AN INTERESTING mix of films of Jewish interest are included in this year’s BFI London Film Festival, which takes place October 4-15. Highlights include Noah Baumbach’s much lauded comedy, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) about a dysfunctional New York family, starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman; Israeli film Foxtrot, Samuel Maoz’s award winning second feature about parental loss, war and conflict and Wonderstruck, Todd Hayne’s adaptation of Brian Selznick’s young adult novel. Set in two different time periods it focuses on two unhappy, hearing-impaired children, both dreaming of a better life. Other features include the opening night gala film, Breathe, an inspirational true love story starring Andrew Garfield; Stronger, another real life story with The Meyerowitz Stories
Jake Gyllenhaal as a survivor of the Boston marathon bombing and Good Time, directed by the Safdie brothers, in which a criminal plans to free his accomplice from police custody after a botched heist.
Israeli debut, The Cakemaker, is about an Israeli widow and a gay cake baker from Berlin who share their sorrow over the death of the man they both loved; another Israeli short film, Lice (Kinim) is a tale of domestic discord and Mordechai
a British comedy short about a strictly Orthodox man who hasn’t seen his identical twin brother in years.
Screening in the official competition strand is Wajib, an entertaining Palestinian drama about the relationship between an estranged father and son and The Lovers, a bittersweet comedy starring Debra Winger in which writer/director, Azazel Jacobs muses on long-term marriage. In the documentary competition section, legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman goes behind the bookshelves in Ex Libris — The New York Public Library.
There is also the opportunity to see the 1945 classic film noir and melodrama, Mildred Piece (Michael Curtiz), which has been restored from the archives. ANNE JOSEPH www.bfi.org.uk/lff