The Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF) has announced it 2016 Australian line-up, featuring 66 international premiere features and 19 documentaries alongside it’s opening and closing films, critically acclaimed Biopic Denial, and provocative documentary The Last Laugh. The festival will also screen the Israeli drama, Sand Storm, winner of Best Film and Best Director at the 2016 Ophir Awards, and entrant in the 2017 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.
JIFF’s opening feature, Denial, tells the story of writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt’s battle for truth. Directed by Mick Jackson and Staring Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener, The Mummy), Denial follows Lipstadt’s journey to prove that the Holocaust did happen, after she is sued for defamation by author and self-proclaimed historian David Irving (Timothy Spall).
JIFF will close with a provocative documentary, The Last Laugh, which explores ‘how far’ comedy should go when delving into tragedy, via comedic icons Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Larry Charles, Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K., Chris Rock and the late Joan Rivers, as well as Holocaust survivors, including the 91-year-old Auschwitz survivor, Renee Firestone.
Find out more about the JIFF 2016 program head HERE
Check out theThe Jewish International Film Festival venues and dates below:
26 October – 23 – November Bondi Junction Event Cinemas
27 October – 16 November – Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
27 October – 23 November – Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick
28 October – 23 November – Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn
26 October – 6 November – Greater Union Cinemas, Morley
10, 12/13, 19/20 November – New Farm Cinemas
10, 12/13, 19/20 November 0 Academy Cinemas
10, 12/13, 19/20 November – Dendy Cinemas