Magazine article Screen International

UK Has Strong Presence at Haifa Film Festival

Magazine article Screen International

UK Has Strong Presence at Haifa Film Festival

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The Debt director John Madden [pictured] will be the guest of honour.

To celebrate the new UK-Israel co-production agreement, a re-enforced British delegation is on its way to to the Haifa. Gareth Urwin (The King's Speech) will be heading the jury for the Israeli feature films competition. Among the other guests invited to participate in various panels through the festival are David Thompson (Origins Pictures), Joe Oppenheimer (BBC Films), Robert Buckler (Renegade Films), The Debt producer Kris Thykier, BFI's Isabel Davis, Peter Czernin (Blueprint Pictures), and Michael Kuhn (Qwery Films).British filmmaker John Madden, whose recent The Debt is based on an original Israeli script (HaKhov) by Assaf Bernstein and Ido Rosenblum, will be the guest of honour at this year's Haifa Film Festival, which will take place, as usual, during the week-long Feast of Tabernacles (Oct 13-22). The Debt, as yet unreleased in Israel, starring Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington, is one of the festival's main gala attractions.Some of the other galas in the programme, which opens with George Clooney's Ides of March and wraps with Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, include Julie Gavras' Late Bloomers, Cannes-awarded Drive by Nicolas Winding Refn, and John Michael McDonagh's The Guard. …

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