Stars ready for film fes­ti­val open­ing

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JOSH JACK­MAN

star­ring Adrien Brody and Selma Hayek, is one of 80 films be­ing screened

THE UK Jewish Film Fes­ti­val will open on Satur­day with a sold-out gala screen­ing fea­tur­ing stars Harry Lloyd and An­ton Lesser. The two ac­tors ap­pear in

— which also in­cludes Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong — and will at­tend a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion af­ter the screen­ing at the BFI on Lon­don’s South Bank.

The 19th edi­tion of the fes­ti­val will see 80 films shown at 11 Lon­don cine­mas and four other lo­ca­tions around the UK, over the next two weeks.

In­cluded are 50 Bri­tish pre­mieres. Michael Ether­ton, chief ex­ec­u­tive of UK Jewish Film, said the fo­cus was on sup­port­ing and nur­tur­ing cre­ative tal­ent.

“There are many films from upand-com­ing film-mak­ers that you can see first at the Jewish Film Fes­ti­val,” he said. “There’s so much to see here — not only the ma­jor in­ter­na­tional films, but also pro­duc­tions from film­mak­ers who are show­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary prom­ise.”

This year will also mark the launch of the FilmLab se­ries, which aims to let film­go­ers to take a peek be­hind the cam­era with ses­sions such as “How to Make a Suc­cess­ful Fea­ture Film”.

The new project was “part of our sup­port for cre­ative tal­ent, and in­volves four events with key­note speak­ers who are at the top of their game in the film industry”, Mr Ether­ton said. The Best De­but Fea­ture Award is an­other fea­ture in­tro­duced this year, and will see a high-pro­file jury, led by Bafta film com­mit­tee chair­man Nik Pow­ell, choose be­tween five films, in­clud­ing David Leon’s — about a bul­lied reli­gious boy who takes up boxing — and about a Jewish Son­derkom­mando mem­ber.

Mr Ether­ton said that the fes­ti­val’s pro­gramme “re­flects how Jewish film is be­com­ing more and more a part of the main­stream Bri­tish cin­ema”.

De­tails of screen­ings are avail­able at

Thriller Septem­bers of Shi­raz,

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