Magazine article Screen International

Spike Jonze Cancels Jerusalem Masterclass

Magazine article Screen International

Spike Jonze Cancels Jerusalem Masterclass

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Festival also moves Dancing Arabs screening indoors.

Spike Jonze has cancelled his Jerusalem Film Festival masterclass on July 16 because of the current conflict.

Jonze did travel to Jerusalem as planned but decided not to go ahead with the event. He said in a statement: "Dear filmmakers and filmgoers, I apologise for not being there with you tonight. It felt like the wrong time for me to be talking about movies with everything going on. I hope you understand. I will come back again and screen movies and talk film with you when the time is right. My heart is with you and everyone who is suffering right now."

The festival said it appreciated Jonze coming to Jerusalem and understood his decision.

Noa Regev, director general of the Festival, said "We respect Mr. Jonze's decision, and we apologize to the many people who we're looking forward to this event."

The festival is still screening his film Being John Malkovich as scheduled. …

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