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

The Master of York

Kieron Quirke

In 12th century York, Rav Menachem is a dedicated Master of the Law, whose life is wrecked when his brother dies. Menachem is obliged by the Law to marry Chana, his brother’s widow, and to meet her sexual needs – a task that plays havoc with his studies. Anxious to get his scholar’s life back, he turns to his knowledge of ancient Jewish magic, and fashions a Golem – a man of clay, who can be animated and reanimated to satisfy his wife’s desires. But Gideon the Golem turns out to be useful in other ways too…

Official Selection: Palm Springs International ShortFest 2018
Official Selection: Rhode Island International Film Festival 2018