There is a seemingly endless stream of Jewish stories to be told and it is this that ensures the longevity of the more than 20 year old Jewish Film Festival Berlin and Brandenburg, launching this weekend.
Filmmakers from across the globe will descend on the Berlin Brandenburg region for the next two weeks to show and see some of the finest productions from Jewish and Israeli filmmakers. Along with premieres and screenings, there will be opportunities for discussions covering a wide range of subjects, issues and challenges affecting the industry.
The festival opening will be held at the stunning Hans Otto Theater in Potsdam this Sunday evening (at 7.30pm) and will no doubt be a star studded event. This year’s 26 year old festival director – actress Almila Bagriacik – will be an attendance, fresh off the success of the recently screened Neukölln series 4 Blocks. Also in attendance will be some of the cast and crew from the festival’s opening film – Romanian-French director Radu Mihăileanu’s The History of Love. The director himself will attend the premiere screening, along with actor Sir Derek Jacobi.
Screenings will be held in Potsdam, but also at a number of cinemas in Berlin, including Babylon in Mitte, City Kino in Wedding and Il Kino and Neues Off in Neukölln. Throughout the festival, there will be 44 films in totally including features, documentaries and short films. Production origins include Hungary, France, USA, Austria, Israel, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and Switzerland. The festival opens on Sunday 2nd July at 7.30 pm and closes on Tuesday 11th July. Tickets are €8 and you can find more information here in the programme.