Stars come out for 19th film fes­ti­val

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

EIGHTY FILMS, from more than 15 coun­tries, in­clud­ing 50 UK pre­mieres — that’s the line-up set for the an­nual UK Jewish Film Fes­ti­val.

The two-week cel­e­bra­tion of Jewish cin­ema be­gins on Novem­ber 7 at venues in Lon­don and across the coun­try.

High­lights in­clude Cannes Grand Prix win­ner Son of Saul, and Bri­tish direc- tor David Leon’s film Ortho­dox. Wi­nona Ry­der stars in Ex­per­i­menter, which gets its UK pre­miere.

Fes­ti­val chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Ether­ton said the event “cel­e­brates and ex­plores the ex­tra­or­di­nary vi­brancy and cre­ativ­ity of Jewish life in Bri­tain and around the world”.

For the first time the fes­ti­val — now in its 19th year — will in­clude an award for best de­but fea­ture.

Mr Ether­ton said the fes­ti­val would “show­case not only es­tab­lished film­mak­ers but also nur­ture new tal­ent”.

More than 15,000 peo­ple watched movies un­der the UKJFF ban­ner last year.

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