The Jerusalem Film Festival released its lineup for the We Are One: A Global Film Festival, sponsored by Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube, which will take place online from May 29-June 7. It also announced that the Jerusalem Film Festival will take place this year from August 20-30 at the Jerusalem Cinematheque.
The Jerusalem Film Festival announced earlier this spring that it would postpone this year’s festival, which was originally scheduled for July 16, so the announcement of the August 20 opening date is great news for Israeli film buffs. Organizers announced that the festival will observe all the rules from the Health Ministry.
Dr. Noa Regev, the CEO of the Jerusalem Cinematheque and the Jerusalem Film Festival, said, “the decision to hold the festival in this year’s special circumstances stems from a deep commitment to our audience, to the filmmakers and to their new works that have not yet reached the movie screen.” She said the festival would feature 10 days of movies in theaters and outdoors, and would offer prizes of one million shekels for the competitions.
The Jerusalem Film Festival is one of 21 international festivals from 35 countries – including the Cannes Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival – that were invited to co-curate We Are One, which will offer 100 films from around the world.
The Israeli program will feature Late Marriage by Dover Koshashvili. The film, which was released almost 20 years ago, has become an Israeli classic. It tells the story of a student (Lior Ashkenazi) from a Georgian family that tries to break up his romance with a divorced woman (the late actress Ronit Elkabetz).
The television series Losing Alice, starring Ayelet Zurer, will also represent Israel. The show, which will be released in June in Israel on HOT, is a neo-noir psychological thriller that stars Zurer as a filmmaker who becomes obsessed with a younger woman (Lihi Kornowski), in a story inspired by Goethe’s Faust.
A third Israeli work, Love Chapter 2, focuses on the work of choreographer Sharon Eyal and her collaborator, Gai Behar, with their L-E-V dance troupe.
By Hannah Brown