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The Jewish Film Festival UK - 1-18 November 2012

From 01/11/2012 at 10:00 to 18/11/2012 at 13:00

The 2012 UK Jewish Film Festival presents an outstanding programme of French films including the UK premiere of ‘PARIS-MANHATTAN’ the Festival’s opening film on November 1st.

This year’sUK Jewish Film Festival will present the UK premieres of no less than 10 French films in November starting with Sophie Lellouche’s delightful romantic comedy, Paris-Manhattan which opens the Festival in London and Manchester on November 1st.  French comedies, dramas, documentaries and romances will screen to the UKJFF’s ever expanding audience as follows:



Paris-Manhattan – UK PREMIERE – November 1st, BFI, London
Dir. Sophie Lellouche | France 2011 | French | 75 minutes

The eternal wisdom of Woody Allen informs Paris-Manhattan, debut writer/director Sophie Lellouche’s delicious and charming romantic comedy about a young woman whose choices in life and love are shaped by the philosophies of her favourite filmmaker.Playfully poking fun at France’s ongoing love affair with the acclaimed New York auteur, Paris-Mahattan affectionately references a slew of his classic movies.



A Bottle in the Gaza Sea
A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea – UK PREMIERE
Dir. Thierry Binisti | France, Israel, Canada 2011 | French, Hebrew, Arabic |100 minutes

Tai is 17 years old. Naim is 20. She's Israeli. He's Palestinian. She lives in Jerusalem. He lives in Gaza. They must endure an explosive situation that is not of their choosing at an age where young people are falling in love and taking their place in adult life. A bottle thrown in the sea and a correspondence by email nurture the slender hope that their relationship might give them the strength to confront this harsh reality to grapple with it, and thereby ever so slightly change it...

 ‘An Internet-age Romeo & Juliet tale in which the tragedy is more political than personal,A Bottle in the Gaza Sea adapts Valerie Zenatti's much-translated young-adult fiction to polished, engaging effect.’  (Variety)

The Other Son – UK PREMIERE
Dir. Lorraine Levy | France 2012 | French | 105 minutes

Two young men – one Israeli, the other Palestinian – are accidentally switched at birth and raised on the wrong side of the struggle in this moving French drama. The film examines how both families grapple with this bombshell and how they reconcile with having raised and loved the son of their adversary.

 ‘A clever and subtle movie with an excellent cast.’  (Le Figaro)
‘A luminous movie with strong acting.’  (Variety)
My Best Holidays – UK PREMIERE
Dir. Philippe Lellouche | France 2012 | French | 94 minutes

On a holiday to Brittany in 1976, an Algerian-Jewish family are met with initial distrust by the Catholic locals. But gradually, the suspicion wanes, giving way to friendship, laughter and holiday romance.

Alyah – UK PREMIERE (screened at Cannes 2012) – Cine Lumiere
Dir. Elie Wajeman | France 2012 | French | 90 minutes

A young man finds a chance to leave his deadend life in Paris for Tel-Aviv, but money, a complicated love life and his destructive brother lie in the way.‘A slow-burning street drama set in the gritty confines of Northeast Paris, Aliyah (Alyah) represents an intriguing and well-realized feature debut for writer-director Elie Wajeman. Reminiscent of the early films of James Gray, this brooding portrait of a Jewish drug dealer caught between family ties and dreams of a better life is backed by strong lead performances from a cast of relative newcomers, including an impressive turn by French auteur Cedric Kahn (Red Lights).’ (Hollywood Reporter)


The Day I Saw Your Heart – UK PREMIERE.
Dir. Jennifer Devoldere | France 2011 | French | 98 minutes

Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) stars as a twenty-something struggling with commitment issues in this touching comedy-melodrama that tackles thorny father-daughter relationships. After a trail of boyfriends, Justine thinks she has found her soulmate (Guillaume Gouix), but her temporary happiness is thrown when her neurotic 60-year-old Jewish father (Michel Blanc) suffers a delayed midlife crisis and announces that his young second wife is expecting a baby. The film follows Justine as she attempts to deal with the looming pregnancy and the torturous route to reconciliation.
"A slick seriocomedy about a dysfunctional family" – Variety


In Case I Never Win The Palme D’Or – UK PREMIERE
Dir. Renaud Cohen | France, 2011 | French | 85 minutes

A delightful ‘mocumentary’ about a man’s efforts to make a film once he realises his days are numbered.When we first meet the hapless, underemployed Simon Cohen— played by the director himself—he has started attending a support group for ex-filmmakers, struggling to kick their addiction to moviemaking. After losing a bet to a friend, he shaves his head, only to discover a strange cranial lump that may or may not mean his life is ending. On the way to an existential crisis—Can he ever make another film? Will he never win the top prize at Cannes?—he bucks the advice of skeptical collaborators and goes into production on the only film he knows he can make: the one about the life he is living.

 Sharqiya – UK PREMIERE
Dir. Ami Livne | Israel, France, Germany 2012 | Arabic, Hebrew | 85 minutes

Nobody really respects Camel Najer, the young Bedouin who works as a security guard at a central bus station.  When the Israeli government threatens to tear down his settlement, he decides to act; he comes up with a plan to stage a bomb attack, which he will then prevent from happening, making him the hero of the day, hopefully saving his settlement and earning him the respect he's so desperately yearning for. 

‘A delicate, silent and symbolically deafening movie.’ (France Culture).

 Ami Livne’sSharqiya premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and then won the Jerusalem Film Festival’s Haggiag Award for Best Feature.

 Roman Polanski – A Film Memoir – UK PREMIERE at Cine Lumiere
Dir. Laurent Bouzereau | UK, Italy, Germany [France] 2011 | English | 90 minutes [100 mins]

Fluent, passionate and moving, Laurent Bouzereau's film about Roman Polanski is not merely a documentary, but a full-length, wide-ranging interview with the man himself, carried out by his long-time friend and producing partner Andrew Braunsberg.

‘The prospect of Polanski speaking about the extraordinary events that shaped his life is mouth-watering; Braunsberg's questioning is intelligent and sympathetic and Polanski can be a wonderful raconteur.’ (Guardian)

"An emotionally raw recollection of Roman Polanski's life" - Hollywood Reporter

Gainsbourg on Gainsbourg: No Comment – UK PREMIERE at Cine Lumiere
Dir. Pierre Henry Salfati | France 2012| French | 94 minutes

 A stunningly edited collage of rare interviews, archives and sumptuous music portraying France’s most cherished enfant terrible, Serge Gainsbourg, narrated entirely by the artist himself.
The clumsy, ugly duckling son of a Russian Jewish cafe pianist went on to become the greatest French songwriter of modern times; director Pierre-Henry Salfati has painstakingly stitched together a wealth of footage to create a thrilling, poetic portrait of the man in his own words.
That rarest of biographical films - a biopic that allows the viewer to really get under the skin of a great creative mind.

The Art of Spiegelman – A Documentary
Dir. Clara Kuperberg & Joelle Oosterlinck | France, USA 2010 | English, French | 44 minutes

Pulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegelman is best known for his creation of MAUS, which, in the form of comics, retraces his parents' story as they survived the Holocaust. It has attracted an unprecedented amount of critical attention for a work of this content in the form of comics, was translated into 18 languages and honoured by the Museum of Modern Art in New York with a specially staged exhibition.

In 2005, Spiegelman was named as one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People of the Century.


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