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JIFF 2019 celebrates stories of people who have forged new paths. We open with Ask Dr Ruth, the Sundance Film Festival hit about groundbreaking sexual therapist Dr Ruth Westheimer. Love, Antosha tells the story of actor Anton Yelchin who achieved so much in such a short life; leading underwater photographer Amos Nachoum is profiled in Picture of His Life; Carl Laemmle celebrates the force behind Universal Studios; and Marianne & Leonard focusses on the early years of great singer/poet Leonard Cohen.
We share the stories of other innovators: It Must Be Schwing! explores the story of the creators of the seminal jazz label Blue Note Records; Joseph Pulitzer is the newspaper mogul and originator of the Pulitzer prize; Mrs G salutes the powerful woman behind the Gottex bather brand, Shai K is the sparkling performance talent whose surname Ophir features as the name of the Israeli Film Awards, and Curtiz lauds the unsung director of Casablanca.
The festival will culminate in one of the strongest films we have ever presented: Jojo Rabbit, directed by Jewish director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) and starring himself and Scarlett Johansson. Based on the novel, the film boldly manages the delicate balance of tackling hate through satire.
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