The Israeli Film Festival, supported by the Australia Israel Cultural Exchange (AICE), is back for its 11th year at Palace Cinemas across the country – including Canberra, where the festival kicks off on 19 August.
A diversity of the best in Jewish cinema is showcased. This year’s selection cuts across the spectrum of human emotion, tells the stories of characters big and quiet, and represents a wide range of values and religious beliefs.
The festival opens with Cannes award-winning director Shira Geffen’s Self-Made (2014), about an Israeli and a Palestinian woman who inadvertently and seamlessly swap lives.
The line-up includes a swath of documentaries such as Rita Jahan Foruz (2013), which follows the famous Iranian-born Israeli singer as she records her first album in Farsi and dazzles in a series of performances, and In Between, about a couple’s struggle to adapt to the changes brought about when the husband converts to ultra-orthodox Judaism.
To discuss this year’s offerings, I spoke to former Executive Director of AICE, Keith Lawrence, who has been involved with the Israeli Film Festival since its inception.
Visit the AICE Israeli Film Festival website for the full line-up: www.aiceisraelifilmfestival.com
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