The festival opens at Jerusalem’s Sultan’s Pool with a screening of Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta, which marks a major return to form by the Spanish auteur. This is the third time that an Almodóvar film has opened the festival, following All About My Mother in 1999 and Talk to Her in 2002.
From the outset, the Jerusalem Film Festival has made it its principal goal to present the audience with the current trends in world cinema. These films will be shown in the international selection and in the different international competitions, including In the Spirit of Freedom, the Jewish Experience, Festival Debuts, Gala, Panorama, Classics, Festival Masters, and more. The festival also showcases new Israeli cinema.
The festival is held with the support of the Israeli Film Council — Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Jerusalem Development Authority, The Jerusalem Foundation, the Van Leer Foundation and the Ostrovsky Family Fund.
Festival Director: Noa Regev
Artistic Director: Elad Samourzik