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New York Jewish Film Festival 2010

January 13, 2010 - January 28, 2010

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Narrative: 10 film(s)
Saviors in the Night / Unter Bauern: Retter in der Nacht
Within the Whirlwind
Ajami
The Axe of Wandsbek / Das Beil von Wandsbek
Bar Mitzvah
Berlin '36
Gruber's Journey / Calatoria Lui Gruber
Mary and Max
Protector / Protektor
Valentina's Mother / Ima Shel Valentina



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.
Mon Jan 25: 3:00pm
Tue Jan 26: 1:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 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).
Mon Jan 25: 3:00pm
Tue Jan 26: 1:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 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.
Mon Jan 25: 3:00pm
Tue Jan 26: 1:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 6:15pm



The Axe of Wandsbek / Das Beil von Wandsbek
Falk Harnack, East Germany, 1951, 111m
New York Premiere of Restored Print
Adapted from the 1947 novel by Arnold Zweig, this gripping drama set in 1934 follows a man who is paid by the Nazis to serve as a public executioner and goes on to be rejected by his community. The Axe Of Wandsbek considers the role that common citizens played in Nazi crimes.
Barton Byg, DEFA Film Library/UMass-Amherst, will be in attendance.
Mon Jan 25: 3:00pm
Tue Jan 26: 1:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 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.
Mon Jan 25: 3:00pm
Tue Jan 26: 1:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 6:15pm



Berlin '36
Kaspar Heidelbach, Germany/UK, 2009, 110m
New York Premiere
Based on actual events, Berlin ’36 tells a dramatic story of friendship during that year’s infamous Olympics. After the Americans threaten a boycott if no Jewish athletes are on the German team, Gretel Bergmann, a Jewish champion high jumper, is invited to train. Contriving a scheme to spoil Gretel’s victory, the Reich promotes an unknown athlete named Marie Ketteler. Neither Gretel nor her teammates have any idea that Marie is a man passing as a woman, nor did the Nazis predict that the pair could become friends. Let the games begin!
Margaret Bergmann-Lambert will be in attendance on Thu. Jan 21.
Mon Jan 25: 3:00pm
Tue Jan 26: 1:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 6:15pm



Gruber's Journey / Calatoria Lui Gruber
Radu Gabrea, Romania, 2008, 100m
Suffering from severe allergies, Italian journalist and consul Curzio Malaparte must navigate the outrageous bureaucracy of Nazi-occupied Romania as he desperately searches for a Jewish doctor named Josef Gruber. This involving drama with elements of farce is based on the experiences of Malaparte, a disaffected supporter of fascism.
Radu Gabrea, Director, will be in attendance.
Mon Jan 25: 3:00pm
Tue Jan 26: 1:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 6:15pm



Mary and Max
Adam Elliot, Australia, 2008, 92m
New York Premiere
Oscar-winning director Adam Elliot’s claymation feature is a tale of an extraordinary epistolary relationship between Mary Dinkle, a chubby, lonely eight-year-old girl in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max Horovitz, a 44-year-old, severely obese, Jewish New Yorker with Asperger’s Syndrome. Featuring the voices of Eric Bana, Toni Colette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Barry “Dame Edna” Humphries.
Paul Hardart, Executive Producer, will be in attendance on Sat. Jan 23.
Mon Jan 25: 3:00pm
Tue Jan 26: 1:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 6:15pm



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.
Mon Jan 25: 3:00pm
Tue Jan 26: 1:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 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.
Mon Jan 25: 3:00pm
Tue Jan 26: 1:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 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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