‘Krazy’ Ken Loach has an Israeli problem, and so does the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).
Israeli funding angers filmmaker
July 18, 2009
ENGLISH filmmaker Ken Loach has withdrawn his film Looking for Eric from the Melbourne International Film Festival because the festival receives funding from the Israeli Government.
Loach told the festival if it did not reconsider the sponsorship, he would not allow the festival to screen his film…
The MIFF has published a statement on its site responding to Krazy Ken here:
Mr Loach’s decision is part of an orchestrated campaign to target events that are in receipt of financial support from the State of Israel. Loach requested that we join the boycott and as an independent arts organisation MIFF has refused. MIFF is extremely disappointed that Mr Loach has taken this stance. MIFF has played every one of his movies at the festival over the years including It’s A Free World (sic) in 2008…
More infos on the cultural boycott of Israel is not available here (a site established by Mooselems in 2002 but seemingly killed off some time in late 2007) but the electronic intifada can haz heaps more infos here.
Another VIP, Krazy (Naomi) Klein, declared that the time for a boycott is now (in January, 2009) — and still:
- Israel: Boycott, Divest, Sanction, January 8, 2009
On the Question of One-Sided Boycotts, January 21, 2009
Author Naomi Klein calls for boycott of Israel (AFP), June 26, 2009
Naomi Klein: Oppose The State, Not The People (Yotam Feldman, Ha’aretz), July 2, 2009
Klein recently toured Israel/Palestine (June 26 — Jerusalem / June 27 — Ramallah / July 1 — Haifa) promoting the Hebrew translation of her latest book The Shock Doctrine. Naughty Naomi took the opportunity to join troublemakers in the Palestinian village of Bil’in (Nilin) in the Occupied West Bank.
In September 2007, ‘Israel accepts order to change West Bank barrier’ read a report in The Age (Los Angeles Times) — ‘accepts’ in this case being a technical term meaning ‘ignores’. In July 2008, The Age (Joseph Krauss/AFP) reported that various Untermenschen (both local and foreign, including Kiwi anarchists and English, German and Swedish football hooligans who travel the world looking for violence) had the temerity to call for adherence to international and Israeli law (‘Clash marks anniversary of Israel wall ruling’):
The demonstrations marked four years since the International Court of Justice issued a non-binding resolution calling for parts of the barrier inside the occupied West Bank to be torn down and a halt to construction there.
Israel has ignored the ruling, as well as a similar order by its own High Court that nullified three sections of the wall, including one that runs near Bilin, a town near Nilin where the weekly protests have gone on for more than two years.
Twelve months later, the protest and resistance continues, ‘As US talks tough, Jewish settlements keep booming’ (Howard Schneider, The Age (Washington Post), July 4, 2009); a familiar pattern which will continue into the forseeable future. Note that one uppity Palestinian, “A villager, Bassem Abu Rahmeh, died in April when a tear gas canister hit him in the chest”; apparently, he was the eighteenth insect to be crushed over the course of five years of protest.
See also : Anti-Fascism, Anti-German, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism… (June 29, 2009) | Dirka Dirka! Durban! Hate-fest! Racism! (April 24, 2009) | Israeli Anarchists Against the Wall : Monday, April 20 (April 14, 2009) | Socialist Alternative: socialist jihadists of the far Left subsisting on a diet of anti-Semitism, lentils and tofu (March 17, 2009) | Blasphemy! Bolt! Hate-fest! Dirka Dirka! (March 14, 2009) | Overcoming Joel Kovel (February 21, 2009) | “Keep away from Durban” Mr KRudd (February 16, 2009) | Victory for Israeli Right : Bringing the Zionist Dream to Life (February 15, 2009) | “The simple answer is that you the Jews are real motherf—– bastards” (February 1, 2009) | Chomsky on Gaza (January 19, 2009) | Moar later… (January 9, 2009) | Whoops (January 7, 2009) | Lead Casted (January 5, 2009) | Peace process surges further ahead (January 3, 2009) | Kill for peace : “Operation Cast Lead” (December 28, 2008)…
- LOOKING FOR ERIC
UK/ Italy/ France/ Belgium, 2009 (International Panorama)
“Ken Loach in feelgood mode.” – Independent
Former soccer star Eric Cantona stars as himself in this uncharacteristically optimistic film from Ken Loach (It’s a Free World, MIFF 08; The Wind That Shakes the Barley, My Name Is Joe).
Soccer fanatic and depressive postal worker Eric finds his life hitting rock-bottom. In a moment of despair he confides in the life-size poster of Cantona hanging on his wall – and the French soccer star responds with advice. Coached by the imaginary Cantona’s cryptic counsel, Eric begins to change his life for the better.
With just a dash of grim reality thrown in for Loach measure, Looking for Eric is a clever comedy, an (imaginary) buddy movie and an unconventional romance, with plenty of inside jokes for ardent soccer fans.