Hundreds of people arrive in style to attend the Haifa International Film Festival


Hundreds of guests came to the Carmel Center last Sunday to participate in the opening events of the 37th Haifa International Film Festival.

While last year’s festival was held online due to the coronavirus, this year’s festival was an in-person event. The opening event included a cocktail party at Hecht Park and a ceremony in the Haifa Auditorium, hosted by actor Lior Ashkenazi and accompanied by the Haifa Big Band Orchestra.

Haifa Mayor Einat Klish-Rotem welcomed attendees, which was followed by Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to producer, entrepreneur and owner of Cinema City and United King Films, Moshe Edri.

Moshe Edri. (Reuven Cohen)

The award was presented to Edri for his special and long-standing contribution to Israeli cinema, the local film industry and Israeli culture. Edri, very moved by the award, expressed his thanks and mentioned his brother and partner, the late Léon Edri, who died several years ago.

On opening night, Oscar-winning director Tom McCarthy’s film “Stillwater,” screened, and McCarthy sent a videotaped greeting to event attendees. The film will be released later this year for screening in Lev cinemas across the country.

Enjoying the celebration of the film: Igal Zeevi, CEO of Ethos – the society of the artistic, cultural and sports association of the Municipality of Haifa, Pnina Blair, legendary director of the festival, who is currently the honorary president of the festival, artistic director Yaron Shamir, Pnina Edri, Solange Edri, Avi Edri, Sir Ronald Cohen and Sharon Harel, Muki Gridinger, Dr Jean-Jacques Pierrat, director of the French Institute of Israel and his wife Sophie Heckel, Stefan Tula, consul from France to Haifa and others.

Jean-Jacques Pierrat, Sophie Heckel and Stefan Tula.  (Ziv Amar)Jean-Jacques Pierrat, Sophie Heckel and Stefan Tula. (Ziv Amar)

The Haifa International Film Festival is organized with the support of the Israel Film Council – the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Tourism, the Ministry of Regional Cooperation and the Municipality of Haifa.


Darcy J. Skinner

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