'Where is Anne Frank?' to open 38th Jerusalem Film Festival

The festival has also confirmed its selection of new Israeli films, with 13 features set to screen in the two main Israeli competitions
'Where is Anne Frank?' to open 38th Jerusalem Film Festival

The annual Jerusalem Film Festival will open its 38th edition with a screening of Ari Folman’s acclaimed animated film Where Is Anne Frank?, which had its premiere recently at Cannes. The festival will run August 24 through to September 4.

The festival has also confirmed its selection of new Israeli films, with 13 features set to screen in the two main Israeli competitions. The Haggiag Competition for Israeli feature films will include world premieres of Pini Tavger’s More Than I Deserve; Hadas Ben-Aroya’s All Eyes Off Me; Tom Shoval’s Shake Your Cares Away and Orit Fokus Rotem’s Cinema Sabaya.

The Diamond Competition for Israeli documentary films includes world premieres of Nurit Kedar’s #Schoolyard: An Untold Story; Julie Shles’ I Said I; Noa Aharoni’s Not a Word of Truth and Orit Ofir Ronell’s Razzouk Tattoo.

The festival will also screen 21 new Israeli shorts, seven short experimental films and a newly restored version of Uri Zohar’s 1974 film Big Eyes. The full festival selection will be announced on August 8. The total sum of prizes that will be awarded in the various festival competitions is £310,000 (NIS 1 million).

The Israeli competition line-ups are: (synopses from the festival)

The Haggiag Competition for Israeli Feature Films

All Eyes Off Me
Dir.: Hadas Ben-Aroya
Israeli Premiere/ Sales: BFF

Synopsis: Danny is looking for Max at a party to let him know that she’s pregnant with his child. But Max just started a new relationship with Avishag and is trying fulfill her rough sexual fantasies. Truth is, Avishag actually has someone else in mind.

Cinema Sabaya
Director: Orit Fokus Rotem
World Premiere | Sales: Memento Films International

Synopsis: Nine women, Arab andJewish, take part in a video workshop hosted by a young filmmaker. With each footage shot by the women, the group dynamic forces them to challenge their beliefs as they get to know each other.

More Than I Deserve
Director: Pini Tavger
World Premiere | Sales: Pyramide

Synopsis: Pinhas asks his single mother, Tamara, to join his classmates in preparing for their BarMitzvahs. Tamara, an immigrant from Ukraine, who resists religion, refuses.When the religious neighbour volunteers to help, the two form a strong bond. Gradually Tamara falls for him too. Will the idyll hold up?

Shake Your Cares Away
Director: Tom Shoval
World Premiere | Sales: Wild Bunch

Synopsis: Following the death of her multi-millionaire husband, Alma, a young widow is carrying a restless urge to help people in need. Her unconventional methods of philanthropy will bring her to a journey of self-discovery.

Take the ‘A’ Train
Director: Yair Asher, Itamar Lapid
World Premiere

Synopsis: Yishai visits his family in Israel and hope to figure out his future. He becomes closer to his younger brother, Omer, a free spirit. Yishai finds comfort in the crazy and surprising encounters from his past, but also must consider his own future and shaky relationship with Omer.

The Swimmer
Director: Adam Kalderon
World Premiere | Sales: m-appeal

Synopsis: Erez, a rising swimming star, arrives at a godforsaken training camp. The winner of the competition wins one ticket to the Olympics. And then there is Nevo, beautiful and gifted, who awakens subconscious desires in Erez.

The Diamond Competition for IsraeliDocumentary Films:

#Schoolyard: An Untold Story
Director: Nurit Kedar
World Premiere | Sales: Cat&Docs

Synopsis: In 1982, during theIsraeli invasion of Lebanon, an Israeli paratroop company was ordered to guard hundreds of Lebanese war prisoners for 10 hours. #Schoolyard: An Untold Story is the anatomy of a murder – the step by step, blow by blow, memory by memory chronicle of a horrible moment in Israeli military history.

Black Notebooks
Director: Shlomi Elkabetz
Israeli Premiere | Sales: Playtime

Synopsis: A man learns from aMoroccan fortune-teller that his sister is about to die. Together with her, he embarks on a fictional journey in an attempt to alter the prediction, revisiting the past and the present to defy an implacable future. But the prophecy still shadows them, as in life, so in cinema.

I Said I
Director: Julie Shles
World Premiere

Synopsis: Suleiman El-Abid was sentenced to 27 years in jail for the rape and murder of Hanit Kikos, based on his confession alone. A few days after reenacting the crime he retracted his confession and has been claiming innocence ever since. Did he receive a fair trial or did the justice systems incriminate him to whitewash their own failures?

Not A Word of Truth
Director: Noa Aharoni
World Premiere

Synopsis: Dr. Rudy was an iconic psycho-guru and founder of “The Rudy Psychoanalytic Institute” – the largest in Israel during the 1970s. His controversial therapy methods forced him to fight for his reputation and the institute’s survival. His demise raises questions regarding abuse of power and moral boundaries.

Razzouk Tattoo
Director: Orit Ofir Ronell
World Premiere

Synopsis: Wassim Razzouk, the sole heir of 500-year lineage of Coptic Christians tattoo artists fromJerusalem, sets out to complete his collection of ancient wooden stencils before they are lost forever. During his journey he discovers that his family is hiding not only stencils, but haunting secrets.

Speer Goes to Hollywood
Director: Vanessa Lapa
Israeli Premiere

Synopsis: The implausible second career of Albert Speer: How did a man in charge of 12 million slaves become “the good Nazi”? A cautionary tale about his 1971 attempt to whitewash his past with a Hollywood adaptation of his memoir, Inside the Third Reich.

The Last Chapter of A.B. Yehoshua
Director: Yair Qedar
World Premiere

Synopsis: The story of AB Yehoshua, the greatest Israeli writer living today – who is dealing with a serious illness, widowhood and loneliness, but chooses love and embarks on his final journey.

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