Film

Polish Holocaust movie nominated for Oscar

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

A Polish film about a young nun who finds out her parents were Jews killed in the Holocaust has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Ida will compete with four other nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film award at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on February 22.

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, the film centres on Anna, an orphaned nun played by newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska.

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Luise Rainer dies aged 104

By JC Reporter, December 30, 2014

Jewish actress Luise Rainer has died aged 104.

Rainer was a star of cinema's golden era and won back-to-back Oscars.

The German-born star was named best actress in 1936 and 1937 - a feat achieved by only five actors in Academy Awards history to date.

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Stars mourn ‘inspirational, irreplaceable’ Mike Nichols

By Josh Jackman, November 21, 2014

Mike Nichols, the Oscar-winning film director of The Graduate and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, has died aged 83.

Mr Nichols was one of only 12 people to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards - the coveted ‘EGOT’, standing for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

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Trailer: Jewish actress Helena Bonham Carter stars in Disney's new Cinderella film

By Sandy Rashty, November 20, 2014
Watch the trailer as Jewish actress Helena Bonham Carter plays Cinderella's Fairy God Mother in the new Disney film.

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Now he’s a real Transformer: LaBeouf becomes a Christian

By Josh Jackman, October 28, 2014

Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf has moved away from his Jewish roots to embrace Christianity following his latest role.

Mr LaBeouf, whose mother is Jewish and who had a barmitzvah, told Interview magazine that his time spent portraying the deeply religious Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan in David Ayer’s Fury had greatly affected him.

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Tricycle Theatre drops UK Jewish Film Festival boycott

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2014

The Tricycle Theatre and the UK Jewish Film Festival have settled their differences after an agreement was struck to end the theatre’s boycott.

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Ari Folman stays animated for Hollywood satire

By Stephen Applebaum, August 14, 2014

Six years ago, Israeli film-maker Ari Folman found himself travelling the world on promotional duties for Waltz with Bashir.

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Film gala dinner attracts a strong cast of characters

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2014

The stars came out for UK Jewish Film at its first gala dinner, held at the Park Lane Hotel in Mayfair.

Steven Berkoff, Henry Goodman, Greta Scacchi and Maureen Lipman were among those on the red carpet, along with Academy award-winning producer Gareth Unwin (The King's Speech), who brought his Oscar to show the 300 guests.

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To be totally Frank, Jon Ronson's interests are on the margins

By Stephen Applebaum, May 12, 2014

Over the years, Jon Ronson’s fascination with finding out what makes people on the margins tick has seen him hang out with members of the Klu Klux Klan [“They didn’t know I was Jewish — they do now”] and the Aryan Nations [“They asked: ‘What is your genealogy?’ That’s the one time I felt some risk”].

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Tributes to filmmaker Assi Dayan

By Naomi Firsht, May 2, 2014

The London Israeli Film Festival organisers have expressed sadness over the death of Asaf ‘Assi’ Dayan, film director and son of military hero Moshe Dayan.

Dayan died on Thursday in Tel Aviv aged 68.

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