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Suave and funny Moroccan comedian/ screenwriter/actor, Elmaleh, 38, has appeared in Jewish-themed French films such as Man Is A Woman, as well as mainstream hits like Priceless with Audrey Tatou. His latest movie, Father’s Footsteps, looks at Jewish immigrant life in 1970s Paris. Showing at the festival: Father’s Footsteps, November 15, 18. Zurer, 40, is an Israeli actress with a high profile in Hollywood. After coming to attention in hit Israeli film Nina’s Tragedies in 2003, she hit the big time as the female lead in Steven Spielberg’s Munich. Since then, she has most recently apeared in Paul Schrader’s Adam Resurrected. Showing: Adam Resurrected, November 10.
Giants of intelligent American film, fraternal, writer/director team Joel and Ethan Coen now follow contemporary classics such as Blood Simple and Fargo with the loosely autobiographical A Serious Man, which draws on their own childhood in a Jewish academic home in suburban Minnesota. Showing: A Serious Man, November 7.
The daughter of Israeli actor Moshe Ivgy, husky voiced Dana, 26, is the youthful face of Israeli film, with credits such as Broken Wings, Or and now Jaffa under her belt. Showing: Jaffa, November 14.
Newcomer Israeli writer/director Shalom-- Ezer broke in to the international film scene when her 57-minute long debut featurette, Surrogate, was selected for the 2009 Edinburgh Film Festival, then turned into the focal point for anti-Israel festival boycott calls from director Ken Loach. The film reveals a promising talent. Showing: Surrogate, November 15
Forty-one-year-old French filmmaker Karin Albou served up an arresting debut feature, La Petite Jerusalem, in 2005. It revolves around a Jewish/ Muslim love story set against a backdrop of Orthodox family life in a Paris suburb. Her latest, The Wedding Song, set in Tunisia in 1942, recounts the friendship between two young girls, one Jewish, one Muslim. Showing: The Wedding Song, November 11, 12.
Daughter of the late conductor Sir Georg Solti, British actress Claudia makes her directorial debut with That’s for Me, a mockumentary about a north London girl with a burning ambition to become a celebrity. Biting satire of the Big Brother generation. Showing: That’s for Me, November 9.
Israeli animator/film director Tatia Rosenthal, 38, launched her film career by adapating two short stories by Israeli author Etgar Keret as short films. The success of both led to her acclaimed debut film, $9.99 (pictured left), again based on various Keret stories and co-written with the author. Showing: $9.99, November 16.