September 22, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik


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PolicemanBucknell University is hosting an Israeli Film Series during the fall semester.

The series, which is open to the public, begins Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. with the film Policeman at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg. Admission is $2, with complimentary popcorn and soda.

Directed by Nadav Lapid, (Israel, 2011, Hebrew with English subtitles), Policeman was named one of the five must-see films of the New York Film Festival three years ago.

Manohla Dargis of The New York Times calls it "An electrifying feature directing debut" that "traces the line between the group and the individual in a story that can be read as a commentary on the world as much as on Israel."

Yaron, the leader of an Israeli anti-terrorist unit, clashes with a group of young radicals who use terrorism to make their misguided vision a reality. When the film's two simmering halves meet, Israel's routine clash with the Palestinian enemy is replaced with a threat from revolutionaries who "represent a side of Israel foreign not only to Yaron, but to the paradigm of national cinema Lapid is confronting." (Mark Peranson) 

The Israeli Film Series is co-presented with Campus Jewish Life, with support from the Kalman Jewish Life and Learning Fund, and Hillel.

The screening of Policeman is presented with support from Bucknell's Tuesday Film/Media Series.

Other movies in the Israeli Film Series are: Oct. 28, Footnote, directed by Joseph Cedar, 7 p.m., Gallery Theatre, Elaine Langone Center, and Nov. 19, Waltz with Bashir, directed by Ari Folman, 7 p.m., Forum, Elaine Langone Center. Admission to the Oct. 28 and Nov. 19 films are free.