OPENING NIGHT of the 34th Jerusalem Film Festival at Sultan’s Pool amphitheater.
(photo credit: DOR KEDMI)
THE 34TH Jerusalem Film Festival presented almost 200 films from 45 countries for 10 days at the Jerusalem Cinémathèque in mid-July. Although there were certainly many notable international films featured, the festival opened with a screening of Oscar-winner Michel Hazanavicius’s “Redoubtable” ‒ a fictionalized account of the life of French director Jean-Luc Godard ‒ in the presence of Hazanavicius and the film’s star, Louis Garrel.Still, the main topic of conversation of critics and guests alike in the hallways, garden and press room were more often than not about the Israeli movies. And these weren’t just intellectual discussions.