Jerusalem Film Festival’s industry sidebar, Pitch Point, has unveiled its selection of projects, including new works from Avishai Sivan, Shira Geffen (“Jellyfish”), Keren Yedaya (“My Treasure”), and Tawfik Abu Wael (“Atash”).
Among the 10 projects selected for Pitch Point is “Lot’s Wife,” Sivan’s follow-up to “Tikkun,” which won the top prize at the Jerusalem fest in 2015. Set up at Ronen Ben Tal at Plan b Productions, “Lot’s Wife” centers on a religious couple who, after 10 years of childlessness, has a child born with two heads, named Noah and Lot. Lot is wicked, Noah good-hearted. After Noah dies and his head is detached, Lot sets on a challenge to overcome his nature.
Geffen will present “A Responsible Adult,” which is being produced by Elad Gavish at Marker Films.The project follows Maya, a 13-year-old girl who goes on a school trip and whose father joins the group as a chaperone to escape his deteriorating marriage.
Abu Wael’s “Children of the Railway” is produced by Kobi Azran, Chilik Michaeli and Avraham Pirchi at Shtooka Sanook and United Channels Movies. The project follows Yona, a 32-year-old man who lives near the train tracks with his mother and falls in love with Miriam, a Muslim widower. Their union leads to conflicts.
Other selected projects include Eti Tsicko’s “As If You Were Never Here”; Idan Haguel’s “Earthquake”; Kaid AbuLatif and Yousef Abo Madegem’s “Eed”; Moshe Rosenthal’s “Karaoke”; Asaf Saban’s “The Delegation”; Adam Kalderon’s “The Swimmer”; and Michal Vinik’s “You Are My Everything.”
Pitch Point will also showcase seven projects in post-production. These include Keren Yedaya’s “Red Fields”; Oren Gerner’s “Africa”; Yaron Shani’s “Love Trilogy: Chained”; Evgeni Ruman’s “Golden Voices”; Yona Rozenkier’s “The Dive”; Dani Rosenberg’s “The Gospel According to My Father”; and Maor Zaguri’s “Virginity.”
This year’s Pitch Point jury is composed of Kirsten Niehuus from Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, producers Cedomir Kolar from ASAP Films and Dominique Welinski from DW, Tamara Tatishvili from Eurimages, and acquisitions executive Gabor Greiner from Films Boutique.
Taking place July 27 and 28, Pitch Point will introduce a €20,000 grant from the jewelry brand Goralska in addition to the Wouter Barendrecht-Lia van Leer Award and a pair of post-production support grants, the DB & OPUS Award and the Cinelab Award.
Now in its 13th year, the Jerusalem Pitch Point aims at connecting Israeli filmmakers and producers with key international industry figures in order to fast-track the production and post-production of Israeli feature projects.
Jerusalem Film Festival director Noa Regev and artistic director Elad Samorzik will also bring back the THINK Fest initiative for the second year. THINK Fest gathers executives from major festivals around the world to participate in panel discussions. This year’s lineup of roundtables will discuss gender equality in the festival world, virtual reality, and other topics.
As previously announced, the 35th edition of the Jerusalem Film Festival will open will the world premiere of Eliran Malka’s feature debut, “The Unorthodox,” and will wrap with Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs.” The festival, set to run July 26 to Aug. 5, will screen 180 films from 60 countries.