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New York Jewish Film Festival 2011

January 12, 2011 - January 27, 2011

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Israel: 10 film(s)
The Matchmaker
As Lilith
Black Bus
Eichmann’s End: Love, Betrayal, Death
The Human Resources Manager
My So-Called Enemy
Precious Life
Sixty and the City
Strangers No More
Yolande: An Unsung Heroine



CLOSING NIGHT
The Matchmaker
Avi Nesher | Israel | 2010 | 112mm
New York Premiere
Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968, gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker who promises to get you what you need, not what you want. Yankele, a Holocaust survivor, has an office in the back of a movie theater that shows only love stories, run by a family of seven Romanian dwarves in a seedy neighborhood. The lessons Arik learns in matters of the heart are tested when his best friend’s cousin returns from America full of talk of free love and rock and roll. Nominated for 7 Israeli Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Thu Jan 27: 3:15pm
Thu Jan 27: 8:30pm



As Lilith
Eytan Harris | Israel | 2010 | 78mm
New York Premiere
This riveting documentary takes us through the aftermath of a teenage girl’s suicide. Her strong-willed mother, Lilith, wishes to cremate the body, but Israel’s emergency service, ZAKA, does everything it can to prevent this. As the family grieves and tries to come to terms with their loss, they find themselves on the defensive for being different while also trying to explain the circumstances of the young girl’s death.
Eytan Harris, director, will be in attendance.
Mon Jan 24: 3:45pm
Mon Jan 24: 8:45pm



Black Bus
Anat Zuria | Israel | 2009 | 76mm
New York Premiere
Documentarian Zuria, director of Purity (NYJFF 2004) and Sentenced to Marriage (NYJFF 2006), returns with the powerful story of two young women who chose to leave their close-knit Haredi communities in Israel and are, as a consequence, estranged from their families. Shulamit is a photographer, Sarah a blogger; both document their daily experiences, which include riding on the so-called “Black Bus,” where women are allowed to sit only in the back.
Tue Jan 25: 1:15pm
Tue Jan 25: 6:00pm



Eichmann’s End: Love, Betrayal, Death
Raymond Ley | Germany/Israel | 2010 | 90mm
U.S. Premiere
This brilliantly constructed film tells the story leading up to the capture of Adolph Eichmann by Mossad agents in Argentina. Interwoven with testimonials of people involved in the events are high-end dramatic scenarios. At the heart of the film is the unbelievable yet true story of a love affair between a Holocaust survivor’s daughter and the boy she did not realize was Eichmann’s son. Ulrich Tukur stars as the German journalist interviewing Eichmann in Argentina before his capture.
Mon Jan 17: 6:00pm
Sun Jan 23: 4:00pm



The Human Resources Manager
Eran Riklis | Israel/Germany/France/Romania | 2010 | 103mm
New York Premiere
The human-resources manager at a bakery in Jerusalem must get to know one of his employees posthumously after her death in a suicide bombing. In this compelling and sensitive drama based on a book by A. B. Yehoshua, he finds himself the unlikely chaperone of the woman’s body to her native Romania. Along the way, he is by turns aided and undermined by members of her family, local politicians and emissaries, and a persistent tabloid reporter.
Noah Stollman, screenwriter, will be in attendance.
Sat Jan 15: 6:30pm
Thu Jan 20: 3:30pm
Thu Jan 20: 8:30pm



My So-Called Enemy
Lisa Gossels | USA | 2010 | 89mm
New York City Premiere | Visit the website.
Some have lost friends and family members. All bear the psychological and emotional scars of living in a war zone. In July 2002, 22 Palestinian, Israeli and Palestinian Israeli teenage girls traveled to the U.S. to participate in a women’s leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace. This is the story of six of the girls and how the experience of knowing their “enemies” as human beings meets with the realities of their lives at home in the Middle East over the next seven years.
Lisa Gossels, director, will be in attendance.
Sun Jan 16: 6:45pm
Tue Jan 18: 7:30pm [at The JCC, Amsterdam Ave at 76th St]



Precious Life
Shlomi Eldar | Israel | 2010 | 90mm
Precious Life tells the story of Mohammad Abu Mustaffa, a four-month-old Palestinian boy from Gaza who was born without an immune system and requires a bone marrow transplant, which can only be done in an Israeli hospital. A desperate plea from his doctor leads Israeli journalist Shlomi Eldar to document this complex and touching story of Israeli and Palestinian doctors’ attempts to save Mohammad’s life. The film explores the challenges and prejudices that must be overcome when officials from conflicting nations try to put aside their differences for a noble cause.
Ehud Bleiberg, producer, will be in attendance.
Wed Jan 26: 6:00pm



Sixty and the City
Nili Tal | Israel | 2010 | 70mm
New York Premiere
Divorced with two children, five grandchildren, a dog and a cat, documentarian Nili Tal decides at age 60 that she doesn’t want to get older alone. With honesty and an amazing sense of humor, she turns the camera on herself and some of her dates as she searches for romance on the Internet. Her quest takes her around Israel, Europe, and on a singles’ cruise to the Mexican Riviera.

preceded by


Quentin and Ferdinand
Robin Harsch | Switzerland | 2009 | 20mm
New York Premiere
In this amusing short, Quentin meets a beautiful Swiss Jewish woman and talks his best friend into seducing her sister. The plot thickens when Ferdinand actually falls in love and suggests conversion.
Tue Jan 18: 9:00pm
Wed Jan 19: 3:30pm



Yolande: An Unsung Heroine
Dan Wolman | Israel | 2010 | 60mm
New York Premiere
This riveting documentary tells the story of Yolande Gabai de Botton, considered by many the Jewish “Mata Hari.” A sophisticated Jewish woman from Alexandria, Egypt, she risked her son’s life and her own while collecting intelligence in Egypt and fighting for the creation of an independent State of Israel while undercover as a reporter.

preceded by


My Father / Récits de sam
Esther Hoffenberg | France | 2009 | 15mm
U.S. Premiere
Sam Hoffenberg was one of the few survivors of the camp of Poniatowa, where he was deported when the Warsaw ghetto was liquidated. Through an intimate dialogue with his daughter, Esther (Two Lives of Eva, NYJFF 2006), he offers his reflections on survival.
Tue Jan 25: 3:30pm
Tue Jan 25: 8:15pm



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