With sensational tales packed with screen luminaries, side-splitting comedies, and stories of iconic Jewish trailblazers and innovators, the Jewish International Film Festival (October 23 – November 21) returns for another year of spectacular Jewish cinema from around the world.

Featuring 60 films from 23 countries, the Festival builds on almost 30 years of bringing the best of Jewish cinema to Australia, presenting 28 features, 29 documentaries, and full season screenings of three superb TV series to audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra. The Festival will also present films by the recipients of the JIFF Short Film Fund; I want to make a film about women and The Mirror.

The Festival has also announced its first Melbourne and Sydney guests for 2019: award-winning Australian documentarian Eve Ash will introduce the Australian premiere of her gripping documentary Man On the Bus, and U.S. filmmaker Alyssa Bolsey will attend screenings of Beyond the Bolex, a fascinating film about her grandfather Jacques Bolsey - inventor of the iconic Bolex camera.

Kicking off the Festival is Ask Dr. Ruth from Primetime Emmy-nominated director Ryan White, the uplifting story of America’s most famous sex therapist. Championed as the Ruth Bader Ginsburg of sex, the film is an inspiring account of how Dr Ruth revolutionised the conversation around sexuality through her uninhibited approach to sex therapy.

The Festival will close with the first Australian screenings of Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Jojo Rabbit, (pictured) fresh from winning the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Drawing on his own Jewish heritage and his experiences growing up surrounded by prejudice, writer-director Taika Waititi (whose mother is Jewish, while his father is Maori) makes a powerful statement against hate in his latest film. This World War II satire follows Jojo, a lonely German boy whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.

Tickets are now on sale for the Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF). screening dates for Sydney: 23 October – 21 November Ritz Cinema, Randwick 2 November – 20 November Roseville Cinemas, Roseville.

See more details at the website.

With thanks to JIFF we have a double pass giveaway to a screening of your choice during the festival. Enter here, using the subject line JEWISH_INTERNATIONAL_FF (competitions.reviewsbyjudith@outlook.com).

The competition will be drawn after Midnight on Wednesday October 23, 2019. Only the winner will be notified and the pass will be posted by RbJ after receipt from the promoter..