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Jewish International Film Festival coming to Auckland this November

Shana Tova Umetukah from the team at the Jewish International Film Festival.

Relive the drama, meshugas, tears and fress of Rosh Hashanah at JIFF 2016: sweeter and fuller than ever before!

In 2016, we enter the 27th year of Jewish Film Festivals in Australasia, with this being the 5th iteration under the Artistic Direction of Eddie Tamir. From humble beginnings, this year is our biggest yet, and we’re delighted to present the very best of Israeli and Jewish-themed cinema, from all across the globe.

We know that festivals – holy or otherwise – are about family, and this year at JIFF, we’ve got exciting content for cinephiles of all ages!

With 68 premiere features and documentaries from 19 countries including Argentina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA, we’re thrilled to continue to celebrate the infinite diversity of our fascinating culture through drama, humour and suspense.

Pick up a program from the Academy Cinemas foyer, or browse online here. Some highlights include:

Since the publication of her diary in 1947, Anne Frank’s clever observations and insightful descriptions have helped generations of young people to imagine the horrors of Nazi persecution. Based on the uncensored original diary, this film, which premiered at Berlin International Film Festival, introduces Anne’s story to a new generation. Forward have called it “the best Anne Frank adaptation we’ve ever seen,” and JIFF is proud to present the Australian premiere of The Diary of Anne Frank: a truly unforgettable film.

A riotous comedy about a dysfunctional family, an attempted heist, and a darn good pickle, The Pickle Recipe tells the story of Joey Miller… the undisputed king of Detroit party emcees. During his latest, one-of a-kind wedding performance, all of his prized sound equipment is destroyed in a freak accident—and as luck would have it, his daughter Julie’s bat mitzvah is only four weeks away. After exhausting all of his options, he finally turns to his shady Uncle Morty, who agrees to give him the money to get back into business–but under one condition: Joey must go and steal his grandmother Rose’s famous top secret pickle recipe which she has vowed to take to her grave. A laugh-out-loud film for pickle lovers of all generations!

For family matters of a different sort, Elite Zexer’s mesmerising debut, Sand Storm, tells a story of tradition, modernity and divided family, portraying the layered relationship between a Bedouin mother and daughter. Darling of film festival critics and audiences around the world, and winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinematic Dramatic section at Sundance; Sand Storm won six 2016 Ophir Awards (Israeli Oscars) including Best Feature Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress.

Chag sameach… we’ll see you at JIFF!


Films will be shown at Academy Cinemas, Auckland

Thursday 10 Nov

7:00PM Denial

Saturday 12 Nov

7:30PM Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown

9:00PM The People vs. Fritz Bauer

Sunday 13 Nov

11:00AM Sylvia: Tracing Blood

12:30PM Monsieur Mayonnaise

2:30PM The Diary of Anne Frank

5:00PM Rabin In His Own Words

7:30PM Sand Storm

Saturday 19 Nov

7:00PM The Pickle Recipe

9:00PM One Week and A Day

Sunday 20 Nov

11:00AM Arthur Miller: Man of The Century

12:30PM Stefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe

2:45PM The Settlers

5:00PM The Tenth Man

7:00PM The Last Laugh

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