Jewish International Film Festival 2023

Jewish International Film Festival 2023

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Posted 2023-10-06 by Jenfollow

Mon 23 Oct 2023 - Wed 06 Dec 2023

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Tickets are on sale for the Jewish International Film Festival which will be screening from 23 Oct to 6 Dec in various states as follows. If you haven't managed to get your hands on a hardcopy, you'll find the online program here . With 50 plus films from across the world, you'll find must-see headliners, home-grown Australian stories, laugh-out-loud comedies, and lots of immersive events to captivate and engage film aficionados! Event dates are as follows.

  • Mel 23 Oct-29 Nov - Classic Cinemas, 9 Gordon St, Elsternwick
  • Mel 24 Oct-28 Nov - Lido Cinemas, 675 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn
  • Syd 24 Oct-28 Nov - Ritz Cinemas, 45 St Pauls St, Randwick
  • Syd 2-19 Nov - Roseville Cinemas, 112 Pacific Hwy, Roseville
  • Can 15-22 Nov - Dendy Cinemas, Lvl 2, Nth Quarter, Canberra Cntr, 148 Bunda St, Canberra City
  • Hobart 2-12 Nov - State Cinema, 375 Elizabeth St, North Hobart
  • Gold Coast 16-22 Nov - Dendy Cinemas, Queen Street Village, Southport
  • Per 16 Nov-6 Dec - Luna Palace, 155 Oxford St, Leederville

  • Here's a heads-up about Maestro . JIFF is co-presenting this advance screening on Wed 6 December at 7pm at Classic, Lido and Ritz Cinemas in Melbourne. The film follows the complex love of Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre, from their meeting at a party in 1946, and continuing through two engagements, a 25-year marriage, and three children. Be one of the first to discover a towering and fearless love story in this highly anticipated film starring Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan, and enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling on arrival.


    The Festival kicks off with Opening Night (Syd, Mel, Per, Can) film Matchmaking . A romantic comedy, it's a Haredi take on Romeo and Juliet with plenty of laughs. Israel's biggest 2023 box office hit, it won the Audience Award for Narrative Film at this year's Miami Jewish Film Festival. Moti Bernstein is the perfect son; he has it all - good looks, a good family and a brilliant mind. He has the choice of the best girls in the Jewish Orthodox world, but Moti only has eyes for his sister’s friend Nechama, who hails from a Moroccan Mizrahi family. Throwing caution and taboo to the wind, he moves to win the hand of his Sephardic love.

    The Closing Night (Mel, Syd) film The Jewish Nazi? is a little more serious and tells the staggering story of Melbourne's Alex Kurzem, a young boy who escaped the massacre of his family's shtetl in Belarus in 1941. He survived in the woods during one of the coldest winters on record, only to be captured by a Latvian battalion. Instead of killing him, they took pity on him and gave him a new name, adorned him with a uniform and a gun, and made him their child mascot, “Hitler's youngest soldier.” Building on the international bestselling book ‘The Mascot’ and an award-winning ABC documentary, the film goes above and beyond, tracing Alex’s journey to Australia with his adopted Latvian family, and his eventual life in the Melbourne suburb of Altona. There's more to the story, so you know what to do, to find out one of the most remarkable stories to emerge from the War according to the BBC.


    The 2023 JIFF 'Shorts' encourages and supports the production and exhibition of diverse short films on themes that engage with Jewish life, and this year you have films that go from 5 to 19 mins; a few of them enjoying their world premiere. Four of the five shorts are from Australian filmmakers, with the 5th a collaboration between Australia and Israel.

  • Mahjong & Mahashas - a melting pot of family culture that brings the little things into focus that remains a rich and vibrant smorgasbord of Sydney's Singaporean Sephardic community
  • Stones - mysterious packages of stones from strangers all over the world arrive at the doorstep of a woman struggling to deal with the loss of her aunt - taking her on a journey to face her grief
  • Cut - a teenage boy caught in a web of lies, pulled in different directions, somethings gotta give - and finds himself haunted by a Hasidic spectre demanding a sacrifice
  • The Swap - an accidental confusion and swapping of children at birth brings about lifelong repercussions
  • Demonstrating for Democracy: On the Frontline of Israel’s Protest Movement - a journey into the unprecedented protest movement in Israel, as civil society fights to save democracy. This is a work in progress of what will be an immersive virtual reality film


  • Kadimah and JIFF present a unique, world-first retrospective, showing all seven films from 1973-2007, based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s stories over six Sundays from 29 Oct to 3 Dec in Melbourne only. Displayed will be fabulous storytelling talents of the only Nobel literature laureate to write in Yiddish. Though all in the English language, the nuance and depth of the original Yiddish texts shine through.

  • Enemies, A Love Story - a ghostwriter finds himself romantically involved with his current wife, a married woman and his long-lost wife!
  • The Magician of Lublin - an escape artist and seductive magician whose guilt drives him crazy, leading to a radical solution
  • Yentl - about a girl who dresses as a boy to secretly study the Torah, and finds herself embroiled in a love-triangle
  • The Real Shlemiel - animated, one of the cherubs accidentally drops all the foolishness on a tiny village, when God distributed wiseness and foolishness through a newly created world


  • Love Comes Lately - approaching his 80s does not stop a man pursuing love with youthful vigour, at the risk of his relationship with the woman he loves, but neglects
  • The Cafeteria - a relationship with an intriguing young Holocaust survivor takes hold of a writer; one he cannot let go of, even when it becomes frighteningly intense
  • Isaac Singer’s Nightmare and Mrs Pupko’s Beard - a chance to see Singer himself starring in the role of a Yiddish writer in New York in a surreal, guilty nightmare

  • Do scour the film list and get in early for your tickets so as not to be disappointed. There's so much to choose from. Lucky Sydney has My Leonard Cohen: Live in Cinema at JIFF , which will be at the Ritz Cinemas , 43 St Pauls St, Randwick NSW on Sunday 5 Nov at 5pm. Stewart D'Arrietta and his 7-piece band celebrate the late, legendary Leonard Cohen with beautiful renditions of his arresting and imaginative musical arrangements, punctuated by poems and stories of Cohen's life, and the motivations behind the songs. A one-night-only event, use the given link to get your tickets.



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