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Jewish International Film Festival showcasing LGBTIQ films

Australia’s upcoming Jewish International Film Festival will showcase a range of films from the Jewish community, from Hollywood features to independent films.

Among the 50 films making their Australian premiere at the world’s biggest festival of its kind are two acclaimed LGBTIQ-themed films.

Shiva Baby follows Danielle (Rachel Sennott), a bisexual college student, who attends a family shiva.

She encounters her successful ex-girlfriend, pushy relatives, and her sugar daddy – along with his wife and crying baby.

The sex-positive and playful dark comedy is set in a tight-knit Jewish community.

Directed by Emma Seligman, it premiered at the 2020 South by Southwest festival and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, meeting with overwhelmingly positive reviews.

Minyan is a subtle coming-of-age drama that sees teenaged David (Samuel H Levine) exploring his sexuality in the context of his Jewish upbringing in 1980s Brooklyn.

The critically acclaimed film was nominated for two awards at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Minyan deals with rebellion, discovery, awakening, and survival at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis as David discovers a world of desire and risk in New York City’s East Village.

The directorial debut of Eric Steel, it draws largely on his own experiences of coming out in the 1980s.

This year’s Jewish International Film Festival offerings include films from 19 countries, exploring a range of religious and cultural themes, from documentaries to dramas, comedies, and more.

In addition to exciting independent cinema, Hollywood films starring Harvey Keitel, Anjelica Huston, Jean Reno, and Guy Pearce will feature in the lineup.

The television series Unchained and Nisman will also screen as binge watches.

The Jewish International Film Festival opens in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, and Perth from Wednesday 17 February.

The full program for this year’s festival is online now, and single tickets and festival passes are available.

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