Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
If you’re looking for something to do during Succot and love movies, then head
to Haifa, where the 26th Haifa International Film Festival starts on Thursday
night at the Haifa Cinematheque and other theaters around the city. The festival
just released its guest list, and one of the highlights will be an appearance by
Paul Giamatti, the brilliant American actor best known for his performances as a
wine connoisseur in Sideways and in the title role of the miniseries, John
Giamatti will be presenting his latest film, Barney’s Version, an
adaptation of the Mordecai Richler novel. In this politically incorrect,
satirical film, the actor plays an arrogant man who spends his life moving from
country to country and wife to wife. Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver and Rachelle
Lefevre play the women, while Dustin Hoffman is his father.
Lantos, one of the film’s producers, will also be among the 60 festival
The festival features 130 films from 40 countries It opens with
Stephen Frears’ Tamara Drewe and closes on September 30 with The Town, directed
by and starring Ben Affleck. In between, there will be competitions for Israeli
films (feature, documentary and shorts) and the Golden Anchor Award for films
from countries along the Mediterranean.
French director Julie Bertucelli
will also be attending the festival with her latest movie, L’Arbre (The Tree).
The film, which was the closing attraction at this year’s Cannes Film Festival,
stars Charlotte Gainsbourg as a mother in Queensland, Australia, trying to raise
her daughter after the sudden death of her husband. Yael Fogel, the film’s
Israeli/French producer will be present at the festival.
Comencini, the Italian director of the film, Lo Spazio Blanco, about a
coping with an unplanned pregnancy and a premature birth, will be
screenings of the film.
Daniele Luchetti, another Italian
one of her producers, Riccardo Tozzi, will be at the festival with their
La Nostra Vita. Elio Germano, the star, won the Best Actor Prize at the
Film Festival, for his performance as a construction worker who loses
and begins an affair with the widow of an illegal immigrant.
director Benedek Fliegauf will present his controversial film, Womb,
woman who gives birth to a clone of her dead lover, which was shown at
Locarno Film Festival. Womb, which won Best Cinematography and Best
at the Berlin Film Festival, tells the story of a meteorologist and
student at a
research station in the Arctic Circle come to distrust and fear each
Aleksei Popogrebsky’s How I Ended This Summer, which won Best Cinematography and Best Actor prizes at the Berlin Film Festival, tells the story of a meteorologist and student at a research station in the Arctic Circle come to distrust and fear each other. An article in Sunday’s Jerusalem Post
incorrectly stated that a different film won these awards. The Jerusalem Post
regrets the error.
Philippe Ros, the cinematographer on the acclaimed nature
documentary, Oceans, will talk to audiences about his experiences making
film and will give a master class on Cinema and Television Photography
Digital Age Sharon Harel, the producer of Tamara Drewe, will serve on
for the Israeli Feature Film Competition. Harel has produced films such
Robert Altman’s Gosford Park and Avi Nesher’s The Secrets. His father
Harel, the commander of the Exodus.
The festival, under the
of artistic director Pnina Blayer, will honor the Israel Film Fund on
anniversary and will also present a special achievement award to Israeli
Ronit Elkabetz. There will be retrospectives featuring the work of
directors, including John Huston, as well as programs devoted to New
cinema and British short films.
In addition, there will be a
other about-to-bereleased Hollywood films at the festival, including
Street: Money Never Sleeps starring Michael Douglas, the sequel to the
Wall Street.For further
details on the programs, and to order tickets,
visit the festival Website at http://www.haifaff.co.il/