JIFF 2021 Review – ‘Minyan’

Never fall in love with a bartender. David (Samuel H. Levine) is a 16 yr old Russian Jewish immigrant in 1986 Brooklyn who has just lost his grandmother. His old world parents want him to follow in their footsteps, but after too much vodka and some stolen glances at his fellow man in the shower, …

JIFF 2021 Review – ‘‘Til Kingdom Come’

‘‘Til Kingdom Come,’ a shrewd and straightforward documentary featured in this year’s official selection of Sydney’s Jewish International Film Festival, opens in what remains of the community of Binghamtown, a former coal town in Eastern Kentucky ravaged by abject poverty and substance abuse, with little to keep the people together but the Bingham dynasty of …

JIFF 2021 Review – ‘Non Odiare (Thou Shalt Not Hate)’

Is it morally right to not help someone if they are a bad person? Director Mauro Mancini tries to answer this question, but limps around trying to find a satisfying answer. Simone Segre (Alessandro Gassmann) is a Jewish-Italian doctor with daddy issues who allows a hit and run victim to die after discovering he’s a …

JIFF 2021 Review – ‘Adventures of a Mathematician’

Biopics are a tough thing to get right. Either your subject is so well known that you can’t possibly do them justice, or you pluck someone out of relative obscurity and introduce them to the world. A daunting task that ‘Adventures of a Mathematician’ tries to take on to the best of its ability. Stan …

JIFF 2021 Review – ‘Shiva Baby’

Forced family functions are an absolute nightmare. Awkward social interactions, invasive questions from people you barely even know, let alone like. The first directorial outing from Emma Seligman dives head first into one of those dreaded afternoons. Danielle (Rachel Sennott) is lost in life. Her parents pay her way as she switches majors in college …

JIFF Review – ‘What Will Become of Us’

“I have spent my entire life building this company.” – Frank Lowy Oscar-nominated documentarian Steven Cantor brings us a personal behind-the-scenes look into Frank Lowy’s life. Lowy, the Sydneysider who founded the global shopping mall giant Westfield has been on the top of his game ever since he first opened a store in Blacktown, Australia, …

Jewish International Film Festival Reveals Lineup

Australian documentarian Eve Ash will introduce the Australian premiere of her documentary Man On the Bus With sensational tales packed with screen luminaries, side-splitting comedies, and stories of iconic Jewish trailblazers and innovators, the Jewish International Film Festival (October 23 – November 21) returns for another year of spectacular Jewish cinema from around the world. Featuring 60 …

Flipping off the Führer: JIFF Announces ‘Jojo Rabbit’ First Australian Screenings

The Jewish International Film Festival (23 October – 21 November) announces a special Australian preview of Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Jojo Rabbit, the highly-anticipated World War II satire by Oscar-nominated director Taika Waititi, as the Festival’s Closing Night film.  Jojo Rabbit will have its first Australian screenings on Wednesday 20 November at Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick in Melbourne, and on Thursday 21 November at Ritz …