Ran Tal / Israel
Hebrew, English (with English subtitles)
Synopsis: The Museum is a film that seeks to explore the Israeli soul through the galleries, storerooms and visitors of the Israel Museum, Israel's most important cultural institution.
With a trenchant, ironic eye the film follows the visitors, observes the observers, listens to the speakers and descends to the storerooms, labs and conference rooms. The American museum director, the singing security guard, the Jerusalemite curator, the Haredi kashrut inspector, the Palestinian guide and the blind visitor are just a few of the characters that take part in a chain of activities which add up to the museum.
For about 18 months director Ran Tal collected footage of the museum's daily routine, assembling it into a cinematic collage - observant, sensitive and breathtakingly beautiful.