UPDATED: As political tensions escalate, a number of film festival guests have cancelled their trips to Jerusalem.
Austrian director Ulrich Seidl and his collaborator Maria Hofstaetter, who were due to get a tribute and have a public talk, have cancelled their travel to the 2014 Jerusalem Film Festival. Seidl’s films Dog Days and Import/Export will screen as scheduled.
Beki Probst of Berlin’s European Film Market, who was also due for a festival tribute, has also cancelled.
Other directors who are no longer planning to attend the festival include Dietrich Brüggemann (Stations of the Cross), Alice Rohrwacher (The Wonders),Johannes Holzhausen (The Great Museum), Ruben Amar and Lola Bessis (Swim Little Fish Swim), Marcelo Gomes (The Man of The Crowd), Lloyd Handwerker (Famous Nathan), and Georges Gachot (O Samba).
Industry attendees who cancelled their visits include Serge Toubiana, Michel Zana, Felix Moller, Leslie Siegel, Bruce Goldstein, Roberto Olla, Marie-Pierre Valle, Andreas Eicher, Christina Bentlage, Andre de Margerie, Ricky Tollman and Randy Manis.
The festival has welcomed a number of high-profile guests including Park Chan Wook and David Mamet. Spike Jonze is still set to attend as of press time.