This year's UK Jewish Film Festival, which runs from October 29-November 15, promises an exciting selection of Jewish-themed movies from all over the world. SomethingJewish's Caroline Westbrook chooses the essential films to see.
The Band's Visit
This gentle fish out of water comedy focuses on an Egyptian police band who due to a mishap find themselves stranded in a small Israeli town while travelling through the country. Fortunately an assortment of quirky locals are on hand to help – and as they befriend each other, both groups begin to overcome their cultural differences.
Showing on Monday October 29 at Vue West End (followed by buffet reception), Saturday November 3, Screen On The Hill
This Jewish chick flick, which has been compared to Sex And The City, follows a trio of inseparable friends living in Paris as they attempt to juggle families, careers and romance.
Showing on Saturday November 3, Screen On The Hill, Monday November 5, Screen On The Hill, Wednesday November 14, Odeon South Woodford
Keeping Up With The Steins
Entourage star Jeremy Piven stars in this satirical comedy about rival Barmitzvahs, which also features the likes of Daryl Hannah and Curb Your Enthusiasm's Cheryl Hines. After the Stein family puts on a lavish affair featuring a Titanic theme, the Fiedler family are determined to do even better – but Barmitzvah boy Benjamin (Daryl Sabara) throws a major spanner in the works when he secretly adds an estranged relative to the guest list.
Showing on Saturday November 10, Screen On The Hill, Thursday November 15, Reel Borehamwood
Kike Like Me
A Canadian documentary which follows filmmaker and secular Jew Jamie Kastner as he goes in search of his Jewish identity. What starts out as a light-hearted quest as he has a belated Barmitzvah in Brooklyn gradually changes tone as he encounters anti-Semitism and takes a trip to Auschwitz.
Showing on Wedneday November 14, ICA Cinema
Know all the words to Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical? Even the Coat of Many Colours song? Now's your chance to prove it with this special event, in which audience members have a chance to singalong with the film of the show. Fancy dress is recommended, with a prize for the best costume.
Showing on Sunday November 11, Odeon Swiss Cottage
As well as new films, this year a selection of Jewish-themed classics are being shown, including Barbra Streisand in the musical Yentl, Oscar nominated comedy drama Enemies A Love Story, Woody Allen's fantastical Zelig and The Front, a dark comedy about the blacklisting of Hollywood screenwriters in the 1950s.
Various dates and venues – check official website for more details
For more information visit the official website at: www.ukjewishfilmfestival.org.uk.
To book tickets call the box office on 020 7415 7178. Certain films will be touring cinemas around the country from January – March 2008 – see the website for more details.