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New York Jewish Film Festival 2011

January 12, 2011 - January 27, 2011

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Narrative: 9 film(s)
Mahler on the Couch
The Matchmaker
Houdini
The Human Resources Manager
I Miss You / Te extraño
Lies My Father Told Me
Quentin and Ferdinand
Singing in the Dark
Tevye



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



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


Houdini
George Marshall | USA | 1953 | 106mm
This special screening is presented in memory of the late Tony Curtis, and in conjunction with the exhibition, Houdini: Art and Magic, on view at The Jewish Museum. The story of the great magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini, comes to life in this colorful drama starring the late great Tony Curtis as Houdini, and the irresistible Janet Leigh as his faithful wife, Bess. From Houdini’s early days as Erich Weiss, a Jewish boy practicing on safes in Brooklyn, to his renowned death-defying escapes, this film is a rare treat. Screening will be followed by a performance by contemporary magical entertainer, Josh Rand.
Mon Jan 17: 1:00pm



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



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



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]



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