UK, international, Israeli and documentary titles revealed.


The UK Jewish Film Festival (Nov 7-22) has revealed its line-up for the 19th edition, which will take place across London and cities in England and Scotland.

A screening of Suffragette, from British-Jewish director Sarah Gavron, will follow the film’s European premiere as the opening film of the BFI London Film Festival on Oct 7. The period drama about women’s fight for the vote stars Carey Mulligan.

The programme also includes László Nemes’ Holocaust drama Son Of Saul, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes in May.

Other international titles set to play at the festival include Sarah Silverman starrer I Smile Back, Sundance title Experimenter with Winona Ryder and Peter Sarsgaard, and Romanian production Closer to the Moon, starring Mark Strong and Vera Farmiga.

The festival will also highlight a range of UK talent. Besides the aforementioned Suffragette, actor turned writer director David Leon will screen his debut feature Orthodox, whilst the Jonathan Pryce-starring Dough will screen in memory of scriptwriter Jez Freedman, a friend of the festival.

Contemporary Israeli films will include Nadav Lapid’s Kindergarten Teacher as well as JeruZalem, Princess, Manpower and Aka Nadia to provide a sample of contemporary Israeli cinema.

Other titles include The Farewell Party and Apples From the Desert, which won three and four Israeli Academy Awards respectively.

The documentary strand will include Hotline, Sacred Sperm, The Creative Life, and Look at Us Now, Mother!.

A double-bill of Partner With The Enemy and Women in Sink will explore the possibilities for cooperation in the Israeli-Palestine conflict from a maternal perspective.

The festival will continue its tradition of screening Israeli television. This year it will show Fauda, a 12-part thriller about an undercover anti-terror unit embedded within the Palestinian community. The series was co-created by Middle East analyst Avi Issacharoff and former Israeli soldier Lior Raz.

The full programme will be announced in early September.

Confirmed venues for this year’s festival include BFI Southbank, Mayfair Hotel, JW3, Barbican Cinema, Regent Street Cinema, Odeon: Swiss Cottage, South Woodford, Wimbledon, Everyman Hampstead, Muswell Hill, Cine Lumiere and Phoenix East Finchley as well as Home and Cineworld Didsbury in Manchester, Broadway in Nottingham and CCA in Glasgow.

Last year’s festival drew more than 15,000 people to 120 screenings.