Films screening at this event

My Polish Honeymoon

Élise Otzenberger
Judith Chemla, Arthur Igual, Brigitte Roüan, Isabelle Candelier
88 min

Packed with charm and laughter, this delightful comedy follows recently-married Parisian couple Anna and Adam as they head off on a belated honeymoon to Poland, leaving their baby in the hands of Anna’s parents. Whilst Anna hopes to find out something of her family’s history, Adam is more interested in having a few days alone with his wife. Immersed in a new but strangely familiar culture, they discover a Poland awash with absurd and wonderful characters, picture perfect beauty and unbearable sadness. Élise Otzenberger’s debut feature is an entertaining and life affirming tale about rediscovering roots and being Jewish today.

Winner – FIPRESCI Prize 2019 Moscow International Film Festival 

100 Faces

Benjamin Till
13 min

Winner – Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film 2018
World Premiere at the UK Jewish Film Festival 2018
Winner, Gold Prize – Robinson International Short Film Competition 2019

BAFTA-nominated composer and director Benjamin Till explores what it means to be Jewish in this quirky and heartwarming musical film.

Till set himself the task of finding 100 British Jewish people, one born in every year between 1918 and 2017. The first shot belongs to a one-year-old in Leeds, and from then on in, with each new shot, the person featured is a year older than the last. By the end of the film, an entire lifetime of faces will have passed in front of viewers’ eyes. 100 Faces is a true celebration of the diversity of Jewish people filmed in Manchester, Northampton and London. Holocaust survivors, Kindertransportees and those who fought at Cable Street rub shoulders with chazans, rabbis and atheists. Some speak, some sing. All are accompanied by a specially-written soundtrack recorded by the Israel Camerata orchestra.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime film, which Till describes as “a musical postcard from British Jewish people to the rest of the world”.

Official Selection:
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2019
Washington Jewish Film Festival 2019
Berlin Jewish Film Festival 2019
Austin Jewish Film Festival 2019
Edmonton Jewish Film Festival 2019
Nominated, Best Soundtrack, Religion Today Film Festival 2019
UK Jewish Film Festival 2018