The 16th Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival

The 16Th Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival
The highly anticipated 16th Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival opened last night with a screening of Phoenix, a film by German director Christian Petzold that takes place in Germany after WWII. The somber plot of the film was balanced by an uplifting opening reception and chanukiah lighting ceremony, and optimistic words by the Cinematheque's founder Lia van Leer, who emphasized the Festival's role in bringing together people of diverse backgrounds.

 

The Festival will continue throughout the week of Chanukah (December 16-23), and will screen over 50 feature, documentary, short, children's, and classical films. It will also feature the Delicatessen, a series of culinary events and films that will be held for the first time under the auspices of the Festival at venues around Jerusalem.

 

The Festival also offers dozens of lectures, discussions, and panels with filmmakers and guests from Israel and abroad, including Guest of Honor American comedian, screenwriter and actress Sarah Silverman, who will attend a festive screening of her film Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles and participate in an onstage conversation with Einav Galili. Silverman will be presented with the Festival's Achievement Award for her contribution to the fields of cinema, television, and new media.

 

The Jerusalem Cinematheque was founded in 1981 with the assistance of the Jerusalem Foundation and continues to be one of the Jerusalem Foundation's flagship projects.

 

For more information about the 16th Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, visit the Jerusalem Cinematheque website.