Back by popular demand, if you haven't already seen it, catch it this time. JIFF (Jewish International Film Festival) has announced over 180 encore screenings of 25 popular Festival films coming to cinemas in Melbourne (Classic Cinemas, 9 Gordon St, Elsternwick) and Sydney (Ritz Cinemas, 43 St Pauls St, Randwick) from 17-31 March.
Catch the films you missed, or revisit your favourites that you just have to see one more time before the festival wraps up for another year. From Incitement , the politically charged true story of an Israeli Prime Minister's assassination, to award-winning coming-of-age drama Asia, starring Primetime Emmy Award nominee Shira Haas (Orthodox) and incredible hidden gems including [B]Honeymood[/B],Crescendo and An Irrepressible Woman; there's more to look forward to.
An Irrepressible Woman - a film that defies logic, when a wealthy Jewish woman decides not to flee a German-occupied country with her husband and son to join a socialist politician and three-time Prime Minister with whom she fell madly in love with when she was only 16 but kept apart from all these years; and chooses to follow him and be imprisoned instead.
Esau - the first English-language film from acclaimed Russian-French director Pavel Lungin. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Israeli author Meir Shalev, Esau follows a 40-year-old writer who returns to his family home after half a lifetime to face the brother who stole both his love and livelihood and offers a modern twist on the biblical story of Jacob and Esau in the book of Genesis.
Asia- put two stubborn and opinionated women under one roof; and one has to know when to get out of the way to achieve a balance between assertion and respect.
Crescendo- when a world-famous conductor steps into a firestorm of discord and mistrust from two factions of young musicians who have grown up in a state of conflict, with fear governing their perceptions of each other; and only 3 wks of rehearsal to bring it all home.
Honeymood - a romcom set over the course of one night in Jerusalem; it all goes wrong for a honeymoon couple when they get into a fight.
Incitement- a gripping and memorable drama of a mesmerising and electrifying account of an assassin's process over a two-year period leading up to the murder of a Prime Minister, which killed not just a leader but also the dream for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
There are certainly a lot of gems to be viewed at the encore screenings.