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New York Jewish Film Festival 2010

January 13, 2010 - January 28, 2010

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Short Film: 7 film(s)
Happy Jews
Kallah (Bride)
Making the Crooked Straight
Pinhas
Point of View / Eynayim Sheli
Prrrride
With A Little Patience



Ahead of Time
Bob Richman, USA, 2009, 73m
U.S. Premiere
Born in Brooklyn in 1911, Ruth Gruber had an extraordinary career as a foreign correspondent and photojournalist spanning seven decades. The first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic (in 1935), she escorted Holocaust refugees to America in ’44, covered the Nuremberg trials in ’46, and reported on the plight of the ship Exodus in ’47. In this riveting documentary Gruber recounts her adventures with gentle humor and deep insight.
Ruth Gruber and Zeva Oelbaum, Producer, will be in attendance at all screenings. Bob Richman, Director, will be in attendance on 1/14.

preceded by


Making the Crooked Straight
Susan Cohn Rockefeller, USA, 2008, 29m
New York Premiere/ Watch the trailer.
Dr. Rick Hodes, an Orthodox Jew born on Long Island, has dedicated the past 20 years of his life to helping heal the sick and poor of Ethiopia, focusing on patients with tuberculosis of the spine. This extraordinary documentary explores his work, his unusual family life—he has fostered 17 children—and the spirituality guiding his choices. HBO Documentary Films.
Susan Cohn Rockefeller, Director, will be in attendance.



Eyes Wide Open / Eynayim Pekuhot
Haim Tabakman, Israel, 2009, 90m
New York Premiere
Aaron, an ultra-Orthodox butcher in Jerusalem and a dedicated husband and father, hires Ezri, a handsome student, as his apprentice. When his time with Ezri comes at the expense of his family life, Aaron faces threats from neighbors and town elders. Haim Tabakman’s sensitive feature debut explores the devastating consequences of forbidden passion.
Haim Tabakman, Director, will be in attendance.

preceded by


Kallah (Bride)
Miri Shapiro, UK, 2007, 15m
U.S. Premiere
Burdened with a sick parent, Sarah struggles with the preparations for becoming a “kosher Jewish bride.”



Happy End
Frans Weisz, The Netherlands, 2009, 87m
US Premiere
“One hour above ground is worth more than an eternity underneath it.” So says patriarch Simon as family and friends gather around him. Meanwhile, the younger generation of this much-haunted Jewish Dutch family steps forward. Frans Weisz (Qui Vive, NYJFF 2002) returns with the final chapter of his dramatic trilogy, in which a circle of friends and family (and at least one ghost) struggle with the traces of World War II, deep secrets, and their intertwined relationships.
Frans Weisz, Director, will be in attendance at all screenings. Jip Loots, Actor, will be in attendance on 1/17.

preceded by


Point of View / Eynayim Sheli
Avishag Leibovich, Israel, 2008, 18m
U.S. Premiere
With her failing vision, Herta needs care and companionship from her granddaughter, Noa. When not reading aloud the subtitles to Herta’s favorite telenovela, Noa tries to bring some romance into her own life.



The Peretzniks / Perecowicze
Slawomir Grünberg, Poland/U.S, 2009, 92m
U.S. Premiere
Alumni of the Jewish Peretz School recall their adolescence in Lodz before the 1968 anti-Semitic campaign. The Peretzniks never fully said goodbye to Poland or their beloved schoolmates and teachers. Documentary filmmaker Grünberg gathers the diaspora of alumni to share memories of friendship, crushes, mischief, and the trauma of forced exile.
Slawomir Grunberg, Director, will be in attendance.

preceded by


Happy Jews
Jonathan Rozenbaum, Israel/Poland, 2008, 6m
U.S. Premiere
With home movies and a sense of humor, a young filmmaker reflects on a reunion of Polish Jews who emigrated as a result of the anti-Semitic campaign in 1968.



Protector / Protektor
Marek Najbrt, Czech Republic, 2009, 98m
New York Premiere
Set in Nazi-occupied Prague in the late 1930s, Protector is a stylish drama focusing on the marriage of radio journalist Emil (Marek Daniel) and his Jewish wife Hana (Jana Plodková), a famous film star. Emil seizes a chance at career advancement, becoming the official mouthpiece of the Reich, in order to offer a measure of protection to Hana. Their fraying relationship reaches a crisis point after the assassination of SS Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich by Czechoslovak paratroopers. Protector is the Czech Republic’s submission for the 2010 Foreign Language Oscar.
Marek Najbrt, Director, Benjamin Tucek, Co-Writer, and Milan Kuchynka, Producer, will be in attendance.

preceded by


With A Little Patience
Laszlo Nemes, Hungary, 2008, 14m
New York Premiere
In one wordless take, this finely crafted short shows an enigmatic woman at work while a man waits for her.



Ultimatum
Alain Tasma, France/Israel/Italy, 2008, 101m
New York Premiere
In this multinational thriller set during the 1990/91 Persian Gulf War, a young couple in Jerusalem declares battle with each other while Iraq threatens Israel with the possibility of chemical warfare. Luisa, a beautiful French-Italian student, her tempestuous lover Nathanaël, and their friends seal rooms, don gas masks, and wait in fear. Starring French heartthrob Gaspard Ulliel, the glamorous Jasmine Trinca, and an ensemble of Israel’s most talented actors, including Hana Laszlo, Lior Ashkenazi,and Sarah Adler.
Alain Tasma, Director, will be in attendance.

preceded by


Prrrride
Eitan Efrat and Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Netherlands/Israel, 2008, 3m
New York Premiere
A young Israeli performs as a one-man marching band while relating his mother’s fears about his military service.



Valentina's Mother / Ima Shel Valentina
Matti Harari & Arik Lubetzky, Israel, 2008, 75m
New York Premiere
After resisting her son’s attempts to find live-in help, Paula agrees to hire Valentina, a young Polish housekeeper. Speaking and singing in Polish, the two enjoy each other’s companionship until Paula’s repressed memories of the Holocaust start to emerge. Based on a novella by Israeli writer Savyon Liebrecht, this haunting drama features strong performances and an unforgettable ending.
Matti Harari, Director, will be in attendance.

preceded by


Pinhas
Pini Tavger, Israel, 2008, 32m
New York Premiere
A nine-year-old son of Russian immigrants in Israel seeks out the warmth and companionship of his religious neighbors.



This year's New York Jewish Film Festival was selected by Rachel Chanoff, Independent Curator; Andrew Ingall, Assistant Curator, The Jewish Museum; Richard Peña, Program Director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center; Aviva Weintraub, Associate Curator and Director of the NYJFF, The Jewish Museum.


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