Jewish International Film Festival 2019

Thu 24th October, 2019 – Wed 20th November, 2019
Price: $22
A tribute to a young actor gone too soon; Taika Waititi’s World War II satire; a documentary about a post-Holocaust family secret; and stacks of award-winning films from all over the world.

The Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF) returns this year with another all-star line-up of feature films and documentaries highlighting Jewish culture.

The festival will take place at three Melbourne cinemas (Classic Cinemas in Elsternwick, Lido Cinemas, in Hawthorn, and Cameo Cinemas in Belgrave) over four weeks, with 60 films from 23 countries to choose from.

Highlights include Love, Antosha, a tribute to the Russian-American actor Anton Yelchin who died in 2016 at the age of 27; the Australian premiere of World War II satire Jojo Rabbit, created Jewish-Maori actor-director Taika Waititi; Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles, a documentary about the origins of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof; and King Bibi, a documentary about controversial Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s rise to power.

Australian psychologist and documentarian Eve Ash will be introducing her latest work Man on the Bus, about her family secret; while American filmmaker Alyssa Bolsey will host a Q&A session about Beyond the Bolex, her documentary about her grandfather and camera inventor Jacques Bolsey.

The festival will also take place in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth over slightly different dates.

10-pass tickets are available for $180 (concession $160); 20-pass tickets are available for $340 ($300). Single tickets are $22 (or $18.50 for concession).

More information here.

Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick – Thursday October 24 to Wednesday November 20
Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn – Friday October 25 to Wednesday November 20
Cameo Cinemas, Belgrave – Thursday November 7 to Wednesday November 20