Opening Night: THE WONDERS

Dir. Avi Nesher (112min, Israel, 2013)
In Hebrew with English Subtitles
DC Premiere

Sponsored by The Jacob & Charlotte Lehrman Foundation

A modern day film-noir, 
Avi Nesher’s latest centers on a bartender who doubles as a graffiti artist in Jerusalem. Arnav enjoys whiling away the days with simple pleasures until he becomes enwrapped in a mystery taking place in his own apartment building. Spying a man seemingly held captive a few units over from his, he investigates, and is soon taken down a rabbit hole into the seedy underbelly of Jerusalem’s criminal underworld. 

The film’s stunningly original artistic vision has drawn rave comparisons to everyone from the Coen Brothers and Tim Burton to Lewis Carroll and Carol Reed. With original music composed by Avner Dorman and select recorded tracks by Israeli mega-stars Hadag Nahash.

Join us for our Opening Night Party with Director Avi Nesher and Avner Dorman, Composer of Original Music, in between the two screenings on Thursday, February 27 at 8:30 pm


Producer Dino De Laurentis convinced Avi Nesher to come to Hollywood after seeing his critically acclaimed Rage and Glory. Nesher’s initial work came as a writer, penning studio assignments for such filmmakers as Ron Howard and James Cameron. As part of this “Hollywood period”, Nesher wrote, produced and directed The Taxman which opened to extraordinary reviews: The New York Times called the film “A delight...a charmer of a mystery” and Jeffrey Lyons of NBC hailed it as “A cinematic gem...not to be missed!”

Click here for full bio. 


WJFF Opening Night
Thursday, February 27, 6:30 pm

1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC

WJFF Opening Night
Thursday, February 27, 9:30 pm

1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC

Saturday, March 1 8:30 pm
JCC of Greater Washington (Rockville)
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD


"In an inspired move, Arnav’s overactive imagination is depicted with classic hand-drawn animation presenting Jerusalem as a mysterious Wonderland."
-Alissa Simon, Variety


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