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New York Jewish Film Festival 2011

January 12, 2011 - January 27, 2011

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NY Premiere: 15 film(s)
Mahler on the Couch
As Lilith
Black Bus
Crime After Crime
The Human Resources Manager
I Miss You / Te extraño
The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground
Red Shirley
The Roundup / La Rafle
Sixty and the City
Stalin Thought of You
Strangers No More
Vera Klement: Blunt Edge
Wrong Side of the Bus
Yolande: An Unsung Heroine



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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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