Today: February 29, 2024

UK Jewish Film Festival

After receiving an eager reception last year, the annual UK Jewish Film Festival returns for its 2012 programme across London, Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool to celebrate some of the world’s newest and more established Jewish Filmmakers.

receiving an eager reception last year, the annual UK Jewish Film Festival
returns for its 2012 programme across London, Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool
to celebrate some of the world’s newest and more established Jewish Filmmakers.

In 2011 John Madden’s
The Debt
opened events in London. Starring Sam Worthington, Helen
and Jessica Chastain this
war-based thriller was a gripping and mindful means of laying the foundation
for the two week festival. Opening the 16th edition on a lighter
note this year is the UK premiere of Paris
on the 5th of November. The first feature from writer
and director Sophie Lellouche, this
French comedy stars Alice Taglioni
as a pharmacist who’s perception of life and romance is shaped by the films of Woody Allen. With the director himself
appearing in the film, you can catch this chipper feature at the BFI Southbank
and Cineworld Didsbury in Manchester.

Amongst the 70 films being shown at the fortnight long affair
are galas, premieres and special events, including a “Cinema Walk” around
London’s East End, mapping out filming locations and tracing the history of
London’s Jewish Community with Blue Badge Guide Isabelle Seddon, and a unique
screening of a specially restored silent film His People, directed by Edward
in 1925 and accompanied on the 13th of November by a live
score at the Barbican.

UK premieres include Here I Learned To Love, Avi Angel’s 2011 feature about two brothers and three
mothers during the Second World War which is followed by a Q&A with Angel, A
Beautiful Valley
directed by Hadar Friedlich depicting a woman who
has dedicated her life to the development of the kibbutz and now faces
retirement, and Jennifer Devoldère’s The Day I Saw Your Heart (Main Picture), starring Inglorious
Mélanie Laurent
as a young woman with commitment issues as a result of a turbulent relationship
with her father.

Guests include British producers Tim Bevan and Michael Kuhn,
who will be in conversation at the London Film Museum on the 11th of
November. Bevan is co chairman of Working Title and has received six Academy
Awards for Dead Man Walking, Fargo, Atonement and Elizabeth: The
Golden Age
, and 26 BAFTAs, and Kuhn established Polygram Filmed
Entertainment which has bought the likes of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Trainspotting to cinemas. The talk is part of the festival’s
Emerging Filmmakers Day, which presents a series of networking opportunities
with industry members as well as workshops and showcases for those interested
in taking their film career to new heights.

Pears Short Film event returns for
its sixth year as a subjection to the festival. Amy Rosenthal’s The Woman and Shimmy Marcus’ Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion were especially
selected for the programme, and will experience their world premieres at the
Soho Hotel on Sunday the 4th.

For the full programme of the UK Jewish Film Festival, as
well of details of all the events and ticket booking facilities, visit the
homepage HERE

Alex Moss Editor

Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email:

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