NCJF's 11th Annual Film Festival: March 29 - April 13
At A Glance | Films | Ticket Info | Venue & Directions | Sponsors | Past Festivals

Screenings at Edie and Lew Wasserman Cinematheque
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Opening Night Film
SAT
| MARCH 29 | 8:00 PM |

SAT | APRIL 12 | 6:00 PM | SOLD OUT

Closing Night Film
SUN | APRIL 13 | 7:00 PM | SOLD OUT

Noodle
Israel, 2007 | 100 min| Hebrew with English subtitles
Director/Writer: Ayelet Menahemi

New England Premiere
Special Guest: Nadav Tamir, Consul General of Israel to New England

When her housekeeper is deported, Miri Kalderon (Mili Avital), an El Al flight attendant, is left with a six-year-old Chinese boy she nicknames Noodle. Along with her sister (Anat Waxman) and brother in law, Miri, who at 39 is twice widowed, risks everything – her job, her freedom, and her loneliness – to reunite mother and son. A wise and funny film about sisters and spouses, parents and children, and committing, over life’s objections, to love.

Nominated for Ten Israeli Academy Awards
Winner - Jury Grand Prize, Montreal World Film Festival
Top Ten Box Office Hit in Israel

NOODLE Website
NOODLE Screening (pdf)

CO-PRESENTED BY: Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
SPONSORS: Jack & Ziva Paley; Jewish Community Relations Council, Great Boston

SUN | MARCH 30 | 12:00 PM

Being Jewish in France
Comme un Juif en France
France | 2007 | 185 min | French with English subtitles
Director/Writer: Yves Jeuland

New England Premiere
Special Guest: Antony Polonsky, Albert Abramson
Professor of Holocaust Studies, Brandeis University
Introduced by: Alexis Berthier,
Public Affairs Attaché, French Consulate Boston

Yves Jeuland’s sweeping new documentary explores the rich and complex history of Jews in France – the first country to grant Jews citizenship – beginning with Revolutionary cries of Vive la France in Yiddish through the explosive Dreyfus Affair, Vichy’s murderous betrayal during WWII, and the absorption of Jews from Arab countries in the 1960s to charges of rising anti-semitism in the 21st century. Lushly illustrated with rare archival images and memorable music.

Winner - Jewish Experience Award, Jerusalem Film Festival
Third U.S. Screening

BEING JEWISH IN FRANCE Website
BEING JEWISH IN FRANCE Screening (pdf)

SPONSOR: Guy & Eveline Weyl

SUN | MARCH 30 | 4:15 PM

The Cantor's Son
Dem Khazns Zundl
USA | 1937 | 90 min | Yiddish with NEW English subtitles
Directors: Ilya Motyleff & Sidney Goldin

New England Premiere
New 35mm Film Restoration by The National Center for Jewish Film
Special Guest: Producer Mrs. Samuel Segal
Moderator: Sharon Pucker Rivo,
National Center for Jewish Film

This toe-tapping Yiddish musical drama marks the screen debut of Moishe Oysher in the title role critic J. Hoberman calls the “anti-Jazz Singer.” Leaving behind his Shtetle Belz for New York's Lower East Side, Sol eventually lands the American dream, becoming a popular singer and radio star. But can he be truly happy turning his back on tradition? Like his film character, Oysher—the son of a cantor—was a matinee idol (“the Jewish Enzio Pinza”) and a celebrated cantor.

World Premiere - Jerusalem Film Festival
USA Premiere - New York Jewish Film Festival, Lincoln Center, New York

THE CANTOR'S SON Website
THE CANTOR'S SON Screening (pdf)

Preceded by
The Legend of Mrs. Goldman and the Almighty God
Germany | 1996 | 3 min | 35mm | English
Director: Michael Verhoeven

A comic parable told on camera by seminal Jewish Hungarian writer/director George Tabori (1914-2007).

SPONSOR: National Yiddish Book Center

SUN | MARCH 30 | 7:00 PM

Jerusalem is Proud to Present
Yerushalayim Ge'ah Lehatzi
Israel | 2007 | 80 min | Hebrew with English Subtitles
Director/Writer: Nitzan Gilady

New England Premiere
Director Invited
Panel Discussion

Plans for a gay pride parade in Jerusalem in 2006 brought Jewish, Muslim, and Christian leaders together in violent opposition to the city’s gay activists and their supporters, who endured harassment, death threats, and days of rioting. This startling documentary unflinchingly exposes the increasing threat to human rights and democracy at the hands of extremists in contemporary Israel. A must see for those committed to the survival of a pluralistic Israel.

Winner - Movies That Matter Human Rights Award, Int’l Documentary Festival Amsterdam
Winner - Outstanding Documentary Feature Award, OUTFEST Film Festival
Winner - Audience Award, Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Film Review: Variety (pdf)
Film Review: Jewish Quarterly (pdf)
JERUSALEM IS PROUD TO PRESENT Screening (pdf)

CO-PRESENTED BY: Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
SPONSORS: GLBT Team of CJP; International Center for Ethics, Justice & Public Life; IACT/CJP & Brandeis Hillel

THU | APRIL 3 | 7:00 PM

Nina's Journey
Ninas Resa
Sweden | 2006 | 120 min | Swedish with English subtitles
Director/Writer: Lena Einhorn

New England Premiere
Special Guest:
Shula Reinharz,
Director Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

Lena Einhorn’s stunning adaptation of her book chronicling her mother’s teenage years coming of age in the Warsaw Ghetto won the Swedish “Oscars” for Best Picture and Best Screenplay. A suspenseful story of defiance and luck, survival and escape, this innovative feature film is punctuated by interviews with the subject herself.

Winner - Best Picture & Best Screenplay, Swedish Film Awards
Winner - Best Int’l Dramatic Feature Film, Vancouver Int’l Jewish Film Festival
Winner - Best Director, Golden Rooster Film Festival, Hangzhou, China
Winner - Best Director & Best Script & Best Actress, Warsaw [Poland] Jewish Film Festival
Winner - Yad Vashem Award, Jerusalem Film Festival

Photo gallery
NINA'S JOURNEY Website
Film Review: Variety
NINA'S JOURNEY Screening (pdf)

CO-PRESENTED BY: Hadassah-Brandeis Institute; Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry
SPONSOR: Hans & Mavis Lopater

SUN | APRIL 6 | 7:00 PM

And Along Come Tourists
Am Ende kommen Touristen
Germany | 2007 | 85 min | German with English subtitles
Director/Writer: Robert Thalheim

New England Premiere
Special Guest: Director Robert Thalheim
Introduced by: Sabine von Mering,
Professor of German, Brandeis University

Auschwitz wasn't what Sven had in mind when he signed up for civil service abroad. Eventually though he discovers both Auschwitz and Oswiecim, the place of horror and the Polish town, the memorial to inhumanity and the tourist industry around it. Amid conflicting emotions grows his love for a local Polish girl and compassion for a former Polish inmate who never left the camp. In this critically-lauded feature film, Thalheim, himself an alumnus of the Auschwitz Youth Center, asks the daring question: can life exist in the shadow of Auschwitz.

Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival
Winner - Best Actor (Alexander Fehling), Munich Film Festival
Winner - Best Newcoming Producers, Bavarian Film Awards

AND ALONG COME TOURISTS Website
Press book (pdf)
Poster (pdf)
Review (pdf)
AND ALONG COME TOURISTS Screening (pdf)

CO-PRESENTED BY: Goethe-Institut Boston
SPONSOR: Center for German & European Studies

TUES | APRIL 8 | 7:00 PM

Settlement
USA | 2008 | 55 min
Director/Writer: Marian Marzynski

New England Premiere
Special Guest: Director Marian Marzynski,
Emmy & Dupont Award Winning Filmmaker & Boston Resident
Moderator: Gerald Peary, Filmmaker & Critic

Ten years after his landmark film Shtetl, Emmy-winning director Marian Marzynski, a pioneer of Polish cinéma-vérité, returns to the subject of the Holocaust with Settlement, the most recent of his critically-lauded autobiographical films. A startling discovery draws Marzynski back to Poland, to the shtetl house of the Kushner family. Sixty years after WWII Marzynski traces what became of the Kushner survivors. Traveling to Poland, the United States, and Israel, Marzynski visits the past—his past—but arrives at the future.

Photo gallery
Advance praise for settlement (pdf)
Settlement Screening (pdf)

Preceded by
Autumn in Krakow
Australia | 2007 | 10 min | Polish w/ English subtitles
Director: Yoram Gross

A moving ode to filmmaker/poet Natan Gross (1919-2005) and his hometown of Krakow.

SAT | APRIL 12 | 8:30 PM SOLD OUT

Children of the Sun
Yaldei Hashemesh
Israel | 2007 | 70 min | Hebrew with English subtitles
Director/Co-Writer: Ran Tal

New England Premiere
Special Guest: Leonard Fein, Writer & Educator

Winner of the Best Documentary and Best Editing awards at its world premiere at the Jerusalem Film Festival, this richly layered and intimate portrait of the Kibbutz movement has taken Israel by storm. Brilliantly assembled from over eighty amateur and home movies taken at kibbutzim between the 1930s and 1970s, Children of the Sun marries amazing archival images of the utopian experiment with the frank and poignant remembrances of Kibbutzniks.

Winner - Best Documentary & Best Editing Awards, Jerusalem Film Festival
Winner - Preservation of Audio-Visual Award, Jerusalem Film Festival
Israeli Box Office Hit
Third U.S. Screening

Trailer
Review: Jewish Tribune (pdf)
Review: Variety (pdf)
Review: Walla (pdf)
Review: Haaretz, A Mosaic of Kibbutz Memories (pdf)
Review: Haaretz, Survivors of Utopia (pdf)
CHILDREN OF THE SUN Screening (pdf)

CO-PRESENTED BY: Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
SPONSOR: Boston Center for Jewish Heritage at the Vilna Shul

SUN | APRIL 13 | 2:00 PM

The Last Jews of Libya
USA | 2007 | 50 min
Director: Vivienne Roumani-Denn

New England Premiere
Special Guests: Director Vivienne Roumani-Denn & Film Subject & Maurice Roumani (Brandeis ‘64)

This audience favorite explores the final decades of a centuries-old North African Sephardic Jewish community through the lives of the remarkable Roumani family, residents of Benghazi, Libya, for hundreds of years. Photographs and diaries trace the family’s life under Turkish Ottoman rule through the age of Mussolini and Hitler to the final dispersal of Libya's Jews in the face of Arab nationalism. At the end of WWII, 36,000 Jews lived in Libya, today none remain. Narrated by Isabella Rossellini.

Four Sold Out Screenings at Tribeca Film Festival
Sundance Channel

THE LAST JEWS OF LIBYA Website
Trailer
LAST JEWS OF LIBYA Screening (pdf)

CO-PRESENTERS: Office of Alumni Relations/Wein 50th Anniversary; Sarnat Center for the Study of Anti-Jewishness

SUN | APRIL 13 | 4:15 PM

The Champagne Spy
Meragel Hashampanyah
Israel | 2007 | 91 min | Hebrew, French & German with English subtitles
Director/Writer: Nadav Schirman

New England Premiere

Winner of the 2007 Israeli Academy Award for Best Documentary, this stylish and suspenseful film tells the strange true story of Wolfgang Lotz, the legendary 1960s Israeli Mossad agent who left behind a wife and son to infiltrate Egypt’s weapons program. Posing as a former-Nazi millionaire playboy, Lotz eventually succumbs to the fiction of his undercover identity, living a double life even as he tries to evade capture. For the first time, Lotz’s son and former Mossad handlers discuss the dark side of the spy world.

Winner - John Schlesinger Award for Outstanding First Feature, Palm Springs International
Winner - Special Jury Award, DocAviv
Nominated - Best Documentary, European Film Prize
Nominated - Best Mediterranean Feature Documentary, CMCA Awards
Winner - Best Production & Best Editing & Best Score, Israeli Documentary Forum

THE CHAMPAGNE SPY Screening (pdf)

CO-PRESENTER: Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

SPONSORS: Boston Birthright Israel NEXT; Brandeis University National Women’s Committee,
Greater Boston Chapter


JEWISHFILM.2008 Screenings at Other Venues

@ HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE
FRI | APR 4 | 7:00 PM
CONTACT HFA FOR TICKETS

And Along Come Tourists
Am Ende kommen Touristen
Germany | 2007 | 85 min | German with English subtitles
Director/Writer: Robert Thalheim

New England Premiere
Special Guest: Director Robert Thalheim
Introduced by Eric Rentschler, Harvard University

Auschwitz wasn´t what Sven had in mind when he signed up for civil service abroad. Eventually though he discovers both Auschwitz and Oswiecim, the place of horror and the Polish town, the memorial to inhumanity and the tourist industry around it. Amid conflicting emotions grows his love for a local Polish girl and compassion for a former Polish inmate who never left the camp. In this critically-lauded feature film, Thalheim, himself an alumnus of the Auschwitz Youth Center, asks the daring question: can life exist in the shadow of Auschwitz.

Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival
Winner - Best Actor (Alexander Fehling), Munich Film Festival
Winner - Best Newcoming Producers, Bavarian Film Awards

AND ALONG COME TOURISTS Website
Press book (pdf)
Poster (pdf)
Review (pdf)
AND ALONG COME TOURISTS Screening (pdf)

CO-PRESENTER: Goethe-Institut Boston

HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE
Carpenter Center 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
617.495.4700 www.hcl.harvard.edu/hfa

@ INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART / BOSTON
SAT | APRIL 5 | 7:00 PM
CONTACT ICA FOR TICKETS

The Champagne Spy
Meragel Hashampanyah
Israel | 2007 | 91 min | Hebrew, French & German with English subtitles
Director/Writer: Nadav Schirman

New England Premiere
Special Guest Ehud Eiran,
Harvard University & Brandeis University

Winner of the 2007 Israeli Academy Award for Best Documentary, this stylish and suspenseful film tells the strange true story of Wolfgang Lotz, the legendary 1960s Israeli Mossad agent who left behind a wife and son to infiltrate Egypt’s weapons program. Posing as a former-Nazi millionaire playboy, Lotz eventually succumbs to the fiction of his undercover identity, living a double life even as he tries to evade capture. For the first time, Lodz’s son and former Mossad handlers discuss the dark side of the spy world.

Winner - John Schlesinger Award for Outstanding First Feature, Palm Springs International
Winner - Special Jury Award, DocAviv
Nominated - Best Documentary, European Film Prize
Nominated - Best Mediterranean Feature Documentary, CMCA Awards
Winner - Best Production & Best Editing & Best Score, Israeli Documentary Forum

THE CHAMPAGNE SPY Screening (pdf)

CO-PRESENTER: Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
SPONSOR:
Boston Birthright Israel NEXT; Brandeis University National Women’s Committee,
Greater Boston Chapter

INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART / BOSTON
100 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
617.478.3100 www.icaboston.org

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