Haifi has become a major cinematic event in Israel
attracting wide audiences. Around 150 new films are screened at seven cinemas,
and there are also open-air screenings. Categories include features, shorts,
animation, documentaries, retrospectives and tributes.
Opening the festival is The Congress, a live
action/animation film by Ari Folman that originally premiered at Cannes and is
loosely based on Stanislaw Lem’s novel The Futurological Congress. In it, an
aging actress with a disabled child enters into a deal with a film studio
involving a digital version of herself.