Uri Zohar (1935-2022) was one of Israeli cinema’s greatest filmmakers of the second half of the 20th century. As a soldier, Zohar joined the IDF’s Lehakat Hanachal musical group and later, along with a group of peers, started the Pierrot troupe, Green Onion (Batzal Yarok). Further on, he continued to put on a great many musical and comedy shows, acting in films, and hosting a number of radio programmes. In the film, The True Story of Palestine (1962) which chronicled life in British Mandatory Palestine from the early 1930s until the 1948 founding of the State of Israel, Zohar collaborated with Israeli film pioneer, Nathan Axelrod, and director Joel Silberg. His feature-length directorial debut came in 1964 with Hole in the Moon. He later also directed Moishe Air-Condition (1966) and helmed the big-screen adaptation of A.B. Yehoshua’s Three Days and a Child (1967) which was shown at the Cannes Film Festival and was lauded by critics. Zohar also directed Our Neighbourhood (1968), Every Bastard a King (1968), Take Off (1970), and The Rooster (1971).
Following the birth of Israeli television in the late 1960s, Zohar created the legendary sketch show, Lool. The series would then give rise to the Lool Bunch, that also included beloved Israeli singer-songwriter, the late Arik Einstein, as well as a host of other artists. During his stint with the Lool Bunch, Zohar directed his famous film trilogy that included Peeping Toms (1972), Big Eyes (1974), and Save the Lifeguard (1977). In 1976 Zohar was named the recipient of the Israel Film Prize, however he declined to accept the award on account of his disdain for the establishment. By the end of the 1970s, Zohar had completely stepped away from bohemian life, becoming ultra-orthodox and retiring from filmmaking altogether.

Documentary

Wedding in Jerusalem

Directed by Renen Schorr, 1982
חתונה בירושלים
Rental

10 min.

Feature

Big Eyes

Directed by Uri Zohar, 1973
עיניים גדולות
Rental English subs.

81 min.

Film

Jumbo

1971
ג

2 min.

Feature

The Snail

Directed by Boaz Davidson, 1970
שבלול
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80 min.

Short Film

How Wonderful

Directed by Amos Kenan, 1969
כמה זה נפלא
English subs.

14 min.

Short Film

The Other Side

Directed by Uri Zohar, 1968
הצד השני
English subs.

15 min.

Short Film

Uri Zohar: Sketches

1968
אורי זוהר: מערכונים

4 min.

Feature

Three Days and a Child

Directed by Uri Zohar, 1967
שלושה ימים וילד
Rental English subs.

83 min.

Feature

999 Aliza: The Policeman

Directed by Menahem Golan, 1967
999... עליזה מזרחי
Rental

103 min.

Feature

A Hole in the Moon

Directed by Uri Zohar, 1964
חור בלבנה
Rental English subs.

77 min.

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