Sep 23, 2010

#BDS: British director Mike Leigh to visit Israel

One of Britain's most acclaimed film directors will arrive in Jewish state in November, meet local artists and giver master class

One of the United Kingdom's most decorated film directors, Mike Leigh, will arrive in Israel on November 20 for a week-long visit as guest of the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem.

During his visit, which will be co-sponsored by the Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa Cinematheques, Leigh will give a 3-day master class for Sam Spiegel students and graduates, receive an honorary degree from the school, hold audience meetings in Jerusalem and Haifa and give a lecture for Palestinian students in Jenin.

The director will also meet some 350 Israeli artists, including film producers, directors, screenwriters, actors and acting students, as part of a special event at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque hosted by actor Doron Tavori.

The Cameri Theater will also hold a meeting between Leigh and various theater figures during which parts of several of his plays will be performed. Israel's leading cinematheques will put together a Mike Leigh retrospective in the month of November.

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