The Jewish International Film Festival
Israeli and Jewish-themed films in New Zealand

“It is a privilege to share with you these 68 new award winners and crowd pleasers that show life through the Jewish looking glass. Films by and about people trying to make sense of our crazy, beautiful world.” —  Eddie Tamir, Artistic Director

This year, the Jewish International Film Festival premieres more than sixty films in the annual three-week film festival. The JIFF is screening across six cities and comes to Auckland on the 10th of November.

Amongst its programme are a number of powerful German films, most significantly:

Filmstill "The Diary of Anne Frank" © Jewish International Film Festival JIFF Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank)

Director: Hans Steinbichler
2016 | Germany | 129 min
With the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, the situation for Anne and her family grows dire. To avoid deportation, the family hides in a secret annexe in the rear of a house in Amsterdam—a claustrophobic existence combining everyday routine with imminent danger. This German language adaptation is based on Anne Frank’s uncensored original diary, and introduces Anne’s timeless story to a new generation.

Filmstill "The People Vs Fritz Bauer" © Jewish International Film Festival JIFF Der Staat Gegen Fritz Bauer (The People Vs Fritz Bauer)

Director: Lars Kraume
2016 | Germany | 105 min
Germany, 1957. Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of the so-called ‘Architect of the Holocaust’, Adolf Eichmann. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from exile, but has been stymied by an unforgiving German government. He covertly elicits the help of the Israeli secret service. Winner of six 2016 Lolas (German Film Awards).

Filmstill "Stefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe" © Jewish International Film Festival JIFF Vor der Morgenröte - Stefan Zweig in Amerika (Stefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe)

Director: Maria Schrader
2016 | Germany | 109 min
Foreseeing Europe’s decline at an early stage, Austrian Stefan Zweig left his native country in 1934 never to return. Stefan Zweig was a cosmopolitan, a pacifist and a bonafide literary star. A contemporary of Freud, Dali and Theodore Herzl, he was, for a time, the most-translated writer in Europe. From the German director Maria Schrader (In Darkness), this timely drama powerfully recounts Zweig’s final years in exile. Premiered at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival in the Piazza Grande section.