The Jewish International Film Festival screening 70 movies in 2016

August 23, 2016 by J-Wire Staff
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Presenting over 70 exceptional international premiere features and documentaries, the Jewish International Film Festival returns to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Auckland from late October, and tours to Canberra for the first time in the festival’s history.


Cementing its reputation for delivering cinema of the highest quality, JIFF is showcasing all the must­see films from the recently­announced Ophir Award (Israeli Oscars) nominations.

Committed to delivering stimulating and diverse content of premiere calibre, and with an emphasis on the foremost films to emerge from Israel in the past year, JIFF is proud to present the principal Best Picture and Best Director nominations from the 2016 Ophir Awards.

Amongst JIFF titles boasting numerous nominations, feature films Our Father and Sand Storm are nominated for an equal­highest twelve Ophir Awards respectively.

Director Meni Yaesh’s (God’s Neighbours JIFF 2012) film, Our Father, is a gritty and visceral thriller with captivating performances from husband and wife duo, Moris Cohen (winner of the Best Actor Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival), and Rotem Zisman­Cohen.

A story of tradition, modernity and divided family, Elite Zexer’s exquisite debut feature S and Storm portrays a mother and daughter bound by custom in a Bedouin village, struggling to adapt to a changing world. A 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 is a unique and memorable film from a significant new Israeli filmmaker.

Putting the ‘high’ in l’chayim’, the resonating and laugh­out­loud One Week and a Day is nominated for seven Ophir awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress. Premiering at Cannes Film Festival (Critics’ Week), and dominating the competition at the Jerusalem Film Festival, this film offers an affecting look at two parents who act in outlandish ways as they attempt to regain a sense of control over their lives following the passing of their son.

Described as an Israeli American Beauty and tracing the evocative story of an army discharge transitioning to civilian life after 27 years, Beyond the Mountain and Hills premiered at Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), with star Shiree Nadav­Naor awarded Best Actress at the Jerusalem Film Festival. Beyond the Mountain and Hills is nominated for six Ophir Awards, including Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress and Best Script.

Amongst JIFF’s 2016 selection of outstanding and challenging documentaries, T he Settlers and Presenting Princess Shaw vie for Best Documentary at the Ophir Awards. Moving beyond what is reported in the news, T he Settlers offers a historical overview, geopolitical study, and intimate look at the history of settlements in the West Bank. In the unique, and internationally­lauded, Presenting Princess Shaw, Israeli documentarian Ido Haar captures the unlikely friendship that grows between Israeli Youtube mash­up artist, Kutiman, and Princess Shaw, a troubled New Orleans singer.

Full program details will be revealed at the JIFF 2016 Program Launch event: celebrated with an exclusive preview screen i ng of Woody Allen’s charming new film, Cafe Society (screening a month prior to general release, courtesy of EOne). Tickets to this 2 8/29 September e vent are on sale soon at and through the cinema sites.

The 2016 Jewish International Film Festival will screen as follows:


26 October ­ 23 November 27 October ­ 16 November MELBOURNE
27 October ­ 23 November 28 October ­ 23 November PERTH

26 October ­ 6 November


27 October, 12/13 & 19/20 November

26 October, 12/13 & 19/20 November CANBERRA
26 October, 12/13 & 19/20 November

Visit the official website at:

Bondi Junction Event Cinemas Hayden Orpheum, Cremorne

Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn

Greater Union Morley New Farm Cinemas Academy Cinemas. Dendy Cinemas.


One Response to “The Jewish International Film Festival screening 70 movies in 2016”
  1. coral lawrence says:

    I have been trying to find a complete program for the 2016 film festival. There is one film I’m particularly intereted called The people Versus Fritz Bauer.
    Could you please email me the date, time and place it is on and where I can purcase 2 tickets.
    thank you
    Coral Lawrence

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