I hadn’t seen Noodle since it played in our local Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema way back in 2008, but I remembered liking it a lot, so I said yes.
Good call: Noodle is a wonderful film, & I thoroughly enjoyed watching it again with such a large & appreciative audience. We all laughed together, cried together, & had a great time. Mazel Tov to filmmaker Ayelet Menahemi & her whole Noodle team!
Noodle is the story of an El Al flight attendant named “Miri” (Mili Avital) who finds her life turned upside down one day when her Chinese housekeeper suddenly disappears. The problem? She’s left her young son (BaoQi Chen) behind—a boy who speaks no Hebrew but is clearly terrified by his unexplained abandonment.
Of course, her plate is already full of personal problems (some very Israeli & others totally universal), but family and friends rally around as Miri slowly inches towards a humane albeit tearful solution to her Tel Aviv “anchor-baby” crisis.
Directed by Ayelet Menahemi (based on a screenplay she co-wrote with filmmaker Shemi Zahrin), Noodle was nominated for ten Ophir Awards from the Israeli Film Academy in 2007 including Best Picture and Best Director—making Menahemi one of the only women ever nominated for a Best Director Ophir!
Click HERE to read more about Noodle –> 11Jan26Prep
Photo: With Marlene Copeland Dodinval of ARZA (left)
& NSCI Coordinator Diane Moore (right).