Film

Israeli and Palestinian documentaries make Oscars shortlist

By Marcus Dysch and Anna Sheinman, December 5, 2012

Films made by Israelis and Palestinians have been named among the contenders in the best documentary category for the 2013 Academy Awards.

The Gatekeepers, directed by Israeli Dror Moreh tells the history of Israel through the stories of six former directors of Shin Bet, Israel’s security service.

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Polish film tells truth on home made massacre

By Nissan Tzur Krakow, November 22, 2012

A Polish film documenting crimes committed by Poles against their Jewish neighbours has provoked strong reactions in the country.

The movie, Aftermath, written and directed by Polish director Wladyslaw Pasikowski, is based on the events surrounding the Jedwabne massacre in July 1941 in Nazi-occupied Poland.

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Maureen Lipman blasts Jewish Mum TV series

By Sandy Rashty, October 18, 2012

Actress Maureen Lipman has attacked the “culture of humiliation on television” in reference to the Jewish Mum of the Year series currently being aired on Channel 4.

The Pianist star told the Telegraph: “It is very damaging, with antisemitism being what it is. Not to mention that being a Jewish mother is nothing like the way they portray it.”

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Gilad Atzmon’s idea of a joke: Anne Frank

By Sandy Rashty, October 18, 2012

The Frontline Club has insisted that no UK Jewish organisations asked it to cancel a screening of a film about the antisemitic Israeli musician, Gilad Atzmon.

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Josh Radnor: Heart versus head - 'its a big theme of my life'

By Stephen Applebaum, October 4, 2012

Josh Radnor is talking about alcohol. The actor-director and sitcom star has given it up and is finding life as a former imbiber difficult. “There’s some grief that goes with that change, because alcohol feels so kind of youthful and sexy and romantic,” he sighs, before confessing to a recent lapse in Paris when he indulged in a few glasses of red wine.

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Hollywood gladiator Kirk Douglas has his eyes set on a third barmitzvah

By Barbra Paskin, September 20, 2012

‘When you have a stroke you must talk slowly to be understood,” Kirk Douglas is saying, “and I’ve discovered that when I talk slowly people listen. They think I’m going to say something important!

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British film industry veteran Stephen Margolis will reinvigorate UK Jewish film

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2012

Writing labs, commercial radio and web-based TV programmes are part of plans to reinvigorate UK Jewish Film.

The charity’s new chairman, British film industry veteran Stephen Margolis, has pledged to “jazz up” the organisation and expand from its annual festival into assisting budding film-makers.

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Israeli actress wins award at Venice Film Festival

By Sandy Rashty, September 11, 2012

An Israeli won the best actress award at the 69th Venice Film Festival last Saturday night.

Twenty-two year old Hadas Yaron, who is the first Israeli actress to have won the award for her role in “Lemale Et Ha’Chalal” (“Fill the Void”), said: “This is a moment you can’t prepare for. It is beyond my wildest dreams,” according to Israel Hayom.

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Zaytoun to screen at UK Jewish Film Festival

September 6, 2012

This year’s UK Jewish Film Festival will screen the hotly tipped Zaytoun, the first fruit of the newly-signed UK-Israel film treaty, in November.

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Film about Chasidic Jews premieres at Venice Film Festival

By Anna Sheinman, September 4, 2012

“Fill the Void”, a film about the Chasidic Jewish community in Tel Aviv, by Israeli director Rama Burshtein, premiered at Venice Film Festival over the weekend.

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