by GREG KING
The Jewish International Film Festival is screening in Sydney and Melbourne. In Melbourne the festival screens at the Classic Cinema in Elsternwick, the Lido in Hawthorn and the Cameo in Belgrave. It runs until November 21, and will screen some 80 features and documentaries. The opening night film was the critically acclaimed bittersweet road movie The Interpreter. Closing the festival is The Unorthodox, a comedy inspired by the founding of Israel’s Shas party. Director Lisa D’Apolito will be in attendance during the festival ton introduce her documentary Love, Gilda, about Gilda Radner, while Russian director and star Konstantin Khabensky will be attending sessions of his drama Sobibor, based on the true story of the uprising in the Sobibor concentration camp. Greg spoke to the festival’s artistic director Eddie Tamir to learn more about what’s on offer in this year’s program.