Event details

Reception 7pm

Film and awards ceremony 8pm
Hosted by Jason Solomons
Film introduced by lead actress Nelly Tagar

Attending this event

Jason Solomons

Jason Solomons is one of the UK’s most respected film critics. He’s a journalist, broadcaster and author, over all the major awards, festivals and movie releases for outlets including BBC News, Sky News, BBC Radio 4 and Radio 2,.

Jason’s debut book, Woody Allen: Film by Film (Carlton Books) came out to much acclaim in 2015 and includes an exclusive interview with Woody, conducted at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.

Jason’s series Movie Talk for London Live, has aired in 25 countries around the world. His guest list has included Tim Roth, Marion Cotillard, Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, Mira Nair, Sir Alan Parker, Viggo Mortensen, Rupert Everett, Alfred Molina, Ray Winstone, Nic Roeg, Ralph Fiennes, Emily Mortimer, Michael Shannon, Geena Davis, Asif Kapadia and John Goodman.

You can hear his entertaining broadcasts on his weekly slot, every Thursday, with Robert Elms on BBC Radio London focusing on London’s film-makers and the city’s world-class movie scene.

Nelly Tagar

Nelly Tagar is an Israeli TV, theatre and film actress.  She was born in 1982 in Tel Aviv and started acting when she was 10 years old. Nelly is best known for Zero Motivation (2014), Tied Hands (2006) and Foreign Sister (2000). She stars in Past Life, which is the Closing Night Gala film of the 21st UK International Jewish Film Festival.

Films screening at this event

Past Life

original title
Avi Nesher
Nelly Tagar, Joy Rieger, Doron Tavory
Israel, Poland
109 min

“Avi Nesher’s brilliant, haunting Past Life may be his best film yet — and that’s saying a lot.” – The Jerusalem Post

“Profoundly moving.” – Variety

Two Israeli sisters reveal a dark secret about their father’s past in wartime Poland in feted Israeli director Avi Nesher’s latest film. Beautifully shot with fine performances from Nelly Tagar (Zero Motivation) and rising Israeli star Joy Rieger (also in this year’s Milk & Honey), the film explores the lingering feeling of guilt endured by survivors, complicated family dynamics and Israel’s fast-shifting cultural landscape in the tumultuous 1970s.

Official selection: Toronto International Film Festival