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New York Jewish Film Festival 2010

January 13, 2010 - January 28, 2010

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Family: 15 film(s)
Saviors in the Night / Unter Bauern: Retter in der Nacht
Within the Whirlwind
Ajami
Bar Mitzvah
Chronicle of a Kidnap
Eyes Wide Open / Eynayim Pekuhot
Happy End
Happy Jews
Kallah (Bride)
Leap of Faith
Making the Crooked Straight
Pinhas
Point of View / Eynayim Sheli
Prrrride
Ultimatum



OPENING NIGHT
Saviors in the Night / Unter Bauern: Retter in der Nacht
Ludi Boeken, Germany/France, 2009, 100m
U.S. Premiere/ Watch the trailer.
Based on the memoir of Marga Spiegel, this powerful World War II drama portrays how courageous German farmers in Westphalia risked their lives to hide a Jewish family. Passing as Aryan, Marga and her daughter develop a warm relationship with the Aschoff family, particularly young Anni, who is initially faithful to Nazism. Meanwhile Marga’s husband, sheltered by another farmer, runs the daily risk of discovery.
Thu Jan 28: 1:00pm
Thu Jan 28: 6:15pm



CLOSING NIGHT
Within the Whirlwind
Marleen Gorris, Germany/Poland/Belgium, 2009, 98m
New York Premiere/ Watch the trailer.
Jewish poet and professor Evgenia Ginzburg lived a privileged life in Stalinist Russia—until faced with trumped-up charges of conspiracy. Stripped of her Communist Party membership and teaching post, Ginzburg served a ten-year sentence in a Siberian gulag, surviving through the kindness of her fellow inmates and the power of poetry. Based on Ginzburg’s memoirs, this epic from Oscar-winner Marleen Gorris (Antonia’s Line) features stunning performances by Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves) and Ulrich Tukur (The Lives of Others).
Thu Jan 28: 1:00pm
Thu Jan 28: 6:15pm



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.
Thu Jan 28: 1:00pm
Thu Jan 28: 6:15pm



Ajami
Scandar Copti & Yaron Shani, Israel/Germany, 2008, 120m
New York Premiere
Watch the trailer in Hebrew.
Watch the trailer in Arabic.
Co-directed by a Palestinian and an Israeli, Ajami is a visceral crime drama with a strong ensemble cast. In a multi-ethnic Jaffa neighborhood, a powerful Bedouin clan wages a vendetta against a poor family. A teenage worker from the Occupied Territories desperately tries to raise money to help his ailing mother. A Jewish police detective struggles with the disappearance of his brother. And an affluent Palestinian and his Jewish girlfriend dream about the future. As these stories intersect, we witness the dramatic collision of different worlds. Ajami is the winner of five Ophirs (Israeli Oscars), including Best Picture, and is Israel’s submission to the 2010 Academy Awards®.
Scandar Copti, Director, and Yaron Shani, Director, will be in attendance.
Thu Jan 28: 1:00pm
Thu Jan 28: 6:15pm



Bar Mitzvah
Henry Lynn, USA, 1935, 83m
U.S. Premiere of Restored Print
In this classic of Yiddish cinema, a mother miraculously survives a shipwreck and shocks the family by appearing at her son’s bar mitzvah. Giving up his wife for dead, the husband has remarried a scheming gold-digger. Starring the legendary Boris Thomashefsky in his only film performance, this melodrama not only features wails and moans, but also classic songs, vaudeville jokes, and fancy dancing. Newly restored and subtitled by The National Center for Jewish Film.
Sharon Rivo, National Center for Jewish Film, will be in attendance.
Thu Jan 28: 1:00pm
Thu Jan 28: 6:15pm



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.”
Thu Jan 28: 1:00pm
Thu Jan 28: 6:15pm



Gevald!
Ron Ofer & Yohai Hakak, Israel, 2009, 50m
New York Premiere
This astonishing documentary juxtaposes the lives of two of Israel’s most prominent ultra- Orthodox leaders. Shmuel Chaim Pappenheim is an anti-Zionist radical activist who organizes mass protests against the secular state. The late Avraham Ravitz was a former IDF soldier and a longtime Knesset member who worked within the system to advance his constituency’s religious agenda. This film closely follows them as the 2006 elections approach.

preceded by


Chronicle of a Kidnap
Nurit Kedar, Israel, 2008, 55m
New York Premiere
In this riveting documentary, activist Karnit Goldwasser steps into the media spotlight on behalf of her husband Ehud (Udi), a soldier abducted in 2006 by Hezbollah in Lebanon. The film is an intimate portrait of Karnit’s heroic efforts to lobby for Ehud’s release.
Thu Jan 28: 1:00pm
Thu Jan 28: 6:15pm



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.
Thu Jan 28: 1:00pm
Thu Jan 28: 6:15pm



Leap of Faith
Stephen Z. Friedman & Antony Benjamin, USA, , 95m
New York Premiere
Four families experience the difficulties of abandoning their traditions and embracing Judaism in this groundbreaking documentary. Subjects include former Messianic Jews in Colorado; a recent bat mitzvah whose admission to a Jewish high school is challenged; a single mother and U.S. Army reservist whose 10-year-old son is deeply conflicted over religious and filial allegiances; and a motivated Trinidadian nanny in New York. The 8:30 p.m. screening will be followed by a panel discussion.
Directors Antony Benjamin and Stephen Friedman, will be in attendance. The 8:30 p.m. screening will be followed by a panel discussion including Leslie Rawlins, Subject.
Thu Jan 28: 1:00pm
Thu Jan 28: 6:15pm



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.
Thu Jan 28: 1:00pm
Thu Jan 28: 6:15pm



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.
Thu Jan 28: 1:00pm
Thu Jan 28: 6:15pm



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.
Thu Jan 28: 1:00pm
Thu Jan 28: 6:15pm



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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