Films screening at this event

The Women’s Balcony

original title
ישמח חתני
Director
Emil Ben-Shirmon
Shlomit Nehama
Cast
Avraham Aviv Alush, Yafit Asulin, Orna Banai
Country
Israel
Year
2016
Duration
96 min

“Viewers will leave the theater in a joyous mood.” – Variety
“An entertaining, feel-good comedy.” – The Hollywood Reporter

The building site of a new synagogue located at the heart of a close-knit community in Jerusalem turns into a battleground between husbands and wives, when a new charismatic rabbi decrees that it will not include a women’s balcony – thus barring them altogether from religious services. The Women’s Balcony is a joyous, riotous and thought provoking portrayal of a community striving for equality, which has deservedly become a global hit.

Winner, Best Screenplay Award  UK International Jewish Film Festival 2017

The Outer Circle

Director
Adam Baroukh
Country
UK
Year
2017

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