Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival 2022 will take place for the 24rd time, from December 17th to 22nd, as usual, at the Cinematheque, during the Hanukkah holidays. The 24rd Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival returns this year to its original scope. It will include an opening night, an international competition, an interreligious film competition, short Israeli films competition, and numerous categories dedicated to the local film industry, documentaries, the greatest Jewish thinkers, restored classics, and more. Additionally, there are new programs and events planned for the guests.
Jewish Film Festival 2023
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song
USA 2021 | 115 minutes | English | Hebrew subtitles Award-winning co-directors Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine’s documentary film explores the life of one of the greatest musicians of all time as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, Hallelujah. The directors touch upon Cohen’s long, winding career, but a large portion of the film is dedicated to the dramatic journey of the titular song, from its rejection by the record label to its arrival at the top of the charts, interspersed with interviews with artists for whom Hallelujah is a personal touchstone. The Canadian musician had given his blessing to the production of the film in 2014, which granted the filmmakers extensive access to his private archives and never-before-seen material, including Cohen’s personal notebooks, photographs, performance footage, and extremely rare audio recordings. “There is a religious Hallelujah, but there are many other ones. When one looks at the world, there's only one thing to say, and it's Hallelujah. That's the way it is.” (Leonard Cohen) Dir.: Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine Tickets >>
Klarsfeld: A Love Story
UK 2022 | 90 minutes | French, English, German | Hebrew, English subtitles Beate and Serge Klarsfeld have spent their lives tracking down Nazi war criminals and bringing them to justice. Now in their 80s, they continue their fight against a resurgent far-right movement in Europe. The film explores both their past work and their current efforts to combat fascism, featuring personal testimonies from fellow activists and family to presidents and Holocaust survivors. The film is also the story of a love affair between Beate and Serge; hunting partners, fellow activists, husband and wife, and parents, revealing both their courageous work and enduring love. Dir.: Mike Lerner, Martin Herring Prod.: Mike Lerner, Martin Herring Source: Fremantle Tickets >>
My Father’s Secrets
France, Belgium 2021 | 74 minutes | French | Hebrew subtitles 1960s Belgium. Michel and his brother Charly live a happy childhood. Their father, silent and discreet, does not reveal his past. The brothers imagine him as a great adventurer or treasure hunter…. But what is he hiding? Veteran filmmaker Véra Belmont presents a moving adaptation to Michel Kichka’s graphic novel, telling of the struggles of first and second-generation Holocaust survivors. “The book, like the film, is a story of trauma and resilience. It carries a universal message and is a great lesson for today’s youth” Michel Kichka. Kindly supported by the Consulate General of Belgium in Jerusalem. Dir.: Véra Belmont Prod.: Marc Jousset Voices: Michèle Bernier, Jacques Gamblin, Arthur Dupont, Gabin Guenon Tickets >>