The 38th Haifa Film Festival, which will take place from October 8 to 17, promises to be once again very rich, with the screening of award-winning films in Berlin, Venice or Cannes.
It will open with a screening of ‘Don’t Worry Honey’, directed by Olivia Wilde, starring Harry Styles, Florence Pugh and Chris Pine. A film that has been talked about a lot, as much for its casting as for the behind-the-scenes backstage creping of buns in which the director and her main actress would have engaged.
Also on the bill, “Close” by Belgian director Lukas Dhont, Grand Jury Prize at the last Cannes Film Festival, which evokes the friendly and intimate relationship between Leo and Remy, two 13-year-old boys, which will be ordeal when they enter school.
Another scheduled film, “Boy of the sky” by Tarik Salah, screenplay prize at Cannes. This stylish spy thriller takes the viewer deep into the heart of Cairo’s Muslim religious establishment and explores the suspicious relationship between its rulers under President al-Sisi and its corrupt and violent security services.
The film’s cast includes Makram Khoury, one of Israel’s greatest Arab comedians, who over the course of his career has performed dozens of leading roles in theatre, television and film. He will also receive a lifetime achievement award during the festival.
The Moroccan film “Le bleu du caftan”, international critics’ prize at the Un Certain Regard Festival in Cannes, will also be screened, as a nod to the resumption of diplomatic relations between Jerusalem and Rabat. . Director Miriam Tozani will be one of the guests of the festival, as will her companion Nabil Ayush (“Prince of the Street”), a confirmed filmmaker in Morocco.
The big winner of the Berlin festival, “Alcarras” by the Spaniard Carla Simon, who won the Golden Bear, is also on the program.
“Utama” by Bolivian director Alejandro Loayza Grisi, winner of the international competition at Sundance, acclaimed at Karlovy Vary and winner of the best film prize at the Cluj Festival, should also attract attention for its aesthetics. It depicts an elderly couple living in a village in a mountainous region of Bolivia, which is suffering from climate change. The couple’s grandson who comes to visit then tries to convince them to move to the big city.
Many other works hailed in the biggest festivals in Europe are part of the program, including “Les Pires” (Lise Akoka and Roman Gera), “A Piece of Sky” (Michael Koch) and “Summer with Hope” ( Sadaf Foroughi).
Finally, note the programming of “In the West, Nothing New”, a powerful adaptation by Edward Berger of the anti-war novel written by Erich Maria Remarque in 1928. The film, chosen to represent Germany at the next Academy Awards, has just successfully premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
Prestigious guests will also be present at the Haifa Festival. Among them, Beata Perkanova, who directed “The Word” which won two prizes at the Karlovy Vary Festival, journalist Bendetta Argentieri, who directed the documentary “The Matchmaker”, in which she attempts to decipher how the Daesh organization manages to recruit young people in the West, especially women. And finally the starred chef Ljubomir Stanisic directed by his director partner Monica Franco in the documentary “Ljubomir Stanisic: Heartbeat”.