We welcome the Jewish International Film Festival that spans across Sydney (28 Oct - 18 Nov); Melbourne (4 - 29 Nov); Perth (31 Oct, 1 & 8 Nov); Brisbane (21, 22 & 29 Nov) and Auckland (14, 15 & 22 Nov); the biggest yet with 60 Australian premieres of features, documentaries and TV series from Israel and around the world. Program and tickets are available now! If you haven't had a chance to physically pick up a program, you can CLICK HERE and download its PDF format online.
The tickets you need to snap up are the ones for the special events; only in Sydney and Melbourne. There's a few to choose from, with opening night and closing night events including 'live' performances, exhibitions, Q&A with film makers, beer and fear sessions and more.
Son of Saul (Saul Fia - Hungary, 2015) the 97 minute long opening night film is from Director László Nemes and categorised as 'triumph of the spirit'. It begins in the 1944 death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau when Saul discoves the body of a boy he believes is his son. He wants to give him a proper send off with a proper burial and determinedly goes in search of a Rabbi. However his secret plans may collide with a planned uprising. A debut from director László Nemes, it won four awards including the Grand Prix. An Oscar just may be in its path, not just for Best Foreign Language Film, but for Best Picture and Best Director as well. It's been hailed by The Guardian as an outstanding film by any standards, made even more remarkable as a debut.
Closing Night docu-drama Sabena Hijacking - My Version
The closing night Sabena Hijacking - My Version (Israel 2015) is a 98 minute docu-drama categorised as Hamatzav (the situation) directed by Rani Saar. It's 1972 and four Fatah members who board a flight from Vienna to Israel take over the plane, brandishing their weapons. This docu-drama covers interviews with nearly everyone involved in that 24 hour nerve-wracking period including one of the hijackers and the then Transportation Minister and an Israeli soldier who among others was tasked with taking down the hijackers. Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2015 Ophir Awards (Israeli Oscars), the producer Nati Dinnar created a hybrid drama-doco, for if it were purely dramatised, it would have been hard to believe that this extraordinary occurrence actually happened.
The event Beer& Fear is note worthy because special beer deals will be in place along with an 87 minute screening of JeruZalem (Israel, 2015) under the category of Dybbuks and other Mayhem. Two American frat girls have no idea what they're in for when they are invited by a handsome young archaeologist to party in Jerusalem. It's Judgement Day in Jerusalem and they must deal with the end of the world while trapped within the walls of the city. This trio must survive against a plague of the undead and winged demons. Winner of the Audience Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival, believe it or not, this film is one of Israel's first-ever horror films. Described as a schlockyromp with a keen sense of humour, with a beer in hand, it just may be the film to line up for.