The Festival, which will take place from July 7-17 at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, will welcome the Oscar-winning director Quentin Tarantino, who will attend the opening ceremony at the Sultan’s Pool amphitheater, where he will receive an award for his contribution to cinema. He will be present on July 8 at a screening of his Oscar-winning classic, Pulp Fiction, in a newly restored 35 millimeter print that comes from the director’s own archive.
Tarantino, who last visited Israel to promote his 2009 film, Inglourious Basterds, is one of a great number of exciting guests who will take part in this year’s festival.
Laurie Anderson, the legendary avant-garde musician/artist/filmmaker will attend the festival with her latest movie, Heart of a Dog, a meditation on her relationship with her dog.
Whit Stillman, whose latest film is Love & Friendship, the Jane Austen adaptation starring Kate Beckinsale, will be among the guests. Stillman’s early films, among them Metropolitan and The Last Days of Disco, helped start the US indie film movement.
Anthony Bregman, one of the most important producers of American independent cinema, will present James Schamus’ Indignation, an adaption of a Philip Roth novel about a Jewish boy attending a college in Ohio in the 1950s. Bregman has produced a long list of prestigious films, among them Foxcatcher, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Synecdoche, New York and The Ice Storm.