Jerusalem Film Festival Prepares Opening Night Film, Unveils Israeli Schedules


the Jerusalem Film Festival is preparing for a start at the end of August, with the famous Cannes title “Where’s Anne Frank?” is about to open the 38th edition of the festival.

Directed by Ari Folman, the animated film centers around Kitty, the imaginary friend of Anne Frank to whom her diary was addressed, who magically comes to life in the family home in Amsterdam and embarks on a quest for to find her.

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“Where’s Anne Frank?” Will kick off the festival at the Sultans Pool Amphitheater, in front of an audience of 5,000, on August 24. The event will run until September 4.

Elsewhere, the festival also unveiled its lineup of Israeli films. A total of 13 feature films will be screened in the two main Israeli film competitions. The total sum of the prizes to be awarded in the various competitions of the festival is 1 million shekels ($ 310,000).

The Haggiag competition for Israeli feature films will include “All Eyes Off Me” by Hadas Ben-Aroya; “Cinema Sabaya” by Orit Fokus Rotem and “More Than I Deserve” by Pini Tavger.

Meanwhile, the Diamond competition for Israeli documentary films includes “#Schoolyard: An Untold Story” by Nurit Kedar, “Black Notebooks” by Shlomi Elkabetz, “I Said I” by Julie Shles and “Not a Word of Truth” by Noa Aharoni.

The festival will feature special screenings of three documentaries (“Kosher Rehab” by Anna Oliker, “The Round Number” by David Fisher and “Women of Valor” by Anna Somershaf), 21 new Israeli shorts, 7 experimental shorts and a new restored version of Uri Zohar’s “Big Eyes” (1974).

The full lineup will be announced on August 8.

The competition schedules are below (synopsis provided by the festival):

The Haggiag competition for Israeli feature films

All eyes on me
Real. : Hadas Ben-Aroya
Israeli premiere | Sales: BFF

Synopsis: Danny looks for Max at a party to let him know that she is pregnant with his child. But Max has just started a new relationship with Avishag and is trying to fulfill his brutal sexual fantasies. The truth is, Avishag actually has someone else in mind.

Sabaya Cinema
Director: Orit Fokus Rotem
World premiere | Sales: Memento Films International

Synopsis: Nine women, Arabs and Jews, participate in a video workshop led by a young filmmaker. With each sequence the women shoot, the group dynamic forces them to question their beliefs as they get to know each other.

More than i deserve
Director: Pini Tavger
World premiere | Sales: Pyramid

Synopsis: Pinhas asks his single mother, Tamara, to join his classmates in preparing their Bar Mitzvah. Tamara, an immigrant from Ukraine who resists religion, refuses. When the religious neighbor volunteers to help, the two form a strong bond. Little by little, Tamara falls in love with him too. Will the idyll hold?

Shake off your worries
Director: Tom Shoval
World premiere | Sales: Wild Bunch

Synopsis: Following the death of her multimillionaire husband, Alma, a young widow is driven by a relentless desire to help those in need. His unconventional methods of philanthropy will take him on a journey of self-discovery.

Take the “A” train
Directors: Yair Asher, Itamar Lapid
World premiere

Synopsis: Yishai visits his family in Israel and hopes to find out about his future. He gets closer to his younger brother, Omer, a free spirit. Yishai finds solace in the crazy and surprising encounters from her past, but must also consider her own future and her precarious relationship with Omer.

The swimmer
Director: Adam Kalderon
World premiere | Sales: m-call

Synopsis: Rising swimming star Erez arrives at a cursed training camp. The winner of the competition wins a ticket to the Olympic Games. And then there is Nevo, beautiful and gifted, who arouses unconscious desires in Erez.

The Diamond Competition for Israeli documentaries:

#School yard: an untold story
Director: Nurit Kedar
World premiere | Sales: Cat & Docs

Synopsis: In 1982, during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, a company of Israeli paratroopers was ordered to keep hundreds of Lebanese prisoners of war for 10 hours. “#Schoolyard: An Untold Story” is the anatomy of a murder – the step-by-step, blow-by-blow, memory-by-memory chronicle of a horrific moment in Israeli military history.

Black Notebooks
Director: Shlomi Elkabetz
Israeli premiere | Sales: playing time

Synopsis: A man learns from a Moroccan fortune teller that his sister is about to die. With her, he sets out on a fictional journey in an attempt to alter the prediction, revisiting the past and present to challenge an unrelenting future. But the prophecy still shadows them, as in life, so in the cinema.

i said i
Director: Julie Shles
World premiere

Synopsis: Suleiman El-Abid was sentenced to 27 years in prison for the rape and murder of Hanit Kikos, on the sole basis of his confession. A few days after having reconstructed the crime, he reconsidered his confession and has since claimed his innocence. Did he receive a fair trial or did the judicial systems incriminate him to whitewash their own failures?

Not a word of truth
Director: Noa Aharoni
World premiere

Synopsis: Dr. Rudy was an iconic psycho-guru and founder of “The Rudy Psychoanalytic Institute” – Israel’s largest in the 1970s. His controversial therapeutic methods forced him to fight for his reputation and the survival of the institute. His disappearance raises questions about the abuse of power and moral limits.

Razzouk Tattoo
Director: Orit Ofir Ronell
World premiere

Synopsis: Wassim Razzouk, the sole heir to a 500-year line of Coptic Christian tattoo artists from Jerusalem, sets out to complete his collection of ancient wooden stencils before they are lost forever. During his journey, he discovers that his family is not only hiding stencils, but haunting secrets.

Speer goes to Hollywood
Director: Vanessa Lapa
Israeli premiere

Synopsis: The unlikely second career of Albert Speer: How did a man in charge of 12 million slaves become “the good Nazi”? An edifying account of his 1971 attempt to whitewash his past with a Hollywood adaptation of his memoir, “Inside the Third Reich”.

The last chapter of AB Yehoshua
Director: Yair Qedar
World premiere

Synopsis: The story of AB Yehoshua, the greatest Israeli writer alive today – who grapples with serious illness, widowhood and loneliness, but chooses love and embarks on his final journey. A rare and fascinating look at one of our beloved writers.

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