2016 Jewish International
With 68 exceptional, international premiere features and documentaries and 7 shorts, the Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF) proudly returns to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Auckland from late October, and tours to Canberra for the first time in the Festival’s history.
Embracing a global selection of features and documentaries from 19 countries including Argentina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA, the Festival’s 2016 season continues to celebrate the infinite diversity of this fascinating culture through drama, humour and suspense.
The highlights of JIFF 2016 are many and include several outstanding feature dramas such as The People Vs Fritz Bauer, The Diary of Anne Frank and Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe, as well as a number of impressive French titles.
The Origin of Violence, by Élie Chouraqui, follows Nathan Fabre, a teacher in a French-German school who is working on his thesis about French resistance to the Nazis during World War Two. During a research trip to Buchenwald, he finds a photo of a prisoner who bears an uncanny resemblance to his father. When his father shrugs off his queries, Nathan pursues the matter himself, and his research becomes much more than academic, and is complicated further by his romance with a young German woman who shares her own family’s history with him.
Arthur Harari’s Dark Diamond is set in Paris, where the protagonist, Pier Ulmann lives hand-to-mouth, getting by with sporadic construction work and petty theft. Pier’s monotony is shattered when his estranged father is found dead. The black sheep of a rich Jewish Antwerp family who dealt in diamonds, he has left his son nothing but the story of his banishment from the Ulmann family, a tale told to inspire vengeance. Determined to get even, Pier travels to Antwerp and insinuates himself back into the family business… with dramatic consequences.
Fanny’s Journey, by the French director Lola Doillon, is set in 1943 where France is under German occupation. Thirteen-year-old Fanny and her sisters are sent by their parents to the OSE, a foster home for Jewish children. With the arrival of the Nazis imminent, members of the OSE desperately organise the relocation of the children to Switzerland. Forced to flee their refuge, Fanny becomes the head of a group of eight children who set out on a dangerous mission across a Nazi-ridden France, aiming to reach the precarious safety of the Swiss border.
Monsieur Mayonnaise is directed by Trevor Graham, and is a lively, colourful, tasty and uniquely personal take on the life of Georges Mora, widely known in Melbourne as a beloved contemporary art patron and owner of bohemian eateries Mirka Café, Café Balzac and the Tolarno Restaurant and Galleries. Less known, however, is Georges' astonishing history in the French resistance during World War II, his friendship with renowned mime Marcel Marceau (Philippe's godfather), and how together they saved thousands of Jewish lives with a fiendishly simple trick involving baguettes and mayonnaise.
Additionally, we also have many other French-produced films, including Sundance Grand Jury winner, Sand Storm, as well as Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me and Midnight Orchestra.
JIFF runs from Oct 26 - Nov 23 across Australia
For tickets head to www.jiff.com.au
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