Israeli producer Dana Lustig brings 'Jungle' to Haifa

The movie is based on the memoir by Israeli motivational speaker Yossi Ghinsberg about his incredible tale of survival in the Amazon rain forest.

October 18, 2017 21:19
1 minute read.
Israeli producer Dana Lustig brings 'Jungle' to Haifa

'Jungle' producer Dana Lustig (left) is seen here with director Greg McLean and actor Daniel Radcliffe on the set of the movie.. (photo credit: Courtesy)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


"It’s an incredible survival story, but also a story of faith and nature, and surrendering to the elements,” said producer Dana Lustig, who presented her latest film, Jungle, at the recently concluded Haifa International Film Festival. The movie stars Daniel Radcliffe and opens in the US on October 20 and in Israel a few months later.

The movie is based on the memoir by Israeli motivational speaker Yossi Ghinsberg about his incredible tale of survival in the Amazon rain forest. The Israel-born Lustig, who moved to the US and started a movie career after her army service, read the book and was moved by Ghinsberg’s story.

“Yossi always says that through the journey, you find the hero in yourself,” said Lustig, who was happy to be back in Israel for the festival. “I read the book and was inspired by it.” To her delight, when Radcliffe read the script, “he loved it.” The Harry Potter star embraced the physical challenges of the story, as well as the task of learning to speak with an Israeli accent.

Lustig, who started out as an actress, went on to direct such films as Wedding Bell Blues and A Thousand Kisses Deep, and to produce movies that include Dancing at the Blue Iguana and Brick. Her father is Erez Lustig, who was a star basketball player for Hapoel Tel Aviv. Her mother, who is originally from Romania, lived in Belgium and speaks seven languages, one of which is English.

The Jerusalem Post is one newspaper we always had at home when I was growing up,” said Lustig. She credits her “brilliant mother” for her success in the movie industry.

“I think that she was my first inspiration for story telling.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Protestors shout slogans during a LGBT community members protest against discriminatory surrogate
May 22, 2019
Israel-U.S. LGBT project wins $150,000 from UJA crowdsourcing campaign