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New York Jewish Film Festival 2012

January 11, 2012 - January 26, 2012

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The 21st annual New York Jewish Film Festival, a preeminent showcase for world cinema exploring the Jewish experience, is presented by The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

2012 NYJFF Trailer

Venues

Walter Reade Theater: 165 West 65th Street
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center: 144 West 65th Street
All screenings are at the Walter Reade Theater unless otherwise noted.
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Admission

$13 General Public
$9 Student, Senior & Child
$8 The Jewish Museum & Film Society Members
Drama: 11 film(s)
A Bottle in the Gaza SeaA Bottle in the Gaza Sea
U.S. Premiere

Thierry Binisti | France | 2010 | 90m

Categories: Drama, Israel

Buy Tickets: Sun Jan 22: 6:00pm
Buy Tickets: Mon Jan 23: 1:00pm

Tal is a 17-year-old Frenchwoman who has settled in Jerusalem with her family. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws it into the sea near Gaza, where he is carrying out his military service. A few weeks later, Tal receives a response from a mysterious “Gazaman,” a young Palestinian named Naim. This engrossing and hopeful drama starring Hiam Abbas is based on the award-winning novel by Valerie Zenatti.
DIRECTOR THIERRY BINISTI AND AUTHOR VALERIE ZENATTI ON WHOSE BOOK THE FILM IS BASED WILL ATTEND.

Bachelor Days Are OverBachelor Days Are Over
New York Premiere

Katia Lewkowicz | France | 2011 | 96m

Categories: Comedy, Drama, France, Romance

Buy Tickets: Sat Jan 14: 6:30pm
Buy Tickets: Sun Jan 15: 8:45pm

A few days before his wedding, a young man (Benjamin Biolay) has to make unexpected decisions, and cope with his fiancée, who has seemingly flown the coop. Enter a charming chanteuse (Sarah Adler), his preoccupied mother, critical sister (Emmanuelle Devos, Coco Before Chanel), unintelligible in-laws, patient pals and workers renovating his apartment. Marriage or passionate love, family past or marital future, balloons or no balloons, flower petals or sugar almonds…how can he deal with such crucial issues at stake?
ACTRESS SARAH ADLER WILL ATTEND.

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Breaking Home TiesBreaking Home Ties
U.S. Premiere of Restored Version

Frank N. Seltzer & George K. Rowlands | USA | 1922 | 78m

Categories: Classic, Drama, Romance

Buy Tickets: Sun Jan 15: 1:00pm

Thinking he has killed his friend Paul in a jealous rage, David Bergmann flees pre-revolutionary Russia for America. In New York he becomes a successful lawyer and woos smart, independent Rose, also the boss’s daughter. Meanwhile, his wealthy parents sell their fancy home in St. Petersburg and emigrate to New York. Unable to find their son, they fall into poverty. Will David marry Rose? Will the Bergmanns be reunited? And what happened to Paul? This drama, long thought lost, is a gem of the silent era, presented in a new restoration by the National Center for Jewish Film.
LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT COMPOSED, ARRANGED AND PERFORMED BY PIANIST DONALD SOSIN AND VIOLINIST JOSEPH MORAG.

DaasDaas
U.S. Premiere

Adrian Panek | Poland | 2011 | 102m

Categories: Drama, Poland

Buy Tickets: Sat Jan 21: 9:00pm
Buy Tickets: Thu Jan 26: 1:00pm
Buy Tickets: Thu Jan 26: 6:00pm

A dazzling period drama, Daas explores the influence of 18th-century false messiah Jacob Frank. Claiming powers of mystical healing and prophecy, Frank promises immortality to his converts. A Viennese lawyer investigates Frank, seeing him as a threat to the Austrian Empire, and a former disciple seeks justice. Adrian Panek brings us a tale of intrigue and conspiracy, conjuring the time and place with a painterly aesthetic.
DIRECTOR ADRIAN PANEK WILL ATTEND.

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Lea and DarijaLea and Darija
U.S. Premiere

Branko Ivanda | Croatia | 2011 | 101m

Categories: Drama, Holocaust

Buy Tickets: Sun Jan 22: 3:20pm
Buy Tickets: Mon Jan 23: 8:30pm

A captivating drama tells the story of Lea Deutsch, known as the Croatian Shirley Temple, and her friend and dancing partner Darija Gasteiger. The two talented and exuberant 13-year-old girls were great stars in Zagreb on the eve of World War II. They played to sold-out houses around Europe, were filmed by Pathé Paris and Berlin’s UFA and lived in the rarefied world of the 1930s Croatian National Theater’s “Children’s Realm.” The Nazi persecution of Jews and later, German nationals’ flight from communists, tests their friendship.
DIRECTOR BRANKO IVANDA WILL ATTEND.

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Mabul (The Flood)Mabul (The Flood)
New York Premiere
OPENING NIGHT
Guy Nattiv | Israel/Canada/France | 2010 | 101m

Categories: Drama, Israel

Buy Tickets: Wed Jan 11: 1:00pm
Buy Tickets: Wed Jan 11: 6:00pm
Buy Tickets: Wed Jan 11: 8:45pm

Everything is complicated in Yoni’s life. He’s almost 13 and smart, but physically underdeveloped. His classmates bully him and his parents barely say a word to each other. As if this weren’t enough, his 17-year-old autistic brother Tomer returns home from an institution right before Yoni’s bar mitzvah. Buried secrets come to light and Yoni’s bar mitzvah Torah portion—Noah and the flood—becomes a metaphor for the family’s fragile and frozen existence. Nominated for six Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy Awards), Mabul features unforgettable performances by Ronit Elkabetz (The Band’s Visit), Tzahi Grad (Eyes Wide Open, NYJFF 2010; Someone to Run With, NYJFF 2008) and Michael Moshonov (Tehilim, NYJFF 2008).
ACTOR MICHAEL MOSHONOV WILL ATTEND.

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preceded by
HowlHowl
U.S. Premiere

Natalie Bettelheim & Sharon Michaeli | Israel | 2011 | 7m

Categories: Animation, Israel, Short Film

An intriguing hand-drawn animated short featuring a “wild child” wolf girl and her loving mother.

Mary LouMary Lou
New York Premiere

Eytan Fox | Israel | 2010 | 150m

Categories: Drama, Israel, Romance

Buy Tickets: Sat Jan 14: 9:00pm

Acclaimed Israeli director Eytan Fox (The Bubble, Walk on Water, Florentine) brings to life a modern fable with a catchy musical message and a story based on the songs of Israeli pop legend Svika Pick. Meir, a young man whose glamorous mother mysteriously disappears, searches for her in Tel Aviv. He learns about love with the help of the gay community and Israeli pop music while performing as a drag queen named Mary Lou. A cross between the TV series Glee and the musical Mama Mia, by way of La Cage aux Folles Israeli-style, Mary Lou garnered the equivalent of the Israeli Emmy Award for best mini-series.

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My AustraliaMy Australia
New York Premiere

Ami Drozd | Israel/Poland | 2009 | 100m

Categories: Drama, Israel, Poland

Buy Tickets: Thu Jan 12: 3:30pm
Buy Tickets: Thu Jan 19: 3:30pm
Buy Tickets: Sat Jan 21: 6:30pm

In a poor neighborhood in 1960s Lodz, Poland, 10-year-old Tadek and his brother are in a gang with a strong anti-Semitic bent. When they are arrested, their mother, a Holocaust survivor, has no choice but to reveal that though raised as Catholics, they are in fact Jews. Telling the younger boy they are going to Australia, the land of his fantasies, the family boards a ship to Israel. This tender and humorous drama is based on the filmmaker’s own experiences.
DIRECTOR AMI DROZD WILL ATTEND.

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My Song Goes Round The WorldMy Song Goes Round The World

Richard Oswald | England | 1933 | 85m

Categories: Classic, Drama, Romance

Buy Tickets: Sun Jan 22: 1:00pm
Buy Tickets: Wed Jan 25: 6:00pm

A musical film showcasing the talents of the great tenor Joseph Schmidt (1904-1942), known as the Jewish Caruso. Paralleling Schmidt’s own life story, this drama by Richard Oswald (Different from the Others, NYJFF 2000) tells the tale of a talented singer who finds challenges in both his career and his love life because he is less than 5 feet tall. Schmidt, who also performed as a cantor and radio star, sings with great power and passion in this charming and humorous film set in Venice.

RemembranceRemembrance
New York Premiere

Anna Justice | Germany | 2011 | 105m

Categories: Drama, Germany, Holocaust, Romance

Buy Tickets: Mon Jan 16: 6:00pm
Buy Tickets: Tue Jan 17: 3:15pm

Inspired by actual events, Remembrance depicts a remarkable love story that blossomed in the terror and squalor of a Nazi concentration camp in 1944 Poland. In a daring escape, Tomasz, a young Polish prisoner, rescues his Jewish lover, Hannah. In the chaos of the end of the war, they are forcibly separated and each is convinced that the other has died. More than 30 years later in New York City, Hannah believes she has seen her Tomasz interviewed on television and she begins to search for him again. Anna Justice (Max Minsky and Me, NYJFF 2009) directs this powerful and artfully crafted drama.
SCREENWRITER PAM KATZ AND ACTOR DAVID RASCHE WILL ATTEND JAN 16 SCREENING.

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RestorationRestoration
New York Premiere

Joseph Madmony | Israel | 2011 | 105m

Categories: Drama, Israel, Romance

Buy Tickets: Sun Jan 15: 6:00pm
Buy Tickets: Mon Jan 16: 8:45pm

Joseph Madmony (The Barbecue People, NYJFF 2004) returns with this sensitive drama in which a Tel Aviv man struggles to keep his antique restoration business afloat. Amidst conflicts with his son, a stranger comes to town and a complex love triangle complicates his plans. Featuring outstanding performances by Sasson Gabai (The Band’s Visit) and Sarah Adler (Ultimatum, NYJFF 2010). Nominated for 11 Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy Awards), and winner of the Dramatic Screenwriting Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
ACTRESS SARAH ADLER WILL ATTEND.

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This year’s New York Jewish Film Festival was selected by Rachel Chanoff, Independent Curator, Scott Foundas, Associate Director of Programming, Film Society of Lincoln Center; Richard Peña, Program Director, Film Society of Lincoln Center; and Aviva Weintraub, Associate Curator and Director of The New York Jewish Film Festival, The Jewish Museum; with assistance from Jaron Gandelman, Curatorial Assistant for Media and Film Festival Coordinator, The Jewish Museum.

Acknowledgements

Susan Barocas, Washington JFF; Natalia Babinski, Polish Cultural Institute, NY; Laurie Cearley, Olli Chanoff, Nadine Goellner, The Office; Nicola Galliner, Berlin JFF; Stuart Hands, Toronto JFF; J. Hoberman, The Village Voice; Andrew Ingall, Foundation for Jewish Culture; Annette Insdorf, Columbia University; Judy Ironside, UK Jewish Film; Aviva Kempner; Joshua Moore, Jay Rosenblatt, San Francisco JFF; Sharon Rivo, Lisa Rivo, National Center for Jewish Film; Sara L. Rubin, Boston JFF; Karen Small, Rutgers JFF; Alla Verlotsky, Seagull Films; Isaac Zablocki, The JCC in Manhattan; The Film Society of Lincoln Center staff; The Jewish Museum staff; Interns: Sophia Grais, Lyudmyla Bua; Volunteers: Marlene Josephs, Linda Lipson.