Magazine article Screen International

Jerusalem Film Festival Directors Talk 2016 Programme

Magazine article Screen International

Jerusalem Film Festival Directors Talk 2016 Programme

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The 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival kicks offtonight with the open-air gala screening of Pedro Almodovar's Julieta, and festival director Noa Regev [pictured right] and artistic director Elad Samorzik are confident the eclectic programme will keep film lovers happy and intellectually engaged over the next 11 days.

For the first time the festival is introducing an international competition, with nine selections from the programme competing for the inaugural Wilf Family Foundation Award. A key motivating factor is to help the chosen films, which include Cannes 2016 selections Sieranevada, by Cristi Puiu, and Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden, secure Israeli distributors. "We're trying to encourage the distribution of quality films in Israel," says Samorzik.

Israel's own vibrant cinema scene is once again showcased in a strong line-up, including in the narrative competition Nir Bergman's Saving Neta and Eran Kolirin's Beyond The Mountains And Hills. …

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