Noted Jewish philosopher and writer Bernard Henri-Lévy during the filming of 'The Will to See,' about suffering in war-torn areas worldwide, which will be screened at the Jewish Film Festival, November 29-December 2, 2021 (Courtesy 'The Will to See' PR)
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Cinematheque’s Jewish Movie Fest brings vary of flicks for Hanukkah viewing

Movies about Jewish thinkers, artists, activists and different artistic varieties will fill the screens of the Jerusalem Cinematheque for the upcoming Jewish Movie Competition, November 27 by December 2.

The six-day occasion contains movies in regards to the Holocaust, documentary portraits of well-known Jewish figures and Israeli movies.

This yr, Instances of Israel readers obtain a 20% low cost to all movies and occasions with the next code: jjff21.

Lots of the movies cope with the topic of making artwork throughout wartime, mentioned Daniella Tourgeman, the pageant’s inventive director.

“There’s this overarching idea of working passionately on a murals, theater, literature or music throughout essentially the most attempting occasions,” mentioned Tourgeman.

She pointed to the opening film, “The Royal Sport” from Nachshon Movies, an adaptation of the novel “Chess Novella” about an Austrian legal professional who’s caught by the Gestapo and positioned below arrest in a resort, and the way enjoying chess subverts his trauma.

One other instance is “Charlotte,” an animated movie about Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon, thought-about the main feminine Jewish painter of the twentieth century, who created a lot of her work whereas hiding from the Nazis.

One other Holocaust-era movie, “A Radiant Girl,” a couple of younger lady dwelling in Paris in the course of the struggle, the place she is passionately concerned in theater and seemingly unaware of the struggle raging round her, reveals that very same dedication to craft, mentioned Tourgeman.

There was fierce competitors to get into the Jerusalem occasion this yr, mentioned Tourgeman, as a result of the manufacturing of so many movies was delayed in the course of the peak of the pandemic and filmmakers at the moment are vying for placement.

“There are double the variety of movies so it’s a technical concern,” mentioned Tourgeman. “However the give attention to creation additionally needed to do with what the world has been experiencing for the final two years.”

Different notable occasions in the course of the pageant embrace the screening of “The Lehman Trilogy,” a play in regards to the Lehman banking household, directed by Sam Mendes and filmed dwell in London’s West Finish.

Famous Jewish thinker and author Bernard Henri-Lévy will probably be current for the screening of “The Will to See,” his documentary about human struggling and distress in war-torn places worldwide, based mostly on his 2021 e-book, “The Will to See: Dispatches from a World of Distress and Hope.”

Documentary “Paul Newman, Behind Blue Eyes,” is in regards to the actor’s political activism and charitable work, each points of his Jewish id, and will be included as one other movie that appears at faith and id by the prism of tikkun olam, repairing the world, mentioned Tourgeman.

There are additionally portrait documentaries of Menachem Start, Saul Bellow and George Soros, and an occasion with the Romanian ambassador to Israel in regards to the ransom of Romanian Jews throughout World Conflict II.

TV author Hagai Levi, whose newest present is HBO’s “Scenes From a Marriage,” will probably be available for a dialog with colleague Anat Rivlin, about Judaism by the prism of affection, longing, and loneliness, as will Ari Folman for the Hebrew screening of his newest animated characteristic, “The place is Anne Frank?” which opened the Jerusalem Movie Competition in the course of the summer season.

A full itemizing with days and occasions is offered on the Jerusalem Cinematheque website.


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