- Jonathan Schey
- 15 min
Toby Jones is wonderful as a former TV presenter, who, now that his days of stardom are over, is forced to make a living as a party entertainer. Charlotte Cohen’s Bat Mitzvah celebration will prompt his emotional meltdown – and his redemption.
- Adam Baroukh
The Outer Circle is a portrait of four generations of the Fattals as they gather for their annual feast in Mama’s house on Rosh Hashanah. The story takes place in a Regent’s Park townhouse furnished in gilded tissue-box covers, ivory statuettes, marble fruit decorations, and enough Persian rugs to stock a small vendor. Midway through a gruelling Orthodox conversion, Daniel and his fiancée Katherine are eager to gain the blessing of his intimidatingly large and loud Iraqi Jewish family. Katherine’s natural elegance and ‘English English’ heritage immediately endears her to them, but it soon becomes apparent that beneath the warm and welcoming atmosphere, some are not as ready as others to accept her newly acquired Jewish status.
Winner: 2017 Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film
Nominated for Narrative Short Competition at Moscow Jewish Film Festival 2018
Nominated for Jury Prize Award at Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection: 27th Arizona International Film Festival 2018
Official Selection: Moscow Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection: Geneva International Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection: Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2018
Official Selection: London Short Film Festival 2018
Official Selection: UK International Jewish Film Festival 2017
Official Selection: Zagreb Film Festival 2018
Official Selection: Emden Nordeney Film Festival 2018