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UK Jewish Film Festival 2007

Date posted: 30.10.2007

This year’s UK Jewish Film Festival runs from 3 – 15 November and boasts a record number of screenings in cinemas across the city.

The festival has been running since 1997 and now offers 43 titles from 13 countries including 25 UK premieres.

There will be an extensive programme at the ICA with a selection of films that cover subjects from a gay Israeli man's search for his 'missing piece' to echoes of the Holocaust in the corridors of corporate Paris (Heartbeat Detector), as well as two very different and moving portraits of families dealing with dark pasts (Heir to an Execution and The End of the Neubacher Project).

The screening of Jerusalem is Proud to Present will be teamed with a panel discussion, 'Sexual and other Politics - Jews, Activism and Identity’. There will also be a post-screening Q&A with Jamie Kastner, director of Kike Like Me.

The Bank Leumi West End Gala and the Opening Night Gala at The Screen on the Hill will both be special previews of The Band's Visit which follows the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Band as they get stranded in a remote Israeli town and build relationships with the locals.

Gorgeous! (Comme t'y es belle) will have it’s UK premiere at the Opening Night Gala at The Screen on the Hill. Described as ‘Sex and the City French style’ this light hearted Sephardic comedy about affluent and beautiful women in Paris.

The two closing night galas are The Year My Parents Went on Vacation and Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at). In addition to these fresh, new films there will also be screenings of classics such as Zelig and Yentl.

In collaboration with New Producers Alliance the festival will run, for the first time, an industry event discussing ‘The Future for Independent Cinema’ (admission free).

For more information on film screenings and the special events organized, please visit the UK Jewish Film Festival website.

This festival has been funded by Film London’s Audience Development Fund.

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