UK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
This November, NIF is proud to be sponsoring three thought-provoking and eye-opening films at UKJFF that together explore the complex web of identities that make up Israeli society. These films offer a mosaic of Israeli perspectives and experiences that broaden our horizons, deepen our understanding and challenge our assumptions about Israel.
Here at the New Israel Fund, we believe in the power of film to effect change on the contemporary realities of life in Israel.
The Dead of Jaffa –
Tuesday 12th November, 8:30 pm,
Crouch End Picturehouse
With their father in prison and mother dead, three children from the West Bank are smuggled into Israel and taken to the house of their distant relatives, George and Rita, in Jaffa. Rita, who longs for a child, embraces them as her own but George is wary of the grave legal implications their actions might have. Meanwhile, a British film director recreates 1947 Jaffa outside George and Rita’s house. When their present-day reality meets the historical events that led to it, tragedy ensues. Politically engaged Israeli director Ram Loevy’s new, heart-wrenching film is a sharp comment on the roots – and future – of a decades-long conflict.
Wed 13th November, 9 pm,
Picturehouse Central (by Leicester Square)
Nadav Lapid’s (The Kindergarten Teacher) new film, winner of the Golden Bear at Berlinale, is a triumph. Having completed his army service, Yoav travels to Paris with the aim of erasing his Israeli identity. Alone in the city, he soon meets a local couple who help him on his journey of reinvention. Original and provocative, Synonyms holds up a mirror to both Israeli and French societies and myths, and like Lapid’s previous films, demonstrates his inventive and daring cinematic vision.
A Tramway in Jerusalem –
Thursday 21 November, 8:30 pm,
Celebrated Israeli director Amos Gitai’s latest film is a unique and ambitious project – an amusing series of vignettes set on Jerusalem’s tramway reflects the city’s incredible human diversity, as well as its fragmentation and political tension. The cast – including Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and The Butterfly) and Hana Laslo (who won the Best Actress Award at Cannes in 2005 for Gitai’s Free Zone) – is huge, as is the number of languages spoken, and Gitai’s inspiration list includes Flaubert, Pasolini and the book of Deuteronomy. A Tramway to Jerusalem demonstrates yet again Gitai’s truly visionary and original filmmaking.
Click here for the UK Jewish film festival website.