In a four-day film festival hosted at Soho’s Curzon Cinema, a celebration of 70 years of Israeli cinema will be showcased, featuring the absolute best up-and-coming talent alongside critically-acclaimed films and film-makers. Starting with the UK premiere of Eliran Malka’s The Unorthodox (2018), the film festival will continue on with its programme of eight brilliant films. Spread over four action-packed days, there’s an abundant offering of genres including queer documentaries and internationally celebrated comedies.
Each night of the festival focuses on a different theme: LGBTQ+, Women, Immigration and Tradition in Society. Each themed evening is a celebration of Israeli cinematic genius and is a rare opportunity to be introduced to some of the immense filmmaking talents that come from Israel. 70 Years of Israeli Cinema champions New Wave directors, those who offer contemporary, creative and impressively artistic styles and approaches to filmmaking. The film festival will be a safe space where everyone is invited to come and get a realistic and emotive insight into the lives Israelis and Palestinians, with all films being in Arabic or Hebrew with English subtitles.
The theme ‘Women’ on Thursday 25th showcases two very different films by two very different, tremendously talented female directors. Don’t miss Zero Motivation (Talya Lavie, 2013) premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan. Tayla Lavie’s award-winning debut is based on her own experiences, set in a ‘remote military desert base where female Israeli soldiers spend their time pushing paper’. For the ‘Immigration’ theme on Friday 26th, make sure to see the screening of Personal Affairs (Maha Haj, 2016). You’ll get a true insight into Cannes Film Festival nominee and outstanding Palestinian director Maha Haj’s experience of growing up in Israel, who in this film creates vivid portraits of relationships on either side of the border.
For the LGBTQ+ theme on Saturday 27th, see The Invisible Men (Yariv Mozer, 2012). The gripping documentary won the Documentary Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2012 and is celebrated in queer film circles. Daring and emotive, this documentary explores the taboo subject of homosexuality in Palestine, and the inadequacies of the Israeli government in protecting Palestinian LGBTQ+ refugees. Finally, on Sunday 28th, for the ‘Tradition in Society’ theme, make sure to see Fill the Void (Rama Burshstein, 2012), an award-winning and highly immersive film that takes viewers deep into an orthodox Hasidic community in Israel.
As well as a curated host of films, the film festival is putting on two director Q&As: with Rama Burshtein, the first Israeli Orthodox woman to direct a film for international distribution, and Asher Tlalim, the London-based expert on Israeli cinema.
Curzon Cinema Soho, 99 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D 5DY
25-28 October 2018
The festival requires registration only, tickets are free. Reserve your tickets at eventbrite.co.uk