Lon­don Film­fest

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

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

The Cake­maker

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