BE­COME AN IN­STANT EX­PERT ON JEWISH FILM WITH OUR GUIDE TO ITS LEAD­ING LIGHTS

AYELET ZURER

The Jewish Chronicle - - Arts&entertainment -

GAD EL­MALEH

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.

COEN BROTH­ERS

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.

DANA IVGY

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.

TALI SHALOM-EZER

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

KARIN AL­BOU

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.

CLAU­DIA SOLTI

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.

TA­TIA ROSEN­THAL

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.

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