Magazine article Screen International

JFF Postpones Dancing Arabs Gala

Magazine article Screen International

JFF Postpones Dancing Arabs Gala

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The Jerusalem Film Festival (JFF) has postponed the opening night world premiere of Eran Riklis's Dancing Arabs by one week due to escalating tension in the region.

The film had been scheduled to screen in the open-air Sultan's Pool venue on Thursday (July 10) at 8pm but has now been put back to July 17 at the same time and venue.

Festival director Noa Regev said: "Due to instructions from the Jerusalem Municipality, the Jerusalem Film Festival's opening event at the Sultan's Pool, including the screening of Dancing Arabs, has been postponed to Thursday, 17.7.2014 at 20:00.

"The festival will take place as planned and we hope to see all the film-loving audiences attending the screenings and festival events."

The film had been set to open theatrically in Israel on Thursday, however both the distributor United King and film-maker Riklis decided last week to push back the release to July 24 due to the current unrest.

"We decided to hold back a bit with the release ­ just to be sensitive about and respectful of the recent sad events," Riklis told Screen. …

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