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The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY KEREN DAVID PHO­TOS: UKJF

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

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