Los Angeles, CA - May 31, 2019 - ‘MADAM YANKELOVA’S FINE LITERATURE CLUB’ will screen for a week at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino and the Music Hall in Beverly Hills beginning June 21st.
Debuting feature from Guilhad Emilio Schenker (Lavan) and written alongside Yossi Meiri (A Wonderful Day), Madam Yankelova’s Fine Literature Club (aka ‘HaMoadon LeSafrut Yaffa Shel Hagveret Yanlekova’) was inspired by the dark themes of the novella, "The Mistress and the Peddler" by Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon. As Israel’s first feminist-cannibal-mystery-fantasy film, Madam Yankelova’s Fine Literature Club is a dark tale which deals with love and hate, femininity and aging, strong friendship and the ability to say goodbye.
“A great dark fantasy, with elements of a mystery or thriller as well; it’s reminiscent of the style of Guillermo del Toro,” wrote Shuffle Online.
The Israeli film festival favorite will commence its weeklong theatrical on Friday, June 21st at two Los Angeles locations: Encino’s Laemmle Town Center 5 and Beverly Hills’ Laemmle Music Hall. On opening night (June 21st), the showing of Madam Yankelova’s Fine Literature Club will follow with a special Q&A with the writer-director, Guilhad Emilio Schenker.
Madam Yankelova’s Fine Literature Club is a bedtime story for the broken hearted, the tenderly twisted and the fed-up feminist. The award-winning fantasy/dark comedy follows a secret women-only club – a club that sacrifices men. Whoever brings the most attractive man to their weekly meeting is awarded with a Woman of the Week trophy. After, the men are carved and ground up into hot dog meat.
First rule: The lady with the best looking date wins.
Second rule: Collect 100 trophies and the member achieves the coveted status of Lordess.
Third rule: Love is prohibited.
So, when Sophie (Keren Mor), an aging librarian in the club, who’s on the brink of becoming a Lordess, meets a handsome man named Josef (Yiftach Klein), she must choose between her last chance for true love and her commitment to the club.
Describing the film as “very playful and quite charming”, Madam Yankelova’s Fine Literature Club “is shot in such a way that it’s very soft around the edges, almost like we’re constantly in a dream. This is aided by composer Tal Yardeni’s score, which obviously takes inspiration from Danny Elfman, playfully weaving its way through each scene,” wrote Dread Central.
Madam Yankelova’s Fine Literature Club will screen for one week only at: Encino’s Laemmle Town Center 5 (17200 Ventura Blvd #121, Encino, CA 91316) and Beverly Hills’ Laemmle Music Hall (9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211). For more information, please visit: https://www.laemmle.com/films/45798 and for press passes / to attend the Q&A, please contact email@example.com.
Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/310991989.
Starring Alex Ansky (Orchestra of Exiles), Anita Buckshtein (Game of Thrones), Razia Israeli (Schindler’s List), award-winning Hana Laslo (Free Zone, Plasticine), Keren Mor (series: Parashat Ha-Shavua, Yom Haem), Yiftach Klein (Noodle, 7 Days in Entebbe) and Lea Koenig (Shitsel series, Kadosh). Madam Yankelova’s Fine Literature Club has received several accolades, including, Best Costume Design and Best Makeup at the Israeli Film Academy, alongside six Ophir Awards nominations and the Golden Zenith at the Montréal World Film Festival.
MADAM YANKELOVA’S FINE LITERATURE CLUB (2018, 90 min.) Directed by: Guilhad Emilio Schenker. Written by: Guilhad Emilio Schenker, Yossi Meiri. Producers: Marek Rozenbaum, Michael Rozenbaum, Jonathan Rozenbaum. Editor: Yossi Meiri. Cinematographer: Yossi Meiri. Original score: Tal Yardeni. Israel, Hebrew with English subtitles. Transfax Film Productions, Rock Salt Releasing.
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