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Closer to the Moon, Fire Birds to bookend UK Jewish Film Festival

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- Best Debut Feature Award launched from this year

Closer to the Moon, Fire Birds to bookend UK Jewish Film Festival
Closer to the Moon by Nae Caranfil

The 19th UK Jewish Film Festival (7-22 November) will open with Nae Caranfil’s Closer to the Moon [+see also:
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(Romania/US/Italy/Poland/France) and will close with Amir Wolf’s Fire Birds (Israel). The centrepiece gala will be Wayne Blair’s Septembers of Shiraz (US). The festival aims to reflect and share a greater understanding of Jewish life and culture, dispelling prejudice and fighting racism and anti-Semitism. Several venues across London, Manchester, Nottingham, Glasgow and Leeds will host the festival.<

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From this year, the festival has launched a Best Debut Feature Award, the jury for which comprises director of the National Film & Television School Nik Powell, director Mike Newell (Great Expectations [+see also:
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), actresses Kerry Fox (The Dressmaker) and Sarah Solemani (The Look of Love [+see also:
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), actor Jason Isaacs (Fury), and producer Michael Kuhn (Suite Française [+see also:
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). The nominees are Son of Saul [+see also:
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Q&A: László Nemes
interview: László Rajk
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(László Nemes, Hungary), Orthodox [+see also:
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(David Leon, UK), The Farewell Party [+see also:
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interview: Tal Granit & Sharon Maymon
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(Sharon Mayman, Tal Granit, Israel/Germany), Labyrinth of Lies [+see also:
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interview: Giulio Ricciarelli
interview: Giulio Ricciarelli
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(Giulio Ricciarelli, Germany), and 5 to 7 (Victor Levin, US). 

The new FilmLab series includes master classes from producers Simon Chinn (Searching For Sugar Man [+see also:
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) and Graham Broadbent (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [+see also:
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) plus a live script reading session for feature length comedy drama Sidney Turtlebaum. In all, the programme will feature over 80 films from 15 countries including 50 UK premieres.

Michael Etherton, Chief Executive of UK Jewish Film said, “We are delighted to announce such an exciting programme which celebrates and explores the extraordinary vibrancy and creativity of Jewish life in Britain and around the world.”

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