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The Jewish International Film Festival Is Returning for Its Second 2022 Fest with a 50-Movie Lineup

JIFF turns 30 with a huge program, including straight-from-Cannes flicks, star-studded titles and a Jeff Goldblum-narrated documentary about 'Fiddler on the Roof'.
By Sarah Ward
September 26, 2022
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By Sarah Ward
September 26, 2022
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Usually, Australia's various film festivals only pop up once every 12 months; however, there's little that's been usual about the past few years. So in these chaotic times, the fact that the Jewish International Film Festival is returning for a second stint in 2022 doesn't seem all that out of the ordinary.

Already enjoyed the fest during its March and April run? Get ready to do so all over again. JIFF will screen 50 features and documentaries at this iteration, alongside episodes from two TV shows and three short films — covering titles from 21 countries as it tours Australia between October–December.

Leading the highlights, filling JIFF's biggest-ever lineup: opening night's Armageddon Time, which arrives after premiering at this year's Cannes Film Festival and will have its Aussie debut at the fest. Starring Anthony Hopkins (The Father), Anne Hathaway (Locked Down) and Jeremy Strong (Succession), and written and directed by Ad Astra and The Lost City of Z's James Gray, it tells a coming-of-age story in 80s-era Queens.

Also among the standouts, Charlotte Gainsbourg (Sundown)-led French drama The Accusation tackles sex and consent; Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic World Dominion) narrates Fiddler's Journey to the Big Screen, about bringing Fiddler on the Roof to the big screen; and Israel's Karaoke arrives after being nominated for 13 Ophir Awards. Or, there's doco The Art of Silence about mime Marcel Marceau — plus 60s-set comedy My Neighbour Adolf, featuring Udo Kier (Swan Song) as a Holocaust survivor in Colombia who thinks the German man who just moved in next door is Hitler.

The full lineup includes closing night's As They Made Us, the directorial debut of directorial The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik; Reckonings, about the negotiations between Jewish and German leaders that led to the 1952 Luxembourg Agreement; and three episodes of Bloody Murray, which follows the titular film lecturer, who specialises in romantic comedies.

The list goes on, spanning — as always — a sizeable contingent of movies that examine World War II, the Holocaust and their lingering impact.

JEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2022 DATES — OCTOBER–DECEMBER SEASON

Monday, October 24–Sunday, November 27 — Classic Cinemas and Lido Cinemas, Melbourne
Tuesday, October 25– Monday, November 28 — Ritz Cinemas and Roseville Cinemas, Sydney
Thursday, October 27— Sunday, November 6 — Dendy Cinemas, Canberra
Thursday, October 27— Sunday, November 6 — State Cinema, Hobart
Thursday, November 10–Sunday, November 20 — New Farm Cinemas, Brisbane
Thursday, November 17–Sunday, November 27 — Dendy Southport, Gold Coast
Thursday, November 24—Wednesday, December 7 — Luna Palace Leederville, Perth

The Jewish International Film Festival's second 2022 season runs from October–December. For more information, or to buy tickets, head to the festival's website.

Published on September 26, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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