The Jerusalem Film Festival has presented the program for its Israeli feature film competition, as well as all the other local productions selected to screen in its 39th edition, from 21 to 31.
The event returns to its traditional July dates for the first time since 2019 this year, after the Covid-19 pandemic forced it online in 2020 and pushed it back to August and prevented it from inviting international guests in 2021.
This edition is being led by Jerusalem Cinematheque manager Roni Mahadav-Levin and artistic director Elad Samorzik, following the departure earlier this year of festival and cinematheque director Noa Regev to head the Film Fund. From Israel. Her replacement will be decided after this year’s edition.
World premieres in the Israeli competition include Michal Vinik’s drama Valeria is getting married on two Ukrainian sisters traveling to Israel to get married. It is Vinik’s first solo performance since the festival broke up in 2015. Blush.
by Yona Rosenkier 35 Downhill, about a man who reluctantly sets out on a road trip across Israel on a tractor with his elderly father, also debuts in the section. His last movie Diving won the Jerusalem Israeli Feature Film Competition in 2018
Other new titles include the first feature all i can do by Shiri Nevo Fridental, about a young prosecutor facing a difficult sexual assault case, and Sterilea first work of fiction by documentary filmmaker Mordechai Vardi about a childless ultra-Orthodox couple.
Jake Paltrow’s Adolf Eichmann Drama June zero and Ofir Raul Graizer’s Israel Homecoming Story America It will also compete, after its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic (July 1-9).
Moshe Rosenthal’s dramatic comedy karaokewhich premiered in Tribeca, and the Berlinale Forum’s social satire concerned citizen by Idan Haguel will make their Israeli premieres in the competition.
The festival also unveiled its Israeli documentary competition, as well as four other Israeli productions that will have special screenings.
Documentary highlights include David Wachsmann’s film two children a day, exploring the impact of Israel’s imprisonment of Palestinian minors; by Assaf Banitt Soldier’s opinion explore how Israeli military censors extracted information from soldiers’ personal letters; and Ruth Walk The partisan with the Leica camera about the Jewish partisan Mundek Lukawiecki who captured his exploits on camera.
Special screenings present Moran Ifergan’s film essay I love you Ronit Elkabetz about the late director and actress, as well as restorations of Palestinian director Tawfik Abu-Wael’s first feature film produced in Israel in 2004 Fire (Thirst) and the 1964 classic by Uri Zohar a hole in the moonin honor of the director who died at the age of 86 in early June.
The full lineup of more than 200 movies from 50 countries will be announced next week. As previously announced, the festival will open with an open-air screening of Ruben Östlund’s Cannes Palme d’Or-winning film. sadness triangle in the Sultan’s Pool amphitheater in the shadow of the old city of Jerusalem.
The complete Israeli program
Feature Film Competition
Director: Jake Paltrow
Valeria is getting married
Director: Michael Vinik
Director: Mordechai Vardi
Director: Ophir Raul Graizer
Director: Moshe Rosenthal
Director: Idan Haguel
all i can do
Director: Shiri Nevo Fridental
Director: Yona Rosenkier
Egypt, a love song
Director: Iris Zaki
Director: Zohar Wagner
The soldier’s opinion
Director: Assaf Banitt
to cure the longing
Director: Artem Dubitsky
two children a day
Director: David Wachsmann
live in the shadow of death
Director: Bilal Yusef
The partisan with the Leica camera
Director: Ruth Walk
Special Screenings – Out of Competition
I love you Ronit Elkabetz (Documentary film)
Directed by: Moran Ifergan
boys from home (Documentary film)
Director: Tamar Goren
Atash (thirst) | 2004 (Recently restored)
Director: Tawfik Abu Wael
a hole in the moon | 1964 (Recently restored)
Director: Uri Zohar