The 19th UK Jewish Film Festival returns from 7th-22nd November 2015.
This year’s programme of more than 80 international films is exciting and varied, including star-studded galas such as Closer to the Moon and Septembers of Shiraz; landmark films such as the much feted Son of Saul, which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival 2015; films that showcase new British talent such as the world premiere of Orthodox; extraordinary real life stories from the hijack docudrama Sabenato the biting humour of Look at us Now Mother!; movies full of joy and laughter such as 5 to 7 and What’s in a Name; and the latest and best in contemporary Israeli cinema from the award-winning Kindergarten Teacher; toPrincess, which premiered at Sundance to great acclaim; Yona, the wonderful biopic about Israel’s most celebrated poet; Manpowerand Hotlinewhich explore the issue of immigration in Israel;JeruZalem, the mesmerising horror film shot in the alleyways and holy sites of Jerusalem; and Fauda, one of the best TV series to come out of Israel, which will be screened in its entirety over 3 evenings.
There is something for everyone! We look forward to welcoming you to this celebration of the diversity and creativity of Jewish and Israeli film culture.
One place to find all the Israeli films playing at this year’s UK Jewish Film Festival!
Israel is a hotbed of creative activity and there’s no finer expression of this than through film. Drawing inspiration from Israel’s unique socio-political climate, the country has produced films that span the full range of genres, crafting a distinct and increasingly important voice on the world cinema stage.
Fauda – the stunning new Israeli TV series that has garnered critical acclaim and thrilled audiences in equal measure. A brilliantly realised depiction of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Partner with the Enemy – the inspiring story of two women, one Israeli and one Palestinian, uniting with the dream of forming a business.
Sabena – a heart-pounding account of the dramatic hijacking of Sabena flight 571, and an astonishing insight behind this flashpoint from the era of terrorist hijackings.
The Zionist Idea – an ambitious and fascinating history of the modernist Zionist movement, starting from its late nineteenth century beginnings through to the present day.
Film Lab Events (£5)
UKJF’s new FilmLab series is open to anyone who is curious about filmmaking. Discover the secrets of filmmaking from world class creatives at the top of their profession, and enjoy the latest projects in development from the next generation of filmmakers.
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.
Nominated for 5 Israeli Awards, Amir Wolf’s electrifying directorial debut is a unique thriller which is a clever and light-hearted murder-mystery with screen-stealing performances from Israeli stars Gila Almagor and Mali Levi. After the body of a man is discovered in a river with stab wounds and a mysterious tattoo, likeable if gruff police detective Amnon is persuaded to take on the case. Enticingly entwining past and present, this is an intriguing and engrossing movie that keeps you guessing until the final scene.
“A thoughtful and invaluable cinematic document. A significant achievement.” The Hollywood Reporter
A fascinating film on the history of the modern Zionist movement, from its late nineteenth century beginnings through to the present day. An essential and vital piece of filmmaking that takes an unapologetically in-depth look at the birth of the Jewish homeland.
On Panel: journalist Melanie Phillips and writer and scholar Professor Colin Shindler.
This has been an incredibly exciting and packed 20th anniversary UK International Jewish Film Festival, with a broader and more diverse range of films than ever before. We would like to say a huge thank you to all our supporters and sponsors and, of course, to you, our audiences across the UK.
A meditative reflection on London’s Jewish workers’ movement through the voice of anarchist Rudolf Rocker. At the turn of the twentieth century, German-born Rocker campaigned with the Jewish immigrants of east London, preaching anarchism to solve Britain’s class inequality. Acclaimed actor and playwright Steven Berkoff masterfully brings to life Rocker’s ‘ghost’, voicing a narrative that piercingly examines urban development and its destruction of Jewish collective memory.