FOR FILM FESTIVAL
THIS YEAR’S UK Jewish Film Festival programme features 75 films from more than 20 countries at 115 screenings across London, Belfast, Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham.
The festival, which runs from November 9 to 26, features the premiere of An Act of Defiance, directed by Jean van de Velde, which will be screened at the opening gala night.
Set in South Africa in 1963 it is based on the true story of 10 black and Jewish men who are arrested for conspiring against the apartheid system.
Michael Etherton, chief executive of UK Jewish Film (UKJF), said: “At the heart of this 21st anniversary festival is a spirit of openness to fresh ideas, new creative talent, and to telling stories from unexpected places that challenge stereotypes and preconceptions.
“It’s this dynamism and openness that has helped UKJF reach more and more people year on year and over the last 12 months it has been our pleasure to welcome more than 28,000 attendees to our screenings and events.”
Further galas and premieres will include Ferenc Török’s 1945, a powerful and innovative study of a post-war village community, which was screened in the Official Selection at Berlin this year and is likely to be a contender for the festival’s Best Film Award.
The ramifications of World War Two are also felt in Sam Garbarski’s Bye Bye Germany — a hyper-real comedy set in Frankfurt in 1946 — and in a more contemporary setting for Menno Meyjes’s The Hero, a dark thriller by the co-writer of The Empire of the Sun.
The documentaries featured this year include films about Hollywood legends Hedy Lamarr and Jerry Lewis;
a film about Israel’s founder David ben Gurion, made from recently rediscovered footage of an exclusive interview that happened by chance; and Supergirl, featuring Naomi Kutin, a 12-year-old from New Jersey. Raised in an Orthodox Jewish family, Naomi started competing as a powerlifter at the age of eight, breaking world records set by much older women.
The Fabulous Allan Carr tells the story of the award-winning Hollywood producer and agent who managed stars such as Tony Curtis and Michelle Pfeiffer and brought the hits Grease, The Deerhunter and La Cage aux Folles to the screen and stage.
Debut films include Yaniv Berman’s unsettling thriller Land of the Little People and Ofir Raul Grazier with the Cannes 2017 hit The Cakemaker.
British and Irish talent is on show in The History of Love, based on the novel by Nicole Krauss and starring Gemma Atherton; Love is Thicker than Water, starring Henry Goodman and Juliet Stevenson, and No Pay, Nudity, starring Gabriel Byrne, a bittersweet look at the world of showbusiness.
There will be a night of awards for Best Film, Best Debut, Audience Choice and now for Best Screenplay. The Pears Short Film Fund returns for the 11th year and the two 2017 winners — The Master of York and The Outer Circle — will be screened.
The UK International Jewish Film Festival runs from November 9-26. Public booking opens on October 2 — visit ukjewishfilm. org for details
Supergirl features a 12-year-old Orthodox powerlifter’
Gemma Atherton stars in The History of Love, based on the novel by Nicole Krauss
David Ben-Gurion features in a new documentary made using recently discovered footage