Michel Hazanavicius' 'Redoubtable' to Open Jerusalem Film Festival

Redoubtable 2 - Cannes Publicity - H 2017
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The latest from the director of Oscar winner 'The Artist,' about legendary French-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, premiered in competition in Cannes.

Michel Hazanavicius' Redoubtable will open this year's Jerusalem Film Festival on July 13.

For the biopic, the director of The Artist returns to the well of cinema history, looking at the life of French-Swiss New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard, in particular his political radicalization and the breakup of his short marriage to the much younger actress Anne Wiazemsky in 1968. Redoubtable premiered in competition in Cannes last month.

Hazanavicius will attend the Jerusalem open-air premiere at the Sultan's Pool Amphitheatre. The 34th Jerusalem festival, which runs July 13-23, will screen more than 180 films.

For the first time this year, the festival will expand beyond its central venue at the Jerusalem Cinematheque to include screening locations throughout the city, stretching from the Old City to Jaffa Road, from Safra Square to Machne Yehuda.

The festival will provide cinematic inspiration along the route, with Giuseppe Tornatore's Oscar winner Cinema Paradiso unspooling from an old-time film projector at Muristan Square, video-mapping installations projected on the Clal and Hamashbir building facades, and experimental films screening at the Alliance House and on Muslala's roof. A new mobile projection setup will travel throughout Jerusalem, offering free public viewings of festival highlights.

The Jerusalem festival will announce its full lineup in the coming weeks.