The UK Jewish Film Festival’s return to Leeds is set to entertain with a must-see selection of listings.
Seven Arts Centre
8th November – 8.15pm
An old Jewish baker’s failing business gets an unexpected boost when his young Muslim apprentice, also a cannabis dealer, drops a load of dope in the dough. Suddenly the customers can’t get enough of his bread. Starring a host of British film and theatre luminaries, led by Jonathan Pryce, Pauline Collins, and Ian Hart.
In honour of British Jewish screenwriter, Jez Freedman, who sadly passed away earlier this year.
19th November — 7.30pm
The Bentwich Syndrome
From humble origins in Whitechapel, the eccentric and ambitious 19th Century lawyer Herbert Bentwich set out to establish an aristocratic Jewish dynasty, having a profound impact on British Jewish life and on the new state of Israel.
In this brilliantly wry documentary, Bentwich’s great-grandson Gur sets out to discover the truth about this much-maligned and enigmatic family. Along the way, he uncovers a remarkable story, funny and sometimes tragic, of fervent Zionists, inspired artists, and outrageously determined rebels.
22nd November — 7.30pm
What’s In a Name?
A box office sensation in France, this laugh-out-loud comedy focuses on a small family dinner that goes horribly wrong. When the soon-to-be father Vincent announces to his siblings the name of his future son, a passionate argument erupts and snowballs out of control. Can deep-seated sibling rivalries, social anxieties and prejudices be triggered just by a name?
15th November – 4pm
A box office comic sensation in Israel about a bourgeois Jerusalem family who bring new meaning to the word dysfunctional. Plastic surgeon Micha (Shlomo Bar-Aba) wants an ordinary life. But when he causes a car accident that leaves his wife in a coma, things unravel around him. Micha’s son is marrying a Mizrahi detective. His anti-social single daughter is obsessed with an Arab actor. And Micha decides to retake his driving test… with a beautiful driving and yoga instructor.
For more information and to book tickets, visit Sevenleeds.co.uk, Ukjewishfilm.org or call 0113 26 26 777.