The first Jewish film festival at the Museum of the Yugoslav Cinematheque

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Atthe opening ceremony of the first Jewish Film Festival in Belgrade, the festival director, Marjan David Vajda, presented the selection of films opening the festival - first, "The Ninth Circuit", shot in 1960, by Slovenian director Frace Stiglitz. "The Ninth Circuit" is one of only four Yugoslav films nominated for the American Academy of Film Award and the winner of the Golden Palm 1960 at the Cannes Film Festival. Dušica Žegarac and Branko Tatić won the Golden Lion at the Pula Festival for the best female lead and the best supporting role of the same year.

Program JFFBG 2019

23.1 Wednesday

17:00 Festive opening

17:30 Ninth Circle

20:00 The Garden of Finzi Continis

24.1 Thursday

17:30 The Way We Were

20:00 Next Stop Greenwich Village

25.1 Friday

17:30 Annie Hall

20:00 The Chariots of Fire

26.1 Saturday

17:30 Yentl

20:30 Au Revoir les Enfants

27.1 Sunday

17:30 The Pianist

20:00 The Producers (remake 2005)

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T he first festival of Jewish film opened in the Museum of Yugoslav Cinematheque, featuring ten films from the Yugoslav Cinematheque archive. The festival was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Belgrade, Goran Vesic, who said that the Yugoslav Cinema is one of our most important cultural institutions.

"The Jewish community of Belgrade is very special to me and I am very happy that at the time I was able to take part in the leadership of Belgrade, there was a renewed rise in the Jewish community and its reintegration into the city life. We can proudly say that the Jewish community after many decades silence, from the great disaster that occurred during the Second World War, again takes its place not only as a community but also in the cultural and social life of our city", Vesic said.

He stated that the reestablishment of the Jewish Cultural Center is very important not only for the Jewish community but also for Belgrade.

"We expect that this cultural center will provide the city with many important cultural events that will be of high artistic reach. I am happy that we started with this hope with a beautiful tradition, with the festival of Jewish film, and I believe there will be many such cultural events that we will have thanks to Jewish Cultural Center", said Vesic.

At the opening of the festival, Minister of Public Administration and Local Government Branko Ružić also spoke, who pointed out that culture belongs to all people of this world.

"I am pleased that this position was made by people from the Jewish Cultural Center and the Yugoslav Cinematheque, and they made every effort to organize this festival for all citizens of Belgrade for the first time", Ružić said.

He expressed his satisfaction at attending the opening of the first Jewish Film Festival, which will include films that are part of the world's film heritage.

"I am pleased that, as the Ministry of State Administration and Local Self-Government, we were able to respond to the initiative of the Jewish Cultural Center and we approved the funds. Although these funds were modest, we see that they contributed in cooperation with the Yugoslav Cinematheque to organize such an important festival", the minister said.

The Embassy of the Embassy of Serbia in Serbia, Noa Levi, said that the Embassy believes that culture is one of the most important links among people and that it is, therefore, important that there are events such as this festival.

"We are particularly happy that this festival is about Jewish heritage, tradition, and way of life. I am sure that the audience will enjoy this selection of films and I hope that this will become a tradition in Belgrade", said Noa Levi.
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Jthe ewish Cultural Center and the Yugoslav Cinematheque from 23-27 January 2019 will produce the Jewish Film Festival Belgrade (JFFBG), which will be held at the Museum of Yugoslav Cinematheque, Kosovska st 11.

The Jewish Cultural Center (JCC) was founded in early 2018 in the building of the building in Jewish Street 16, owned by the founder of the Center, the Jewish Municipality of Belgrade. JCC was established as a cultural institution with a mission to produce and enable cultural activity: In the film, theater, literature, fine arts, music, architecture, photography, translation, publishing... the culture in the broadest sense of the term, which deals with Jewry and Jewish authors.

The founder's wish is to establish/renew a specific home of the Jewish community in which its members will have the opportunity and opportunity to experience, express, testify about achievements that are the result of the work of not only Jews in the world but also members of the local Jewish community. At the same time, however, the Center recognizes its significant role in presenting its programming activities to the widest audience in the city and thus contributes to the affirmative visibility of the duration of the Jew as a citizen of Belgrade through centuries and in a contemporary creative context.

It is precisely this aspiration to achieve the recognition of the institution of culture in our city, the institutions firmly defined for openness and co-operation, which primarily affected the fact that JKC, from the very beginning of its work, recognized the Yugoslav Cinematheque as the best possible partner whose standards in the field of film It is our duty to follow. Through this cooperation, JKC will always advocate a positive approach: peace, humor, music, great human stories - not just mass suffering and eternal tragic destinies.

This cooperation, which we hope will give Belgrade film fans an opportunity to recall the big, well-known as well as nearly forgotten film achievements, was designed as a festival with the common topic of "Jewish film", striving for diversity and engagement of all genres of the seventh art, and also, other Jewish subjects. The festival begins with movies about the suffering and persecution during the Second World War - because we can not bypass this important subject. It continues in the spirit of the history of European film, and the post-war social narratives. The programme follows-on in its original, broad scope, with dramas, comedies, musicals, and love stories. For all that marks the history of the Jewish people, despite everything, like Roberto Benigni, we would still say: "Life is beautiful."

Lana Djurić-JKC