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The 7th International Writers Festival in Jerusalem

The 7th International Writers Festival in Jerusalem, taking place in Mishkenot Sha’ananim on 12-16.05, is an event of central importance in the Israeli literary world. The festival will host writers with unique voices from the field of world literature. For many of them, this will be their first visit to Israel. This year the festival will be held for the first time in cooperation with the Jerusalem International Book Forum, which will host publishing professionals from around the world.

The festival will feature young and fresh voices from all over the world that will tell stories about immigration, being a refugee, and wandering, as well as about love, compassion, and beauty. These writers will bring with them the spirit of independent thinking and the freedom to dream and imagine, and will demonstrate the importance of literature and the hope it brings us. During the five days of activities, there will be original and unique events created especially for the festival, including literary meetings, workshops, tours, films, and a variety of performances.

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International Writers Festival 2019

André Aciman in Conversation

Prior to the screening, writer André Aciman in conversation with Rana Werbin (in Eng.) on love and passion in literature and cinema as it is reflected in his novel Call Me by Your Name. Following the screening Q&A with Aciman.

Call Me by Your Name

Dir.: Luca Guadagnino
| 131 minutes

Italy, 1980s. When 17-year-old Elio meets Oliver, unfamiliar feelings begin to surface and the two form a passionate relationship. A masterful and moving cinematic adaptation of André Aciman’s novel, which has received exceptional accolades. 

International Writers Festival 2019

The Order of the Day: Éric Vuillard in Conversation

Writer and filmmaker Éric Vuillard, in conversation with Goel Pinto about his award winning book The Order of the Day – a poetic-historic examination of the process that led to Anschluss and World War II. (Fr., Heb. translation)


Dir.: Christian Petzold
| 101 minutes

A man escaping Paris on the eve of the Nazi occupation adopts a dead author’s identity. In Marseilles, he meets a woman looking for her husband—the very man he impersonates. A brazen adaptation of Anna Seghers’ novel placing characters from 80 years ago in contemporary Marseilles.

International Writers Festival 2019

What is Portnoy's Complaint? On the First Anniversary of Philip Roth’s Passing

Following the screening, writer and critic Dr. Arik Glasner and writer and psychologist Ayelet Gundar-Goshen will talk (in Heb.) about the sexuality, masculinity, desire, solitude and longing for love reflected in Roth’s work.

Philip Roth, Without Complexes

Dir.: Livia Manera, William Karel
| 52 minutes

A documentary edited from ten hours of interview footage from 2010 in which Philip Roth speaks candidly about his upbringing, sexuality, love, psychoanalysis, the success and the literary process. an illuminating documentary and surprisingly intimate portrait of a major author

International Writers Festival 2019

Dancer in the Dark: Sjon in Conversation

Icelandic writer and poet Sjon, who was nominated for an Academy Award for the song he wrote for Lard von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark, in conversation with writer  Ofir Touché Gafla (in Eng.).

Dancer in the Dark

Dir.: Lars von Trier
| 140 minutes

Selma is an immigrant working in a factory and living with her son in a trailer. Slowly going blind, she works hard to make money and to save her son from a similar fate. For her own worsening condition she finds a "cure" in her imagination - starring in a stream of colorful musicals.