Israeli film ´The World is Funny´closed the 7th edition of the Zagreb Jewish Film Festival!
The 7th edition of the Zagreb Jewish Festival closed tonight at 7.00 PM. Milan Bandić, the mayor of the City of Zagreb, His Excellency Yossi Amrani, the Ambassador of the State of Israel and Branko Lustig, the honorary president of the Festival gave their speeches followed by the projection of the Israeli film The World Is Funny, directed by Shemi Zarhin, famous Israeli film director. This film officially simultaneously marked the closing of the Festival of Tolerance and the opening of the Israeli Culture Week organized by the Embassy of the State of Israel that is to take place on different locations in Zagreb until May 30th.
Mr. Branko Lustig opened the ceremony saying: I would like to thank our audience that supported us over the seven days. I was very glad to see so many visitors, especially the young. That means a great support to our intention and hope that we would be able to organize the 8th edition of the JFF - Festival of Tolerance next year. I would also like to thank our volunteers for their perseverance because without them this Festival would not be possible.
His Excellency Yossi Amrani, the Ambassador of the State of Israel officially opened the Israeli Culture Week in Zagreb and greeted the guests: It is my great honor to have the opportunity to open this manifestation in Zagreb at a historical time when Croatia will become the 28th EU Member State where this country has always belonged. This year the magic of Israel will be presented by films, contemporary dance, gastronomy, music, visual art and everything else that a country with a rich cultural background has to offer. I am very happy that the following week has so much to offer to Zagreb, a city already so abundant in cultural programs.
Milan Bandić, the mayor of the City of Zagreb said: It is really a pleasure to govern the city that is organizing the Israeli Culture Week for the third time and the JFF -Festival of Tolerance for the seventh. It is also a great pleasure to know that our citizens have two weeks of enjoying the rich Israeli cultural heritage. We are very grateful for the fact that you selected Zagreb to host such important cultural manifestations.
The official ceremony continued with Shemi Zarhin’s The World Is Funny and the discussion about the film between the author and the audience.
The 7th edition of the Festival closed after seven days, 57 films, the International Film Workshop, the Anti-Masonic Posters exhibition and many other programs. The best films of the festival will be announced on Sunday, May 26th. It is important to note that from 7 to 9 June some parts of the festival program will be also presented in the City of Rijeka.
The festival programmes were held in cooperation with the City Office for Education, Culture and Sport, UNHCR, US Embassy, AIC Foundation Inc., Ministry of Social Policy and Youth, Goethe Institute, Ministary of Culture, Embassy of Israel, Queer Zagreb and Žedno uho Festival.