Movies: The Art of Racing in the Rain, Honeyland, Tel Aviv on Fire

Movie 1: The Art of Racing in the Rain

This film is based on the best selling novel by the same name. It’s as good or better than similar films of recent years mainly because the script is honest and faithful to its story line.

Its critics offer resentment to “gimmicks and weepy cliches” but if you focus on the family drama and the core story without the distractions, you might discover a heartwarming and tender underbelly.

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The Art of Racing in the Rain (August 8, 2019)

Release Date: August 8, 2019
Starring: Milo Ventimiglia, Kevin Costner, Amanda Seyfried, Martin Donovan
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Runtime: 123 min
Original Title: The Art of Racing in the Rain
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Original Film, 20th Century Fox, Shifting Gears Productions
Enzo, a family dog with a near-human soul and a philosopher's mind, evaluates his life through the lessons learned by his human owner, the race-car driver Denny Swift.

Cast The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • Milo Ventimiglia
  • Role: Denny Swift
  • Kevin Costner
  • Role: Enzo (voice)
  • Amanda Seyfried
  • Role: Avery "Eve" Swift
  • Martin Donovan
  • Role: Maxwell
  • Ian Lake
  • Role: Mike
  • Gary Cole
  • Role: Don Kitch
  • Kathy Baker
  • Role: Trish
  • McKinley Belcher III
  • Role: Mark Finn
  • Ryan Kiera Armstrong
  • Role: Young Zoe Swift
  • Lily Dodsworth-Evans
  • Role: Teenage Zoe Swift
  • Al Sapienza
  • Role: Actor
  • Andres Joseph
  • Role: Tony
  • Karen Holness
  • Role: Doctor
  • Aliza Vellani
  • Role: Assistant
  • Elizabeth Bowen
  • Role: 

Crew The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • Simon Curtis
  • Director
  • Mark Bomback
  • Screenplay
  • Garth Stein
  • Novel
  • Neal H. Moritz
  • Producer
  • Patrick Dempsey
  • Producer
  • Tania Landau
  • Producer
  • Donald J. Lee Jr.
  • Executive Producer
  • Joannie Burstein
  • Executive Producer
  • James C. France
  • Executive Producer
  • Dustin O'Halloran
  • Original Music Composer
  • Volker Bertelmann
  • Original Music Composer
  • Ross Emery
  • Director of Photography
  • Adam Recht
  • Editor
  • Yesi Ramirez
  • Casting
  • Brent Thomas
  • Production Design
  • Shannon Grover
  • Art Direction
  • Zoe Jirik
  • Set Decoration
  • Monique Prudhomme
  • Costume Design


Movie 2: Honeyland

This unusual movie is based in Macedonia (part of the former Yugoslavia) where beekeeping is an important part of rural life, both as a food source and a revenue.

This documentary film captures the importance and difficulty of everyday life in a remote corner of the world and has received numerous awards for cinematography and originality. It is well worth seeking out. Macedonian with English subtitles.

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Honeyland (March 28, 2019)

Release Date: March 28, 2019
Genres: Documentary
Runtime: 85 min
Original Title: Медена земја
Production Companies: Trice Films
When nomadic beekeepers break Honeyland’s basic rule (take half of the honey, but leave half to the bees), the last female beehunter in Europe must save the bees and restore natural balance.

Crew Honeyland

  • Ljubomir Stefanov
  • Director
  • Tamara Kotevska
  • Director

Movie 3: Tel Aviv on Fire

The story line highlights the absurdity of the Israel/Palestine reality in Jerusalem and beyond. In this film the production crew for a popular Palestinian soap opera is forced to alter the script to avoid conflict. It’s interesting at first but ultimately dissolves into political satire. Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.

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Tel Aviv on Fire (August 23, 2018)

Release Date: August 23, 2018
Starring: Kais Nashif, Lubna Azabal, Yaniv Biton, Maisa Abd Elhadi
Genres: Comedy
Runtime: 100 min
Original Title: Tel Aviv on Fire
Original Film Language: עִבְרִית
Production Companies: Samsa Film, Radio Télévision Belge Francophone, BeTV, Artémis Productions, Shelter Prod, VOO
Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise - until the soldier and the show's financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle.

Cast Tel Aviv on Fire

  • Kais Nashif
  • Role: Salam
  • Lubna Azabal
  • Role: Tala
  • Yaniv Biton
  • Role: Assi
  • Maisa Abd Elhadi
  • Role: Mariam
  • Nadim Sawalha
  • Role: Bassam
  • Salim Dau
  • Role: Atef
  • Yousef 'Joe' Sweid
  • Role: Yehuda
  • Amer Hlehel
  • Role: Nabil
  • Laëtitia Eïdo
  • Role: Maisa
  • Ashraf Farah
  • Role: Marwan
  • Ula Tabari
  • Role: Sarah

Crew Tel Aviv on Fire

  • Sameh Zoabi
  • Director
  • Sameh Zoabi
  • Writer
  • Dan Kleinman
  • Writer
  • André Dziezuk
  • Music
  • Laurent Brunet
  • Cinematography
  • Catherine Schwartz
  • Editor
  • Bernard Michaux
  • Producer
  • Miléna Poylo
  • Producer
  • Gilles Sacuto
  • Producer
  • Alice Bloch
  • Producer

2 thoughts on “Movies: The Art of Racing in the Rain, Honeyland, Tel Aviv on Fire”

  1. Would be interested in seeing the bee documentary. As for “bee” movies, I hope to re-watch Ulee’s Gold to see Peter Fonda one more time.

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