2015 Festival Programme

2015 Festival Programme

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Explore our exciting 2015 Programme, packed with amazing films, events, galas, panels, Q&As and guests.

This year’s film strands include: Lovers, Comics, Fighters, Believers, Witnesses, Strangers, Radicals, First-Timers and Outlaws.


2015 Opening Night Gala

Closer to the Moon | Opening Night Gala (BFI South Bank)

A wonderfully inventive and fast-paced comic heist movie starring Mark Strong and Vera Farmiga, based on the true story of a group of Jewish friends and former Resistance members who set out to rob a bank. Set in Communist Romania in 1958, as a tide of anti-Semitism see Jews demoted or dismissed from their posts, the friends decide to retaliate by staging a breathtaking robbery, designed to look like a movie shoot.

Read Observer’s review here

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UKJF in the Jewish Chronicle

Jewish film: Welcome to the mainstream…

Our Chief Executive, Michael Etherton, discusses Jewish cinema’s emergence into the mainstream and a new generation of British talent.

“It is heartening to discover that there is also an emerging new wave of home-grown creative talent no longer afraid to explore Jewish life and stories. .” 

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JW3 Screening

Operation Sunflower

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On his return from a trip to a concentration camp, Ben Gurion gives an order to develop Israel’s nuclear option – as an insurance policy for the remainder of the Jewish people.

High quality fascinating period drama reveals this monumental story set in Jerusalem and Paris during the ‘50s and ‘60s.

1-8 October

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A true story about the only ever execution of an Israeli officer by the Israeli military.

In 1948, six weeks after the state of Israel was established and in the midst of the War of Independence, Captain Meyer Tuvianski was accused of treason. He was brought to a court martial, tried, sentenced, and executed within 4 hours.

One year later he was exonerated by Ben Gurion and received a full military burial.

19-25 October

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10% My Child

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When an eight-year-old Franny discovers a 27-year-old Nico in her mother’s bed, she takes an immediate dislike to him. Will Nico be able to win
Franny’s mom’s heart and Franny’s affection? How will Franny and Nico
find a common ground in the heart of bustling TelAviv? 


26 October – 1 November



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Video on Demand

Joan Rivers, a Piece of Work

Joan Rivers, the Jewish American comedian, actress and television personality, best known for her brash manner and numerous cosmetic surgeries, was most successful in the 1980s. Now she is desperately struggling to stay in the limelight. Here, she allows the filmmakers into her life without restrictions and this film is all the better for it.

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This Must Be the Place

Premiered at 2011 Cannes Film Festival, starring double Oscar winner Sean Penn as an ageing rock star who decides to find his father’s tormentor. From the opening moments Sean Penn (The Tree of Life; All the Kings Men) is mesmerising in this comical and vulnerable performance.

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Free Short Films

Don’t Tell Santa You’re Jewish

A little girl sits on Santa’s knee, waiting for her present. Only trouble is, she’s got to remember NOT to tell him she’s Jewish. This brightly animated short addresses the anxiety of not fitting in.

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Call for Festival Volunteers

Volunteering for the UK Jewish Film Festival is a terrific way to spend a few hours meeting other film lovers and seeing great films. Get in touch if you would like to be part of our busy team this year. 

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What is UKJF all about

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Opening Night Gala Video

Opening night gala at the BFI Southbank London for the 18th UK Jewish Film Festival.

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