Schedule for Monday, April 30
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi
"A bite-sized view of Japanese culture, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, is nearly as meticulous as its subjects, Jiro Ono and his Tokyo restaurant. The movie's first word is oishi, Japanese for "delicious," and what follows is a treat for sushi veterans." (Mark Jenkins, NPR)
Jiro Ono is an 85-year-old sushi master, owner of “Sukiyabashi Jiro,” a small sushi restaurant in a Tokyo subway station. Regarded by many as the greatest living sushi chef, Jiro has been honored by the Japanese government as a national treasure. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a straightforward and elegant portrait of the man, his family, and his world-famous sushi.
David Gelb. 2012. 81 m. PG. USA, Japanese with subtitles. Magnolia Pictures.2:00 PM 3:50 PM 5:40 PM 7:40 PM
The Fifth Heaven
A beautifully filmed, affecting story set in 1944 Palestine, still under British mandate, a world on the brink of transformation. We watch as Maya, a 13-year-old girl abandoned by her parents, is deposited at a lonely orphanage on the outskirts of Tel Aviv. The children and staff alike struggle to traverse divided political loyalties, searching for love, while working to make a place for themselves in a new world. From Dina Zvi-Riklis, whose Three Mothers was our Opening Night film in 2007.
Dina Zvi-Riklis. 2011. 103 m. NR. Israel, English/Hebrew with subtitles. Go2Films.2:30 PM
"The film is crisp, evenly paced, its colors bright, as sharp as the winter cold." (David Edelstein, New York Magazine)
After the shocking and abrupt death of an elementary school teacher, Bachir Lazhar is quickly hired as a replacement. Bachir, an Algerian immigrant living in Montreal after his own personal tragedy, finds himself at the center of a shaken and dysfunctional education system. An understated, poignant drama, Monsieur Lazhar was one of the most talked about films at Sundance and Toronto, and recently received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
Philippe Falardeau. 2011. 94 m. PG-13. Canada, French. Music Box Films.2:40 PM 5:15 PM 7:55 PM
Portrait of Wally
The shocking account of Egon Schiele’s tender 1912 painting of his mistress, Portrait of Wally. The work, looted by the Nazis, was rediscovered in 1997—on the walls of the Museum of Modern Art. The resulting criminal investigation led to a historic 13-year-long court case that pitted museums against collectors and survivors, and exposed international subterfuge and shifting loyalties regarding stolen property and historical accountability.
Q&A April 30, 5:00 pm: Producer/Screenwriter David D’Arcy and Federal Agent Bonnie Goldblatt .
David D'Arcy is a critic and journalist who has been writing about disputes over art since the 1980s. Bonnie Goldblatt, who appears in the film, served as a Senior Special Agent, Program Manager and District Subject Matter Expert for international art and antiquities investigations under the U.S. Customs Service and Department of Homeland Security.
Andrew Shea. 2012. 90 m. NR. Austria/USA. Seventh Art Releasing.5:00 PM
Jealous of the Birds
Some 15,000 Holocaust survivors remained in Germany after World War II. How could they stay? In revealing interviews, filmmaker Bahat explores what it means for victims to live among perpetrators, and for the perpetrators’ children to deal with the guilt borne from the crimes of their parents. Ultimately the film becomes a conversation about the human capacity to confront and rebuild, reminding us that the choices of the past do not stay in the past.
Q&A April 30, 7:30: Deidre Berger
Deidre Berger has served as Director of AJC’s Berlin Office since 2000.
Jordan Bahat. 2011. 78 m. Germany/Poland/USA, German/Polish with subtitles. Seventh Art Releasing.7:30 PM