Monday, October 26
Georgian Room, Indiana Memorial Union
Hailed as the voice of young Israel and one of its most radical and extraordinary writers, Etgar Keret is internationally acclaimed for his short stories. Born in Tel Aviv in 1967 to an extremely diverse family, his brother heads an Israeli group that lobbies for the legalization of marijuana, and his sister is an orthodox Jew and the mother of ten children. Keret regards his family as a microcosm of Israel. His books are bestsellers in Israel and have been published in twenty-two languages and include Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God (2004); Missing Kissinger (2007); and Gaza Blues (2004). Keret has received the Book Publishers Association`s Platinum Prize several times, has been awarded the Prime Minister`s Prize, and the Ministry of Culture`s Cinema Prize. More than forty short movies have been based on his stories, one of which won the American MTV Prize (1998).
As a filmmaker, Keret is the writer of several feature screenplays, including Skin Deep (1996), which won First Prize at several international film festivals and was awarded the Israeli Oscar. Wrist Cutters, featuring Tom Waits, was released in August 2007. Jellyfish, his first movie as a director along with his wife Shira Geffen, won the coveted Camera d'Or prize for best first feature at the Cannes Film Festival 2007. Keret, at present, teaches at Ben Guryon University.
This lecture is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need assistance, please contact the Borns Jewish Studies Program at 812-855-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org