The UK Jewish Film Festival opens today (November 1st) in London, and promises to offer a wide array of entertainment options for anyone staying at luxury hotel rooms in London until November 18th.
Now in its 16th year, the festival is an event that spreads across the country, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester all taking part. But with the majority of films, workshops and Q&As all happening in London, the capital is certainly the best places to be if you want to get the most from the event.
According to the Londonist, more than 70 films, documentaries, TV specials and shorts will be shown over the course of the festival, and the opening gala event is the debut of filmmaker Sophie Lellouche. Her film, Paris Manhattan, tells the story of a thirty-something woman who bases all of her romantic decisions on her obsession with Woody Allen.
Just some of the other cinematic presentations that you might want to consider watching include Aliya, the story of a young man who gets a chance to leave his life in Paris for a new chance in Tel-Aviv.
A film critic for the Hollywood Reporter said it was reminiscent of the early films by James Gray. “This brooding portrait of a Jewish drug dealer caught between family ties and dreams of a better life is backed by strong lead performances from a cast of relative newcomers,” they added.
There’s also Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, the 1925 film His People, and Poisoned, a coming-of-age film that follows the live of four young men as they leave their homes to undertake military service.
Screenings and other events will be taking place across the city, in venues including Cine Lumiere in Knightsbridge, BFI Southbank and the Odeon in South Woodford.
In addition, the London Film Museum in Covent Garden will be hosting events on Emerging Film Makers Day (Sunday, November 11th). This will include networking drinks in the Film Museum’s Cellar Club, the Mini Meetmarket, which will give new filmmakers the chance to get feedback on their documentary ideas, and a talk by directors Tim Bevan and Michel Kuhn.