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Sydney Opening Night

Sydney Opening Night The Interpreter

Join us to celebrate the start of JIFF 2018 with the Australian Premiere of critically-acclaimed road movie, The Interpreter. Debuting at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival, The Interpreter offers a charming and witty interpretation of our complex relationship to familial histories and guilt.

6:15PM FOR 7PM The Interpreter screening — ticket includes complimentary glass of wine.

Adult $29 / Concession $26

Tuesday Oct 23 — 6:15pm
Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction

Melbourne Opening Night

Melbourne Opening Night The Interpreter

Join us to celebrate the start of JIFF 2018 with the Australian Premiere of critically-acclaimed road movie, The Interpreter. Debuting at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival, The Interpreter offers a charming and witty interpretation of our complex relationship to familial histories and guilt.

7:15PM Drinks, canapés, and live music from Melbourne trio Yonatan is a Giraffe, who will
perform songs from the iconic Israeli album The 16th Lamb (Hakeves Hashisha Asar).
8:30PM The Interpreter screening

Adult $49 / Concession $45

Wednesday Oct 24 — 7:15pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

The Oslo Diaries

The Oslo Diaries Post-screening discussion

Giving voice to both sides of the debate, join us for a post-screening discussion on the legacy and impact of the 1993 Oslo Accords. With Liam Getreu and Alex Ryvchin, and moderated by Michaela Kalowski.

Thursday Oct 25 — 6:30pm
Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction

The Oslo Diaries

The Oslo Diaries Post-screening discussion

Co-presented by Limmud Oz, join us for a post-screening in-conversation on the legacy and impact of the 1993 Oslo Accords. With Mandi Katz and Jeremy Leibler.

Thursday Oct 25 — 6:30pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

The Birth of Hunter Finkelstein

The Birth of Hunter Finkelstein Introduction

Featuring an introduction from director Michael Weisler, with cast and crew also in attendance

Screens with 'THE TWINNING REACTION'

Thursday Oct 25 — 9:05pm
Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn

Love, Gilda

Love, Gilda Director Q&A

Post-screening Q&A with 'Love, Gilda' director and festival guest Lisa D'Apolito. Hosted by Danny Katz.

Saturday Oct 27 — 9pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

Classic Cinemas Historical Tour

Classic Cinemas Historical Tour

Join JIFF Artistic Director for a tour around the ‘home of JIFF’, the historic Classic Cinemas in Elsternwick. A limited number of free tickets are available online at bit.ly/ClassicCinemasHistoricTour

Sunday Oct 28 — 10am
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

Kishon

Kishon Introduction

Co-presented and introduced by Melbourne Jewish Book Week, Kishon explores the life and impact of Israel’s most famous satirist.

Sunday Oct 28 — 12pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

An Act Of Defiance

An Act Of Defiance Post-screening discussion

Co-presented by Plus61J; a screening of South African Rivonia Trial drama An Act of Defiance with a post-screening discussion with Nicholas Wolpe, the founder and CEO of the Liliesleaf Trust and Legacy Project, who joins us from South Africa. Hosted by Michael Visontay.

Sunday Oct 28 — 3:30pm
Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction

93Queen

93Queen Post-screening discussion

Join the Melbourne Women in Film Festival for a post-screening panel discussion featuring women who have defied societal expectation and ‘broken the glass ceiling’ to achieve extraordinary things. With Madeleine Buchner, CEO of Little Dreamers Australia, and Sarah Moran, CEO of Girl Geek Academy.

Sunday Oct 28 — 4:15pm
Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn

Itzhak

Itzhak Performance

Join Tinpan Orange violinist, Alex Burkoy, for a short performance prior to the screening of Itzhak Perlman documentary Itzhak.

Sunday Oct 28 — 4:15pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

87 Children

87 Children Introduction

Co-presented by the National Council of Jewish Women Victoria, 87 Children will be introduced by a performance of traditional Crimean Tatar folk music from Zulya.

Sunday Oct 28 — 6:30pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

Love, Gilda

Love, Gilda Director Q&A

Post-screening Q&A with 'Love, Gilda' director and festival guest Lisa D'Apolito. Hosted by comedian Eve Ellenbogen.

Sunday Oct 28 — 6:45pm
Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn

Itzhak

Itzhak Performance

Violinist Leo Novikov will perform a short selection of pieces prior to the screening of Itzhak Perlman documentary Itzhak.

Co-presented by Shir Madness Sydney

Sunday Oct 28 — 8:40pm
Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction

An Act Of Defiance

An Act Of Defiance Post-screening discussion

Following the screening of An Act of Defiance, join Nicholas Wolpe, the South African founder and CEO of the Liliesleaf Trust and Legacy Project, in conversation. Hosted by Dashiel Lawrence.

Co-presented by Plus61J

Monday Oct 29 — 6:30pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

Love, Gilda

Love, Gilda Director Q&A

Post-screening Q&A with 'Love, Gilda' director and festival guest Lisa D’Apolito

Monday Oct 29 — 6:30pm
Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction

Studio 54: The Documentary Rooftop Screening

Studio 54: The Documentary Rooftop Screening Introduction & Rooftop screening

Co-presented and introduced by the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a Lido Rooftop screening of disco doc Studio 54: The Documentary.

Monday Oct 29 — 8:55pm
Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn

Fress At The Flicks!

Fress At The Flicks!

Have a nosh on us! On Wednesday mornings throughout JIFF, join us for a delicious spread of treats in the Classic Cinemas foyer.

(Please note this is an unticketed event)

Wednesday Mornings from 11:30
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

Promise At Dawn

Promise At Dawn Introduction

Co-presented by Alliance Francaise Melbourne, and introduced by their director Michel Richard, a screening of sprawling French biopic Promise at Dawn.

Wednesday Oct 31 — 6:15pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

The Interpreter

The Interpreter Introduction

Co-presented by the Czech and Slovak Film Festival, and introduced by Professor Birgit Lang, an expert on translation; a screening of The Interpreter.

Thursday Nov 1 — 6:45pm
Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn

To Dust

To Dust Introduction

Ephraim Finch, former director of Melbourne’s Chevra Kadisha, shares stories prior to a screening of quirky buddy comedy To Dust.

Thursday Nov 1 — 6:45pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

The Birth of Hunter Finkelstein

The Birth of Hunter Finkelstein Introduction

Featuring an introduction from director Michael Weisler

Screens with 'THE TWINNING REACTION'

Thursday Nov 1 — 9pm
Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction

Narcissister Organ Player

Narcissister Organ Player Post-screening discussion

Following a screening of the unique documentary Narcissister Organ Player, join a panel of extraordinary women in discussion about the unshakeable influence of our mothers on our art and identity. With Maria Tumarkin (Axiomatic), and mother and daughter Vivienne (Alzheimer’s: a love story) and Abigail Ulman (Hot Little Hands).

Sunday Nov 4 — 2pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

The Museum

The Museum Post-screening discussion

A post-screening discussion about the challenges of preservation and conservation in a contemporary museum context. With Colin Macgregor, head of the Australian Museum Materials Conservation team, and moderated by Macquarie University academic and historian Dr Gil Davis.

Sunday Nov 4 — 2pm
Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction

The Ancient Law

The Ancient Law Introduction

Discover vital Jewish cinema of yore with a co-presentation by Melbourne Cinematheque and introduction by co-curator Adrian Danks: past editor of Senses of Cinema and Associate Dean at RMIT University's School of Media and Communication.

Sunday Nov 4 — 4pm
Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn

The Invisibles

The Invisibles Introduction

Roma Shell JP, whose own mother and aunt survived as ‘invisibles’ in WW2 Berlin, will share their story in a short introduction.

Sunday Nov 4 — 4:05pm
Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction

Sobibor

Sobibor Director Q&A

Director and star Konstantin Khabensky joins us from Russia for a post-screening Q&A

Sunday Nov 4 — 6:35pm
Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction

Conventional Sins

Conventional Sins Post-screening discussion

Presented in collaboration with Pathways and Tzedek, and moderated by Pathways’ president, Leah Boulton, join us for post-screening discussion examining abuses of power in Melbourne’s Orthodox Jewish community. With Dassi Erlich, Michelle Meyer and advocate Menachem Vorchheimer.

Sunday Nov 4 — 6:45pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

Sobibor

Sobibor Director Q&A

Director and star Konstantin Khabensky joins us from Russia for a post-screening Q&A

Monday Nov 5 — 6:15pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

Sobibor

Sobibor Director Introduction

Director and star Konstantin Khabensky joins us from Russia to introduce his feature directorial debut.

Monday Nov 5 — 6:15pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

Blue Note Records — Beyond The Notes

Blue Note Records — Beyond The Notes Introduction

Co-presented by Shir Madness Sydney and introduced by musician and scholar Mark Ginsburg, a screening of musical documentary Blue Note Records — Beyond the Notes.

Monday Nov 5 — 6:30pm
Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction

Sam Spiegel — Conquering Hollywood

Sam Spiegel — Conquering Hollywood Introduction

Introduced by the Australian producer, Stephan Wellink, a screening of documentary Sam Spiegel — Conquering Hollywood.

Tuesday Nov 6 — 6:45pm
Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction

Blue Note Records Jazz Night — Gideon Preiss Trio

Blue Note Records Jazz Night — Gideon Preiss Trio Performance

Dust off your dancing shoes and join us for an evening of Blue Note Records-inspired jazz from the Gideon Preiss Trio, curated by the Festival of Jewish Music and Arts (FOJAM). Adult $30 / Concession $25: http://bit.ly/BlueNoteJazz Follows 6pm screening of Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes (tickets sold separately)

6PM Blue Note Records – Beyond the Notes screening
7:45 — 8:45PM Jazz Session (LIDO CINEMAS JAZZ ROOM, HAWTHORN)
Jazz ticket prices: $30 Adult, $25 Concession

Tuesday Nov 6 — 7:45pm
Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn

Dear Fredy

Dear Fredy Introduction

In anticipation of their upcoming Persecuted Registered Annihilated exhibition, the Jewish Holocaust Centre presents Dear Fredy, with an introduction from Irma Hanner. Hosted by Sue Hampel OAM.

Wednesday Nov 7 — 6:45pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

The City Without Jews

The City Without Jews Introduction

Co-presented by the Melbourne Cinematheque, filmmaker and scholar Claudia Sandberg (Hidden Films. A Journey from Exile to Memory) will introduce this thought-to-be-lost piece of Austrian history.

Thursday Nov 8 — 6:30pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

Studio 54 Disco Party

Studio 54 Disco Party

Bust out those flares, and ready yourself for a night of disco in honour of the iconic and brightly blazing Studio 54!

9PM Studio 54 screening
11PM — LATE Enjoy a disco boogey! With DJ Joey Lightbulb on the decks

Presented by Festival of Jewish Arts and Music (FOJAM)

Saturday Nov 10 — 11pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

Black Honey, The Life And Poetry Of Avraham Sutskever

Black Honey, The Life And Poetry Of Avraham Sutskever Performance

Accompanied by Tomi Kalinski, Yiddish singer and educator Freydi Mrocki brings the words of Yiddish poet Avraham Sutskever to life in a short introductory performance.

Sunday Nov 11 — 1:45pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

An Act Of Defiance

An Act Of Defiance Post-screening discussion

Co-presented by Plus61J; a screening of South African Rivonia Trial drama An Act of Defiance with a post-screening discussion with Jane Harris who will reflect on her family’s involvement in 1960s South African society.

Sunday Nov 11 — 2:15pm
Roseville Cinemas

Let’s Dance

Let’s Dance Performance

Celebrate the extraordinary story of Israeli modern dance with an introductory performance from Zooz Dance.

Sunday Nov 11 — 4pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

Murer — Anatomy Of A Trial

Murer — Anatomy Of A Trial Introduction

Join us for a screening of Austrian courtroom drama, Murer — Anatomy of a Trial, introduced by investigative journalist, author and Nazi war criminal expert, Mark Aarons (War Criminals Welcome: Australia, A Sanctuary For Fugitive War Criminals Since 1945). ).

Sunday Nov 11 — 4pm
Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction

The Museum

The Museum Post-screening discussion

Lifting the lid on curating and storytelling, the Jewish Museum of Australia presents a post-screening discussion with Museum Director, Rebecca Forgasz, in conversation with freelance writer and Fairfax columnist Julie Szego.

Tuesday Nov 13 — 6:30pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

JIFF Börek Bake-Off

JIFF Börek Bake-Off

Fire up the oven and ready your tummy —it’s time for the inaugural JIFF Börek Bake-Off! Prior to a screening of documentary The King of Börek, bring your flakiest and tastiest böreks (or bourekas!) to the Classic Cinemas Elsternwick for your chance to be crowned JIFF’s Best Baker! With special guest judges Rita Erlich and more. Register your participation at bit.ly/BorekBakeOff

3:15PM Börek tasting & judging
4PM The King of Börek screening (tickets sold separately)

SPONSORED BY ESKAL

Sunday Nov 18 — 3:15pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick

Sobibor

Sobibor Introduction

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Sobibor uprising, Cultural Centre Shalom presents a special event screening of Sobibor. With an introduction from writer Alice Nelson (After This), post-screening book sales and signings and a photo exhibition in remembrance of the extraordinary heroism and resistance.

Sunday Nov 18 — 4:15pm
Greater Union Cinemas, Morley

Sydney Closing Night

Sydney Closing Night The Unorthodox

Fresh from an Opening Night berth at the Jerusalem Film Festival, The Unorthodox is the electrifying new film from Eliran Malka, the writer/director of hit Israeli TV series Shababnikim. Inspired by the unique formation of Israel’s Shas party, The Unorthodox is a stirring, moving and laugh-out-loud film about the rise of the underdog, and the power of a single man to create real societal change.

7:00PM FOR 7:30PM The Unorthodox screening — ticket includes complimentary drink

Adult $29 / Concession $26

SPONSORED BY SIX PARALLELS SOUTH

Wednesday Nov 21 — 7pm
Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction

Melbourne Closing Night

Melbourne Closing Night The Unorthodox

Fresh from an Opening Night berth at the Jerusalem Film Festival, The Unorthodox is the electrifying new film from Eliran Malka, the writer/director of hit Israeli TV series Shababnikim. Inspired by the unique formation of Israel’s Shas party, The Unorthodox is a stirring, moving and laugh-out-loud film about the rise of the underdog, and the power of a single man to create real societal change.

7:30PM FOR 8:30PM The Unorthodox screening — ticket includes complimentary drink

Adult $29 / Concession $26

SPONSORED BY SIX PARALLELS SOUTH

Wednesday Nov 21 — 7:30pm
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick