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Schedule for Friday, April 5

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Renoir

New Releases

"While watching the movie...you may surrender to that unabashedly sensual vision, celebrated in every shot of Les Collettes’ gorgeous, seething landscape of windblown trees, grass and streams that reflect what Renoir calls “the fury running through my nerves.” (Stephen Holden, NY Times)

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos' lushly atmospheric drama tells the story of an aging Pierre-Auguste Renoir, his middle son Jean, and their shared love for a beautiful, free-spirited and enchanting muse.

Official Website / Trailer | NY Times review

Gilles Bourdos. 2013. 111 m. R. France, French with subtitles. Samuel Goldwyn.

2:10 PM 4:50 PM 7:10 PM 9:35 PM

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New Releases

"...a stinging, brutally funny satire of modern politics from Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain that ads up to lesson on how to defeat a despot with a Smile button." (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)

Academy Award Nominee- Best Foreign Language Film

When controversial military dictator Augusto Pinochet's permanence of power is put up to a vote of "yes" or "no", opposition leaders hire a young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. With scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot's minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free.

Official Website / Trailer | Rolling Stone review

Pablo Larrain. 2013. 115 m. R. Chile, Spanish with subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics.

2:20 PM 5:10 PM 7:35 PM

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Oma & Bella

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2013

An intimate visit with two best friends and Holocaust survivors who live together in Berlin, Oma & Bella is a favorite on the festival circuit. Wrangling with their pasts while remaining deeply engaged with the present, the women laugh, reminisce, and—above all—cook and enjoy the food of their youth.

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Deli Man: A preview of a work-in-progress documentary love letter to the dwindling ranks of authentic Jewish deli owners. Erik Greenberg Anjou. 2013. 12 m. NR. US.

Q&A April 24, 5:00: Deli Man filmmaker Erik Greenberg Anjou

Sponsored by the Westchester Region of Hadassah as a part of A Special Spotlight Series.

Official Website / Trailer

Alexa Karolinski. 2012. 76 m. NR. Germany/USA. Oscilloscope.

2:30 PM

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Room 514

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2013

Anna, an idealistic young investigator in the Israeli military, is ordered to interrogate a senior officer accused of having abused an Arab family. Everyone around her advises her to play it safe, but she digs in, spurning her superiors’ approval in a quest for justice. Filmed with intense realism, this dramatic, popular film explores the blurred boundaries Israeli military personnel traverse to maintain security and defend human rights.

Sharon Bar-Ziv. 2012. 90 m. NR. Israel, Hebrew/Russian with subtitles. Film Movement.

5:00 PM

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Paris, Manhattan

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2013

This romantic comedy is imbued with the spirit of Woody Allen, as a charming 30-something Parisian pharmacist (played by Alice Taglioni) lives according to his “teachings.” She dispenses lines from his films and engages in imaginary conversations with him, while her friends and family offer romantic diversions and unwanted advice. But who can compete with the great Mr. Allen?

Sophie Lellouche. 2011. 80 m. NR. France, French with subtitles. Outsider Pictures.

7:15 PM

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A.K.A. Doc Pomus

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2013

Doc Pomus, a Jewish kid from Brooklyn, was one of the most successful songwriters of all time, publishing hundreds of hits (“Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “Viva Las Vegas”) from the blues clubs of Harlem to the explosion of rock and roll. Though confined to crutches and a wheelchair, he lived a rich, eventful life. Featuring collaborators and friends from Lou Reed to B. B. King, this documentary celebrates the generous spirit and storied career of a musical legend.

April 3, 7:00 pm: Opening Night w/RECEPTION and Q&A with director Peter Miller, producer Sharyn Felder (Doc’s daughter), JBFC Executive Director Steve Apkon, and LIVE MUSIC!

Official Website / Trailer

Peter Miller/Will Hechter . 2012. 98 m. NR. USA. Clear Lake Productions.

9:15 PM

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Confessions

After Dark

Confessions will haunt your dreams. A teacher tells her teenage students that her young daughter did not die in an accident—but was murdered by two of them. As she takes her revenge and classroom confessions unfold, you’ll feel your sympathies shift as powerfully as your dread grows. A deeply disturbing film.

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Tetsuya Nakashima. 2010. 106 m. NR. Japan, Japanese.

10:00 PM