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It's that time of the year again – when the best new Jewish movies from around the world take their place in the line-up at the UK Jewish Film Festival. As per usual, the event – which this year runs from November 4 – 16 – showcases some of the best new films from Israel. SomethingIsraeli offers the essential guide of what to see.
Three Mothers – Opening Night Film
This year's festival opens with this Israeli production, which follows the lives of Egyptian-Jewish triplets living together in an apartment in Israel. Rose, a singer, dreams of making a comeback, midwife Flora has just retired, while the third sister Yasmin needs a kidney transplant. But as well as facing up to problems in their present, they also have to come to terms with secrets from their past – which they aim to do with the help of Rose's only daughter.
No cert. In Hebrew, French and Arabic with English subtitles. Showing Saturday 4 November at the Screen On The Hill, Belsize Park at 6.55pm (reception 6.30pm) Also showing Monday 4 November at the Screen On The Hill (3pm), Sunday 12 November at the Richmond Filmhouse (2pm) and Wednesday 15 November at the Odeon South Woodford (8pm)
Natalie Portman heads the cast of this Israeli-set drama as Rebecca, a young woman who becomes caught up in some mysterious events on the Israel-Jordan border after becoming inadvertently involved with a local doing a shady business deal.
No cert. Some Hebrew dialogue with English subtitles. Showing Monday 6 November at the Screen on the Hill at 9pm. Also showing on Thursday 9 November at 2pm.
The Substitute (Hayelet Bodeda)
This 19-minute film, showing before the American mockumentary Glow Ropes, is one of the highlights of the line-up. Set in the Israeli army, it centres on a young girl soldier who is stationed at a distant military base and can't wait for her leave to begin – however when her replacement appears to be suicidal, she is forced to stay at the base and guard her.
No cert. Hebrew dialogue with English subtitles. Showing Thursday 9 November at the Screen On The Hill at 9pm. Also showing on Sunday 12 November at the Odeon South Woodford at 8pm.
Close To Home
Another film set in the Israeli army, this drama follows two disparate women who have little in common but form an unlikely friendship when they are assigned to the same patrol in Jerusalem. As they form a bond, the harsh realities of their assignment become all too obvious.
No cert. Hebrew dialogue with English subtitles. Showing Sunday 5 November at the Screen On The Hill at 9.10pm
This heartwarming comedy drama centres on Joy Levine, a lonely misfit whose life changes when she appears on a TV show and is sent on a mission to throw a surprise party for her parents' wedding anniversary – but in doing so she has to bring the viewers into her world. And as she does so, family secrets spring to the surface.
No cert. Hebrew dialogue with English subtitles. Showing Sunday 9 November at the Screen On The Hill at 9.25pm. Also showing on Thursday 16 November at the Reel Borehamwood at 8.30pm.
For more information: www.ukjewishfilmfestival.org.uk