Kino Lorber to Release Israeli Film ‘Let It Be Morning’ on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital March 7

Kino Lorber on March 7 will release on DVD ($19.95) and Blu-ray Disc ($29.95) the critically hailed Israeli film Let It Be Morning, from the Cohen Media Group.

The film will also be available to buy and rent digitally on Kino Now on that date.

Directed by Eran Kolirin, Let It Be Morning is Israel’s official submission for Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards, and an official selection at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

Sami lives in Jerusalem with his wife and child, and an invitation to his brother’s wedding forces him to return to the Arab village where he grew up. After the wedding, with no warning or explanation, the village is put under military lockdown by Israeli soldiers and cut off from the outside world. Chaos rises overnight amongst those stuck within the walls. 

Israeli Drama ‘Broken Mirrors’ Due on Digital and VOD Sept. 22 From Level 33

The Israeli film Broken Mirrors will premiere on digital and VOD Sept. 22 from Level 33 Entertainment.

In the dramatic thriller, Shira Haas (Emmy Nominee, Netflix’s “Unorthodox”) plays 17-year-old Ariella, who is shadowed by a strict, military father who inflicts severe methods of punishment as a form of discipline. When she commits a grave error that her father isn’t willing to punish her for, seeking a punishment of her own, Ariella embarks on a dark quest where she will discover a secret to her father’s past that will lead them to confront one another.

The film also stars Yiftach Klein, Renana Raz, Yoav Rotman, Liora Rivlin, Manuel Elkaslassy, Yaakov Zada Daniel and Michaela Elkin.

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It won the Jury Prize for Best Actress at the Festival du Cinéma Israélien de Montréal and Schlingel Best Feature Film at the Film Festival for Children & Young Audience Schlingel. It was nominated for the Jury Award Narrative Feature at the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF); the Grand Prix at the Zlin Film Festival; the Award of the Israeli Film Academy; Best Actress, Best Casting and Best Screenplay from the Awards of the Israeli Film Academy; the Golden Zenith First Fiction Films Competition at the Montréal World Film Festival; and Alice in the City Prize Young Adult at the Rome Film Fest.

Netflix Cuts Streaming Video Quality in Israel

Netflix March 23 said it is lowering the streaming quality of its video streams in Israel as ISPs in the country say consumer demand on broadband networks has increased 30% during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

With more than 1,000 COVID-19 infections reported thus far in Israel, residents have been advised to avoid large groups and work from home if possible. That has put increased demands on regional ISP networks. Netflix reportedly has more than 42 million subscribers in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

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“Following the discussions between Israel’s Communications Ministry and Netflix — and given the extraordinary challenges raised by the coronavirus — we have decided to begin reducing bit rates across all our streams in Israel for 30 days. We estimate that this will reduce traffic on Israeli networks by around 25% while also ensuring a good quality service for our members,” the SVOD pioneer said in a statement, first reported by Reuters.

Netflix last week spearheaded a reduction in streaming video quality in Europe at the request of the European Union. Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube quickly followed suit. Disney has also delayed the launch of its SVOD platform in France from March 24 to April 7.

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