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New York Jewish Film Festival 2011

January 12, 2011 - January 27, 2011

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Family: 15 film(s)
The Matchmaker
As Lilith
Crime After Crime
Eichmann’s End: Love, Betrayal, Death
Grace Paley: Collected Shorts
The Human Resources Manager
I Miss You / Te extraño
Lies My Father Told Me
My Father / Récits de sam
Red Shirley
The Roundup / La Rafle
Stalin Thought of You
Tevye
Wrong Side of the Bus
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



Crime After Crime
Yoav Potash | USA | 2010 | 89mm
New York Premiere
A profoundly moving documentary film on the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned in California for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her. She finds her only hope for freedom when two rookie attorneys—one of them an orthodox Jew, Joshua Safran—with no backgrounds in criminal law step forward to take her case.
Yoav Potash, director, and Joshua Safran will be in attendance.
Thu Jan 27: 1:00pm
Thu Jan 27: 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



Grace Paley: Collected Shorts
Lilly Rivlin | USA | 2010 | 75mm
New York City Premiere
In the words of filmmaker Lilly Rivlin, writer and activist Grace Paley “combined the best of all possible worlds—literature, politics, and love of humanity. Grace was a real mensch.” The child of Russian Jewish refugees, Paley went on to write such acclaimed short story collections as The Little Disturbances of Man and Enormous Changes at the Last Minute. Featuring intimate and surprising footage of Paley and her family, as well as interviews with Alice Walker, Allan Gurganus and others.
Lilly Rivlin, director, will be in attendance.

preceded by


Vera Klement: Blunt Edge
Wonjung Bae | Korea, USA | 2010 | 11mm
New York Premiere
As her 80th birthday approaches, artist Vera Klement starts another figure painting. As she completes the work, Vera, a Holocaust survivor, reflects on her life and celebrates her art.
Wonjung Bae, director, and Vera Klement, artist, will be in attendance.
Thu Jan 20: 1:00pm
Thu Jan 20: 6:00pm



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



I Miss You / Te extraño
Fabián Hofman | Mexico/Argentin | 2010 | 96mm
New York Premiere
This sensitive drama depicts the exile of Javier, a 15-year-old boy who leaves his home because of the political situation in 1970s Argentina. His middle-class Jewish family is torn apart by the “disappearance” of his older brother; his parents send him to live with relatives in Mexico. Javier struggles to grow up and to separate himself from the specter of his missing sibling.
Sat Jan 22: 6:30pm
Sun Jan 23: 8:30pm



Lies My Father Told Me
Ján Kádar | Canada | 1975 | 104mm
U.S. Premiere of Restored Version
Join us to revisit this classic film based on a story by Ted Allan and set in the 1920s Montreal Jewish immigrant community. Six-year-old David lives with his Canadian-born parents, his grandfather—a junk peddler who emigrated from Russia—and their aging horse. A clash is inevitable with David’s father, a modern materialistic man who dreams of striking it rich with his inventions. Still, young David loves nothing more than making the rounds with his grandfather calling out for “rags, clothes, bottles.”
Harry Gulkin, producer, and Marilyn Lightstone, actress, will be in attendance.
Sun Jan 16: 1:30pm



Red Shirley
Lou Reed | USA | 2010 | 28mm
New York Premiere
Red Shirley is a portrait of the filmmaker's 100-year-old activist, unionist cousin, an articulate, living historical individual. A portrayal of a certain kind of genius, Red Shirley is an example of how the west was won. Photographed by portraitist Ralph Gibson and Directed by Lou Reed. Filmed in New York's Chelsea Garment Worker Project.
Screening will be followed by a discussion with Lou Reed and Ralph Gibson.
Sat Jan 15: 9:15pm



The Roundup / La Rafle
Roselyne Bosch | France/Germany/Hungary | 2010 | 124mm
New York Premiere
Paris, 1942, saw the infamous “Vel d’Hiv” roundups of 13,000 Parisian Jews, including 4,000 children. With a meticulously constructed script based on extensive research and first-hand accounts, writer/director Bosch brings to the screen one of the most moving dramas of the year. This wrenching film, which follows a group of young children, is powered by fluid direction and a string of stars including Jean Reno (The Da Vinci Code) and Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds).
Roselyne Bosch, director, and Alain Goldman, producer, will be in attendance.
Sun Jan 16: 4:00pm
Tue Jan 18: 6:00pm



Stalin Thought of You
Kevin McNeer | The Netherlands/Russia | 2009 | 100mm
New York Premiere
By the time he passed away in 2008 at the age of 109, Boris Efimov’s pen had churned out political cartoons for the Soviet press on just about every world event of the past hundred years. Whether during WWII or the Cold War, Efimov always had an inexhaustible supply of images to deploy against the enemy. Behind his remarkable career and his seemingly endless charm and wit is what Efimov calls “a wound that does not heal”—the execution of his brother Mikhail Koltsov. Efimov’s words, drawings and animated films are interwoven with rarely seen footage from the Russian State Film Archives in a kaleidoscopic stroll through the darker side of the 20th century.
Wed Jan 12: 3:30pm
Wed Jan 12: 8:30pm



Tevye
Maurice Schwartz | USA | 1939 | 96mm
Maurice Schwartz’s adaptation of the classic Sholem Aleichem play centers on dairyman Tevye’s daughter, who falls in love with the son of a Ukrainian peasant. Her courtship and marriage pit Tevye’s love for his daughter against his deep-seated faith and loyalty to tradition. Tension builds between parental authority and paternal love, tradition, and change, and between peaceful daily life and counterrevolutionary upheaval. Schwartz, a beloved Yiddish theater and stage actor, brings to life a microcosm of the larger world of Russian Jewry in the early 1900s.
Followed by a book-signing with J. Hoberman, author of Bridge of Light: Yiddish Film Between Two Worlds, newly reissued with additional material.
Mon Jan 24: 3:00pm [at The Jewish Museum]



Wrong Side of the Bus
Rod Freedman | Australia | 2009 | 56mm
New York Premiere | Visit the website.
What’s the price of being a bystander? Sidney Bloch is an internationally recognized professor of psychiatry, ethicist, loving father, singer and author. He is also a man with a troubled conscience. In this film, Sid returns to South Africa for his medical school reunion, determined to resolve the guilt that has troubled him for 40 years. He is accompanied by his teenage son, Aaron, who turns out to be his harshest critic. South African-born documentarian Rod Freedman (Uncle Chatzkel, NYJFF 2001) returns with another smart and sensitive film.
Rod Freedman, director, will be in attendance.

preceded by

Strangers No More
Karen Goodman & Kirk Simon | USA | 2010 | 39mm
In the heart of Tel Aviv is an exceptional school where children from 48 countries and diverse backgrounds come together. This documentary follows several students, natives of Darfur, South Africa, and Eritrea, as they acclimate to life in a new land, while slowly opening up to share their difficult stories. Kirk Simon & Karen Goodman, co-directors, will be in attendance.
Mon Jan 17: 3:30pm
Tue Jan 18: 1:00pm



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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