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The film festival flags are raised!

The 39th Jerusalem Film Festival begins this Thursday, July 21. 

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Over the next ten days, 150 Israeli, International, and classic films will be screened. Theater seats will be filled with local and international cinephiles. Award winning international producers, directors, actors, cinematographers, costume designers, and film students. 

This blogger is getting ready. I don’t want to miss out on anything.

After a careful review of both the online schedule and the thick brochure (bad for trees, good for older bloggers:), I’ve designed a very tight schedule filled with all the films, events, programs, and workshops, that I plan to attend. Plan = Hope.

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Yo’s Schedule

#gowithyo and join me at all, some or even one of the events. During the break, let’s grab a cup of coffee, and chat. Love to hear our feelings and analysis about the films.

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Thursday, July 21

Triangle of Sadness

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: Sultan’s Pool: Hativat Yerushalayim St 1, Jerusalem

Director: Ruben Östlund 

Nationality: Sweden, Germany, France 

Year: 2022

Language: English with Hebrew subtitles

Critical Acclaim: Winner at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

Will filmmaker(s) be present? Yes, director Ruben Östlund

Synopsis: A cruise for the super-rich sinks thus leaving survivors, including a fashion model celebrity couple, trapped on an island.

Friday, July 22

Singin’ in the Rain

Time: 10:30 am

Location: Cinematheque 3

Film: Singin’ in the Rain

Directors: Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly

Nationality: USA

Year: 1952

Language: English with Hebrew subtitles

Synopsis: A silent film star falls for a chorus girl just as he and his delusionally jealous screen partner are trying to make the difficult transition to talking pictures in 1920s Hollywood.

Corsage

Time: 11:00 am

Location: Cinematheque 1

Film: Corsage

Director: Marie Kreutzer

NationalityAustria, Luxembourg, Germany, France 

Year: 2022

Language: French, English, Hungarian | Hebrew, English subtitles

Critical Acclaim: Cannes Film Festival

SynopsisEmpress Elizabeth of Austria is idolized for her beauty and renowned for inspiring fashion trends. However, in 1877, “Sissi” turned 40 and must fight to maintain her public image. While her role has been reduced against her wishes to purely performative, her hunger for knowledge and zest for life makes her more and more restless.

Holy Spider

Time: 1:45 pm

Location: Cinematheque 1

Film: Holy Spider

Director: Ali Abbasi

Countries of Origin: Denmark, Germany, Sweden, France

Year: 2022

Language: Persian with Hebrew and English subtitles.

Critical Acclaim: Recipient of the Best Actress Award at Cannes for Zar Amir Ebrahimi.

Will filmmaker(s) be present? Yes, producer Sol Bondy

SynopsisA journalist descends into the dark underbelly of the Iranian holy city of Mashhad as she investigates the serial killings of sex workers by the so-called “Spider Killer,” who believes he is cleansing the streets of sinners. 

Force Majeure

Time: 3:15 pm

Location: Cinematheque 1

FilmForce Majeure

Nationality: Sweden, France, Norway, Denmark
Year: 2014
Language: Swedish | Hebrew, English subtitles
Synopsis: A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing and spend some precious time with each other. The sun is shining, and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down.

The Accusation

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Cinematheque 1

Film: The Accusation

Director: Yvan Attal

Nationality:  France

Year: 2021

Language: French

Critical Acclaim: Recipient of the Best Actress Award at Cannes for Zar Amir Ebrahimi.

Will filmmaker(s) be present? Yes, director Yvan Attal and actors Charlotte Gainsbourg and Ben Attal

Synopsis:A young man is accused of raping a young woman. The two protagonists, their families, and friends will see their lives and faith torn to shreds in the public eye in the search for the truth. Based on Karine Tuil’s novel Les Choses humaines.

Motzei Shabbat, July 23, 2022

Our Music

Time: 10:15 pm

Location: Cinematheque 4

Film: Our Music

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Nationality:  France and Switzerland

Year: 2004

Critical Acclaim: Recipient of the Best Actress Award at Cannes for Zar Amir Ebrahimi.

Synopsis:Jean-Luc Godard explores violence, media, and morality. In the first segment, Hell, authentic battle footage is intercut with scenes from war films. Next, in Purgatory, journalists Judith and Olga travel to Sarajevo for a lecture featuring renowned poets and writers. Finally, in Heaven, Olga strolls by an isolated lake inexplicably occupied by the U.S. military.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Shorts Israeli Program 1

Time: 11:00 am

Location: Cinematheque 3

Special Highlight: God Child

Director: Daniel Dahan  

Will filmmaker(s) be present? Yes! Director Daniel Dahan, and members of the team. Including the boom operator and assistant producer. 

Synopsis: In the neglected house at the edge of the forest, a boy whose mother is coping with mental illness demands a cure from God. But the depression has its own divine source, and the boy struggles to keep his sanity in a world abandoned by God.

Dahan’s haunting narrative is brought to life by talented Israeli actress Dana Kabessa and newcomer child actor Daniel Barkai. Stunning visuals, shot by cinematographer Meitar Libi Flaum and listening to crisp, high-quality sound, recorded by the very talented Boom Operator. (Is there where I need to include a disclosure 🙂

Shorts Israeli Program 2

Time: 1:45 pm

Location: Cinematheque 3

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song

Time: 4:30 pm

Location: Cinematheque 1

FilmHallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song

Director: Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine

Nationality:  USA

Year: 2022

Language: English

Will filmmaker(s) be present? Yes! Directors Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine

Synopsis: This feature-length documentary explores the life of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, Hallelujah.

Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen

Time: 7:15 pm

Location: Cinematheque 2

FilmFiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen

Director: Daniel Raim

Nationality:  USA

Year: 2022

Language: English

Will filmmaker(s) be present? Yes! Director Daniel Raim

Synopsis: A documentary about the making of the musical film Fiddler on the Roof (1971).

Monday, July 25

Barren

Time: 10:15 am

Location: Cinematheque 2

Film: Barren

Director: Mordechai Vardi

Nationality:  Israel

Year: 2022

Language Hebrew with English subtitles

Synopsis:A childless young ultra orthodox couple faces a crisis after a traumatic treatment for barrenness. When the difference between good and bad is unclear, the family must deal with unresolved secrets that raise fundamental questions about religion and faith.

Emily the Criminal

Time: 1:45 pm

Location: Lev Smadar: Lloyd George St 4, Jerusalem

Director: John Patton Ford

Nationality:  USA

Year: 2022

Language: English

Synopsis Down on her luck and saddled with debt, Emily gets involved in a credit card scam that pulls her into the criminal underworld of Los Angeles, ultimately leading to deadly consequences.

Bernstein’s Wall

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Lev Smadar

Film: Bernstein’s Wall

Director: Douglas Tirola

Nationality:  USA

Year: 2021

Language: English

Synopsis:A complex look at one of the greatest figures in 20th century classical music, Leonard Bernstein, whose passion and creativity guided him well beyond the concert hall.

Final Cut

Time: 10:15 pm

Film: Final Cut

Director: Michel Hazanavicius

Nationality:  France

Year: 2022

Language: French and Japanese with Hebrew and English subtitles

Synopsis:Things go badly for a small film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie when they are attacked by real zombies.

Tuesday, July 26

The Wizard of Oz

Time: 10:15 am

Location: Cinematheque 1

Film: The Wizard of Oz

Director: Victor Fleming

Nationality:  USA

Year: 1939

Language: English

SynopsisDorothy Gale dreams of a land “somewhere over the rainbow,” and her dream comes true after a tornado rages through her hometown. Joined by her dog and a band of unlikely friends, Dorothy sets out to find the enigmatic Wizard of Oz.

The Mother and the Whore

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Cinematheque 3

Film: The Mother and the Whore

Director: Jean Eustache

Nationality:  France

Year: 1937

Language: French

SynopsisThis timeless 1973 masterpiece by Jean Eustache follows Alexandre, a young, idle dilettante who lives with his lover, Marie, and strolls around Paris’s Left Bank. One day, he meets Veronika, a young nurse. He begins an affair with Veronika without leaving Marie.

Involuntary

Time: 4:30 pm

Location: Cinematheque 4

Film: Involuntary

Director: Ruben Ostlund

Nationality:  Sweden, France

Year: 2008

Language: Sweden and English

Will filmmaker(s) be present? Yes, director Ruben Ostlund

Synopsis: The consequences of putting one’s foot down – or failing to do so – are explored in several unrelated stories. Ruben Östlund’s second feature film. 

The Experimental Cinema and Video Art Awards 2022

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Cinematheque 3

Director: Marcelle Tehila Bitton 

Highlighted Film: Four scenes from BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S were taken apart and filmed again in Mea Shearim, Jerusalem. While sticking to the same storyboard, the work examines the new narrative, following the mechanisms of the local female Orthodox film industry, dealing with questions of glamour and values, gender and forgery, attribution, and belonging within political and socio-cultural systems.

One Fine Morning

Time: 10:00 pm

Location: Lev Smadar

Film: One Fine Morning

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve 

Nationality:  France

Year: 2022

Language: French with Hebrew and English subtitles

Critical Acclaim: Winner at the Cannes Film Festival

Synopsis: Sandra, a young mother who raises her daughter alone, pays regular visits to her sick father. While she and her family struggle to obtain the care he requires, Sandra reconnects with Clément, a friend she hasn’t seen in a while. Although he is in a relationship, the two begin a passionate affair.

Wednesday, July 27

Mamma Roma

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Cinematheque 3

Film: Mamma Roma

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Nationality:  Italy 

Year: 1962

Language: Italian

Synopsis:After many years of working on the streets, a middle-aged whore (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an apartment and retires from prostitution. She brings her teenage son, Ettore, raised alone in the country, to live with her, and Ettore becomes her pride and joy. However, her past haunts her with tragic consequences.

Lynch/Oz

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Cinematheque 2

Film: Lynch/Oz

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

Nationality:  USA

Year: 2022

Language: English

Synopsis:Victor Fleming’s 1939 film, THE WIZARD OF OZ, is one of David Lynch’s most enduring obsessions. A new documentary that goes over the rainbow to explore this Technicolor theme throughout Lynch’s work.

McEnroe

Time: 2:45 pm

Location: Cinematheque 3

Film: McEnroe

Director: Barney Douglas

Nationality:  USA

Year: 2022

Language: English

Synopsis:Featuring never-before-seen footage and told by the man himself, MCENROE recalls the epic career of one of the most explosive sporting icons of all time, whose internal conflict drove him to the very top and nearly broke him at the same time.

Paws of Fury: the Legend of Hank

Time: 4:15 pm

Location: Cinematheque 1

Film: Paws of Fury: the Legend of Hank

Director: Rob Minkoff, Mark Koetsier, Chris Bailey

Nationality: USA, United Kingdom, China, Canada

Year: 2022

Language: English with Hebrew subtitles

SynopsisA hard-on-his-luck hound, Hank finds himself in a town full of cats who need a hero to defend them from a ruthless villain’s plot to wipe their village off the map. With the help of a reluctant teacher, our underdog must assume the role of town samurai and team up with the villagers to save the day. 

A Hole in the Moon

Time: 7:45 pm

Film: A Hole in the Moon

Director: Uri Zohar

Nationality:  Israel

Year: 1964

Language: Hebrew with English subtitles

Synopsis: A wild, zany parody of Israel in the early 1960s. Zohar is a new immigrant who opens a kiosk in the middle of nowhere. However, the absence of clients doesn’t deter Heffner from opening a competing business directly across the road. A new digital copy.

Thursday, July 28

Crimes of the Future

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Cinematheque 1

Film: Crimes of the Future

Director: David Cronenberg

Nationality:  Canada, United Kingdom, France

Year: 2022

Language: English 

Synopsis: The body undergoes new transformations and mutations as the human species adapt to a synthetic environment. His partner Caprice (Léa Seydoux), and Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen), a celebrity performance artist, publicly showcase the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances.

Love According to Dalva

Time: 2:30 pm

Location: Cinematheque 3

Film: Love According to Dalva

Director: Emmanuelle Nicot

Nationality:  France, Belgium

Year: 2022

Language: French with Hebrew and English subtitles

Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Dalva lives alone with her father. One evening, the police storms into their home and moves her into foster care. As Dalva befriends her new roommate Samia and social worker Jayden, she gradually understands that the love she shared with her father was not what she thought. With their help, Dalva will learn to become a child again.

The Square

Time: 3:45 pm

Location: Cinematheque 1

Film: The Square

Director: Ruben Östlund

Nationality:  Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark

Year: 2017

Language: Swedish, English, Danish

Will filmmaker(s) be present? Yes, director Ruben Östlund

Synopsis: Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a divorced but devoted father of two who supports good causes. His next show is “The Square,” an installation that invites passersby to practice altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But sometimes, it is difficult to live up to one’s ideals.

Je t’aime Ronit Elkabetz

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Cinematheque 3

Film: Je t’aime Ronit Elkabetz

Director: Moran Ifergan

Year: 2022

Language: French and Hebrew

Synopsis: An archival montage of late director Israeli and actress Ronit Elkabetz as told through the radical collection of her fabulous wardrobe. A cinematic essay about the power of cinema, the power of clothes, and one unforgettable woman standing for and embodying the most profound human desire for freedom and liberty.

Friday, July 29

Plaza Catedral

Time: 10:30 am

Location: Cinematheque 4

FilmPlaza Catedral

Director: Abner Benaim

Nationality:  Panama, Mexico, Columbia

Year: 2021

Language: Spanish

Critical Acclaim: Oscar-shortlisted film

Will filmmaker(s) be present? Yes! Director Abner Benaim

Synopsis: Forty-two-year-old Alicia is a grief-stricken woman, a grief that has caused her to be estranged from society. Her world is turned upside down when a 14-year-old boy who looks after people’s cars stumbles into her house, bleeding. 

Atash (Thirst)

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Cinematheque 3

FilmAtash (Thirst)

Director: Tawfik Abu-Wael

Nationality:  Israel,  Palestinian Territories 

Year: 2005

Language: Arabic

SynopsisA family of five, their two goats and donkey live in the middle of nowhere far from their village home. They earn meager living by producing & selling charcoal, made from the surrounding trees. The father and son are the only ones who ever return to their native village. The Mother & two daughters have not left this place since the day they abandoned home, 10 years ago. One day the father decides to provide running water for the family by illegally diverting water onto their land. The three women recoil from the idea but the teenage son obeys submissively anything to be allowed to continue attending school. The water surging through the pipe parallels the surging resentment the family feels towards the father. He brought them to this place against their will and they know the reason they left their home is also the reason they can never return, but the newly free-flowing water on their land re-awakens the instinctive desire for freedom they have been repressing all these years.

The Cathedral

Time: 4:15 pm

Location: Cinematheque 3

Film: The Cathedral

Director: Ricky D’Ambrose

Nationality:  USA

Year: 2021

Language: English and Italian with Hebrew subtitles

Critical Acclaim: The first feature by Ricky D’Ambrose, which premiered at the Venice and Sundance Festivals and marked him as an original, confident, and fascinating cinematic voice.

Synopsis: An only child’s meditative, impressionistic account of an American family’s rise and fall over two decades. 

Sunday, July 31

The Partisan With The Leica Camera

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: Cinematheque 1

FilmThe Partisan With The Leica Camera

Director: Ruth Walk

Synopsis: The story of Mundek Lukawiecki and his wife Hannah Bern, who fought the Nazis with the Polish partisans and hid in the forests. Mundek not only employed his bravery and cunning but also his Leica camera, giving us a rare glimpse into the life of the partisans.

Really Want to See – Doesn’t Fit Into Schedule

Robe of Gems

The Novelist’s Film

Housewitz

Ziyara

Three Thousand Years of Longing

What films are on your schedule? 

For more information about the Jerusalem Film Festival 39 click here.

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See you at the Jerusalem Cinematheque

Wolfson Garden, Hebron Rd 11, Jerusalem

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About the Author
Yocheved Pianko Feinerman is a filmmaker based in Reut, Israel. Yocheved is currently a full-time student at Ma’ale School of Film and Television and is set to graduate in late 2024. Pianko- Feinerman directed several short films, most notably, Hold the Ball in 2021, selected by several International Film Festivals, nominated for Best Female Director Short, and winner of Best Weird/ WTF Film in the June 2022 Cannes World Film Festival. As a kid, Yocheved enjoyed directing her four younger siblings and has been hooked ever since. Her dream is to engage audiences #herstories #ourstories. Yocheved is currently building her body of work as a writer and director with material curated (directly and indirectly) from her primary role as High Energy Mom to four spirited children, an active Labradoodle, and a wife to a very normal husband.
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