The Israel Film Service Collection

A Portrait of an Artist: Castel

43 Minutes, 1984
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Directed by: Yona Zaretsky
Production:Igal Efrati, Shmuel Altman
Production Company:Israeli Film Service
Photographer: Victor Bilukopitov
Original Music: Zvi Avni
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English

Yona Zarecky’s film presents a portrait of the renowned Israeli painter Moshe Castel, one of the founders of the Ofakim Hadashim art movement, which marked a new direction for new art in Israel. The film follows Castel’s development as an Israeli artist and painter, beginning with his studies at Bezalel in the days of Boris Schatz, then later in Paris, the city which formed him as a young artist and in which he lived for several years, and upon his return to Israel and settling down in Safed and eventually in Tel Aviv. The director Zarecky gets unlimited access to Castel’s studio, and we the viewers get to see the artist in his studio while working and explaining his worldview as a painter, at the centre of which is his believe of ‘painter is but the imprint of his native landscape’. The film reviews significant milestones in a career spanning six decades, ranging from portraits, paintings in the spirit of Kabbalistic Jewish mysticism, as well as the spectacular basalt works, and is recommended for viewing for all lovers of art.

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