Film Festival a Fun-filled Success

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Just five days into the 25th annual Jerusalem Film Festival, Israelis are labeling it a success.

During the weeklong festival, more than 200 films from 45 countries will be screened and at least 100 VIP guests will attend, including actor/director John Malkovich, producer Mike Medavoy(One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), and director Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart).

On the festival's opening night, the animated feature-film WALL*E played to a full house at Sultan's Pool, an outdoor venue just outside the Old City walls.

Lia Van Leer, a former judge at the famous Cannes film festival, started Jerusalem's annual film festival in 1984.

"If Cannes can, why can't we?" Van Leer quipped.

Twenty-five years later, the Jerusalem Film Festival is one of world's best-known film festivals.

The festival runs from July 10 to July 19 and includes free nightly screenings, open to the public, and three days of activities geared specifically for children.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz

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