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Haifa International Film Festival

If you like - Funky film festivals | Art-house films | Relaxed Mediterranean vibe | Israeli cinema | Beaches | Classic cinema | Falafel | Edgy movies | A friendly atmosphere | Up-to-date industry events | Street fairs | Debut filmmakers and established masters | Live music | Culinary cinema | Brilliant coffee | Award winning films | A warm and wonderful audience | Great weather | Outdoor events - The Haifa International Film Festival is the Festival for you!

38th Haifa IFF – 8-17 October 2022


Haifa IFF - 2022 Award Winners

Haifa IFF Int. Awards: Carmel Competition Winner - Close by Lukas Dhont Special Mention - The Beasts by Rodrigo Sorogoyen Golden Anchor Competition Winner - The Mountain by Thomas Salvador Special Mention - The Worst Ones by Lise Akoka, Romane Gueret   Haifa IFF Israeli Awards: Best Feature - Valeria is Getting Married by Michal Vinik Debut - The Fat Guy by Gudis Schneider Best Doc - Nitza's Choice by Uri Barbash Special Mention - Bronca! by Tomer Sl...


Crossovers! We are one big family here in Haifa! ...

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie? More like the loud angst. Several films in our program dwell on the fears and frustrations of the well-to-do middle class.   The Line Ursula Meier Switzerland|France|Belgium    The Mountain Thomas Salvador France    We Might as Well Be Dead Natalia Sinelnikova Germany|Romania    Brother and Sister Arnaud Desplechin France    Speak No Evil Christian Tafdrup Denmark    Axiom Jö...

Welcome Back!

Welcome back! We've screened previous films of no less than 21 filmmakers in our program and couldn't wait to follow up: Akira Kurosawa Alex van Warmerdam Alexander Sokurov Amalie Næsby Fick Anca Damian Arnaud Desplechin Cristian Mungiu Dario Argento Felix van Groeningen François Ozon Hlynur Pálmason Kirill Serebrennikov Mark Cousins Michel Ocelot Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani Paul Schrader Rainer Werner Fassbinder Shawkat Amin Korki Stephen Frear...

Double Feature - Petra and Peter

The Opening Film of the 2022 Berlinale, Peter von Kant is a free adaption of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (celebrating its 50th anniversary this year). François Ozon made a breakthrough in his film-making career in 2000 with an adaptation of an unproduced stage play by Fassbinder, Water Drops on Burning Rocks. Now Ozon goes back to his roots with the reworking of a Fassbinder classic and offers a gender-swapped version that serves as an indirect portrait ...

Just a Feeling

Admire - Living by Oliver Hermanus Challenge - Piaffe by Ann Oren Cherish - Ikiru by Akira Kurosawa Cringe - Speak No Evil by Christian Tafdrup Cry - MoreThanEver by Emily Atef Laugh - The Kitchen Brigade by Louis-Julien Petit Surprise - The Mountain by Thomas Salvador ...

Non-Professional Actors

Non-professional actors add a sense of authenticity to a story by being present and natural in their roles: The whole cast of Alcarràs, from 8 to 80, is phenomenal; The boys and girls of The Worst Ones break your heart; Adam Bessa of Harka was a fisherman; Simon Wisler of A Piece of Sky is a mountain farmer. Glory Kevin of Princess was a real victim of the sex trade. ...

Based on a Literary Source

Inspiration comes from many places (we have a films inspired by a podcasts, true crime and family history) but books remain the most frequently visited well for cinematic inspiration. We have no less than 14 films based on a book or a play to offer   All Quiet on the Western Front Edward Berger USA|Germany    Boy From Heaven Tarik Saleh Sweden|France|Finland    Even Mice Belong in Heaven Denisa Grimmová, Jan Bubeníček CzechRepublic|France|Polan...

Sexual Identity

Pride – real pride – requires self-knowledge, and with the call for diverse movie representation growing louder than ever, there are a lot of great movies that help us better understand sexual identity in all its complexities.   We've put a great list for you: Close Lukas Dhont Belgium|France|Netherlands    The Blue Caftan Maryam Touzani Morocco|France|Belgium|Denmark    Summer with Hope Sadaf Foroughi Canada|Iran    Peter vo...

Industry Events - Italian Delegation

Industry Events! The #HaifaIFF is holding meetings with a delegation of Italian producers for professional collaborations and co-productions for feature films, documentaries, animation and television series.   Participating producers on the Italian Team   MANUELA CASA', Lucky Red srl, Business Affairs and Film Financing LUCIANO STELLA, Mad Entertainment spa, Founder and CEO GIANFILIPPO PEDOTE, Casa Delle Visioni srl, Partner and CEO ANNA DI TOMA, Agherose srl, Producer DANI...


Documentaries! From the historical to the contemporary, from the political to the personal, the artistic to the musical, films that tell a strong story and shed a light at a time when reality and fiction blend. And what a program of documentaries we have for you!   Prophets of Change Assaf Ben Shetrit USA   The Corridors of Power Dror Moreh USA   The Matchmaker Benedetta Argentieri Italy   The Story of Looking Mark Cousins UK    The Thief Collector...

Culinary Cinema

Calling all food lovers! Our popular culinary cinema program offers four delicious films with nibbles to follow! Rasmus Dinesen, the director of Nordic by Nature and Terroir To Table, and Ljubomir Stanišić and Mónica Franco of Heartbeat, will meet with the audience for a Q&A following the screenings of their films. Israeli chef Haim Cohen will meet with the audience following The Kitchen Brigade.   Moderator: Writer, journalist and culinary specialist Hila Alpert &nbs...

Double Feature - Living- Ikiru

What happens when Oliver Hermanus teams up with Nobel prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro and actor Bill Nighy to reimagine Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece Ikiru (itself based on Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich) for a new generation? What happens is a gem of a film called Living, a period drama now set in 1950s London, with all the life-affirming compassion of the original. You can watch both films in our program. ...

Contemporary Masters

We are proud and pleased to screen in our program the latest films from some of the contemporary masters of world cinema, the world’s most influential art-house filmmakers:   Paolo Taviani - Leonora addio François Ozon - Peter von Kant Arnaud Desplechin - Brother and Sister Kirill Serebrennikov - Tchaikovsky's Wife Michel Ocelot - The Black Pharaoh, the Savage and the Princess  Alexander Sokurov - Fairytale Cristian Mungiu - RMN Paul Schrader - Master Gardener...

Theo Angelopoulos - Eleni Karaindrou

That magic that happens when image and music perfectly complement one another, when the creative vision of a filmmaker inspires an unforgettable film score. Think Federico Fellini and Nino Rota. Now watch our Theo Angelopoulos tribute with the score by Eleni Karaindrou. Magic! ...

Theo Angelopoulos Tribute

The Haifa IFF marks a decade to the passing of Theo Angelopoulos (1935-2012) , one of the great masters of world cinema, and celebrates the work of the man, the artist, our friend, who visited the festival on three occasions and received the Haifa IFF Life Achievement Award.   The tribute will include four of his unforgettable films: Eternity and a Day The Beekeeper The Dust of Time Voyage to Cythera   In 2005, at the Opening Gala of the Haifa IFF, Theo Angelopoulos met Wi...

Debut Filmmakers

Meet this year's class of debut filmmakers! A great first film can jumpstart a filmmaker's career and we've got 18 of them in our program this year: To the North Mihai Mincan Romania|France|Greece|Bulgaria|Czech Republic  Immersion Nicolas Postiglione Chile|Mexico  The Score Malachi Smyth UK  The Worst Ones Lise Akoka, Romane Gueret France  Utama Alejandro Loayza Grisi Bolivia|Uruguay|France  We Might as Well Be Dead Na...

The Five Senses

The program of the Haifa IFF is A feast for the senses: Sight - Close by Lukas Dhont Sound - The Dust of Time by Theo Angelopoulos Smell - Utama by Alejandro Loayza Grisi Taste - Adam by Maryam Touzani Touch - Brian and Charles by Jim Archer ...

Berlinale in Haifa

A German bear roars in Haifa! 4 Berlinale award winners in our program - Golden Bear winner Alcarras, Before Now & Then, A Piece of Sky and Leonora addio.   A total of 14 Berlinale titles in our program!   #Berlinale #Awards #Oscars2023 ...

Our Gorgeous Trailer

Time to show you our gorgeous trailer. You can watch it on our twitter at or letterboxd at ...

The Apartment

The apartment is one of the most iconic symbols of modern life and a complicated, intimate setting for a film. Just think Rear Window or Rosemary’s Baby. Well, we've got some great ones for you -  We Might as Well Be Dead Natalia Sinelnikova Germany|Romania  Τhe Neighbors of My Neighbors Are My Neighbors Anne-Laure Daffis, Léo Marchand France  The Worst Ones Lise Akoka, Romane Gueret France  Peter von Kant François Ozon France&n...

Industry Events - Roundtable

Our roundtable event to promote cooperation centers this year on the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. Our guests - Tiina Lokk-Tramberg, the Festival Director, and Marge Liiske, Head of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, will introduce the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival to the Israeli film industry and promote cooperation in preparation for the Israeli Focus in Tallinn on November 2022. ...

Fake It Till You Make It

One of the hottest genres in filmed entertainment right now – fiction or nonfiction – are swindler stories. If you're in the market for movies about people who present a false front while committing nefarious deeds, we've got two to offer:   Axiom by Jöns Jönsson, the teasingly clever story of Julius the museum keeper, and The Thief Collector by Allison Otto, a light-hearted documentary that takes a deep look at one of the art world's most bizarre and sur...

No. 10

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.   Alex van Warmerdam's tenth film, NO. 10, is complex, funny and shocking, continually wrong-footing us with a series of increasingly audacious and mind-boggling U-turns before a climax that is out of this world.   Here’s a tip: If you accidentally run into a strange man behaving strangely on a bridge, something is up. ...

The Deliciously Creepy

For the deliciously creepy look no further than our Haifa’s Wild Nights section. We’ve got movies full of dark and twisty tales (Speak No Evil - Christian Tafdrup), we’ve got spooky destinations (No. 10 - Alex van Warmerdam), interesting people (Brian and Charles - Jim Archer), serial killer horror (Dark Glasses - Dario Argento) and tales (tails?) of the bizarre (Piaffe - Ann Oren). All that is needed to round up the party is a bunch of rather vicious teddy bears (Unicorn Wars ...


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About Haifa International Film Festival

amalia rosen
(Haifa International Film Festival)

38th Haifa IFF - 8-17 October 2022. Established in 1983 as Israel's first int. film festival, The Haifa IFF is one of the country's leading cultural events with a world-wide reputation for both the quality of its program and its friendly atmosphere. International competitions. The Festival’s prestigious industry events include the marketing forum Our Story, a conference about TV and film co-dependence, a pitching forum, an Israeli cinemarket, the Distillery, workshops and round table events.




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