Haifa's 35th International Film Festival

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Haifa's 35th International Film Festival
Photo by Reuven Cohen

October. Haifa's 35th International Film Festival has introduced a varied program of about 200 films, including premieres of Israeli films and award winners from the world's leading festivals, restored classics, international documentary films and so on.

Dozens of guests—directors, actors, producers, distributors, representatives of film foundations and television networks—came to the festival. Guests of the festival have presented their new films and held meetings with the public, workshops and masterclasses.

Oscar winners—director Guy Nattiv and actress and producer wife Jaime Ray Newman, presented their feature film Skin. Other notable guests who have hosted masterclasses were Agnieszka Holland, one of the most important filmmakers in Polish cinema, who also introduced her new film Mr. Jones, and great Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland, who presented his new film Out Stealing horses.

The Life Achievement Award was presented to senior French director Claude Lelouche, who came to Haifa with French actress Anouk Aimee and The Best Years of a Life  (Les plus belles années d'une vie), a new film that comes out 53 years after the mythological A Man and a Woman (Un homme et une femme). Stephan Elliott, director of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, celebrated the 25th anniversary of his cult film.

The Best Israeli Film Prize was shared by two films: Oren Gerner's Africa and Yaron Shani's Rebirth. Africa also won the Danny Lerner Award for an Israeli debut feature film. The Rosenlia Katz Prize for a documentary went to Lina Chaplin's Underground Ballet.

Some 70,000 people came to watch the festival's films, and about 100,000 people took part in the festival's outdoor events.