In 1987 the Jenin Cinema on the West Bank was closed during the intifada. Its doors remained shut for more than 20 years. In 2008 German filmmaker Marcus Vetter began the process of restoring and eventually reopening a place that played a vital role in Palestinian cultural life. With the help of German and Palestinian volunteers and the critical support of Israeli actor Julio Mer-Khamis (assassinated in 2011), Vetter negotiated a complex landscape of political, cultural and economic interests to realise his dream. An illuminating essay on the practicalities of initiating and sustaining an international aid project, and an inspiring tribute to the magic of the movies, Cinema Jenin is highly recommended viewing for lovers of the liveliest art.
Marcus Vetter was born 1967 in Stuttgart. He graduated with degrees in economics and media theory and practice. Since 1994 he has been working as a TV editor, producer and director. His films have received attention at national and international film festivals and won numerous prizes. Among his portfolio of films and documentaries are The Tunnel (1999), War Games (2002), The Unbreakables (2006), My father the Turk (2006) and Heart of Jenin (2008).
|Screenplay||Aleksei Bakri, Marcus Vetter|
|Thu, 02 May, 9.00pm||Palace Verona, Sydney|
|Sun, 12 May, 9.15pm||Palace Cinema Como, Melbourne|
|Mon, 13 May, 9.00pm||Palace Verona, Sydney|
Festival Screenings: Amsterdam 2011, Dubai 2011, Geneve 2012
Marcia is an angry young woman. She has developed a strong hatred of foreigners, Jews and anyone else who does not fit her narrow view of the world. A teenage girl is joining the neo-Nazi gang and sees Marcia as a role model. Then Marcia meets an Afghan refugee. This powerful film of intolerance, bad experiences and possible redemption will create lots of discussion. Alina Levshin is dynamic in the lead role, and her encounters with her mother, the refugee and the gang create a real tension, as does the cracking dialogue, hand-held camera and sharp editing. Here is a film that reflects the global issues of exclusion and humanity, and explores the ways we can understand and work with these issues.
David F. Wnendt was born in Gelsenkirchen in 1977. He studied at the FAMU Film School in Prague for one year before studying journalism and business administration in Berlin. His films include “Hannas Hobby” (2006), “California Dreams” (2007), “Kleine Lichter” (2008), and his graduation film “Combat Girls” (“Kriegerin”, 2011).
|Director||David F. Wnendt|
|Screenplay||David F. Wnendt|
|Principal Cast||Alina Levshin, Jella Haase, Gerdy Zint, Sayed Ahmad Wasil Mrowat|
Classification: 18+ (General Festival Conditions)
Festival Screenings: Munich 2011, Zurich 2011, Warsaw 2011, Sao Paulo 2011, Kiev 2011, Dubai 2011, Bydgoszcz 2011, Tallinn 2011
Awards: 2 Bavarian Film Prizes 2011, Best Actress Award (2011 Sao Paulo), German Academy Awards (Best Film in Bronze, best actress for Alina Levshin, and best screenplay for David Wnendt) 2012.