THE 22ND UK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL PROGRAMME FOR 2018
The festival will run from 8th – 22nd November 2018 at cinemas across London, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Brighton and Glasgow
This year launches a unique and dynamic programme with exciting new strands, Gala screenings, film premieres, special events and panel discussions with leading directors, producers, actors, journalists and academics. A Philip Roth Retrospective will also feature in honour of the much loved author who passed away this year. The festival will be screening three of its favourite cinematic interpretations of his work, including: Goodbye, Columbus, Human Stain and Portnoy’s Complaint.
Other strands include: The Alan Howard International Documentary Strand, Israeli Cinema, Made in Britain, European Cinema, The Sound of Silence providing a spectacular journey back to the 1920s with beautifully restored classic films, Across the World – from Argentina to Russia in 15 days and the Shorts Programmes including the winners of the Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film.
Films in Competition for the Dorfman Best Film Award are: The Accountant of Auschwitz, Foxtrot, Promise At Dawn, Three Identical Strangers, The Waldheim Waltz and Working Woman. The jury this year comprises of Michael Kuhn as Head of Jury, Anita Land, Clare Binns, Andrew Pulver, Henry Goodman and Michael Rose.
Best Debut Feature Award contenders are: Closeness, Doubtful, Driver, Outdoors, Red Cow and Winter Hunt. The Awards Jury is chaired by Claudia Rosencrantz alongside Paul Morrison, Chris Auty, Dianne Nelmes, Ben Caplan and Carol Russell.
Up for Best Screenplay Award is: Budapest Noir, Death of a Poetess, Foxtrot, Promise At Dawn, To Dust and Winter Hunt with head of jury Nik Powell, with Amy Rosenthal, Josh Appignanesi, Georgia Slowe, Philippa Goslett and Derek Wax. The festival’s Awards Ceremony will take place with the Closing Night Gala on Thursday 22nd November.
As recently announced, this year’s Opening Night Gala is the UK Premiere of Working Woman, directed by Michal Aviad and starring Liron Ben Shlush, Menashe Noy and Oshri Cohen and has been nominated for the Dorfman Best Film Award and will celebrate its Gala Screening at the BFI Southbank on 8th November. This remarkable new Israeli drama could hardly be more timely. Superbly acted and written, Working Woman is a cautionary tale for our times and follows an ambitious career woman who struggles with harassment in the work place.
The Closing Night Gala is Promise At Dawn starring Charlotte Gainsbourg (Best Actress Cesar Nomination) and Pierre Niney and directed by Eric Barbier. Nominated for the Dorfman Best Film Award and Best Screenplay Award, the Gala Screening will take place at Curzon Mayfair on 22nd November and then at the Komedia Brighton on 28th November. Charlotte Gainsbourg shines as the overbearing Jewish mother in this powerful adaptation of Romain Gary’s memoir.
The festival’s special Centrepiece Gala is the London Premiere of Three Identical Strangers, an extraordinary documentary directed by Tim Wardle which won the Special Jury prize at Sundance Film Festival. Raised by their respective adoptive families within a hundred-mile radius of each other, triplet siblings Robert Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman were oblivious to the fact that each had two identical brothers until a chance meeting brought them together, aged 19, for the first time since birth.
Chief Executive of UK Jewish Film, Michael Etherton said:
“With antisemitism on the rise in the UK and across Europe there has never been a more important time to share through film, stories and experiences about Jewish life. We remain determined and committed to using film as a means of combatting antisemitism and creating better understanding and awareness of Jewish life. I am deeply proud of the variety, quality and diversity of this year’s festival programme, with 85 films from 16 countries, including 51 UK premieres, at 21 cinemas in London, Brighton, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham.”
The UK Jewish Film Festival is honoured to have been added to the prestigious BAFTA Qualifying Festivals List for its Short Film categories. Short films screened at the UK Jewish Film Festival will now be eligible to be considered for the British Short Film and British Short Animation awards, as long as they fulfil all other eligibility criteria.