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New York Jewish Film Festival 2011

January 12, 2011 - January 27, 2011

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Romance: 7 film(s)
The Matchmaker
Eichmann’s End: Love, Betrayal, Death
Quentin and Ferdinand
Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish
Singing in the Dark
Sixty and the City
Tevye



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



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



Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish
Eve Annenberg | USA | 2010 | 91mm
U.S. Premiere
A middle-aged ER nurse—and bitterly lapsed observant Jew—undertakes a Yiddish translation of Shakespeare’s great classic. Meanwhile, her houseguest, also a Hasidic dropout, is “leaking” Kabbalistic magic, and enchants her studio apartment. In what might be the first Yiddish “mumblecore” film, Annenberg creates a parallel universe (aka Williamsburg, Brooklyn), where Romeo and Juliet stem from divergent streams of ultra-orthodox Judaism and speak their lines in street-smart Yiddish.
Eve Annenberg, director, and members of the cast and crew will be in attendance.

preceded by


Seltzer Works
Jessica Edwards | USA | 2010 | 7mm
In the early 1900s, thousands of seltzer deliverymen shlepped heavy glass bottles full of fizzy water to millions of thirsty customers. In this short documentary, the last bottler in Brooklyn fends off the supermarket seltzer take-over and honors the drink’s place in history.
Jessica Edwards, director, will be in attendance at Jan 16 screening.
Sun Jan 16: 9:00pm
Wed Jan 26: 1:15pm



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



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



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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