Philadelphia Premiere
Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018
Time: 2 PM
Location: Reel Cinemas Narberth 2

Director: Keren Ben Rafael
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: France/Israel/Belgium
Year: 2018
Running Time: 1 hr 30 min
Language: In Hebrew with English subtitles

Sponsored by: Debra Felman and David Warshal

General Admission: $15
Seniors: $13
Students: $7 (*for our rules and regulations on Student tickets, click HERE)

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Confident, cynical, and brash, 15-year-old Lana (Joy Rieger, Past Life) is no match for Kiryat Yam, the idle Israeli beach town she reluctantly calls home. With only her struggling single mother (Evgenia Dodina, One Week and a Day), a pack of immature guy friends, and her naïve little cousin to keep her company, Lana is set on bouncing off to Tel Aviv the moment she gets the chance. When a dreamy writer (Michael Aloni, Shtisel) turns up literally at Lana’s feet – on the beach, covered in jellyfish stings – Lana discovers a possible match for her wit and desire for worldliness. Just when she thought she had made a new friend, a story about a mythical mermaid sighting in her town goes viral, turning Kiryat Yam into a hotbed of eager tourists and Lana’s life more complicated than ever.

Nominated for five Ophir Awards, VIRGINS is a fresh take on teenage angst, female sexuality, and the complexity of mother and daughter relationships. With striking performances by Rieger and Dodina, this mesmerizing film about our need to believe is highly relatable and entertaining.

Special Guests: Dan Ben-Amos, Professor of Folklore & Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Pennsylvania


For Fans of:

  • Beach movies
  • Coming-of-age dramas
  • Dark comedies
  • Evgenia Dodina
  • Israeli cinema
  • Kiryat Yam
  • Summer movies

Official Selection:

  • Jerusalem Film Festival
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • Tribeca Film Festival


  • Best Actress (Joy Rieger) – Tribeca Film Festival
  • FIPRESCI Prize for Israeli First Film – Jerusalem Film Festival

Screening with Virgins

Philadelphia Premiere
Directed by Oran Zegman| Narrative Short | Israel | 2016 | 17 min | Hebrew with English subtitles

In a lively Greek community in 1950s south Tel Aviv, a married woman faces devastating consequences after choosing to divorce her abusive husband, a defiance heavily opposed by her conservative community.

Official Selection:

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
  • Moscow Jewish Film Festival
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival