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Films A to Z (View Festival by Date Here)

Thursday, May 1, 5:30pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Remis)
Screening Complete

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Before the Revolution

NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE - Opening Night

Welcome: Ronit Nudelman-Perle, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of Israel to New England

For thousands of Israelis in the 1960s and 1970s, Tehran, Iran, was a utopia. Enjoying close relations with the Shah’s regime, their paradise was built on construction contracts, weapons sales, and oil. Then the Iranian Revolution arrived. Dan Shadur, a child during his family’s “glory days” in Iran, reveals a unique perspective on the 1979 revolution. A thrilling and timely documentary featuring marvelous 8mm home movies and interviews with diplomats, Mossad agents, and families who escaped in the nick of time.

Director: Dan Shadur | Israel | 2013 | 60m | Hebrew & Arabic w/ English subtitles

preceded by
Iran Street Scenes, 1950-51
NCJF NEW RESTORATION
Rare Archival Footage

CO-PRESENTED BY: Consulate General of Israel to New England; Israel Campus Roundtable

Thursday, May 8, 7:30pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Remis)

Screening Complete

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Closer to the Moon

NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE
Sneak Preview

Just Announced: Q&A with Veteran Filmmaker Michael Fitzgerald, Producer of Closer to the Moon

An absurdist take on the incredible but real account of a group of high-ranking Jewish Communists who robbed Romania’s National Bank in 1959 by pretending they were shooting a movie. Also true, once arrested and sentenced to death, they were forced to reenact the heist for a government propaganda film. Caranfil’s black comedy, which stars Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), and Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones), imagines the protagonists as fully cognizant of the sociopolitical inanities that surround them.

Director: Nae Caranfil | Romania/USA | 2013 | 110m | English

CO-PRESENTED BY: Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry at Brandeis University

Friday, May 2, 8:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Remis)
Screening Complete

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Wednesday, May 7, 5:30 pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Remis)
Screening Complete

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Cupcakes (Bananot)

MASSACHUSETTS PREMIERE

Eytan Fox (Yossi and Jagger; Walk on Water) returns with a sweet, delicious confection stuffed with pop song ditties, technicolor production design and a shiny all star cast (Yael Bar-Zohar, Dana Ivgi, Anat Waxman, Keren Berger, Efrat Dor, and Ofer Shechter). A group of friends are thrust into the cutthroat music business when their catchy song is selected to represent Israel at an international Eurovision-style musical contest.

“Like taking an extravagant 90-minute vacation from reality.” –Jerusalem Post

“A feel-good musical comedy about love, life and friendship.” –Jewish Daily Forward

“Candy colored, buoyantly upbeat musical with the glow of an exuberant block party.” –Variety

Director: Eytan Fox | Israel | 2013 | 90m | Hebrew w/ English subtitles

CO-PRESENTED BY: Consulate General of Israel to New England; Israel Campus Roundtable

Thursday, May 1, 7:30 pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Remis)
Screening Complete


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Saturday, May 3, 7:30pm
Institute of Contemporary Art

Screening Complete

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For a Woman

NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE

Special Guest at ICA: Emmanuelle Marchand, Cultural Attachée, Consulate General of France

Inspired by her own family history, Diane Kurys’s (Entre Nous; C’est la Vie) sumptuous historical drama moves between 1947 Lyon, France, and the 1980s. After discovering a hidden family photo, Anne, a young film director, investigates her parents’ tangled relationship and the unexpected arrival of a mysterious family member thought killed in the war. With outstanding performances by the gorgeous cast: Mélanie Thierry, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Sylvie Testud, and Benoit Magimel.

“Thierry is luminous in a complex yet understated role... Handsomely put together.”–Hollywood Reporter

“Beautifully mounted.” –Jewish Daily Forward

Director: Diane Kurys | France | 2013 | 110m | French w/ English subtitles

CO-PRESENTED BY: Center for German & European Studies at Brandeis University

SPONSOR: Jewish Genealogical Society of Boston

Saturday, May 3, 2:30 pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Remis)
Screening Complete


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Sunday, May 11, 7:30 pm
West Newton Cinema
Screening Complete

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Friends From France
(Les Interdits)

NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE

May 11 Introduction: Judy Patkin, Director, Action for Post-Soviet Jewry

In this unique political thriller set in 1979 inside the deep freeze behind the Iron Curtain, a young couple, Carole (singer/actress Soko) and Jérôme (Jérémie Lippmann), visit Odessa on an organized tour–but that’s their cover story. In fact, they are French Jews on a dangerous mission to visit with refuseniks, Jews persecuted by the Soviet regime. While risk-taking Carole is motivated by politics, Jérôme is driven by his attraction to Carole.

Directors: Anne Weil & Philippe Kotlarski | France/Germany/Canada/Russia | 2013 | 100m | French, Russian & Hebrew w/ English subtitles

preceded by
Pur
NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE

In dangerous acts of defiance, Soviet Jewish dissidents in the 1980s risk everything to stage Purim plays. Director: Anat Vovnoboy | Israel | 2013 | 13m | Russian w/ English subtitles

CO-PRESENTED BY: Israel Campus Roundtable

SPONSORS: Action for Post Soviet Jewry; Goethe-Institut Boston

Sunday, May 4, 7:30 pm
West Newton Cinema
Screening Complete

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The German Doctor
(Wakolda)

NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE - Sneak Preview

In 1960 against the breathtaking scenery of Patagonia, an Argentinean family serendipitously crosses paths with a revered but dangerous German doctor (Àlex Brendemühl) who ingratiates himself into their lives. Lucia Puenzo’s subtle drama, adapted from her novel, gradually reveals the darkness in the doctor’s character and in Argentina’s absorption of Nazi criminals.

Argentina’s Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

“An eerie world of family secrets and state lies that grows increasingly scary.” –New York Times

Director: Lucia Puenzo | Argentina/France | 2013 | 90m | German & Spanish w/ English subtitles

Special Thanks to Samuel Goldwyn Films
CO-PRESENTED BY: Center for German & European Studies at Brandeis University; Goethe-Institut Boston; Argentinean Jewish Relief Committee; Facing History and Ourselves

Sunday, May 4, 12:30 pm
West Newton Cinema
Screening Complete


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Encore – Sunday, May 18, 11:00 am
Coolidge Corner Theatr
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Hanna’s Journey
(Hannas Reise)

NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE

May 4 Introduction: Karin Oehlenschläger, Program Curator Goethe-Institut Boston

Hoping to advance her career, Hanna (Karoline Schuch) a beautiful but brusque young German, takes a volunteer job in Israel working with disabled youths and Holocaust survivors. There, she meets Itay (Doron Amit), a charming Israeli teacher who gives her a run for her money, even joking with her about the Holocaust—a topic she considers irrelevant to her life. Hanna’s priorities realign as she warms to Itay and learns more about her own family history.

“Rich in characterization and moral questions, and makes a clear visual contrast between the hot chaotic bustle of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (beautifully filmed by Daniela Knapp) and the wintry symmetry of Berlin…. A coming-together of cultures is what a film festival is all about, and when you get it in one movie—and it opens your mind—you know your time in the cinema is well-spent." –Montreal Gazette

Director: Julia von Heinz | Germany/Israel | 2013 | 100m | German & Hebrew w/ Eng. subtitles

CO-PRESENTED BY: Goethe-Institut Boston

SPONSORS: Center for German & European Studies at Brandeis University; Israel Campus Roundtable; Facing History and Ourselves

Friday, May 9, 5:30 pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Alfond)
Screening Complete


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Saturday, May 10, 7:30 pm
Suffolk Univ. Modern Theatre
Screening Complete

 

Joe Papp in Five Acts

MASSACHUSETTS PREMIERE

May 9 Q&A at MFA with Directors Tracie Holder & Karen Thorsen

May 10 Post Screening Panel at Suffolk Modern with Tracie Holder, Karen Thorsen, Robert Brustein (Suffolk Distinguished Scholar & A.R.T. Founder) and Dr. Marilyn Plotkins (Artistic Director, Modern Theatre)

The story of New York’s indomitable, street-wise champion of the arts, Joe Papp (born Yosel Papirovski in Brooklyn in 1921), founder of The Public Theater who introduced interracial casting, free Shakespeare in the Park, Hair, A Chorus Line, and nurtured many of our greatest playwrights and actors. Papp was a tireless fighter for the arts whose productions often addressed political, racial, and economic issues. Featuring Meryl Streep, James Earl Jones, Kevin Kline, Martin Sheen, Olympia Dukakis, Mandy Patinkin, Ntozake Shange & more. Tribeca Film Festival Critics Choice.

Directors: Tracie Holder & Karen Thorsen | USA | 2012 | 84m | English

CO-PRESENTED BY: Suffolk University

 

Saturday, May 10, 3:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Alfond)
Screening Complete


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Sunday, May 11, 5:15 pm
West Newton Cinema
Screening Complete

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Kidon

MASSACHUSETTS PREMIERE

A popcorn movie fantasy inspired by the 2010 assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel room, this comedy spy thriller’s Ocean’s Eleven-style plot twists involve a Mossad team caught red handed on security cameras. The bigger problem: the Mossad knows nothing about the mission! The French and Israeli cast includes Sasson Gabai (The Band’s Visit), Reymonde Amsellem (The Attack; Seven Minutes in Heaven, NCJF2009), Bar Refaeli, Tomer Sisley, Hippolyte Girardot, Élodie Hesme, and Lionel Abelanski.

“The audience wins in this spy vs. spy caper…. A breezy throwback to caper comedies of the 1960s and ‘70s, Kidon has a large cast, male and female eye candy, a twisty plot and a sense of fun. if you’d like some escapist fun then Kidon will fill the bill.” –Jerusalem Post

Director: Emmanuel Naccache | France/Israel | 2014 | 89m | Hebrew & French w/ English subtitles

SPONSORS: Israel Campus Roundtable; Hebrew Language & Literature Program at Brandeis University

Sunday, May 11, 2:30 pm
West Newton Cinema
Celebrate Mother's Day!

Screening Complete

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Mamele

NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE
NCJF New Digi
tal Restoration

Special Event with NCJF Co Directors Sharon Pucker Rivo & Lisa Rivo

This musical comedy drama belongs to Molly Picon, “Queen of the Yiddish Musical,” who shines as Mamele (little mother), the dutiful daughter keeping her family intact after the death of their mother. She's so busy cooking, cleaning, and matchmaking for her brothers and sisters that she has little time for herself, until she discovers the violinist across the courtyard!

"A sparkling gem... Picon is so delicious and quirky, you want to give her a knip in bekl (pinch on her cheek)." –Jewish Daily Forward

Mamele comes to Boston from sold out premieres in Jerusalem, Stockholm, Melbourne, Miami & New York City’s Lincoln Center.

Directors: Joseph Green & Konrad Tom | Poland | 1938 | 97m | Yiddish w/ new English subtitles

More about Mamele

CO-PRESENTED BY: Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry at Brandeis University

Sunday, May 4, 3:00pm
West Newton Cinema
Screening Complete

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Natan

NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE

Special Guest: Thomas Doherty, Brandeis professor and author of Hollywood & Hitler

Why isn’t Bernard Natan (1886-1942) remembered as one of the giants of French cinema? A pioneering filmmaker and entrepreneur who dominated French cinema in the 1920s and 1930s, Natan formed the Pathe-Natan film studio, produced 65 films, built 50 theaters, and brought early sound, color and cinemascope to France. In 1938, fueled by antisemitism, Natan was felled by accusations of fraud and claims that he had produced silent-era pornography. In the end. he was stripped of his French citizenship and sent to his death at Auschwitz. This riveting documentary is essential viewing. Indiewire Critic’s Choice. (Please note: adult images)

Directors: David Cairns & Paul Duane | Ireland | 2013 | 66m | English & French w/ English subtitles

preceded by
Cohen on the Telephone
NCJF NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION
85th Anniversary Screening

In this early sound short, comedy is rung from Cohen’s heavy accent and his unfamiliarly with the new-fangled phone. Director: Robert Ross | USA | 1929 | 9m

CO-PRESENTED BY: Sarnat Center for the Study of Anti-Jewishness at Brandeis University; Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies at Brandeis University

Friday, May 2, 6:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Remis)
Screening Complete


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Sunday, May 4, 5:30 pm
West Newton Cinema
Screening Complete

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Quality Balls:
The David Steinberg Story

MASSACHUSETTS PREMIERE

Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Dave Foley, and Martin Short contribute to this hilarious must-see documentary. David Steinberg—aptly described as a cross between Woody Allen and Lenny Bruce—took the comedy world by storm in the 1960s. Steinberg’s satiric, literate and defiantly Jewish material landed him on Nixon’s enemies list and on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show couch more than 100 times (second only to Bob Hope). Today, Steinberg is a sought after comedy director.

"Steinberg’s incredible career influenced a generation and now, after 25 years, he returns to the stage in this exceptional biography." –HotDocs

"So a Rabbinical student, a Canadian and a comic walk into Chicago's Second City. They turn out to be the same person, David Steinberg."Scott Simon, NPR

Listen to NPR interview with David Steinberg

Director: Barry Avrich | Canada | 2013 | 75m | English

SPONSOR: Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies at Brandeis University

Wednesday, May 7, 7:30 pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Remis)
Screening Complete

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Rock the Casbah

NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE

Post screening Q&A with Leonard "Leibel" Fein, author and a founder of Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Moment magazine, the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy, and Americans for Peace Now

Horowitz’s fast-paced and tense debut film follows four young solders tasked with “maintaining order” atop a powder keg when they are stationed on the roof of a Palestinian family home during the first Intifada in Gaza in 1989. Inspired by his experiences as a military photographer in the West Bank in the late 1980s, Horowitz’s film speaks to the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the humanity of those caught on either side.

Winner of the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival’s Art Cinema Award.

"If the ideas underlying the Oscar-nominated documentary The Gatekeepers were encapsulated into a feature film, it would look a lot like Yariv Horowitz’s Rock the Casbah…. Horowitz has made a gripping, complex film." –Jerusalem Post

Read Haaretz Interview with Yariv Horowitz

Director: Yariv Horowitz | Israel | 2012 | 93m | Hebrew w/ English subtitles

Saturday, May 3, 12:30 pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Remis)
Screening Complete


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Sunday, May 11, 12:30 pm
West Newton Cinema
Celebrate Mother's Day!
Screening Complete

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The Sturgeon Queens

NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE

May 3 Special Guest: Shulamit Reinharz, Co-Director Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

May 11 Mother's Day Event - Special Guests & Book Signing: Laura Silver, author Knish: In Search of Jewish Soul Food & Sylvia Barack Fishman, Co-Director of Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

Russ and Daughters, the iconic purveyor of lox, caviar, and other sublime eats, has been a fixture on New York’s Lower East Side since 1914. One hundred years and 1,800,000 pounds of pickled herring later, the business started by immigrant Joel Russ and passed to his daughters, the “Sturgeon Queens,” is still family run. Enjoy mouth-watering interviews with Hattie Russ Gold (age 100), Anne Russ Federman (age 92), Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mario Batali, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morley Safer, and Calvin Trillin.

Director: Julie Cohen | USA | 2013 | 43m | English

preceded by
A Child of the Ghetto
NCJF NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION
USA Premiere of New Score by Swedish Composers Alexander Freudenthal & Hans Nyman

Silent film drama about a Lower East Side seamstress. Director: D.W. Griffith | USA | 1910 | 15m

CO-PRESENTED BY: Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

Tuesday, May 6, 7:00 pm
West Newton Cinema
Screening Complete


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Friday, May 9, 8:00 pm
Museum of Fine Arts (Alfond)
SOLD OUT - Screening Complete

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The Wonders (Plaot)

MASSACHUSETTS PREMIERE

May 6 Welcome: Amy Geller, Artistic Director Boston Jewish Film Festival

Chinatown meets Alice In Wonderland in this fantastical noir farce from Avi Nesher (Turn Left at the End of the World, NCJF2005; The Matchmaker, NCJF2011), about a graffiti artist, private investigator, and femme fatale who join forces to rescue an enigmatic rabbi caught in a labyrinthine conspiracy in Jerusalem’s weird criminal-religious underworld. With a tip of the hat to the Coen brothers, Woody Allen, and Michael Chabon, The Wonders is filled with quirks, red herrings, and cartoons that come to life.

“One of the greatest Israeli movies ever." Walla

“A brilliant, elegant, very original mystery.” –Jerusalem Post

“A great ride. Witty and highly entertaining.” –Ynet

Director: Avi Nesher | Israel | 2013 | 112m | Hebrew w/ English subtitles

CO-PRESENTED BY: Boston Jewish Film Festival

SPONSOR: Consulate General of Israel to New England

Program text by The National Center for Jewish Film.

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