Seret 2019

The International Israeli Film and Television Festival

TSERET 2019, the International Israeli Film and Television Festival, comes to JW3 with an amazingly varied programme of exciting independent features and documentaries from Israel’s most talented filmmakers. Take a look below to see the films showing at JW3 throughout the festival.


Tuesday 30 April


The Other Story - Sold out

6.15pm

£12

From one of Israel’s most important directors Avi Nesher The Other Story examines, with warmth and wit, the difficulties a secular Jewish family has in coming to terms with their recently ultra-orthodox daughter’s wish to marry her previously ‘bad boy’ musician and now Haredi boyfriend.


Good Morning Son + Q&A

8.35pm

£12

A young IDF soldier suffers a traumatic brain injury when he enters a booby-trapped house in Gaza.  Within the confines of his hospital room, his family and friends are with him day and night, talking to him lovingly, touching him, through the depths of his coma, waiting for the crucial moment when he surfaces.


Wednesday 1 May


The Essential Link                                                                       6.30pm                                                                        £12

The film tells the remarkable story of Wilfrid Israel – a wealthy Jewish businessman and owner of Berlin’s largest department store in the 1930’s, who was involved in the saving of tens of thousands of Jews, and played a key role in the Kinder transport operation.


The Testament                                                                              8.30pm                                                                        £12

Yoel, a senior Holocaust researcher, conducting a double-investigation, personal and scientific. On one side, denial of the Holocaust on the part of the villagers, and on the other, his mother's silence regarding her past.


Thursday 2 May


Past Life                                                                                        6pm                                                                                                          £12                 

A Fact-based drama of two sisters as they search for the truth about their family’s past. Moving, original, quirky and suspenseful.


Here & Now                                                                                   8.45pm                                                                                                     £12

Roman Shumunov’s sensitively-portrayed social drama is told through the eyes of Andrey, a young Russian immigrant struggling to live with his family in the slums of Ashdod and assimilate into Israeli society.


Shalom Italia                                                                                 4.30pm                                                                                                     £12                                                          

A witty and humorous story of three brothers who ran away from their homes in Tuscany during WWII, and hid from the Nazis in a cave in the forest. Seventy years later, they take a journey to find the cave that changed their lives.


Avenging Evil + Q&A                                                                   2.30pm                                                                                                     £12

In the dying days of WWII, a secret organisation of Holocaust survivors plan a terrible revenge. Just as the Nazis had killed 6 million Jews, they will kill 6 million Germans. The last surviving avengers tell their astonishing story.


Cellfish + Q&A                                                                                8.45pm                                                                                                     £12

“Cellfish” explores the life and work of internationally recognised, multi-disciplinary Israeli Artist Shelly Federman, through the eyes of her younger sister Tammy, an actress, singer and film maker.


Friday 3 May


Avening Evil + Q&A                                                                    6.30pm                                                                                                     £12

In the dying days of WWII, a secret organisation of Holocaust survivors plan a terrible revenge. Just as the Nazis had killed 6 million Jews, they will kill 6 million Germans. The last surviving avengers tell their astonishing story.


Sunday 5 May


Laces + Q&A                                                                                6.15pm                                                                                                  £12

The director Joseph Goldwasser has a son with special needs, and the film raises challenging questions about our attitudes to disability. In the film - Gadi, who has special needs, has to move in with the father who abandoned him when he was a young child.


The Unorthodox                                                                         8.40pm                                                                                                  £12

The Unorthodox is a dramatic underdog story, filled with comic moments, about the founding of the Shas Party in Jerusalem in the early 1980s.


Tikkun Ha-Lamed of the Ha-Ari Hakadosh                                12pm                                                                                                     £12

Yossi Ashdot’s moving documentary takes us on a modern journey towards empowerment and spiritual understanding by following the fascinating and turbulent story of the Admor of Sitre Haim, who discovered the secrets of Kabbalah within the Holy Jewish Scriptures, in the 16th century.


The Ancestral Sin                                                                         8.30pm                                                                                                 £12

This chilling documentary reveals the cruel law enforcement and decision makers behind the "population dispersal" policies in the first two decades of Israel’s independence.


Monday 6 May


Portraying the Religious & Secular - Panel discussion            6.30pm                                                                                                £12           

Join us for a lively discussion on the portrayal of religious versus secular life in Israel, supported with clips from film and TV, with a panel of Israeli film and TV makers.


Madam Yankelova's Fine Literature Club                                   8.30pm                                                                                                £12

A witty black comedy with a great ensemble cast, and a delightfully twisted debut for director Guilhad Emilio Shenker. The all-women members of Madam Yankelova’s Fine Literature Club lure men into their cannibalistic rituals.


Wednesday 8


The Unorthodox *SOLD OUT*                                                                      8.30pm                                                                                                £12

The Unorthodox is a dramatic underdog story, filled with comic moments, about the founding of the Shas Party in Jerusalem in the early 1980s.


Thursday 9


The Other Story                                                                                            6pm                                                                                                      £12

The difficulties a secular Jewish family has in coming to terms with their recently ultra-orthodox daughter’s wish to marry her previously ‘bad boy’ musician and now Haredi boyfriend.

There will be another screening of The Other Story on Tuesday May 21.


Finita La Comedia + Q&A                                                                            8.30pm                                                                                                £12

A wild comedy, filmed in the lobby of "Dona Gracia" hotel in Tiberias near the Sea of Galilee. Finita La Comedia is building cult status in Israel, and is a great farewell from the late Assi Dayan, playing the role of Beethoven, in his final performance.                                                                          


Keep checking back for more screenings to be announced...