The UK Jewish Film Festival 2011

From November 1 – 20 2011, the 15th annual UK Jewish Film Festival will hit 13 venues around London, showcasing over 70 feature films, shorts and documentaries. Award-winning titles will come from countries around the world, including the UK, Israel, Poland, Canada, France, Russia, and many more.

The UKJFF is unrivalled in it’s presentation of works on Jewish themes, made by filmmakers from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The festival will feature comedies, dramas, rom-coms, documentaries, and even a slash-horror.
As well as being renowned for it’s selection of films, its support of filmmakers and its extra-curricular activities such as national film tours, interfaith screenings, emerging filmmaker workshops, talks and discussions have made this one of the most successful film festivals that the UK has to offer, broadening it’s appeal to a wider audience of all ages and backgrounds.

“I’m very excited about this year’s Festival,” comments Executive Director Judy Ironside. “It’s our aim to provide great entertainment for a wide audience in tandem with showing work that promotes respect, understanding and communication between communities of all backgrounds, ages and cultures. I’m extremely proud of all 70 titles; there really is a huge range of excellent work on offer and we’ll be staging some very interesting Q&A events with film and documentary filmmakers throughout.”

The Festival opens November 1 at the Odeon West End, with a gala screening of the powerful drama This Must Be The Place, co-written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino and starring Sean Penn.

On November 5, the Tricycle will screen Footnote, an Israeli drama written and directed by Joseph Cedar, which won the ‘Best Screenplay Award’ at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The Tricycle will also host a special screening of the multi-Oscar-winning UK classic Chariots Of Fire to commemorate the film’s 30th anniversary on November 13, with director Hugh Hudson will be guest of honour.

And just in case anyone thought they were safe to walk home across the park, here comes one of Israel’s rare slasher flicks, Rabies, screened as a late night event at the Coronet on November 12 and the PeckhamPlex on November 17 2011.

Other venues included in the festival are the BFI, Cine Lumiere, The Prince Charles Cinema, Soho House, Everyman, Phoenix, and the brand-new IMAX Swiss Cottage.

The programme is officially announced September 22 along with a special preview screening of The Debt, starring Helen Mirren.

For more information and the full programme, check the UKJFF out online:

Official website: www.ukjewishfilmfestival.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/UKJewishFilmFestival

Twitter: @UKJewishFilm

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