A little glitz at the Institute: Acclaimed Israeli director Joseph Cedar (“Beaufort“) is at the Shalom Hartman Institute today, April 15, 2010, filming a scene in his new movie, “הערת שוליים”, currently being translated into English as “Footnote.” The movie, according to IMDB, is set for release this year. A large film crew is encamped at the Institute, and there is a lot of standing around while each scene is readied.
The film involves a rivalry between a father and son, both of whom are scholars. Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi plays the son. Today, they are using offices; in two weeks they are due back to use our octagonal beit midrash as a synagogue (not too much of a stretch; prayers are held there on a regular basis).