Magazine article Screen International

UK International Jewish Film Festival Announces Award Winners

Magazine article Screen International

UK International Jewish Film Festival Announces Award Winners

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The 20th edition of UK International Jewish Film Festival selected its award winners after fifteen days of programming. The festival showcased over 80 world, European and UK premieres of features and shorts from November 5-20.

The Israel-Germany-Belgium co-production Beyond The Mountains And Hills [pictured], directed by Eran Kolirin, took home the award for best feature film. It's star Mili Eshet collected the prize at the ceremony.

Head of jury Jason Solomons said, "It was felt that Kolirin's film was a bold step up from his popular debut The Band's Visit, and we admired his willingness to examine the complexities of modern Israeli life with unflinching views that will challenge some audiences. We were struck and provoked, to varying degrees, by the idea of a family representing a nation in mid-life crisis and representing its fears.

"The film maker is to be congratulated on giving these fears and often-unspoken doubts a voice in an attempt to deal, through various styles and emotional responses, with the contradictions of a society through where personal is political every day. …

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