UK Jewish Film Festival

The secret passions of frum young women

By Nick Johnstone, October 30, 2008

Avi Nesher's latest film, The Secrets, opens with Naomi (played by remarkable newcomer Ania Bukstein), the young pious daughter of a respected Orthodox rabbi, asking her father if her arranged marriage can be postponed so she can study for a year at a Midrasha in Safed. Her mother has just died. Out of love, he gives his consent.


Big screen blogger

October 29, 2008


Why fellow Israelis hated my hit film

By Nick Johnstone, October 23, 2008

Earlier this year in Israel, a great deal of hype accompanied the cinema release of The Lemon Tree, the latest film from writer/director Eran Riklis. After the success of The Syrian Bride (2004), a film about a Druze woman who has to leave Israel and her family in the Golan Heights, forever, in order to marry a man across the border in Syria, critics and audiences alike were eager to see what Riklis had to say next about the political status quo in Israel.


JFF Film listings

October 3, 2008

Mon 03 Nov

7.00pm Fugitive Pieces VUE WEST END

Sat 08 Nov

6.30pm Hey Hey, It's Esther Blueburger ODEON SWISS COTTAGE


Your essential guide to the film festival

By Nick Johnstone, October 3, 2008


Top 10 films to see at the UK JFF

October 3, 2008

1. The Lemon Tree

Searing drama from Eran Riklis, the director of The Syrian Bride

2. Strangers

Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv's improvised film tracks an ill-fated Israeli-Palestinian love affair

3. Fugitive Pieces

Jeremy Podeswa's moving adaptation of Anne Michaels's bestselling novel

4. The Secrets

Controversial drama set in a female Orthodox seminary in Safed