World’s largest Jewish film show runs January 13-27, 2022
The Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) is proud to announce the program and plans for its next 25th edition, which will be a hybrid of virtual and live programming events with a record-breaking selection of 148 films and all accessible virtual screenings. for free. From January 13 to 27, 2022, the festival will present 108 feature films and 40 short films representing 25 countries, including 9 world premieres, 22 international premieres, 18 North American premieres and 9 American premieres. The lineup features 22 first-time filmmakers and an unprecedented 54 films directed by women (37% of the total program).
The Miami Jewish Film Festival, the world’s largest Jewish film festival, has strived to make its list of films as accessible as possible by providing its entire virtual program for free. The virtual screenings will be hosted on Eventive and will be geolocated in the State of Florida or in the United States. The festival will also feature an extensive live program that will include outdoor screenings in Greater Miami at various locations including Miami Beach, Coral Gables and North Miami-Dade, among others.
Reinforcing its commitment to celebrating local emerging voices, the MJFF presents this year a special focus on ‘Made in Florida’ films with four films receiving their world premieres in this showcase, including: the poignant Holocaust-themed film Against All Odds, the touching documentary Ezra May His Memory Be a Blessing to All, a short film about local artist Donyoni, as well as the MJFF’s opening night film, iMordecai. The other Florida stories previewed at the festival are Three Minutes – A Lengthening, produced by Steve McQueen, the short film Boxed and Sylvie of Sunshine State, which was produced entirely during the COVID-19 lockdown.
MJFF is also activating a series of pop-up roadshow events that will be held under the stars in Greater Miami and will include special guests, live performances and other surprises. Highlights include the open-air premieres at the North Beach Bandshell of acclaimed documentary Bernstein’s Wall about legendary composer Leonard Bernstein, which will be accompanied by a special live performance by the Amernet String Quartet, as well as the premiere of Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen featuring a live performance of songs from the musical Fiddler on the Roof. Other notable events include an open-air premiere at the University of Miami (UM) of The Automat, a fascinating film about America’s most iconic automatic restaurant that includes interviews with luminaries such as Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. The film’s premiere will be rounded off by a live chat with director Lisa Hurwitz and Rene Rodriguez, former Miami Herald chief film critic and new UM film director Bill Cosford.
On the legendary Ocean Drive strip, on the rooftop of the historic Betsy Hotel, MJFF will launch its inaugural program “Yiddish and Jewish Cinema Between Two Worlds” which celebrates masterpieces of classic silent cinema. As part of its Knight Arts Challenge-winning project, MJFF commissioned local artists to create original film scores that will be performed live alongside new restorations of Yiddish and Jewish silent films including: Broken Barriers, Jewish Luck and Hungry Hearts, which will celebrate its centenary. South Florida artists as diverse as synth musicians and rock bands have revived and modernized this invaluable on-screen story, which captures the vibrancy of Jewish life and culture destroyed during the Holocaust. . This program is made possible by the generous support of the Knight Foundation, The Betsy and the National Center for Jewish Film.
New this year, MJFF is launching a section dedicated to Accessibility + Inclusion cinema that will present films that highlight the diversity and commonality of the human experience, raising awareness and appreciating the life, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. Among the eight films featured in this unique program, highlights include the US premieres of the music-themed documentaries Just As I Am and Little Axel, the international premiere of the inspirational Israeli film A Reason to Live, and the premiere of the film. award-winning French drama The Specials, directed by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano (Les Intouchables) and starring Vincent Cassel.
The world premieres of Converts and Shoah Ambassadors, two uplifting films that retrace the personal journeys of the Gen-Zers, are presented as part of the festival’s Next Wave competition, which is made up of students aged 21 to 35 and young professionals. . Among the eleven films that are part of this competition, there is the intoxicating All Eyes Off Me which presents an incendiary portrait of the Israeli youth, the touching cinema truth Charm Circle presenting an intimate portrait of an eccentric Jewish family, the documentary Israeli Promised Lands, the unique story of a movie within a movie about the grief of a son Death of Cinema and My Father Too, the gay romantic drama The Swimmer, the modern Tel Aviv love story and the fairy tale coming of age We Burn Like This, which took six years to make.
The MJFF has expanded its Headliners program launched last year, showcasing acclaimed stars and selected festival winners from around the world who will present more than twenty film premieres, including: Israel’s official entry into the Oscars for Best International Feature Let It Be Morning directed by Eran Kolirin (The Band’s Visit), Cannes Jury-winning film Ahed’s Knee directed by Nadav Lapid (Synonyms), Gaspar Noé’s award-winning meditation on Vortex Mortality starring the film legends Dario Argento and Françoise Lebrun, and the directorial debut of internationally renowned actress Charlotte Gainsbourg Jane By Charlotte, an intimate documentary profile about her mother, actress and singer Jane Birkin.
Other notable headliners include the North American premieres of Stefan Zweig’s adaptation, Chess Story, directed by Philipp Stölzl.
(Young Goethe in Love) the incredibly animated drama by Charlotte starring the voice of Keira Knightley, the provocative film The Eternal Flame about the group of physical immortality who believe they have found eternal life, the French drama on the move to adulthood which takes place during the occupation A Radiant Girl, the incredible true story Valiant Hearts starring Camille Cottin (House of Gucci) about a group of Jewish children who hid from the Nazis at the Louvre, the thriller d ‘Action Plan A starring August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds) and Michael Aloni (Shtisel), and French drama Rose starring legendary French actress Françoise Fabian (Belle de Jour, Ma nuit chez Maud) as a recent widow whose sorrow gives way to a deep thirst for life.
For the first time, the festival will feature a dedicated block showcasing notable international series, including: the entire season of the enticing Israeli show The Head of Producers of Fauda and Shtisel, the limited series The New Jew which is hosted by one of the comedians and most popular TV personalities Guri Alfi, the captivating Labyrinth of Lies miniseries set in a ‘neutral’ Switzerland after WWII, and an entire season of Nir Bergman (winner of the MJFF 2021 Here We Audience Award) Are) Tel Aviv staged the drama Just for Today, which won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes Series Mania.
MJFF expanded its Ibero-American section this year, a sidebar that showcases some of the best films from Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries in Europe and North, Central and South America. Highlights include the Spanish thriller The Replacement, the heartfelt family drama Alegría starring Cecilia Suárez (Nora’s Testament) and the fascinating documentary Xueta Island on the legacy of the Chuetas (descendants of the Jewish population of the days of the ‘Mallorcan Inquisition), as well as Argentine mock documentary Red Star and award-winning Brazilian documentary Leaving Paradise.
Presented in partnership with OnStage of the city of Miami Beach! A cultural arts initiative, MJFF will host free family movie nights in Miami Beach’s public parks during the festival. Kids and adults alike will relive the magic and adventure of Steven Spielberg’s beloved family classic AND the extra-terrestrial for its 40th anniversary at Muss Park, and enjoy a special 35th anniversary presentation of the fairy tale bouncy The princess married at Altos Parc Del Mark.
To celebrate the 25th annual Miami Jewish Film Festival, it teamed up with digital streamer ChaiFlicks to spotlight some of the festival’s most acclaimed and notable films from years past. The films included in this anniversary program are 1945, Dough, Fanny’s Journey, The Women’s Balcony and My Polish Honeymoon, which will be shown for free on MJFF’s virtual program thanks to ChaiFlicks’ vast library of films and geotagged to Florida residents.
By diving into the 2022 Film Festival program in figures, MJFF audiences will be able to discover a program of 143 film premieres, including 9 world premieres, 22 international premieres, 18 North American premieres, 9 American premieres, 36 southern premieres. -is US and 30 premieres in Florida, among others, plus over 40 conversations with filmmakers, stars, and academics from around the world.
Full details of the festival program and tickets are available at: www.miamijewishfilmfestival.org
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Tickets for the festival’s in-person / outdoor events go on sale to the public on Wednesday, December 15, and sales continue throughout the festival. In addition to individual tickets ($ 15 to $ 36), the festival offers full access badges ($ 239) giving access to all films and special events. The films of the festival will be available in streaming for free from Friday January 14 until Wednesday January 26 in the virtual program of MJFF. More information is available at www.miamijewishfilmfestival.org
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