Top 5 Films at the UK Jewish Film Festival
- Working Woman
Opening Night Gala and in competition for the Dorfman Best Film Award
Synopsis: This remarkable new Israeli drama could hardly be more timely. Orna, an ambitious career woman, takes a new job as a real estate marketing manager, selling luxurious apartments to overseas buyers. Determined to prove herself to Benny, her new boss, she is willing to sacrifice her family life and free time. But when Benny’s flirting turns into harassment, Orna struggles to restore her sense of dignity and self-worth. Superbly acted and written, Working Woman is a cautionary tale for our times.
- Promise At Dawn
Closing Night Gala and in competition for the Dorfman Best Film Award and for the Best Screenplay Award
Synopsis: Charlotte Gainsbourg shines as a Jewish mother in this powerful adaptation of Romain Gary’s memoir. Believing in his potential from infancy and relentlessly pushing him to fulfil it, she was instrumental in her son becoming one of France’s 20th century literary giants. Although she is often delusional, her resourcefulness saves them from destitution in Lithuania and takes them to their promised land, France. Heartbreaking and funny in equal measure, Promise at Dawn is an ode to mother-child relationships – specifically Jewish yet universally relatable.
- Three Identical Strangers
Centrepiece Gala and in competition for the Dorfman Best Film Award
Synopsis: Raised by their respective adoptive families within a hundred-mile radius of each other, triplet siblings Robert Shafran, Eddy Galland and David Kellman were oblivious to the fact each had two identical brothers until a chance meeting brought them together, aged 19, for the first time since birth. Their astounding story, which became a worldwide sensation in the early 1980s, catapulted them to fame with the trio landing a cameo in Desperately Seeking Susan and becoming a fixture in Studio 54. But even more incredible was the reason, unknown to them at first, that led to their separation in the first place. This astonishing, stranger-than-fiction documentary masterfully tells a story whose sanguine elements could not mitigate the gross injustice at its core.
In competition for the Dorfman Best Film Award and for the Best Screenplay Award
Synopsis: Winner of the Silver Lion at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, Foxtrot is one of the most talked-about Israeli films of recent years. Following from director Samuel Maoz’s award-winning debut feature Lebanon (2009), Foxtrot also explores the devastating effects of the conflict and Israel’s political impasse, this time on a Tel Aviv family whose son serves near the northern border. With its three-act tragedy structure and bold cinematography, Foxtrot is an unmissable cinematic experience. A special preview screening before the film’s long-awaited release in the UK.
- Winter Hunt
In competition for the Best Debut Feature Award and for the Best Screenplay Award
Synopsis: Lena, a young German woman, seeks revenge against former SS officer Anselm Rossberg, who has recently been acquitted of Holocaust-era crimes. Pretending to have been injured in a car crash near his estate, she begs for assistance and is let in by his daughter. There she astounds them with her knowledge of Rossberg’s doings as a guard at Auschwitz. Maintaining his innocence at first, Rossberg can no longer escape the truth when Lena reveals evidence of his past actions. Exploring memory and guilt, Winter Hunt is a gripping psychological thriller.