older, experienced officer, Boaz makes sure every single soldier in his company carries in his pocket a personal poem. Just in case.
"The Vulture" represented Israel at the Cannes Festival 1981.
"Israeli movies come of age with The Vulture." (Los Angeles Daily News)
"Yaky Yosha, who scored with Rockinghorse, is back again, with a most interesting effort. He deals with a sensitive subject, doing it in a tasteful and tactful way, and also with a great deal of insight" (Variety)
"The Vulture is a keen brave movie; an anti-war statement of surprising power, a probing look at modern Israeli culture and a drama of alternating brute force and healing compassion.
Making an anti-war statement of this clarity and force cannot have been easy in contemporary Israel: near the heat of battle, with the temptation to enshrine and mythologize. But Yosha made it. (M. Wilmington – Los Angeles Times)
"A major work. The Vulture is as gutsy clear-eyed and compelling a film as has been produced by the young Israeli cinema." (J. Hoberman – Village Voice)
Dead End Street
Alice, a young street walker, receives an opportunity of a lifetime when a television crew casts her to star in a documentary about prostitution in Tel-Aviv.
Alice, a 17 year old girl from the gutters of the city, is exposed for the first time to the glitzy world of make believe.
For her personal safety and the crew’s convenience, Alice is invited, during the shoot, to stay in the home of Yoram, the director and Mary, his producer-girlfriend. Alice's presence exceeds all expectations as she lays out her gloomy life story in front of the cameras. When Mary notices that Yoram gets more then just professionally involved with Alice, she wraps the production as quickly as possible.
Alice doesn't want to go back to the streets, but she doesn’t belong in the ‘decent’ world either. Alice finds herself in a dead end.
Bruce Springsteen contributed three songs to the soundtrack.
"Summertime Blues" is the last summer before the army, an early 1980's Tel-Aviv summer, at the dawn of the war (the "first" war) in Lebanon.
Four friends are walking on the wild side before life starts walking over them. They have a Rock'n'Roll band and so, they're trying to add some sex and drugs and devour the whole enchilada. It will take them a hot summer to realize how young and naive they still are, how what really turns them on is first love, first heartache and everything in between.
"Summertime Blues" is a summer movie – beach, bikes, girls and music, a whole lot of music and a twist of blues.
Radio talk show therapist, Dr. Eve Robinson (Shannon Tweed), listens to the secret sexual problems of her audience.
At the urging of her producer and friend (Catherine Oxenberg), Eve is tempted by Edge, a wild and mysterious caller into a passionate affair. Edge's obsession for Eve is overwhelming. He sculpts her essence in perfect statuesque detail, then tempts fate by leaving it in the path of her jealous husband.
Eve is torn between logic and desire. As her passion grows so does her husband's rage. The plot then twists into a bizarre and unexpected climax.
An erotic and dangerous thriller, Sexual Response reveals why some secrets .
Danny is a Tel-Aviv taxi driver, a divorced father to a sweet little girl. Danny drives his taxi mostly at night. The nights in Tel-Aviv are always dark, and mainly mean. When in motion, driving, very seldom will Danny catch glitters of tiny lights. Usually he stumbles along dubious passengers, weary losers, drugged up prostitutes, crumpled bills, and sweating asphalt.
One rainy evening Danny almost runs over Gideon, an army comrade, who is now a homeless junkie. Gideon tries to tell Danny about some sinister plot that is going on in the ‘hood, but he's too high, too scared and too confused. The next day Gideon is found murdered, but the police have no real interest in another dead junky. Danny decides to track down the killer himself. What appears at first to be a drug war soon reveals itself as a vast cooperation between outlaws and men of law. Danny does track down the big shots behind the scene, the scumbags who murdered his once brother in arms. His crusade is over; he removes his temporary armor, and rides his taxi into the night.
A young woman, smoking dope in a club, is caught by undercover cops and hauled downtown. An investigation that should only take a couple of minutes turns into a complex relationship between a man and a woman.
A child from a poor small town grows up to become the most promising young actor of his generation, only to become a heroine addict, nearly destroying his career as well as his life. Ten years later, he is back in the limelight. Tonight, at the end of a dress rehearsal, a journalist comes to interview him. Due to surprising circumstances, the actor opens his heart and mind, revealing and reliving his hopeless childhood in a God forsaken town, his marvelous career that opened up the world for him, the drug devil that possessed him - and his daily fight to exorcise it.
A shallow, public relation interview turns into a rare personal confession.
Yaky Yosha's seventh feature film "Bloodguilt" is a dark thriller about a dangerous love triangle, inspired by the biblical romance of Jacob, Rachel and Leah.
Jake and Rachel are young, beautiful and married. Rachel comes from a wealthy family and Jake has a promising athletic career. When Rachel becomes pregnant, her foster sister, Leah, comes to help around the house. Rachel suspects that Leah and Jake have developed more then friendly relationship. One day, catching them red handed, Rachel loses control and attacks Jake with a kitchen knife. Jake now has a paralyzed arm, and a future turned to past. Rachel loses both her baby and her mind. Leah and Jake retreat into an isolated rundown mountain cabin. One evening Rachel shows up at their door. Just released from a mental institution, she is fragile and helpless. Jake and Leah are troubled by her presence, but they take her in. They all believe it may be possible to forgive, atone and heal past wounds. Rachel gradually gets better and prettier. Jake is attracted to her. The attraction seems mutual. Leah is now the odd man out, and she is about to lose control.
A romantic triangle that began with crime ends with horrible punishment.
Based on the TV series "Night Fare".
Danny lives in a one bedroom apartment in Shabazi, a run down neighborhood crumbling over the heads of its inhabitants – dirt poor day laborers, junkies and the homeless, who find refuge in abandoned buildings.
One rainy evening Danny almost runs over Gideon, an army comrade, who is now a homeless junkie. Gideon tries to tell Danny about some sinister plot that is going on in the ‘hood, but he's too high, too scared and too confused. The next day Danny finds Gideon murdered. The police have no real interest in another dead junky. Danny decides to track down the killer himself. What appears at first to be a drug war soon reveals itself as a vast cooperation between outlaws and men of law. When Danny nails down the big shots behind the scene, the scumbags who murdered his brother in arms, his crusade is over. He removes his temporary armor, and rides his taxi into the rising sun.
The very successful and very simply formatted American “Cops” influenced the concept: a camera joins police patrol cars, and records what happens.
Director Yaky Yosha brings to the screen a very familiar yet rarely explored piece of life in Israel: Junkies, street hookers, car thieves, alien workers, small time burglars and in the midst of this low down environment, the blue uniforms. Navy cut hairstyle, very purposeful, a little violent, slightly amusing, very rugged and extremely heavy smokers.
"Israeli Cops" successfully walks this delicate line of love/hate for the Israeli Police (any police, for that matter) while putting you in the same room with people you often see but rarely hear.
Inherit the Earth
Fate summoned director Yaky Yosha to a crossroad that future time may consider an historic turning point in Judeo-Christian relations.
In the winter of 2000, Yosha and his crew documented all stages in the building of a massive ampitheater, for the one hundred thousand people schedueled to participate in an open air mass Pope John-Paul II would lead on the Mount of Beatitudes – where two thousand years earlier, Jesus of Nazarath gave the "Sermon on the Mount" to his followers.
For six weeks, two-dozen Jewish contractors and Christian priests worked back to back and against all odds, confronting deadline as well as deadly weather conditions. It was their finest hour.
"Inherit the Earth" is a moving testimony of the great efforts invested behind the scene of Pope John-Paul II historic visit in the Holy Land.
"Inherit the Earth" is gracefully narrated by Liam Neeson.
Israel, October 1 2000. Intifiada (revolt) Al-Aqsa has begun. For the first time Israeli-Arab citizens actively participate. During the following three days, 13 Arabs are killed. The government appoints an investigation committee, but the people have already chosen the main suspect: the Galilee Chief of Police, Major Alik Ron.
"The Main Suspect" is a fascinating portrait of a public servant accused by the people as its enemy.
"The Main Suspect" participated at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival )