Jewish Eye Film Festival
Einstein. 130 years since his birth
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The Jewish Eye World Jewish Film Festival, in its sixth year, will kick off on October 19 in Ashkelon's International Conference Center. The festivities will be started with the film 'Einstein' directed by one of Italy's most prominent directors, Lilian Cavani, and tells the life story of the famous Jewish scientist.
More than 80 films will be screened during the festival, and each will deal with the themes of Jewish identity, history, and culture. As is customary every year, the festival will commemorate key milestones in the history of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.
This year's festival will mark 130 years since Albert Einstein's birthdate, 150 years since the birth of Shalom Aleichem, 80 years since the establishment of the Jewish Agency, 80 years since the Lybian immigration to Israel, and a special memorial for Moroccan singer, Jo Amar, who passed away this year.
Oded Guy and Gadi Castel, festival founders and chairs, said, "As opposed to other festivals, the Jewish Eye does not grapple with the Israeli-Palestinian or the Israeli-Arab conflict. Beyond this, the acceptance criteria for films to be entered into the festival or the competition held as part of it are not only artistic, but also on the basis of their Jewish merit."
Among the Israeli films being screened in this year's festival are: 'Gevalt!' the documentary film by Yochai Hakak and Ron Ofer; 'The Letter' a drama documentary by Miki Bahgen; 'Family on the Edge' a documentary film by Gilad Goldshmidt; 'My Flag' a documentary by Sari Mekover and Ora Maimon; 'An Inflated Heart' a love story action film by Alexander Cherny; and 'Brothers' the action film by Yigal Nidam.
On the list of films coming from around the world are: 'Hello, Mothers' the film of Moroccan director Mohammed Ismail; 'Tel Aviv Vacation' the film of French director Eliot Abaksis; 'Heavy Sand' the film of Anton Bershevski; 'Letters to Jenny' the film of Spanish director Diego Musiak; and the Russian comedy 'Hilter Kaput!' by Marius Weisberg.