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New York Jewish Film Festival 2011

January 12, 2011 - January 27, 2011

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Music: 6 film(s)
Mahler on the Couch
Cabaret Polska
The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground
Red Shirley
Singing in the Dark
The “Socalled” Movie



OPENING NIGHT
Mahler on the Couch
Percy Adlon & Felix Adlon | Austria/Germany | 2010 | 97mm
New York Premiere
Percy Adlon, acclaimed director of Bagdad Café, together with his son Felix, bring us this witty examination of the great composer Gustav Mahler’s relationship with his tempestuous wife, Alma. Chafing under her agreement to give up her own musical ambitions, Alma seeks passion in the arms of the young, dashing architect Walter Gropius. The film depicts Mahler’s consultations with Sigmund Freud on matters of creativity and passion. Moving, funny, and filled with Mahler’s sublime music conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mahler on the Couch is a sensory feast based on an actual encounter between Mahler and Freud.
Percy Adlon, director, and Eleonore Adlon, producer, will be in attendance.
Wed Jan 12: 1:00pm
Wed Jan 12: 6:00pm



Cabaret Polska
Nir David Zats & Zuzanna Solakiewicz | Poland | 2008 | 49mm
U.S. Premiere
An unusual take on the effects of the 1968 anti-Semitic campaign in Poland. Combining documentary with animation and cabaret performance, the film considers these events and their aftermath through personal memories touching on food, language, politics and song. A troupe of revelers, a puppet of then-Communist leader, Gomu?ka, and a hungry secret police agent round out the cast of characters.
Zuzanna Solakiewicz, co-director, will be in attendance.

preceded by


8 Stories That Haven’t Changed the World
Ivo Krankowski & Jan Špiewak | Poland | 2010 | 35mm
U.S. Premiere
The Polish Jewish Youth Organization presents this engaging documentary on the childhood memories of eight Polish Jews born before WWII. They recall with vivid intensity memories ranging from their first days at school, the first books they read and their first loves.
Ivo Krankowski, co-director, and Jan Špiewak, co-director, will be in attendance.
Wed Jan 19: 1:30pm
Wed Jan 19: 6:00pm



The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground
Erik Greenberg Anjou | Germany/Hungary/Israel/ Poland/USA | 2010 | 106mm
New York Premiere
Director Erik Greenberg Anjou (A Cantor’s Tale, NYJFF 2006) returns with this high-energy documentary about the Grammy Award-winning, New York-based superstar klezmer band, The Klezmatics. Mesmerizing performances are mixed with soulful interviews with band members as well as other performers including Joshua Nelson, Chava Alberstein, and David Krakauer. Anjou and crew followed the Klezmatics for over three years capturing the band’s highs, lows, and relentless march forward.
Erik Greenberg Anjou, director, will be in attendance at each screening. He will be joined by members of The Klezmatics following the Jan 13, 8:30pm screening.
Thu Jan 13: 3:30pm
Thu Jan 13: 8:30pm
Mon Jan 17: 8:15pm



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



Singing in the Dark
Max Nosseck | USA | 1956 | 86mm
U.S. Premiere of Restored Print
The incomparable Moishe Oysher plays Leo, a German concentration camp survivor suffering from traumatic amnesia. He works as a hotel clerk next to a nightclub where he is befriended by comedian Joey Napoleon (played by borscht-belter Joey Adams). Gradually his memory is restored with the help of Napoleon, some gangsters, a psychiatrist and the love of a good woman. One of the first American-made feature films to dramatize the Holocaust, this fascinating film was Oysher’s only English-language film, and was shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Boris Kaufman (On the Waterfront, 12 Angry Men).
Sharon Rivo, executive director of National Center for Jewish Film, will be in attendance.
Sun Jan 23: 1:30pm



The “Socalled” Movie
Garry Beitel | Canada | 2010 | 86mm
Documentarian Garry Beitel (My Dear Clara, NYJFF 2003) returns with this kaleidoscopic portrait of artistically fearless klezmer hip-hop artist Socalled, aka Josh Dolgin. A pianist, singer, arranger, rapper, producer and composer (and also a magician, filmmaker, and visual artist), he’s blasting through the boundaries that separate music from different cultures, eras and generations. Shot in Socalled’s Montreal neighborhood, where Hasidic Jews and hipsters crowd the sidewalks, and in New York, France and Ukraine, The “Socalled” Movie is a multifaceted depiction of inspiration, collaboration, and transformation.
Garry Beitel, director, will be in attendance.
Sat Jan 22: 9:00pm
Sun Jan 23: 6:15pm



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