The Jewish Film Festival is set to bring London to live from 1-20 November as it screen a series of seventy project ranging from feature films to documentaries and shorts from all around the world.
The festival is into it's fifteenth year and will offer a broad range of genres such as drama with This Must Be The Place, which stars Sean Penn, romantic comedy with Salsa Tel Aviv and horror with Rabies.
So to celebrate the fact that the Jewish Film festival is just around the corner we are going to take a look at some of the movies that you should be looking out for.
- This Must Be The Place
Sean Penn is back with his latest movie which sees him team up with filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino.
Cheyenne is a former rock star.At 50 he still dresses 'Goth' and lives in Dublin off his royalties .
The death of his father, with whom he wasn’t on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered.
Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America.
Directed by Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado, Rabies (Kalevet) is the first horror movie to come out of Israel and it is already getting somewhat of a following at the horror film festivals.
A brother and sister, in their twenties, run away from home after their dark secret is discovered.
They find temporary refuge in a deserted nature reserve. When the sister falls into a hunting trap, set by a psychotic killer, the brother sets out in a race against time to rescue her.
- How To Re-Establish A Vodka Empire
British director Dan Edelstyn discovers - through reading the diaries of his Jewish grandmother who fled the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 - that his great grandfather’s Ukrainian vodka factory still exists.
He decides to import its high quality vodka to the UK, and, in doing so, discovers much about his roots.
How To Re-Establish A Vodka Empire is the directorial debut for the Brit filmmaker, who also wrote and produced the documentary.
Directed by Yossi Madmony, Restoration is a beautifully shot Israeli drama centres around a failing antique furniture restoration shop, complicated family relationships...and the discovery of an ancient Steinway piano that might just save the store from being turned into apartments.
The movie has been on the festival circuit this year already playing in the likes of Toronto and at Sundance.
Sasson Gabai, Henry David and Sarah Adler are all on the cast list.
- Crime After Crime
Directed by Yoav Potash documentary movie Crime After Crime is about the battle to free Deborah Peagler who spent 26 years in prison for her connection to the murder of the man who brutally abused her.
Debbie’s story takes an unexpected turn when a pair of novice attorneys, (one of whom is an Orthodox Jew), decide to take up her case... and, in the process, cause a legal meltdown...
- The Hangman
Another documentary that will be screening at the festival is The Hangman - which is directed by Netalie Braun and Avigail Sperber.
Nazi and Holocaust organiser, Adolf Eichmann, was hanged in Israel’s only execution in 1962.
Hangman Shalom Nagar kept his own identity secret for more than 30 years; regularly haunted by nightmares, Nagar still managed to maintain his personal sanity and a surprisingly humane attitude to life.
The Jewish Film Festival runs 1 - 20 November.
FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw