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IS SU E 4 TUESDAY JULY 15 – WEDNESDAY JULY 16, 2014 AT JERUSALEM FILM FESTIVAL Editorial +44 7889 414 856 Advertising +44 7540 100 254 Israeli film-makers call for ceasefire in Gaza Chantal Akerman Akerman opens desert installation Belgium-born, US-based filmmaker and artist Chantal Akerman will open her desert-inspired installation De La Mer(e) Au Désert at Mamuta Art and Media Centre on Tuesday evening in Hansen House, a former leper colonyturned-cultural centre close to the Cinématheque. Based on a trip to the town of Arad on the border of the Negev and Judean deserts, the multilayered De La Mer(e) Au Désert installation features several tracking shots projected onto the Jerusalem-stone walls of the building’s vaulted basement. On the eve of the installation’s opening, Akerman told Screen it was an immersive experience that is meant to disorientate the visitor. “I wanted to play with this specific space,” she said. “It’s a very physical experience that I’m trying to create. Nothing is still, everything is moving. There’s no narrative. You can’t really describe it.” As part of the opening, Akerman will read extracts from her autobiographical work Ma Mére Rit, capturing her relationship with her mother. There will also be regular screenings in the space of her latest, untitled documentary capturing the final years of her mother’s life, which Akerman describes as work-in-progress. The installation, put together in collaboration with the screenbased arts department of the Bezelel Art Academy and the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund, is being held within the framework of the festival. The celebrated film-maker and artist Akerman has been a regular guest at the film festival since the 1970s. She said: “It’s always so brave and daring.” Melanie Goodfellow BY WENDY MITCHELL A group of Israeli film-makers took a stand against the current political conflict yesterday at an emotional press conference here at Jerusalem Film Festival. Film-maker Keren Yedaya admitted she had thought of pulling her film from the festival before she spoke to the other directors. She noted tearfully that she is “the mother of two kids who suffer from the fear and panic of the threat of the missiles”. In a statement, the directors Yedaya, Tali Shalom-Ezer, Nadav Lapid, Efrat Corem, Shira Geffen, Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz, and Bazi Gete said: “In these violent days, it’s impossible to talk only about cinema while ignoring the horrifying events around us. “We are scared too. Some of us are parents. Our children are terrified of the code-red sirens and of the thundering sounds of warfare. We do not seek revenge and do not believe in a military solution; this has proven futile in the past.” Yedaya and Geffen read names of children who have been killed in Gaza in the past week, which they noted was “not an act of provocation, it’s natural to give them a name and remember”. One of those killed was just 18 months old. The statement said: “Children Nir Shaanani Patrick Wilson NEWS Wilson sweet for Home Patrick Wilson and his wife Dagmara Dominczyk join the cast of Jerusalem Lab project Sweet Home Tennessee » Page 3 PROFILE Calling ‘action’ Benny Fredman on showing Jerusalem’s dark side in Suicide » Page 4 REVIEW Dark matter Keren Yedaya pulls no punches with traumatic abuse drama That Lovely Girl » Page 7 SCREENINGS Shlomi Elkabetz, Tali Shalom-Ezer, Keren Yedaya, Efrat Corem, Shira Geffen and Nadav Lapid living in Gaza today are our partners in peace tomorrow. The killing and horror we inflict only push any diplomatic solution further away.” The group also attacked the Israeli media for being too onesided. “Cameras here, in Israel, film and tell about the suffering and pain of Israeli citizens subject to missile attacks… A dialogue must be established, an acknowledgment of the suffering of the others. Today, we want to direct those cameras to the suffering of Gaza residents, men, women and children killed during the last few days.” Although the film festival had mostly tried a business-as-usual approach during the past few days, the film-makers noted “the ‘life goes on’ conception, by which surrounding events cannot and will not affect our everyday dealings, is morally impossible”. “In these terrible days, we as artists and creators expect from ourselves, the festival’s administration, the spectators and the media to use this event to issue a clear, loud cry for change. We call the Israeli government to cease fire; we urge it not to send our troops to be killed again, in another pointless, cruel military campaign; we call it to engage in meaningful dialogue with the Palestinian people and its leaders, to achieve a viable peace.” A petition is likely to circulate for those who are in support of the statement. Lapid added: “I hope it’s a beginning and first step for Israeli film-makers to become more active and influential as one body in Israeli political life.” Transfax offers taste of Madame Yankelova BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW Tel Aviv-based Transfax is set to unveil extracts today from Guilhad Emilio Schenker’s Madame Yankelova’s Fine Literature Club, about a women’s reading club with a secret feminist and cannibalistic agenda. It is Schenker’s debut feature after award-winning short Lavan, which toured some 70 festivals. “I’m curious to see the response. It’s very different from what people normally expect of Israeli cinema, it’s very stylised,” said Transfax founding chief Marek Rozenbaum, adding that the décor and costumes had a 1950s and 1960s feel although it was not set in a specific time. TODAY Marek Rozenbaum A 10 to 20-minute subtitled extract will be shown here in an industry work-in-progress session at Israeli feature-focused Pitch Point today. Adapted from Shmuel Yosef Agnon’s novella The Mistress And The Peddler, the film revolves around a women’s literary club, which is a front as the women lure attractive men to the event, who are then killed and eaten. Film-maker Dover Kosashvili assisted Schenker in the adaptation. Rozenbaum said a rough-cut of the film, shot in the studio in March and April, will be ready by August. Other upcoming projects on the Transfax slate include Arik Rotstein’s Generation 3, Meny Yaesh’s The Bouncer and Kosashvili’s Love Birds, about a couple who meet up as strangers in a hotel room on the 10th anniversary of their marriage. “It’s very provocative, there’s a lot nudity and it’s a lot of fun,” said Rozenbaum. The films playing at the festival over the next two days » Page 12 Avranas readies Greek thriller BY ANDREAS WISEMAN Miss Violence writer-director Alexandros Avranas is to reteam with producer Faliro House Productions and actors Eleni Roussinou and Christos Loulis on his next film. “I am writing a new Greek-language script which will be ready in the coming months,” the director told Screen here in Jerusalem. “I want to shoot next summer. “It’s about a middle-class Greek couple who want to live an easy life, ‘The American Dream’, but they end up carrying out a murder for money in order to sustain their lifestyle,” he continued. “It’s about moral values.” The as-yet untitled dramathriller, based on a true story that took place in London, has already attracted interest from sales companies in the UK, Europe and the US. The 36-year-old writer-director, repped by WME and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, said his next film after this thriller would likely be an English-language film. 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