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Sunday, March 29

3 Hearts

New Releases

“A touching, impeccably controlled drama.” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)

One night in provincial France, Marc (Benoît Poelvoorde) meets Sylvie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) after missing his train back to Paris. Instantly drawn to one another, they wander through the streets until morning. But when Sylvie reunites with her ex and leaves France, Marc falls in love and marries. What neither knows is that Marc’s new bride is Sylvie’s sister. Upon Sylvie’s return to France, the spark between her and Marc is reignited in ways that will forever alter the relationships between sister to sister and husband to wife. 

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Benoit Jacquot. 2014. 106 m. PG-13. France, French. Cohen Media Group.

12:00 PM 2:15 PM 7:45 PM  

La Sapienza

New Releases

"The movie is an unapologetically rarefied undertaking and at the same time a gracious and inviting film. And it embodies an elegant and melancholy paradox: What looks like tourism is really the pursuit of truth and beauty, and vice versa." (A.O. Scott, NY Times)

La Sapienza echoes Rossellini's Viaggio in Italia in its tale of Alexandre Schmidt (Fabrizio Rongione), a brilliant architect who, plagued by doubts and loss of inspiration, embarks on a quest of artistic and spiritual renewal guided by his study of Borromini. His wife Aliénor (Christelle Prot), similarly troubled by the crassness of contemporary society, decides to accompany him. In Stresa, a chance encounter upends the couple's plans with a series of life-altering revelations.

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New York Times review


Eugčne Green. 2015. 100 m. NR. France/Italy, French/Italian with subtitles. Kino Lorber Films.

12:10 PM 2:25 PM 5:20 PM 7:30 PM  

Wild Tales

New Releases

"Deserves to become a serious art-house hit in the U.S. thanks to its skill in deftly overcoming the form’s usual deficits, for a result that feels as amazingly cohesive as it is relentlessly clever and entertaining." (Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com)

Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Six wickedly funny stories about ordinary people pushed over the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. 

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RogerEbert.com review


Damián Szifrón. 2015. 122 m. R. Spain/Argentina, Spanish with subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics.

12:20 PM 2:50 PM 5:30 PM 7:55 PM  

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

New Releases

Now that the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful has only a single remaining vacancy, Sonny (Dev Patel) must figure out how to accommodate guests (including Richard Gere) as they arrive. His own imminent wedding and the blossom- ing relationships all around also raise a host of questions—and perhaps the only one who may know the answers is the new co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone's secrets.

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John Madden. 2015. 122 m. PG. UK/USA. Fox Searchlight.

12:30 PM 3:05 PM 5:40 PM 8:05 PM  

Seymour: An Introduction

New Releases

"In his calm defense of beauty, craftsmanship, intellectual curiosity and emotional connection as vital human needs, this is one artist who knows he doesn't have to raise his voice to speak volumes.: (Justin Chang, Variety)

Ethan Hawke's gentle, meditative film is a love letter to the study of music and the patience, concentration, and devotion that are fundamental to the practice of art. The film allows us to spend time with a generous human being who has found balance and harmony through his love of music.

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Variety  review


Ethan Hawke. 2015. 84 m. PG. USA. IFC Films.

1:00 PM 5:10 PM 7:10 PM  

The Boy and the World

Special Events

“An enchanting visual treat.” (Variety)


With lively rhythms and vibrant colors, The Boy and the World follows a boy on his journey from the Brazilian countryside into a neon-infused city. No real dialogue? No problem: It’s all about the animation, which, in the words of one festival judge, is responsible for “some of the most beautiful images we've ever seen."

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)

JBFC Family Members - use your Family comp passes at the box office for this event!

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Ale Abreu. 2013. 80 m. NR. Brazil, N/A. GKids.

3:00 PM

Limitless

Jonathan Demme's Rarely Seen Cinema

"A loopy joy from start to finish, Bradley Cooper proves that he's the real deal." (David Hughes, Empire)

Eddie Morra's (Bradley Cooper) life changes instantly when he is introduced to NZT, a new pharmaceutical drug that allows him to harness the full power of his brain. Soon Eddie is able to do everything exceptionally well, which catches the attention of people desperate to get their hands on his stash. Eddie dodges mysterious stalkers, a vicious gangster, and an intense police investigation as he attempts to hang on to his dwindling supply long enough to outwit his enemies. Also starring Robert De Niro and directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist).


Q&A host Jonathan Demme

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Empire review


Neil Burger. 2011. 105 m. PG-13. USA. Relativity Media.

5:00 PM

 Tickets: $9 (members), $14 (nonmembers)



Monday, March 30

3 Hearts

New Releases

“A touching, impeccably controlled drama.” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)

One night in provincial France, Marc (Benoît Poelvoorde) meets Sylvie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) after missing his train back to Paris. Instantly drawn to one another, they wander through the streets until morning. But when Sylvie reunites with her ex and leaves France, Marc falls in love and marries. What neither knows is that Marc’s new bride is Sylvie’s sister. Upon Sylvie’s return to France, the spark between her and Marc is reignited in ways that will forever alter the relationships between sister to sister and husband to wife. 

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Benoit Jacquot. 2014. 106 m. PG-13. France, French. Cohen Media Group.

2:30 PM   5:00 PM  

Wild Tales

New Releases

"Deserves to become a serious art-house hit in the U.S. thanks to its skill in deftly overcoming the form’s usual deficits, for a result that feels as amazingly cohesive as it is relentlessly clever and entertaining." (Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com)

Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Six wickedly funny stories about ordinary people pushed over the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. 

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RogerEbert.com review


Damián Szifrón. 2015. 122 m. R. Spain/Argentina, Spanish with subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics.

2:35 PM   5:05 PM   7:45 PM   10:10 PM  

La Sapienza

New Releases

"The movie is an unapologetically rarefied undertaking and at the same time a gracious and inviting film. And it embodies an elegant and melancholy paradox: What looks like tourism is really the pursuit of truth and beauty, and vice versa." (A.O. Scott, NY Times)

La Sapienza echoes Rossellini's Viaggio in Italia in its tale of Alexandre Schmidt (Fabrizio Rongione), a brilliant architect who, plagued by doubts and loss of inspiration, embarks on a quest of artistic and spiritual renewal guided by his study of Borromini. His wife Aliénor (Christelle Prot), similarly troubled by the crassness of contemporary society, decides to accompany him. In Stresa, a chance encounter upends the couple's plans with a series of life-altering revelations.

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New York Times review


Eugčne Green. 2015. 100 m. NR. France/Italy, French/Italian with subtitles. Kino Lorber Films.

2:40 PM   5:10 PM   7:40 PM   9:50 PM  

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

New Releases

Now that the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful has only a single remaining vacancy, Sonny (Dev Patel) must figure out how to accommodate guests (including Richard Gere) as they arrive. His own imminent wedding and the blossom- ing relationships all around also raise a host of questions—and perhaps the only one who may know the answers is the new co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone's secrets.

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John Madden. 2015. 122 m. PG. UK/USA. Fox Searchlight.

2:50 PM   5:20 PM   7:50 PM   10:15 PM  

Seymour: An Introduction

New Releases

"In his calm defense of beauty, craftsmanship, intellectual curiosity and emotional connection as vital human needs, this is one artist who knows he doesn't have to raise his voice to speak volumes.: (Justin Chang, Variety)

Ethan Hawke's gentle, meditative film is a love letter to the study of music and the patience, concentration, and devotion that are fundamental to the practice of art. The film allows us to spend time with a generous human being who has found balance and harmony through his love of music.

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Variety  review


Ethan Hawke. 2015. 84 m. PG. USA. IFC Films.

3:30 PM   5:30 PM   7:55 PM   9:55 PM  

Mother

Bong Joon-ho Retrospective


"The best Hitchcock film in decades." (LA Times)


Hye-ja is devoted to her hapless 27-year-old son. When he is accused of murder, her maternal instincts kick into overdrive, and she sets out to prove his innocence. Critics point out that the monster in this film—a mother whose love knows no bounds—is as terrifying and darkly funny as any of Bong's other creations. Bong and his cinematographer Hong Kyung-pyo created a newly remasterd black-and-white DCP in 2013. 

Q&A Bong Joon-ho 

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Bong Joon-Ho. 2009. 128 m. R. South Korea, Korean with subtitles. Magnolia Pictures.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)



Tuesday, March 31

ROH: Der Fliegende Hollander

World Stage on Screen

Tim Albery's acclaimed production is a darkly insightful account of Wagner's masterful early opera, The Flying Dutchman, starring Bryn Terfel conducted by Andris Nelsons.The Flying Dutchman has been cursed for eternity. Once every seven years he is allowed to come ashore to seek redemption. He may have found it in Senta, a woman who longs for escape from her dreary life. The performance lasts about 2 hours 30 minutes; there is no intermission.

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Tim Albery. 2015. 150 m. NR. UK, German with subtitles. Abramorama.

2:00 PM  

 Tickets: $20 (members), $25 (nonmembers)

La Sapienza

New Releases

"The movie is an unapologetically rarefied undertaking and at the same time a gracious and inviting film. And it embodies an elegant and melancholy paradox: What looks like tourism is really the pursuit of truth and beauty, and vice versa." (A.O. Scott, NY Times)

La Sapienza echoes Rossellini's Viaggio in Italia in its tale of Alexandre Schmidt (Fabrizio Rongione), a brilliant architect who, plagued by doubts and loss of inspiration, embarks on a quest of artistic and spiritual renewal guided by his study of Borromini. His wife Aliénor (Christelle Prot), similarly troubled by the crassness of contemporary society, decides to accompany him. In Stresa, a chance encounter upends the couple's plans with a series of life-altering revelations.

close

New York Times review


Eugčne Green. 2015. 100 m. NR. France/Italy, French/Italian with subtitles. Kino Lorber Films.

2:10 PM   5:00 PM   7:10 PM   9:20 PM  

3 Hearts

New Releases

“A touching, impeccably controlled drama.” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)

One night in provincial France, Marc (Benoît Poelvoorde) meets Sylvie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) after missing his train back to Paris. Instantly drawn to one another, they wander through the streets until morning. But when Sylvie reunites with her ex and leaves France, Marc falls in love and marries. What neither knows is that Marc’s new bride is Sylvie’s sister. Upon Sylvie’s return to France, the spark between her and Marc is reignited in ways that will forever alter the relationships between sister to sister and husband to wife. 

close


Benoit Jacquot. 2014. 106 m. PG-13. France, French. Cohen Media Group.

2:20 PM   5:10 PM  

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

New Releases

Now that the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful has only a single remaining vacancy, Sonny (Dev Patel) must figure out how to accommodate guests (including Richard Gere) as they arrive. His own imminent wedding and the blossom- ing relationships all around also raise a host of questions—and perhaps the only one who may know the answers is the new co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone's secrets.

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John Madden. 2015. 122 m. PG. UK/USA. Fox Searchlight.

2:30 PM   5:20 PM   7:50 PM   10:10 PM  

Wild Tales

New Releases

"Deserves to become a serious art-house hit in the U.S. thanks to its skill in deftly overcoming the form’s usual deficits, for a result that feels as amazingly cohesive as it is relentlessly clever and entertaining." (Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com)

Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Six wickedly funny stories about ordinary people pushed over the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. 

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RogerEbert.com review


Damián Szifrón. 2015. 122 m. R. Spain/Argentina, Spanish with subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics.

2:35 PM   5:25 PM   7:55 PM   10:15 PM  

Seymour: An Introduction

New Releases

"In his calm defense of beauty, craftsmanship, intellectual curiosity and emotional connection as vital human needs, this is one artist who knows he doesn't have to raise his voice to speak volumes.: (Justin Chang, Variety)

Ethan Hawke's gentle, meditative film is a love letter to the study of music and the patience, concentration, and devotion that are fundamental to the practice of art. The film allows us to spend time with a generous human being who has found balance and harmony through his love of music.

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Variety  review


Ethan Hawke. 2015. 84 m. PG. USA. IFC Films.

7:25 PM   9:35 PM  

Woman in Gold

Special Events

Helen Mirren shines in this remarkable true story of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage. Sixty years after fleeing Austria during World War II, Maria Altmann (Mirren) hires inexperienced young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) to help her retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt's famous painting 'The Lady in Gold'. Directed by Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn) and also starring Katie Holmes, Daniel Brühl, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, and Jonathan Pryce.

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Simon Curtis. 2015. 107 m. PG-13. UK/USA. The Weinstein Company.

7:30 PM Sold Out

 Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)

SOLD OUT Unredeemed tickets may become available for purchase. Sign up at the box office for the stand-by line one hour before showtime.



Wednesday, April 1

Wild Tales

New Releases

"Deserves to become a serious art-house hit in the U.S. thanks to its skill in deftly overcoming the form’s usual deficits, for a result that feels as amazingly cohesive as it is relentlessly clever and entertaining." (Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com)

Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Six wickedly funny stories about ordinary people pushed over the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. 

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RogerEbert.com review


Damián Szifrón. 2015. 122 m. R. Spain/Argentina, Spanish with subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics.

2:30 PM   5:00 PM   7:50 PM   10:10 PM  

La Sapienza

New Releases

"The movie is an unapologetically rarefied undertaking and at the same time a gracious and inviting film. And it embodies an elegant and melancholy paradox: What looks like tourism is really the pursuit of truth and beauty, and vice versa." (A.O. Scott, NY Times)

La Sapienza echoes Rossellini's Viaggio in Italia in its tale of Alexandre Schmidt (Fabrizio Rongione), a brilliant architect who, plagued by doubts and loss of inspiration, embarks on a quest of artistic and spiritual renewal guided by his study of Borromini. His wife Aliénor (Christelle Prot), similarly troubled by the crassness of contemporary society, decides to accompany him. In Stresa, a chance encounter upends the couple's plans with a series of life-altering revelations.

close

New York Times review


Eugčne Green. 2015. 100 m. NR. France/Italy, French/Italian with subtitles. Kino Lorber Films.

2:35 PM   5:05 PM   7:20 PM   9:35 PM  

3 Hearts

New Releases

“A touching, impeccably controlled drama.” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)

One night in provincial France, Marc (Benoît Poelvoorde) meets Sylvie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) after missing his train back to Paris. Instantly drawn to one another, they wander through the streets until morning. But when Sylvie reunites with her ex and leaves France, Marc falls in love and marries. What neither knows is that Marc’s new bride is Sylvie’s sister. Upon Sylvie’s return to France, the spark between her and Marc is reignited in ways that will forever alter the relationships between sister to sister and husband to wife. 

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Benoit Jacquot. 2014. 106 m. PG-13. France, French. Cohen Media Group.

2:40 PM   5:10 PM   9:50 PM  

Seymour: An Introduction

New Releases

"In his calm defense of beauty, craftsmanship, intellectual curiosity and emotional connection as vital human needs, this is one artist who knows he doesn't have to raise his voice to speak volumes.: (Justin Chang, Variety)

Ethan Hawke's gentle, meditative film is a love letter to the study of music and the patience, concentration, and devotion that are fundamental to the practice of art. The film allows us to spend time with a generous human being who has found balance and harmony through his love of music.

close

Variety  review


Ethan Hawke. 2015. 84 m. PG. USA. IFC Films.

2:45 PM   5:20 PM   10:00 PM  

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

New Releases

Now that the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful has only a single remaining vacancy, Sonny (Dev Patel) must figure out how to accommodate guests (including Richard Gere) as they arrive. His own imminent wedding and the blossom- ing relationships all around also raise a host of questions—and perhaps the only one who may know the answers is the new co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone's secrets.

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John Madden. 2015. 122 m. PG. UK/USA. Fox Searchlight.

2:50 PM   5:25 PM   7:55 PM  

Exhibition

Frameworks: Art on Film

“A superbly glacial and composed ...study in domesticity and sophistication.” (Guardian)

A childless couple identified only as D (punk rocker Viv Albertine) and H (Liam Gillick)—she, a performance artist, and he, seemingly an architect—live and work in a sleek modernist house in London. H wants to sell, and D reluctantly gives in, protesting that the rooms hold the memories and creative aspirations of 20 years together. Gradually, the spectator becomes voyeur, and the house warps into exhibition space for the couple’s  erotic, strangely sterile, interactions.

Members of the Katonah Museum of Art, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Hudson River Museum, and Neuberger Museum: Bring your membership card and receive the JBFC member discount for one ticket to this program.

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Joanna Hogg. 2013. 104 m. NR. UK. Kino Lorber Films.

7:40 PM  



Thursday, April 2

3 Hearts

New Releases

“A touching, impeccably controlled drama.” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)

One night in provincial France, Marc (Benoît Poelvoorde) meets Sylvie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) after missing his train back to Paris. Instantly drawn to one another, they wander through the streets until morning. But when Sylvie reunites with her ex and leaves France, Marc falls in love and marries. What neither knows is that Marc’s new bride is Sylvie’s sister. Upon Sylvie’s return to France, the spark between her and Marc is reignited in ways that will forever alter the relationships between sister to sister and husband to wife. 

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Benoit Jacquot. 2014. 106 m. PG-13. France, French. Cohen Media Group.

2:25 PM   5:10 PM   9:35 PM  

Seymour: An Introduction

New Releases

"In his calm defense of beauty, craftsmanship, intellectual curiosity and emotional connection as vital human needs, this is one artist who knows he doesn't have to raise his voice to speak volumes.: (Justin Chang, Variety)

Ethan Hawke's gentle, meditative film is a love letter to the study of music and the patience, concentration, and devotion that are fundamental to the practice of art. The film allows us to spend time with a generous human being who has found balance and harmony through his love of music.

close

Variety  review


Ethan Hawke. 2015. 84 m. PG. USA. IFC Films.

2:30 PM   4:30 PM   7:55 PM  

La Sapienza

New Releases

"The movie is an unapologetically rarefied undertaking and at the same time a gracious and inviting film. And it embodies an elegant and melancholy paradox: What looks like tourism is really the pursuit of truth and beauty, and vice versa." (A.O. Scott, NY Times)

La Sapienza echoes Rossellini's Viaggio in Italia in its tale of Alexandre Schmidt (Fabrizio Rongione), a brilliant architect who, plagued by doubts and loss of inspiration, embarks on a quest of artistic and spiritual renewal guided by his study of Borromini. His wife Aliénor (Christelle Prot), similarly troubled by the crassness of contemporary society, decides to accompany him. In Stresa, a chance encounter upends the couple's plans with a series of life-altering revelations.

close

New York Times review


Eugčne Green. 2015. 100 m. NR. France/Italy, French/Italian with subtitles. Kino Lorber Films.

2:35 PM   5:15 PM   7:45 PM   9:50 PM  

Wild Tales

New Releases

"Deserves to become a serious art-house hit in the U.S. thanks to its skill in deftly overcoming the form’s usual deficits, for a result that feels as amazingly cohesive as it is relentlessly clever and entertaining." (Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com)

Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Six wickedly funny stories about ordinary people pushed over the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. 

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RogerEbert.com review


Damián Szifrón. 2015. 122 m. R. Spain/Argentina, Spanish with subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics.

2:40 PM   5:05 PM   7:35 PM   10:00 PM  

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

New Releases

Now that the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful has only a single remaining vacancy, Sonny (Dev Patel) must figure out how to accommodate guests (including Richard Gere) as they arrive. His own imminent wedding and the blossom- ing relationships all around also raise a host of questions—and perhaps the only one who may know the answers is the new co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone's secrets.

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John Madden. 2015. 122 m. PG. UK/USA. Fox Searchlight.

2:50 PM   5:20 PM   9:55 PM  

Snowpiercer

Bong Joon-ho Retrospective


"Politically provocative and visually spectacular-- the best action film of 2014, and probably the best film, period." (Salon)


A postapocalyptic ice age forces the last humans on earth aboard a supertrain zooming around the world in endless loops. Each car is different—in the back it’s a slum, but an aquarium, a nightclub, and a sushi bar are up front—and there’s no shifting around. With a whiny Tilda Swinton as the Minister (“I am the head”), and an epic Chris Evans (“You are the foot. It’s preordained”) as the revolutionary leader, this big-budget production, Bong’s first in English, was a massive critical and commercial success.

Q&A Bong Joon-ho, producer Dooho Choi, and actor Paul Lazar with Eric Kohn, chief film critic and a senior editor for Indiewire

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Bong Joon-Ho. 2013. 126 m. R. France/South Korea/Czech Republic/USA, in various languages with subtitles. The Weinstein Company.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)

Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer's Monolithic Sculpture

Frameworks: Art on Film

“A tale of contemporary art made phenomenal.” (Village Voice)

After years of waiting for the right piece of granite to come along, artist Michael Heizer selects a 340- ton boulder from a desert quarry for his Levitated Mass installation at the LA County Museum of Art. But how to haul it the 105 miles to the heart of the city? Locals flock to see the colossal rock, trussed to a specially built trailer, as it lumbers through 21 towns along its route. For some, the sight is a marvel, for others, sheer folly. All ponder the essential question: "Is this art?"

Members of the Katonah Museum of Art, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Hudson River Museum, and Neuberger Museum: Bring your membership card and receive the JBFC member discount for one ticket to this program.

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Doug Pray. 2013. 89 m. NR. US. First Run Features.

7:40 PM  



Saturday, April 4

The Boy and the World

Special Events

“An enchanting visual treat.” (Variety)


With lively rhythms and vibrant colors, The Boy and the World follows a boy on his journey from the Brazilian countryside into a neon-infused city. No real dialogue? No problem: It’s all about the animation, which, in the words of one festival judge, is responsible for “some of the most beautiful images we've ever seen."

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)

JBFC Family Members - use your Family comp passes at the box office for this event!

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Ale Abreu. 2013. 80 m. NR. Brazil, N/A. GKids.

3:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

Starry Eyes

After Dark

“If David Lynch and David Cronenberg came together to craft a psychological mindbender, it might be Starry Eyes.” (Time

A young, ambitious actress is willing to do almost anything to land a leading role in Hollywood—and pays the price. This occult tale about the cost of fame is one of the most buzzed-about horror-thrillers of recent months.

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Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer. 2014. 98 m. NR. USA. MPI Media Group.

9:45 PM  



Sunday, April 5

The Boy and the World

Special Events

“An enchanting visual treat.” (Variety)


With lively rhythms and vibrant colors, The Boy and the World follows a boy on his journey from the Brazilian countryside into a neon-infused city. No real dialogue? No problem: It’s all about the animation, which, in the words of one festival judge, is responsible for “some of the most beautiful images we've ever seen."

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)

JBFC Family Members - use your Family comp passes at the box office for this event!

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Ale Abreu. 2013. 80 m. NR. Brazil, N/A. GKids.

3:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]



Monday, April 6

Museum Hours

Frameworks: Art on Film

“Sneakily sublime. A moving work of art.” (New York Times)

In this beguiling and original feature, film- camera to linger exquisitely on works in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, picking out details in tales illustrated by Brueghel, Rembrandt, and other Dutch and Flemish masters. The galleries serve as sumptuous backdrop for the story of a museum guard and a visiting Canadian woman who strike up a friendship illuminated by the art and urban splendor that surround them.

Members of the Katonah Museum of Art, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Hudson River Museum, and Neuberger Museum: Bring your membership card and receive the JBFC member discount for one ticket to this program.

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Jem Cohen. 2012. 106 m. NR. US/Austria, English/German with subtitles. Cinema Guild.

7:40 PM  



Tuesday, April 7

Film Studies Course

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

FILMS IN FOCUS: WJFF 2015 (College and Adult) 
Dig deeper into the Westchester Jewish Film Festival with this new mini-course. Each session includes a screening of a festival film and thought-provoking discussion on topics including Israeli culture, propaganda, and Jewish identity.

Tuesdays, Noon—3:00 pm

April 7: Forbidden Films: The Hidden Legacy of Nazi Film, with Karen Sloe Goodman and Theresa Dawson

April 14: Zero Motivation, with Karen Sloe Goodman and Dean Movshovitz

April 21: From Darkness into Light: Shorts Program, with Carrie Barnhouse and Theresa Dawson

April 28: Farewell Herr Schwarz with Karen Sloe Goodman, Yael Reuveny and Theresa Dawson

$70 / $63 (members, Family level and above)

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Various Directors. 2014. 180 m. NR. Various Countries, Various languages with subtitles.

12:00 PM 

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Fifi Howls from Happiness

Frameworks: Art on Film

“A portrait of the artist as a refusenik, a recluse, a survivor, and a stubborn question mark.” (New York Times)

Iranian master Bahman Mohassess, revered by artists as the where he creates politically charged work without fear of censorship. The many sides of his extravagant personality are captured in this observant documentary—an inexplicable compulsion to destroy his own art, his attraction to the forbidden, a reckless love of cigarettes, and, at age 80, his rage against the dying of the light.

Members of the Katonah Museum of Art, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Hudson River Museum, and Neuberger Museum: Bring your membership card and receive the JBFC member discount for one ticket to this program.

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Mitra Farahani. 2013. 102 m. NR. France/Iran/US, Farsi with subtitles. Music Box Films.

7:40 PM  



Wednesday, April 8

Phoenix

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

We’re fortunate to kick off the festival with a special preview of this rich Hitchcockian tale by the German director of the acclaimed Barbara. With spectacular acting, cinematography, and production design, it unfolds around a disfigured concentration-camp survivor (Nina Hoss) who undergoes facial reconstruction surgery after the war. Now unrecognizable and presumed dead, she searches ravaged postwar Berlin for her beloved husband while plagued by terrible rumors about the person who betrayed her to the Nazis. 

April 8, 7:30: OPENING NIGHT with RECEPTION

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Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. NR. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

7:30 PM Sold Out

 Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)
OPENING NIGHT IS SOLD OUT Unredeemed tickets may become available for purchase. Sign up at the box office for the stand-by line one hour before showtime.



Thursday, April 9

A Place in Heaven

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

A haunting, lyrical drama by JBFC favorite Yossi Madmony (Restoration). It’s the story of a nonbelieving Israeli officer who returns to his base after a daring mission and is so hungry that he signs a contract transferring his guaranteed place in heaven to the cook, a religious Holocaust survivor. Four decades later, the officer, now a retired general, is on his deathbed, and his religious son races to nullify the contract. 

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Yossi Madmony. 2013. 118 m. NR. Israel, Hebrew with subtitles. Israeli Films.

2:00 PM  

Famous Nathan

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker has created a dynamic documentary portrait of Nathan’s Famous, the legendary Coney Island eatery his grandparents, Nathan and Ida Handwerker, founded in 1916. Exceptionally artful and layered, Famous Nathan interweaves family photos, home movies, an eclectic soundtrack, the voices of wisecracking workers, and never-before-heard audio from Nathan himself to convey the hustle-bustle of the Brooklyn institution.

Q&A April 22, 5:00: filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker, Nathan’s grandson, with JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman 

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Lloyd Handwerker. 2014. 98 m. NR. US. Film Movement.

5:00 PM  

Blumenthal

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Witty and urbane, Blumenthal paints the portrait of one Upper West Side family in all its glorious dysfunction. After the untimely death of his famous playwright brother, Harold Blumenthal, Saul (Mark Blum) and his family struggle to come to terms with the man and the crippling shadow his success cast over their lives. A meditation on learning to let go and live in the moment, Blumenthal is a sophisticated comedy with emotional resonance. 

Q&A April 9, 7:30: Actor Mark Blum with JBFC Executive Director Edie Demas. Obie winner Mark Blum is a film and Broadway actor, producer, and screenwriter. He is on the faculty of HB Studio and Brooklyn College, and will be featured in the film How He Fell in Love later this year. 

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Seth Fisher. 2013. 86 m. NR. US. Aperture Entertainment.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)



Friday, April 10

The Decent One

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

After WWII, Heinrich Himmler’s private letters, diaries, and photographs were recovered by US troops. Using these materials to expose the ideas, plans, and secrets of the SS commander, this chilling documentary reveals the inner workings of the mind of the man who, in the middle of the Holocaust, wrote home: “Despite all the work, I am doing fine and I sleep well.” An unprecedented historical memoir with a very original approach. 

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Vanessa Lapa. 2014. 96 m. NR. Germany/Israel/Austria, German with subtitles. Kino/Lorber.

2:30 PM  

Anywhere Else

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

What does it mean to belong to a community? Ester Amrami’s prize-winning first feature about an Israeli grad student in Berlin is a wildly clever tale of family, home, and being lost in translation—and of the power of ultimately finding your place somewhere in between. As an Israeli in Berlin herself, Amrami knows whereof she speaks. 

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Ester Amrami. 2014. 87 m. NR. Germany, Various languages with subtitles. Filmuniversität.

5:00 PM  

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

In this powerhouse courtroom drama, an Israeli woman seeking to finalize a divorce from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by the country’s religious marriage laws. Exposing the inequality and dysfunction enshrined by the archaic practice of the gett, and with a powerful performance by codirector Ronit Elkabetz (The Band’s Visit, The Flood), this was the official Israeli submission for this year’s Oscars.  

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Ronit Elkabetz/ Shlomi Elkabetz. 2014. 115 m. NR. France/Germany/Israel, Arabic/French/Hebrew with subtitles. Music Box Films.

7:00 PM  

A Place in Heaven

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

A haunting, lyrical drama by JBFC favorite Yossi Madmony (Restoration). It’s the story of a nonbelieving Israeli officer who returns to his base after a daring mission and is so hungry that he signs a contract transferring his guaranteed place in heaven to the cook, a religious Holocaust survivor. Four decades later, the officer, now a retired general, is on his deathbed, and his religious son races to nullify the contract. 

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Yossi Madmony. 2013. 118 m. NR. Israel, Hebrew with subtitles. Israeli Films.

9:30 PM  



Saturday, April 11

Belle and Sebastian

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Family Program! Based on a hugely popular French TV series, this is the thrilling story of an orphan boy and his dog who live a wonderfully free life in a stupendously scenic village near the Swiss border. While the locals help foil a Nazi effort to capture French resistance fighters, they are plagued by a mysterious beast that preys on their sheep and the shepherds themselves. An exciting adventure for adults and older kids (please note there are subtitles).

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 12)

JBFC Family Members - use your Family comp passes at the box office for this event!

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Nicolas Vanier. 2014. 104 m. NR. France, French with subtitles. Film Movement.

12:00 PM  

The Decent One

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

After WWII, Heinrich Himmler’s private letters, diaries, and photographs were recovered by US troops. Using these materials to expose the ideas, plans, and secrets of the SS commander, this chilling documentary reveals the inner workings of the mind of the man who, in the middle of the Holocaust, wrote home: “Despite all the work, I am doing fine and I sleep well.” An unprecedented historical memoir with a very original approach. 

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Vanessa Lapa. 2014. 96 m. NR. Germany/Israel/Austria, German with subtitles. Kino/Lorber.

2:30 PM  

The Farewell Party

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

To help a terminally ill friend, a group at a Jerusalem retirement home builds him a machine for self-euthanasia. When rumors of its existence begin to spread, more and more people ask for help, and the friends are faced with an emotional dilemma. This gentle, unexpected dark comedy about knowing when to say goodbye was a huge hit at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals. 

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Sharon Maymon/ Tal Granit. 2014. 90 m. NR. Germany/Israel, Hebrew with subtitles. IDP Films.

5:00 PM  

Rue Mandar

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Take a traditional Jewish funeral whose rituals no one can quite recall, add an ensemble cast of dysfunctional siblings and spouses, and what you get is this charming French film about the aftermath of a beloved mother’s death. Amid the squabbling about what to do about her now vacant (and very desirable) Paris apartment, an unusual chance for self-discovery and new beginnings emerges. 

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Idit Cébula. 2012. 95 m. NR. France, French with subtitles. Menemsha Films.

7:00 PM  

Victor "Young" Perez

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

This well-acted drama is based on the incredible true story of Victor “Young” Perez, a Tunisian Jewish boxer who became the World Flyweight Champion in 1931 and 1932. His romance with a glamorous French actress sealed his celebrity status. And it all came crashing down in 1943, when Perez was arrested and transported to Auschwitz, where he was forced to box for the amusement of his Nazi captors. 

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Jacques Ouaniche. 2014. 110 m. NR. France/Israel/Bulgaria, French with subtitles. 7th Art Releasing.

9:15 PM  



Sunday, April 12

Watchers of the Sky

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Asking why the killing of a million was a lesser crime than the killing of an individual, Raphael Lemkin coined the term genocide and changed the course of history. This Sundance award-winning documentary both examines the work of the Polish-Jewish lawyer and linguist who set the stage for the creation of the International Criminal Court and tells the story of four individuals working today to keep his legacy alive.

Q&A April 12, 11:30 am: Felice Gaer, Director of AJC’s Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights.

SPONSORED BY AJC

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Edet Belzberg. 2014. 120 m. NR. France/Netherlands/USA. Music Box Films.

11:30 AM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Phoenix

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

We’re fortunate to kick off the festival with a special preview of this rich Hitchcockian tale by the German director of the acclaimed Barbara. With spectacular acting, cinematography, and production design, it unfolds around a disfigured concentration-camp survivor (Nina Hoss) who undergoes facial reconstruction surgery after the war. Now unrecognizable and presumed dead, she searches ravaged postwar Berlin for her beloved husband while plagued by terrible rumors about the person who betrayed her to the Nazis. 

April 8, 7:30: OPENING NIGHT with RECEPTION

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Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. NR. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

2:50 PM  

Deli Man

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Laugh your way through hilarious stories of American delicatessens while drooling over the wonderful Jewish food being prepared before your eyes in delis from New York to Chicago to San Francisco, and even Texas. Erik Greenberg Anjou (A Cantor’s Tale, The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground) includes Ben’s Kosher Deli, a New York institution celebrating the opening of its newest location (in Scarsdale) in the final film of his delightful trilogy about Jewish culture.

April 12, 5:30: Q&A filmmaker Eric Greenberg Anjou and Ben’s Deli owner/founder Ronnie Dragoon with JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman.

COMMUNITY EVENT! "A Taste of Deli" RECEPTION sponsored by Ben’s Kosher Deli. 

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Erik Greenberg Anjou. 2014. 92 m. PG-13. US. Cohen Media Group.

5:30 PM Sold Out

 Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)
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Secrets of War

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

While conflict rages across Europe and the Nazis have occupied their country, not much has changed for two 12-year-old Dutch boys. But when a new girl arrives in their school and reveals a very personal secret, the realities of the wider world come into focus, and all three of their lives are changed forever. This very moving, well-made war drama has been a huge hit in the Netherlands. 

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Dennis Bots. 2014. 94 m. NR. Netherlands, Dutch with subtitles. Film Movement.

8:15 PM  



Monday, April 13

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

In this powerhouse courtroom drama, an Israeli woman seeking to finalize a divorce from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by the country’s religious marriage laws. Exposing the inequality and dysfunction enshrined by the archaic practice of the gett, and with a powerful performance by codirector Ronit Elkabetz (The Band’s Visit, The Flood), this was the official Israeli submission for this year’s Oscars.  

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Ronit Elkabetz/ Shlomi Elkabetz. 2014. 115 m. NR. France/Germany/Israel, Arabic/French/Hebrew with subtitles. Music Box Films.

2:00 PM  

The Farewell Party

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

To help a terminally ill friend, a group at a Jerusalem retirement home builds him a machine for self-euthanasia. When rumors of its existence begin to spread, more and more people ask for help, and the friends are faced with an emotional dilemma. This gentle, unexpected dark comedy about knowing when to say goodbye was a huge hit at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals. 

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Sharon Maymon/ Tal Granit. 2014. 90 m. NR. Germany/Israel, Hebrew with subtitles. IDP Films.

5:00 PM  

The Last Mentsch

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

A provocative meditation on the making and meaning of Jewish identity, The Last Mentsch follows Auschwitz survivor Marcus Schwartz, a self-described “normal” German with no Jewish ties, who as an old man suddenly realizes that he wishes to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. For proof of the heritage he’s spent a lifetime denying, he must return to his hometown in Hungary and dig up evidence of his birth.

Q&A April 13, 7:30: Arie Bucheister and Rabbi Andrew Baker with RECEPTION. Arie Bucheister is Chief of Staff of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Rabbi Andrew Baker is AJC’s Director of International Jewish Affairs.

SPONSORED BY AJC.

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Pierre-Henry Salfati. 2014. 93 m. NR. France/Germany/Switzerland, German/Hebrew/Hungarian with subtitles. Elsani Film.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)



Tuesday, April 14

Rue Mandar

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Take a traditional Jewish funeral whose rituals no one can quite recall, add an ensemble cast of dysfunctional siblings and spouses, and what you get is this charming French film about the aftermath of a beloved mother’s death. Amid the squabbling about what to do about her now vacant (and very desirable) Paris apartment, an unusual chance for self-discovery and new beginnings emerges. 

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Idit Cébula. 2012. 95 m. NR. France, French with subtitles. Menemsha Films.

2:15 PM  

Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

A coming-of-age documentary that follows the journey of five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army. Away from their homes, families, and friends, these 18-year-olds undergo a demanding and inspiring journey at boot camp.

April 14, 4:45: Panel discussion moderated by JBFC Founder Steve Apkon.

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Wayne Kopping. 2014. 80 m. NR. Israel/US, Hebrew with subtitles.

4:45 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

Zero Motivation

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Fresh from its sold-out run at Film Forum, Zero Motivation is a gem—a brash and intelligent take on Israeli milita- rism and women’s equality that displays equal amounts of humor and gravitas. A modern M.A.S.H. in the Negev, it follows a group of female recruits as they struggle to cope with tedium and the need to forge identities in a society that at once discounts and depends on them. Starring Dana Ivgy (Or, Jaffa, Broken Wings). The breakout hit of the 2014 festival circuit! 

Q&A APRIL 14, 7:45: writer/director Stuart Weinstock, programmer at the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies and adjunct faculty, Columbia University, with Dean Movshovitz, Director of Film & Media, Consulate General of Israel Office of Cultural Affairs

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Talya Lavie. 2014. 100 m. NR. Israel, Hebrew with subtitles. Zeitgeist Films.

7:45 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)



Wednesday, April 15

Deli Man

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Laugh your way through hilarious stories of American delicatessens while drooling over the wonderful Jewish food being prepared before your eyes in delis from New York to Chicago to San Francisco, and even Texas. Erik Greenberg Anjou (A Cantor’s Tale, The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground) includes Ben’s Kosher Deli, a New York institution celebrating the opening of its newest location (in Scarsdale) in the final film of his delightful trilogy about Jewish culture.

April 12, 5:30: Q&A filmmaker Eric Greenberg Anjou and Ben’s Deli owner/founder Ronnie Dragoon with JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman.

COMMUNITY EVENT! "A Taste of Deli" RECEPTION sponsored by Ben’s Kosher Deli. 

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Erik Greenberg Anjou. 2014. 92 m. PG-13. US. Cohen Media Group.

1:00 PM  

Secrets of War

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

While conflict rages across Europe and the Nazis have occupied their country, not much has changed for two 12-year-old Dutch boys. But when a new girl arrives in their school and reveals a very personal secret, the realities of the wider world come into focus, and all three of their lives are changed forever. This very moving, well-made war drama has been a huge hit in the Netherlands. 

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Dennis Bots. 2014. 94 m. NR. Netherlands, Dutch with subtitles. Film Movement.

3:00 PM  

From Darkness into Light: Shorts Program

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

An allegory for the human condition, these four award-winning films from 2014 serve as a cathartic journey from the darkness of despair towards the light of hope:

Tzniut: A gripping portrait of the codes of sex and silence in a Brooklyn ultra-Orthodox community (Dir.David Formentin). 

A Trip to the Other Planet: A haunting animated testimony from the Auschwitz survivor and writer known as Ka-Tzetnik 135633 (Dir.Tom Kless).

Death and the Maiden: The Holocaust-era artist Charlotte Salomon as seen through her painting series “Life? Or Theater?” (Dir.Yael Lotem).

Salomea’s Nose: A charming tragicomedy about fate, love, and the power of facial disfigurement (Dir.Susan Korda).

Both screenings will be introduced by Festival Associate Programmer Carrie Barnhouse. 

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

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Various Directors. 2014. 81 m. NR. Germany/Israel/US, Various languages with subtitles.

5:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

A pioneer of Jewish literature who championed and luxuriated in the Yiddish language, Sholom Aleichem created dozens of characters for whom humor and pathos always coexisted. And if Tevye the Milkman is the best known, it’s in good part due to Theodore Bikel, who has played the character on stage more than 2000 times—as well as countless other roles on stage and screen. This enchanting documentary recounts the stories of both of these Jewish icons.

April 15, 7:30 FILM and LIVE MUSIC by the Aaron Alexander Klezmer Trio. Aaron Alexander appears in the film in performance with Theo Bikel, and is founder of the New York Klezmer Series and has been playing klezmer music for almost 25 years.The Trio musicians include Aaron Alexander on drums and fiddle, Greg Wall on clarinet and saxophone, and Christina Crowder on accordion.

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John Lollos. 2014. 75 m. NR. US. NCJF.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)



Thursday, April 16

NT Live: The Hard Problem

World Stage on Screen

"Stimulating. Absorbing. A rich, ideas-packed work." (Guardian)

LIVE FROM LONDON. The Hard Problem is Tom Stoppard’s first play for the stage since Rock ’n’ Roll in 2006, and his first for the National since his trilogy,The Coast of Utopia, 2002.

Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain-science institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the MRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask?

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Nicholas Hytner. 2015. 180 m. NR. UK. BYexperience.

2:00 PM  

 Tickets: $25 (members), $35 (nonmembers)

The Farewell Party

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

To help a terminally ill friend, a group at a Jerusalem retirement home builds him a machine for self-euthanasia. When rumors of its existence begin to spread, more and more people ask for help, and the friends are faced with an emotional dilemma. This gentle, unexpected dark comedy about knowing when to say goodbye was a huge hit at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals. 

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Sharon Maymon/ Tal Granit. 2014. 90 m. NR. Germany/Israel, Hebrew with subtitles. IDP Films.

2:10 PM  

Bialik: King of the Jews

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

With gorgeous animation embellished by the haunting vocals of Ninet Tayeb, Bialik: King of the Jews is an engaging exploration of Israel’s national poet and icon Chaim Nachman Bialik. Featuring scholarly interviews, rare archival footage, photographs, and lively animations of Bialik’s ingenious prose, this is an innovative and
inspiring must-see. 

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Yair Qedar. 2014. 57 m. NR. Israel, Hebrew with subtitles.

4:05 PM  

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Sophie Tucker enchanted her audiences with her bold, bawdy, and brassy style. This fun and loving portrait uses the Last of the Red Hot Mama’s 400-plus personal scrapbooks to retrace her 60-year showbiz career. The movie has everything: the blues-infused songs, sexual innuendo, infectious charisma, and irreverent humor that catapulted Tucker to stardom.

April 16, 7:30 LIVE CABARET PERFORMANCE
 by Christine Pedi accompanied by Matthew Martin Ward. Pedi is a comedic actress, award-winning cabaret performer, Drama Desk nominnee, Sirius XM radio personality, Broadway star, and renowned impressionist.

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William Gazecki. 2014. 96 m. NR. US. Menemsha Films.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $15 (members), $20 (nonmembers)



Friday, April 17

Rue Mandar

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Take a traditional Jewish funeral whose rituals no one can quite recall, add an ensemble cast of dysfunctional siblings and spouses, and what you get is this charming French film about the aftermath of a beloved mother’s death. Amid the squabbling about what to do about her now vacant (and very desirable) Paris apartment, an unusual chance for self-discovery and new beginnings emerges. 

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Idit Cébula. 2012. 95 m. NR. France, French with subtitles. Menemsha Films.

1:00 PM  

The Last Mentsch

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

A provocative meditation on the making and meaning of Jewish identity, The Last Mentsch follows Auschwitz survivor Marcus Schwartz, a self-described “normal” German with no Jewish ties, who as an old man suddenly realizes that he wishes to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. For proof of the heritage he’s spent a lifetime denying, he must return to his hometown in Hungary and dig up evidence of his birth.

Q&A April 13, 7:30: Arie Bucheister and Rabbi Andrew Baker with RECEPTION. Arie Bucheister is Chief of Staff of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Rabbi Andrew Baker is AJC’s Director of International Jewish Affairs.

SPONSORED BY AJC.

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Pierre-Henry Salfati. 2014. 93 m. NR. France/Germany/Switzerland, German/Hebrew/Hungarian with subtitles. Elsani Film.

3:00 PM  

Anywhere Else

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

What does it mean to belong to a community? Ester Amrami’s prize-winning first feature about an Israeli grad student in Berlin is a wildly clever tale of family, home, and being lost in translation—and of the power of ultimately finding your place somewhere in between. As an Israeli in Berlin herself, Amrami knows whereof she speaks. 

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Ester Amrami. 2014. 87 m. NR. Germany, Various languages with subtitles. Filmuniversität.

5:00 PM  

The Art Dealer

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

This exciting narrative mystery from renowned French director François Margolin (The Flight of the Red Balloon) explores the ravaged remains of Jewish identity and connections in a disjointed family of Holocaust survivors in contemporary France. The plot follows a Jewish woman searching for family paintings that were stolen by the Nazis and unearthing some secrets that may have been better left hidden. 

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François Margolin. 2014. 95 m. NR. France, French with subtitles. Menemsha Films.

7:00 PM  

Famous Nathan

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker has created a dynamic documentary portrait of Nathan’s Famous, the legendary Coney Island eatery his grandparents, Nathan and Ida Handwerker, founded in 1916. Exceptionally artful and layered, Famous Nathan interweaves family photos, home movies, an eclectic soundtrack, the voices of wisecracking workers, and never-before-heard audio from Nathan himself to convey the hustle-bustle of the Brooklyn institution.

Q&A April 22, 5:00: filmmaker Lloyd Handwerker, Nathan’s grandson, with JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman 

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Lloyd Handwerker. 2014. 98 m. NR. US. Film Movement.

9:00 PM  



Saturday, April 18

A Place in Heaven

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

A haunting, lyrical drama by JBFC favorite Yossi Madmony (Restoration). It’s the story of a nonbelieving Israeli officer who returns to his base after a daring mission and is so hungry that he signs a contract transferring his guaranteed place in heaven to the cook, a religious Holocaust survivor. Four decades later, the officer, now a retired general, is on his deathbed, and his religious son races to nullify the contract. 

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Yossi Madmony. 2013. 118 m. NR. Israel, Hebrew with subtitles. Israeli Films.

12:00 PM  

Magic Men

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

A journey of remembering and reclamation, Magic Men tells the emotional and at times comical story of Avraham’s mission to find the man who saved his life during WWII. As he travels through his native Greece with an unlikely companion, and his son on his heels, Avraham’s search becomes a quest to heal the wounds of his past and thus restore his present relationships. A moving and memorable tale about the everlasting bonds of love in all its varied forms. 

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Guy Nattiv/Erez Tadmor. 2013. 100 m. NR. Israel, Greek/Hebrew with subtitles. Go2Films.

2:30 PM  

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Sophie Tucker enchanted her audiences with her bold, bawdy, and brassy style. This fun and loving portrait uses the Last of the Red Hot Mama’s 400-plus personal scrapbooks to retrace her 60-year showbiz career. The movie has everything: the blues-infused songs, sexual innuendo, infectious charisma, and irreverent humor that catapulted Tucker to stardom.

April 16, 7:30 LIVE CABARET PERFORMANCE
 by Christine Pedi accompanied by Matthew Martin Ward. Pedi is a comedic actress, award-winning cabaret performer, Drama Desk nominnee, Sirius XM radio personality, Broadway star, and renowned impressionist.

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William Gazecki. 2014. 96 m. NR. US. Menemsha Films.

5:00 PM  

Let's Go

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Based on an autobiographical novel, Let’s Go! is the paradigm of a second- generation Holocaust story. Veteran director Michael Verhoeven (The Nasty Girl) tells the story of Laura, living in 1960s Germany, and her distant, strained relationship with her parents. This dynamic, well-acted drama sensitively explores trauma and its crippling effects on survivors. 

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Michael Verhoeven. 2014. 90 m. NR. Germany, German with subtitles. Eikon Film.

7:00 PM  

Zero Motivation

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Fresh from its sold-out run at Film Forum, Zero Motivation is a gem—a brash and intelligent take on Israeli milita- rism and women’s equality that displays equal amounts of humor and gravitas. A modern M.A.S.H. in the Negev, it follows a group of female recruits as they struggle to cope with tedium and the need to forge identities in a society that at once discounts and depends on them. Starring Dana Ivgy (Or, Jaffa, Broken Wings). The breakout hit of the 2014 festival circuit! 

Q&A APRIL 14, 7:45: writer/director Stuart Weinstock, programmer at the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies and adjunct faculty, Columbia University, with Dean Movshovitz, Director of Film & Media, Consulate General of Israel Office of Cultural Affairs

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Talya Lavie. 2014. 100 m. NR. Israel, Hebrew with subtitles. Zeitgeist Films.

9:00 PM  



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