European cinema celebrated at the Miami Jewish Film Festival
by Nicolas Raffin
- The 18th edition of one of the largest Jewish cultural events in Florida will be held from 15-29 January and will showcase a raft of European titles
The programme of the Miami Jewish Film Festival’s 18th edition has turned out to be very diverse – no fewer than 20 countries are represented – and includes many North American premieres.
The latest film by Oscar-winning director Stefan Ruzowitky, Radical Evil (Austria/Germany), will premiere in North America on the occasion, alongside Because I Was a Painter (France/Germany) by Christopher Cognet, Bible Kings (France) by Antoine Arditti, Brundibar (Germany) by Douglas Wolfsberger, Romed Wyder’s fourth feature, Dawn (Israel/UK), In Silence (Czech Republic/Slovakia) by Zdeněk Jiráský, and The Metamorphosis of a Melody (France) by French duo Claire Judrin and Fabrice Vacher.
Vanessa Lapa’s The Decent One [+see also:
film profile] – winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival – will screen in the Spotlight on German Cinema section, together with Alain Gsponer’s The Grüninger File (Switzerland/Germany), Run Boy Run (Germany/France) by Pepe Danquart, Farewell, Herr Schwarz (Germany/Israel) by Yael Reuveny and Hanna’s Journey [+see also:
film profile] (Germany/Israel) by Julia von Heinz.
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem [+see also:
film profile], directed by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz, and nominated at the Golden Globes and at Cannes earlier this year (see the news), is also one of the happy few. In addition, the festival organisers have announced the launch of a new programme, New Voices in Jewish Cinema, which will highlight, amongst others, Ester Amari’s Anywhere Else [+see also:
interview: Ester Amrami
film profile] (Germany/Israel), a film that won an award last February at the Berlin International Film Festival.
“We couldn't be more pleased with this year’s festival programme,” said Igor Shteyrenberg, director of the Miami Jewish Film Festival. “Its diversity and artistic uniqueness will delight, surprise and reward those who share our passion for exploring cinema in all its forms. We made use of Cineuropa as a reference tool for our selection – it’s a useful resource.”
The documentary Night Will Fall (UK-Israel-Germany-US-Denmark) by documentary producer and anthropologist André Singer is also on the programme. Overseen by Alfred Hitchcock, this astonishing film, which reveals unflinching lost footage of the liberation of Nazi death camps and exposes the obscenity of Holocaust denial, is an official entry in the Oscars’ Best Documentary Feature category.
The Miami Jewish Film Festival will be held from 15-29 January 2015.