Jerusalem Film Festival, 7-16 July 2011

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This article is about the 2011 Jerusalem Film Festival. For information about this years festival see the Jerusalem Film Festival. The annual Jerusalem Film Festival is held in July and screens 150 to 200 films  yearly over the course of a week. The festival takes place at the Jerusalem Cinemateque and Sultan’s Pool amphitheater, and showcases the best of international feature films, documentary films, and movies and shorts dealing with issues of Jewish identity and history, freedom and human rights. In 2011, the Jerusalem Film Festival takes place between July 7 and 16, and will feature, in addition to existing cinematic competitions,  an international competition for short animation and sci-fi films and other artworks depicting Jerusalem in 2111.

Super 8,” the award-winning film directed by J.J. Abrams from his original script and produced by Steven Spielberg, will open the 2011 Jerusalem International Film Festival on July 7 at the Sultan’s Pool. The movie tells the story of a group of friends in a small Ohio town who witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident.

At least 10 Israeli films will compete for the Haggiag Family Award for Israeli Cinema Best Full-Length Feature, including Jonathan Sagall’s “Lipstick,” which competed at the Berlin Festival; Hagar Ben Asher’s “The Slut,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week; and Yossi Madmoni’s “Good Morning Mr. Fidelman,” which received the prize for best screenplay at the Sundance Festival.

Among the films competing for the Van Leer Award for Israeli Cinema for Best Documentary Film are Dani Menkin’s “Dolphin Boy,” Arnon Goldfinger’s “The Flat,” and David Fisher’s “Mostar Round-Trip.”

A new documentary film from David Ofek, “Meatless in Gaza,” will also have its debut at the festival.

The Jerusalem Film Festival website contains a screening listing as well as information on booking tickets.

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