Reshef Levi

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Reshef Levi (Hebrew: רשף לוי‎; born 1972) is an Israeli screenwriter, playwright, film director, producer, writer, comedian and television presenter. Winner of the Israeli Theatre Award[1] and the Israeli Academy of Television Award. Levi is married with seven children and lives in Kfar Sava.

Reshef Levi is known for his successful debut feature film “Lost Islands”, which was nominated for 14 Ophir Awards[2][3] by the Israeli Academy of Film and Television for outstanding cinematic work. In addition, Reshef Levi is a writer of one of the most popular television crime drama shows in Israel, “The Arbitrator” (Ha Borer). His last comedy film, “Hunting Elephants”, was made with the participation of Patrick Stewart.[4]

Early life[edit]

Reshef Levi was born in Israel to a family of eight, and he is of Yemenite-Jewish and Polish-Jewish descent. His father was a journalist of Yemeni origin and a graduate of the Lehi underground, and his mother a former orthodox Jew,.[5] In the army, Reshef Levi served in the Maglan,[6] a special unit force and after his release was accepted to the Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students in the Tel Aviv University. After his brother Regev died of AIDS.[7] Reshef began to add his late brother's name to each of his writing works, and he signs under the pen name "Reshef and Regev Levi" as a personal commemoration. Levi is also the brother of Israeli writer Yannets Levi.

Career[edit]

In 1994, Reshef Levi began to write scenarios for comedian entertainment programs on television, while he still was in the army. His first works included comic shows like “Zehu Ze”, “Shemesh”, “Zahal 1” which described the army’s radio station, and “Halomot Behakizis”. In 2003, Reshef Levi wrote a scenario for “Hadmaot Shel Amsalem” (Tears of Amsalem),[8] which described the life of a mobster whose father had to enter to a nursing home, but caused troubles there.

“Hadmaot Shel Amsalem” was taken off the screen soon after it started because of financial problems. However, because the success of “Hadmaot Shel Amsalem”, in 2007 Reshef Levi produced another television show, “Ha Borer” (The Arbitrator)[9] that was based on the style of “Hadmaot Shel Amsalem”. Reshef Levi produced it with Shay Kanot.[10] This television show tells a story of a crime family and takes place in the seedy underbelly of society. This show won great favor among Israeli audiences and is considered one of the most successful television shows of all time in Israel. In 2008, Reshef Levi director and wrote “Lost Islands”, which was nominated for 14[11] Ophir Awards, won four of them,[12] and considered as a blockbuster in Israel. In 2009, Reshef Levi was appointed as the official playwright of Habima Theatre,[13] the national theatre of Israel. During these years, he presented a number of plays there. His last film, “Hunting Elephants”, which came out in 2013, could not reproduce the same success that “Lost Islands” achieved. The big number of the critics gave him negative reviews, despite, the film’s high budget relatively to a domestic film, and the participation of known actors like Moshe Ivgy, and world-famous actors like Patrick Stewart.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Additional Information
2003 Hadmaot Shel Amsalem It was taken off the screen soon after it started because of financial problems
2004 Ahava Colombianit Stars Mili Avital. Details the lead in to the marriage of a young couple and the stories of their respective friends.
2007 Ha Borer” (The Arbitrator) It is considered one of the most successful television shows of all time in Israel
2008 "Lost Islands" It was nominated for 14 Ophir Awards and won 4 of them
2013 Hunting Elephants" Patrick Stewart participated in the film

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.habima.co.il/shows/%D7%94%D7%97%D7%95%D7%9C%D7%94-%D7%94%D7%94%D7%95%D7%93%D7%99/
  2. ^ Jaafar, Ali. "Israel announces Ophir nominations". VARIETY. Ali Jaafar. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  3. ^ "HUNTING ELEPHANTS". MSP Film Society. MSP Film Society. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  4. ^ Brown, Hannah. "'Hunting Elephants' and winning laughs". The Jerusalem Post - Israel News. The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  5. ^ "רשף לוי תסריטאי, מחזאי, במאי קולנוע וקומיקאי". אתר מחזאי ישראל. אתר מחזאי ישראל. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  6. ^ "רשף לוי תסריטאי, מחזאי, במאי קולנוע וקומיקאי". אתר מחזאי ישראל. אתר מחזאי ישראל. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  7. ^ גולדשטיין, אלון. "כאב עובר ושב". מעריבnrg. מעריבnrg. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Reshef Levi - Biography". San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  9. ^ "הבורר". HOT. HOT. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  10. ^ "הבורר". HOT. HOT. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  11. ^ Jaafar, Ali. "Israel announces Ophir nominations". VARIETY. Ali Jaafar. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  12. ^ "היוצרים הזוכים". האקדמיה הישראלית לקולנוע וטלוויזיה. האקדמיה הישראלית לקולנוע וטלוויזיה. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  13. ^ "רשף לוי תסריטאי, מחזאי, במאי קולנוע וקומיקאי". אתר מחזאי ישראל. אתר מחזאי ישראל. Retrieved 6 November 2015.