Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival to Light Up Hanukkah Season

The 23rd Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival at the Jerusalem Cinematheque will light up the Hanukkah season with an in-person edit from November 27 to December 2.

It will feature films that examine all aspects of Jewish life and history, from feature films to documentaries, and will include appearances and master classes from distinguished filmmakers, as well as all kinds of special events.

These will include a tribute to Barbra Streisand, which will feature a restored print of the 1968 classic Funny Girl, the story of comedian Fanny Brice, directed by German Jewish director William Wyler, along with a concert inspired by Streisand’s greatest hits.

Hagai Levi, the Israeli writer / producer who created Scenes from a Marriage reboot and other acclaimed series like BeTipul, Our Boys and The Affair, will talk about his work with Anat Rivlin, television editor and comedy creator.

Vanessa Lapa, director of Speer Goes to Hollywood, which won the Ophir Award for Best Documentary, will give a masterclass and talk about the film with Professor Moshe Zimmermann.

The film archives of ISRAEL. (credit: Bar Mayer)

The Israel Film Archive has restored Avraham Heffner’s 1990 film Laura Adler’s Last Love, starring Rita Zohar, which tells the story of a Yiddish stage actress, and will feature Shem-Tov Levi, who composed the music for the film.

A filmed representation of Stefano Massini’s play, The Lehman Trilogy, about the family that ran the collapsed investment bank, will be screened in a National Theater production in London.

The Romanian ambassador to Israel, historian and author Radu Ioanid, will speak at a screening of Radu Gabrea’s Jews for Sale, a documentary about how the Israeli government dealt with Romanian authorities to allow Jews to emigrate to Israel.

The opening night movie will be Philipp Stoltzl’s The Royal Game, based on a novel by Stefan Zweig, about a lawyer arrested by the Nazis who sticks together by playing chess.

There will be documentaries about a number of intriguing figures, including Nobel Prize-winning author Saul Bellow, singer Serge Gainsbourg, movie star Paul Newman (whose father was Jewish), philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, former Prime Minister Menachem Begin. and the financier / philanthropist. George Soros.

Dr. Noa Regev, director of the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, and Daniella Tourgeman, artistic director of the festival, said in a statement: “We are very excited about the upcoming festival, which draws a diverse audience from across the country, in the nice atmosphere of Hanukkah. The program has been carefully selected with the intention of providing festival goers with new and in-depth perspectives on the complex Jewish issue. “

The Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival 2021 is carried out with the support of the Ministry of Culture, the Municipality of Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Foundation, the Avi Chai Foundation, the Gesher Foundation for Multicultural Cinema, Helene Schumann and Jill Samuels.

The full program will be available soon on the Jerusalem Cinematheque website at

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