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Sunday, April 19

Clouds of Sils Maria

New Releases

"It turns out that, as characters and actors, Binoche and Stewart are unexpectedly ideal scene partners. Binoche is the sort of star who can find harmony with almost anyone in any language. She’s luminous in everything — but she’s the only star I’ve ever seen who can so specifically adjust the wattage. " (Wesley Morris, Grantland)

Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is an internationally acclaimed actress at the peak of her career who has agreed to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous. But this time, she won't play Sigrid, an alluring young woman, but the role of Helena, Sigrid's older boss. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria, a remote region of the Alps and soon Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, staring at an unsettling reflection of herself.

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Olivier Assayas. 2015. 124 m. R. France/Germany/Switzerland/USA, Various languages with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

12:00 PM 2:35 PM   3:30 PM   5:10 PM   6:05 PM   7:45 PM  

While We're Young

New Releases


Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are achingly funny as a childless New York City couple who gravitate toward a pair of disarming younger hipsters (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) when their own friends start becoming parents. This sharp comedy is the latest from writer/director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, Greenberg), who again finds a way to make us laugh about the agony of growing up. Check the JBFC Blog to hear why While We're Young is a can't miss film.


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Noah Baumbach. 2015. 94 m. R. USA. A24 Films.

12:05 PM 2:10 PM   4:15 PM   6:20 PM   8:25 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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Damián Szifrón. 2015. 122 m. R. Spain/Argentina, Spanish with subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics.

12:10 PM

Woman in Gold

New Releases

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.

12:20 PM 3:00 PM   5:20 PM   7:50 PM  

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.

12:30 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.

2:45 PM  

Touchdown Israel

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Here’s the improbable story of the IFL, an American-style football league that’s thriving in a most unexpected place. Tracking a season, this lively documentary reveals in microcosm the patchwork quilt of Israeli society as Jews, Muslims, and Christians— many new to the sport—suit up, compete, and build friendships on a quest for Israel Bowl glory.  

April 19, 5:00 Q&A Jay Fiedler and Alex Swieca with Don Sperling. 

Jay Fiedler’s 10-year NFL career as a quarterback included playing for the Miami Dolphins and the NY Jets. He was inducted into the National Jewish Museum Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. Alex Swieca was MVP for the Israel Bowl Champions Judean Rebels and is now a senior at Michigan where he was quarterback for the Wolverine’s Sugar Bowl winning 2011 season. Don Sperling is VP and Executive Producer for New York Giants Entertainment.

Presented in partnership with The Sports Academy at Brookwood Camps

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




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Paul Hirschberger. 2014. 85 m. NR. Israel/US, English/Hebrew with subtitles. NTL Films.

5:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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

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.

8:00 PM  



Monday, April 20

Clouds of Sils Maria

New Releases

"It turns out that, as characters and actors, Binoche and Stewart are unexpectedly ideal scene partners. Binoche is the sort of star who can find harmony with almost anyone in any language. She’s luminous in everything — but she’s the only star I’ve ever seen who can so specifically adjust the wattage. " (Wesley Morris, Grantland)

Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is an internationally acclaimed actress at the peak of her career who has agreed to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous. But this time, she won't play Sigrid, an alluring young woman, but the role of Helena, Sigrid's older boss. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria, a remote region of the Alps and soon Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, staring at an unsettling reflection of herself.

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Grantland review


Olivier Assayas. 2015. 124 m. R. France/Germany/Switzerland/USA, Various languages with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

1:00 PM   3:30 PM   4:30 PM   6:05 PM   7:05 PM   8:40 PM   9:40 PM  

While We're Young

New Releases


Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are achingly funny as a childless New York City couple who gravitate toward a pair of disarming younger hipsters (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) when their own friends start becoming parents. This sharp comedy is the latest from writer/director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, Greenberg), who again finds a way to make us laugh about the agony of growing up. Check the JBFC Blog to hear why While We're Young is a can't miss film.


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Noah Baumbach. 2015. 94 m. R. USA. A24 Films.

1:05 PM   3:10 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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Damián Szifrón. 2015. 122 m. R. Spain/Argentina, Spanish with subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics.

2:00 PM  

Woman in Gold

New Releases

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.

2:05 PM   5:10 PM   7:50 PM   10:05 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.

2:30 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.

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.

5:20 PM  

The Jewish Cardinal

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

The son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, Jean- Marie Lustiger converted to Catholicism, joined the priesthood, and was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II. When a group of nuns sought to build a chapel within Auschwitz in the 1980s, he was pulled into the middle of a conflict between Jews and Catholics. This stirring portrait explores the tension between the identity we are born with and the one we choose.

Q&A April 20, 7:30: Rabbi James A. Rudin, AJC’s Senior Interreligious Adviser.

SPONSORED BY AJC

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Ilan Duran Cohen. 2012. 90 m. NR. France, French with subtitles. Film Movement.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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



Tuesday, April 21

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.

1:00 PM  

While We're Young

New Releases


Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are achingly funny as a childless New York City couple who gravitate toward a pair of disarming younger hipsters (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) when their own friends start becoming parents. This sharp comedy is the latest from writer/director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, Greenberg), who again finds a way to make us laugh about the agony of growing up. Check the JBFC Blog to hear why While We're Young is a can't miss film.


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Noah Baumbach. 2015. 94 m. R. USA. A24 Films.

1:10 PM   3:15 PM   5:30 PM   7:40 PM   9:45 PM  

ROH: Swan Lake

World Stage on Screen

Anthony Dowell's production of the greatest romantic ballet draws upon the opulence of 1890s Russia. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is instantly captivated and determines to break the spell that holds her captive. The performance lasts about three hours, including two intermissions.

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Anthony Dowell. 2015. 180 m. NR. UK. Abramorama.

2:00 PM  

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

Woman in Gold

New Releases

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.

2:05 PM   5:10 PM   7:45 PM   10:00 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.

3:00 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.

5:00 PM  

Clouds of Sils Maria

New Releases

"It turns out that, as characters and actors, Binoche and Stewart are unexpectedly ideal scene partners. Binoche is the sort of star who can find harmony with almost anyone in any language. She’s luminous in everything — but she’s the only star I’ve ever seen who can so specifically adjust the wattage. " (Wesley Morris, Grantland)

Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is an internationally acclaimed actress at the peak of her career who has agreed to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous. But this time, she won't play Sigrid, an alluring young woman, but the role of Helena, Sigrid's older boss. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria, a remote region of the Alps and soon Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, staring at an unsettling reflection of herself.

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Grantland review


Olivier Assayas. 2015. 124 m. R. France/Germany/Switzerland/USA, Various languages with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

5:20 PM   7:10 PM   8:00 PM  

Felix and Meira

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

In this tender, lovely drama, an unhappy Hasidic wife and mother meets a secular loner mourning the death of his father in a bakery in Montreal’s Mile End district. Despite their vastly different backgrounds, the two find a connection. As mutual affection subtlely shades into romance, the young woman faces a tough choice that calls her very identity into question. 

April 21, 7:30 DISCUSSION and BOOK SALE: Explore the expanding world of American Hasidim with The Jewish Week Editor/Publisher Gary Rosenblatt, author of Between the Lines, and New York Times writer Joseph Berger, author of The Pious Ones: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America. The Honorable Jeffrey Cohen, Justice on the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division will moderate the discussion. A book sale and signing will follow.

SPONSORED BY THE JEWISH WEEK

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Maxime Giroux. 2014. 105 m. NR. Canada, French/Yiddish with subtitles. Oscilloscope Pictures.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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

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

9:40 PM  



Wednesday, April 22

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.

2:00 PM  

Woman in Gold

New Releases

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.

2:05 PM   5:20 PM   7:40 PM   10:00 PM  

Clouds of Sils Maria

New Releases

"It turns out that, as characters and actors, Binoche and Stewart are unexpectedly ideal scene partners. Binoche is the sort of star who can find harmony with almost anyone in any language. She’s luminous in everything — but she’s the only star I’ve ever seen who can so specifically adjust the wattage. " (Wesley Morris, Grantland)

Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is an internationally acclaimed actress at the peak of her career who has agreed to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous. But this time, she won't play Sigrid, an alluring young woman, but the role of Helena, Sigrid's older boss. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria, a remote region of the Alps and soon Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, staring at an unsettling reflection of herself.

close

Grantland review


Olivier Assayas. 2015. 124 m. R. France/Germany/Switzerland/USA, Various languages with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

2:15 PM   4:45 PM   7:20 PM   9:55 PM  

While We're Young

New Releases


Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are achingly funny as a childless New York City couple who gravitate toward a pair of disarming younger hipsters (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) when their own friends start becoming parents. This sharp comedy is the latest from writer/director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, Greenberg), who again finds a way to make us laugh about the agony of growing up. Check the JBFC Blog to hear why While We're Young is a can't miss film.


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Noah Baumbach. 2015. 94 m. R. USA. A24 Films.

3:30 PM   5:30 PM   7:50 PM   10:05 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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Damián Szifrón. 2015. 122 m. R. Spain/Argentina, Spanish with subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics.

4:30 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    [Add to My Calendar]

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

Planetary

Focus on Nature

Special Earth Day Screening! 
Planetary presents a stunning visual portrait of our Earth, taking us on a journey across continents: from the African Savannah to the Himalayas, and from the heart of Tokyo to the view of our fragile planet from space. Through intimate interviews with NASA astronauts, environmentalists and philosophers the film shows that the solution to transforming our civilization lies in an understanding that all life is inseparably interconnected, and that we cannot transform our civilization unless we change the way we see ourselves, the world, and the wider cosmos we are embedded within. JBFC Founder Steve Apkon serves as  Executive Producer, and Planetary is the first film to be released by his film production and distribution company Reconsider.

Q&A acclaimed nature cinematographer Andrew Young with JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman  
 
Focus on Nature is made possible through the generosity of the Hoch family and the van Hengel Family Fund. 

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Guy Reid. 2015. 85 m. NR. Various Countries. Abramorama.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

Forbidden Films: The Hidden Legacy of Nazi Film

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

The Third Reich produced over 1200 feature films—more than 40 of which remain banned from public screening in Germany and elsewhere because of their incendiary content. Now, almost 70 years later, filmmaker Felix Moeller (Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss) shares an overview of this astonishing footage, and asks if it should become freely available and preserved. Or should this dark legacy be kept away from the public eye?

REEL TALK April 22, 8:00: JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman 

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Felix Moeller. 2014. 94 m. NR. Germany, French/German/Hebrew with subtitles. Zeitgeist Films.

8:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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



Thursday, April 23

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  

While We're Young

New Releases


Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are achingly funny as a childless New York City couple who gravitate toward a pair of disarming younger hipsters (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) when their own friends start becoming parents. This sharp comedy is the latest from writer/director Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, Greenberg), who again finds a way to make us laugh about the agony of growing up. Check the JBFC Blog to hear why While We're Young is a can't miss film.


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Noah Baumbach. 2015. 94 m. R. USA. A24 Films.

1:15 PM   5:40 PM   8:00 PM   10:05 PM  

Woman in Gold

New Releases

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.

2:00 PM   5:10 PM   7:45 PM   10:00 PM  

Clouds of Sils Maria

New Releases

"It turns out that, as characters and actors, Binoche and Stewart are unexpectedly ideal scene partners. Binoche is the sort of star who can find harmony with almost anyone in any language. She’s luminous in everything — but she’s the only star I’ve ever seen who can so specifically adjust the wattage. " (Wesley Morris, Grantland)

Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is an internationally acclaimed actress at the peak of her career who has agreed to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous. But this time, she won't play Sigrid, an alluring young woman, but the role of Helena, Sigrid's older boss. She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria, a remote region of the Alps and soon Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, staring at an unsettling reflection of herself.

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Olivier Assayas. 2015. 124 m. R. France/Germany/Switzerland/USA, Various languages with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

2:05 PM   3:35 PM   5:05 PM   6:10 PM   7:40 PM   8:45 PM   10:10 PM  

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, Michael Winograd on clarinet, Christina Crowder on accordion, and Deborah Strauss on fiddle.

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

3:00 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.

3:20 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.

5:00 PM  

Above and Beyond

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

The untold history of American WWII veterans who survived the battles over a genocidal Europe and again took to the air in 1948, this time in a clandestine campaign to save the nascent Jewish state. With seamless historical reenactments, archival footage, and original interviews, this harrowing tale is also a frank look at American Jewish identity and a poignant reminder of its interdependence with the fate and fortune of the Israeli state. Produced by Nancy Spielberg. 

Q&A April 23, 7:30: Dr. Steven Bayme with JBFC Founder Steve Apkon with RECEPTION. Steven Bayme is Director of the Contemporary Jewish Life Department of AJC and of the Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations.

SPONSORED BY AJC 

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Roberta Grossman. 2014. 87 m. NR. US. Katahdin Productions.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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



Friday, April 24

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.

1:00 PM  

Forbidden Films: The Hidden Legacy of Nazi Film

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

The Third Reich produced over 1200 feature films—more than 40 of which remain banned from public screening in Germany and elsewhere because of their incendiary content. Now, almost 70 years later, filmmaker Felix Moeller (Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Süss) shares an overview of this astonishing footage, and asks if it should become freely available and preserved. Or should this dark legacy be kept away from the public eye?

REEL TALK April 22, 8:00: JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman 

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Felix Moeller. 2014. 94 m. NR. Germany, French/German/Hebrew with subtitles. Zeitgeist Films.

3:00 PM  

Transit

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

A moving and beautifully rendered portrait of the plight of the foreign worker in Israel today. Following the failures and fortunes of one Filipino family, Transit highlights their struggle to stay together and the unique challenges each individual faces as political and legal pressures mount. At its core, the film speaks to the predicament of displaced persons around the world whose only crime is yearning to live a better life. 

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Hannah Espia. 2013. 92 m. NR. Philippines, Various languages with subtitles. 7th Art Releasing.

5:00 PM  

The Go-Go Boys

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

In the 1980s two brash Israeli cousins turned the Hollywood power structure upside down, producing over 300 movies (mostly exploitation/action fare) as Cannon Films, the most powerful independent film company in the world for a time. This is a fond, nonstop examination of two irrepressible modern movie moguls with big personalities. 

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Hilla Medalia. 2014. 88 m. NR. Israel, English/Hebrew with subtitles. Menemsha Films.

7:00 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.

9:00 PM  



Saturday, April 25

Above and Beyond

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

The untold history of American WWII veterans who survived the battles over a genocidal Europe and again took to the air in 1948, this time in a clandestine campaign to save the nascent Jewish state. With seamless historical reenactments, archival footage, and original interviews, this harrowing tale is also a frank look at American Jewish identity and a poignant reminder of its interdependence with the fate and fortune of the Israeli state. Produced by Nancy Spielberg. 

Q&A April 23, 7:30: Dr. Steven Bayme with JBFC Founder Steve Apkon with RECEPTION. Steven Bayme is Director of the Contemporary Jewish Life Department of AJC and of the Koppelman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations.

SPONSORED BY AJC 

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Roberta Grossman. 2014. 87 m. NR. US. Katahdin Productions.

12:30 PM  

Touchdown Israel

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Here’s the improbable story of the IFL, an American-style football league that’s thriving in a most unexpected place. Tracking a season, this lively documentary reveals in microcosm the patchwork quilt of Israeli society as Jews, Muslims, and Christians— many new to the sport—suit up, compete, and build friendships on a quest for Israel Bowl glory.  

April 19, 5:00 Q&A Jay Fiedler and Alex Swieca with Don Sperling. 

Jay Fiedler’s 10-year NFL career as a quarterback included playing for the Miami Dolphins and the NY Jets. He was inducted into the National Jewish Museum Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. Alex Swieca was MVP for the Israel Bowl Champions Judean Rebels and is now a senior at Michigan where he was quarterback for the Wolverine’s Sugar Bowl winning 2011 season. Don Sperling is VP and Executive Producer for New York Giants Entertainment.

Presented in partnership with The Sports Academy at Brookwood Camps

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Paul Hirschberger. 2014. 85 m. NR. Israel/US, English/Hebrew with subtitles. NTL Films.

2:30 PM  

Felix and Meira

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

In this tender, lovely drama, an unhappy Hasidic wife and mother meets a secular loner mourning the death of his father in a bakery in Montreal’s Mile End district. Despite their vastly different backgrounds, the two find a connection. As mutual affection subtlely shades into romance, the young woman faces a tough choice that calls her very identity into question. 

April 21, 7:30 DISCUSSION and BOOK SALE: Explore the expanding world of American Hasidim with The Jewish Week Editor/Publisher Gary Rosenblatt, author of Between the Lines, and New York Times writer Joseph Berger, author of The Pious Ones: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America. The Honorable Jeffrey Cohen, Justice on the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division will moderate the discussion. A book sale and signing will follow.

SPONSORED BY THE JEWISH WEEK

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Maxime Giroux. 2014. 105 m. NR. Canada, French/Yiddish with subtitles. Oscilloscope Pictures.

4:30 PM  

The Last Sentence

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Beautifully filmed in black and white, The Last Sentence is an absorbing, highly regarded biopic about crusading Swedish journalist Torgny Segerstedt (Danish star Jesper Christensen, Nymphomaniac: Volume 1). It highlights the brave journalist’s one-man battle against Nazism and his country’s policy of appeasement, as well as the scandalous turn his life took when he had an affair with the Jewish wife of a close friend.  

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Jan Troell. 2012. 126 m. NR. Sweden, Swedish with subtitles. Music Box Films.

7:00 PM  

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, Michael Winograd on clarinet, Christina Crowder on accordion, and Deborah Strauss on fiddle.

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

9:35 PM  



Sunday, April 26

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.

12:30 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.

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112 Weddings

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

After two decades of filming weddings, Doug Block (51 Birch Street) wondered what had become of the happy couples. Is married life what they thought it would be? In this charming, poignant film, he interviews some of the more memorable brides and grooms, juxtaposing wedding-day flashbacks with present-day reality and asking them what advice they’d give a young couple soon to be married.

Q&A April 26, 5:00: filmmaker Doug Block and Westchester Reform Temple Senior Rabbi Jonathan Blake and Sue Odierna (both of whom appear in the film) with JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman. 

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Doug Block. 2014. 90 m. NR. US. Copacetic Pictures.

5:00 PM  

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

Almost Friends

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Almost Friends is a touching documentary about two Israeli girls—an Arab and a Jew—who live only 67 km apart but in wildly different circumstances. Participating in an online program that fosters educational exchange and friendship, the two eventually get to meet face-to-face, and the result is a profoundly moving experience for them, their families, and the audiences who see this touching film. A reminder of the hope that exists behind the headlines. 

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Nitzan Ofir. 2014. 60 m. NR. Israel, Arabic/Hebrew with subtitles. Heymann Brothers Films.

8:00 PM  



Monday, April 27

The Last Sentence

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Beautifully filmed in black and white, The Last Sentence is an absorbing, highly regarded biopic about crusading Swedish journalist Torgny Segerstedt (Danish star Jesper Christensen, Nymphomaniac: Volume 1). It highlights the brave journalist’s one-man battle against Nazism and his country’s policy of appeasement, as well as the scandalous turn his life took when he had an affair with the Jewish wife of a close friend.  

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Jan Troell. 2012. 126 m. NR. Sweden, Swedish with subtitles. Music Box Films.

1:00 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.

3:30 PM  

Little White Lie

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Growing up Jewish and Caucasian, filmmaker Lacey Schwartz believed that she’d inherited her complexion from her Sicilian Jewish grandfather. But her parents’ fraying marriage and her own nagging doubts compelled her to dig into family history and uncover her biracial identity. Her very personal documentary explores the legacy of family secrets, denial, and the power of telling the truth. Schwartz has gone on to become an advocate for a deeper understanding of Jewish diversity. 

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Lacey Schwartz. 2014. 66 m. NR. USA. Truth Aid Media.

5:30 PM  

A Borrowed Identity

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Directed by the celebrated filmmaker Eran Riklis (Lemon Tree, Zaytoun, The Syrian Bride), and based on the best-selling novel Dancing Arabs by Sayed Kashua, A Borrowed Identity frames the unique and tenuous story of life for Palestinian Arabs within Israel. It tells the story of Eyad, a young student during the tumultuous years surrounding the First Intifada, who must contend with the social isolation and cultural confusion of being the only Arab at an elite Jerusalem boarding school. However, larger social and political forces will push him to make a harrowing decision that will forever alter the fate of two families. This compelling narrative is a universal coming of age tale about identity, acceptance and the transformative power of first love.

Presented in partnership with The Israel Institute 

Q&A filmmaker Eran Riklis with Dean Movshovitz, Director of Film and Media, Consulate General of Israel Office of Cultural Affairs.

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Eran Riklis. 2014. 104 m. NR. Israel, Arabic/Hebrew with subtitles. Strand Releasing.

7:30 PM  

Metalhead

After Dark

“Impeccably crafted and beautifully performed.” (Twitchfilm.com) 

As teenage Hera reckons with the loss of her beloved older brother, she embraces the blistering heavy metal music he loved, putting her at odds in more ways than one with her isolated small town. A clear-eyed depiction of a tortured soul, with award-winning performances.

REEL TALK JBFC Programmer Andrew Jupin 

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Ragnar Bragason. 2013. 97 m. NR. Iceland, in Icelandic with subtitles. Cinelicious Pics.

7:45 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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



Tuesday, April 28

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.

1:00 PM  

112 Weddings

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

After two decades of filming weddings, Doug Block (51 Birch Street) wondered what had become of the happy couples. Is married life what they thought it would be? In this charming, poignant film, he interviews some of the more memorable brides and grooms, juxtaposing wedding-day flashbacks with present-day reality and asking them what advice they’d give a young couple soon to be married.

Q&A April 26, 5:00: filmmaker Doug Block and Westchester Reform Temple Senior Rabbi Jonathan Blake and Sue Odierna (both of whom appear in the film) with JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman. 

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Doug Block. 2014. 90 m. NR. US. Copacetic Pictures.

3:00 PM  

Almost Friends

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Almost Friends is a touching documentary about two Israeli girls—an Arab and a Jew—who live only 67 km apart but in wildly different circumstances. Participating in an online program that fosters educational exchange and friendship, the two eventually get to meet face-to-face, and the result is a profoundly moving experience for them, their families, and the audiences who see this touching film. A reminder of the hope that exists behind the headlines. 

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Nitzan Ofir. 2014. 60 m. NR. Israel, Arabic/Hebrew with subtitles. Heymann Brothers Films.

5:00 PM  

The Dove Flyer

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Kabi is a young man coming of age in the brutal and chaotic Baghdad of the 1950s. Under pressure by local authorities, he and his family must make the gut-wrenching decision to stay in their homeland or to flee to the newly created state of Israel. Based on a novel, this is a beautifully rendered, rare look at the tumultuous postwar period and its violent dismantling of Jewish communities in the Middle East.

Q&A April 28, 7:30: David Harris with RECEPTION. David Harris has been the Executive Director of AJC since 1990.

SPONSORED BY AJC 

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Nissim Dayan. 2014. 108 m. NR. Israel, Arabic with subtitles. Israeli Films.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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



Wednesday, April 29

Little White Lie

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Growing up Jewish and Caucasian, filmmaker Lacey Schwartz believed that she’d inherited her complexion from her Sicilian Jewish grandfather. But her parents’ fraying marriage and her own nagging doubts compelled her to dig into family history and uncover her biracial identity. Her very personal documentary explores the legacy of family secrets, denial, and the power of telling the truth. Schwartz has gone on to become an advocate for a deeper understanding of Jewish diversity. 

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Lacey Schwartz. 2014. 66 m. NR. USA. Truth Aid Media.

1:00 PM  

Transit

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

A moving and beautifully rendered portrait of the plight of the foreign worker in Israel today. Following the failures and fortunes of one Filipino family, Transit highlights their struggle to stay together and the unique challenges each individual faces as political and legal pressures mount. At its core, the film speaks to the predicament of displaced persons around the world whose only crime is yearning to live a better life. 

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Hannah Espia. 2013. 92 m. NR. Philippines, Various languages with subtitles. 7th Art Releasing.

2:30 PM  

The Dove Flyer

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Kabi is a young man coming of age in the brutal and chaotic Baghdad of the 1950s. Under pressure by local authorities, he and his family must make the gut-wrenching decision to stay in their homeland or to flee to the newly created state of Israel. Based on a novel, this is a beautifully rendered, rare look at the tumultuous postwar period and its violent dismantling of Jewish communities in the Middle East.

Q&A April 28, 7:30: David Harris with RECEPTION. David Harris has been the Executive Director of AJC since 1990.

SPONSORED BY AJC 

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Nissim Dayan. 2014. 108 m. NR. Israel, Arabic with subtitles. Israeli Films.

4:45 PM  

Farewell Herr Schwarz

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

In 1945, after the war’s end, sister and brother Michla and Feiv’ke Schwarz didn’t meet in £ódz as they had planned. Instead, she migrated to Israel and started a family, and he returned to Germany, changed his name, and began a new life. Their decisions haunt their children and compel their grandchildren, including filmmaker Yael Reuveny, to explore their family history and reconsider their own identities.

Q&A April 29, 7:30: Filmmaker Yael Reuveny with Bruni Burres, Sigal Yehuda and JBFC Founder Steve Apkon. 
 
Producer Bruni Burres is senior consultant to the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and Fund. Sigal Yehuda is director of Greenhouse Film Centre, a development program for documentary filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa, which helped make the production of Farewell Herr Schwarz possible. Documentary filmmaker Yael Reuveny began this project in the 2009 Greenhouse Program, which subsequently won Best Documentary at the Haifa International Film Festival.

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Yael Reuveny. 2014. 96 m. NR. Germany/Israel, German/Hebrew with subtitles. Made In Germany Film.

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Thursday, April 30

The Dove Flyer

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

Kabi is a young man coming of age in the brutal and chaotic Baghdad of the 1950s. Under pressure by local authorities, he and his family must make the gut-wrenching decision to stay in their homeland or to flee to the newly created state of Israel. Based on a novel, this is a beautifully rendered, rare look at the tumultuous postwar period and its violent dismantling of Jewish communities in the Middle East.

Q&A April 28, 7:30: David Harris with RECEPTION. David Harris has been the Executive Director of AJC since 1990.

SPONSORED BY AJC 

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Nissim Dayan. 2014. 108 m. NR. Israel, Arabic with subtitles. Israeli Films.

1:00 PM  

The Go-Go Boys

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

In the 1980s two brash Israeli cousins turned the Hollywood power structure upside down, producing over 300 movies (mostly exploitation/action fare) as Cannon Films, the most powerful independent film company in the world for a time. This is a fond, nonstop examination of two irrepressible modern movie moguls with big personalities. 

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Hilla Medalia. 2014. 88 m. NR. Israel, English/Hebrew with subtitles. Menemsha Films.

3:15 PM  

East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2015

CLOSING NIGHT with DAVID BROZA! This rousing and inspiring documentary focuses on iconic Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza, who sets out to realize his dream of cooperation and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians through music. During eight days and nights of creation with American musician/producer Steve Earle and a host of international artists in an East Jerusalem studio, a hopeful message of equality and unity arises.

April 30, 7:30 Q&A and Music: Israeli singer/songwriter/musician David Broza with JBFC Founder Steve Apkon. Broza, recently featured in Vanity Fair, will share some live acoustic music after the conversation. 

SPONSORED BY AJC

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Erez Miller/ Henrique Cymerman. 2014. 80 m. NR. Israel, Arabic/English/Hebrew with subtitles. Vice Versa Films.

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



Friday, May 1

Those Who Said No

Greenhouse: Emerging Documentary Voices

Opening Night with Reception. Those Who Said No is the gripping story of the fallout from Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1988 fatwa ordering the execution of all political prisoners in Iran. Details of the ensuing “Bloody Decade” were revealed in 2013, when a group of courageous individuals came together at the Iran Tribunal in The Hague to tell their stories, shed light on these hidden crimes, and finally bring the perpetrators to justice. It’s all captured in this riveting documentary.

The evening will also include a teaser of the Greenhouse documentary project-in-development Blue ID presented by Turkish filmmakers Burcu Melekoglu and Vuslat Karan. 

Introduced by Greenhouse Director Sigal Yehuda, Greenhouse partner/mentor Bruni Burres, and Executive Director of the NFCT and leading Greenhouse partner Dorit Inbar.

Reception to follow the screening.

Sigal Yehuda has been the managing director of Greenhouse since 2007, building the development program, expanding outreach to international partners, and leading the organization to worldwide recognition. She is also a film producer with several documentaries to her credit.

Bruni Burres, Greenhouse partner/mentor, has been working at the intersection of human rights and arts and culture as a curator, producer, and consultant for 20 years. As well as consulting with Greenhouse, she is Senior Consultant to the Sundance Institute Documentary Program and the World Cinema Foundation.

Dorit Inbar is Executive Director of NFCT (New Fund for Cinema and Television), a leading Greenhouse partner. 

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Nima Sarvestani. 2014. 89 m. NR. Sweden/Iran, Various languages with subtitles. Green House.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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



Saturday, May 2

This is My Land

Greenhouse: Emerging Documentary Voices

Much talked about at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, this timely film traces the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the way it is taught in diverse Israeli and Palestinian schools. Including exchanges with students, educators, and policy makers, it offers a glimpse of the profound effects of the ways history is transmitted, influencing future generations. 

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Tamara Erde. 2014. 94 m. NR. France/Israel/Palestine, Arabic/Hebrew with subtitles. Green House.

5:00 PM  



Sunday, May 3

She's Beautiful When She's Angry

Special Events

“An urgent, illuminating dive into the movement that—no matter what its detractors insist—has given us the world in which we live.” (Village Voice)

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Vibrantly combining dramatizations, performance, and archival imagery, this inspiring new documentary presents the history of the outrageous, often brilliant activists who created the emergence of more radical factions of women’s lib, the film never shies away from controversy as it deftly captures the spirit of the time.

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Mary Dore. 2014. 92 m. NR. USA. International Film Circuit.

12:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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

The Invisible Men w/ Not Quite the Taliban

Greenhouse: Emerging Documentary Voices

The Invisible Men: A look at the plight of persecuted gay Palestinians who are hiding illegally in Tel Aviv. Living under threats including impris- onment, bodily harm, and death, they tell their own devastating stories as they contemplate leaving their homeland behind to seek asylum abroad. • Yariv Mozer. 2012. 70 m. NR. Israel, in Hebrew Arabic/English with subtitles.

with Not Quite the Taliban“What does a cool Arab do when he finds out that things aren’t as cool as they appear to be?” Filmmaker Fadi Hindash chronicles his own journey through the double standards in Dubai—the flagship of Arab modernity—as he reckons with the hypocritical responses he gets when he brings up taboo subjects such as sexual orientation. • Fadi Hindash. 2009. 50 m. NR. Jordan, in Arabic with subtitles.

Q&A Not Quite the Taliban filmmaker Fadi Hindash via Skype 

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n/a. 2015. 120 m. NR. . Green House.

3:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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

55 Days at Peking

Jonathan Demme's Rarely Seen Cinema

Charlton Heston stars as the leader of a multinational army that heads to Peking to stave off the anti-foreigner Boxer Rebellion of 1900. An extrava- gant epic—and commercial disaster —directed by Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause), it features David Niven as the fussy British ambassador and Ava Gardner as a sultry Russian baroness. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive 

Q&A host Jonathan Demme

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Nicholas Ray. 1963. 154 m. NR. USA. The Weinstein Company.

5:00 PM  

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



Monday, May 4

Duma

Greenhouse: Emerging Documentary Voices

An insider’s look at childhood sexual abuse in Palestine. Filmmaker Abeer Haddad—who created an innovative therapeutic technique that uses puppets to help victims tell their stories—presents the powerful per- sonal testimonies of five women who dare to reveal the abuse they endured from their circle of family and friends. Together, as they struggle toward healing, these brave women take aim at the silence and shame their society imposed on them. 

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Abeer Zeibak Haddad. 2011. 55 m. NR. Israel/Palestine, Arabic/Hebrew with subtitles. Green House.

5:00 PM  

Farewell Herr Schwarz

Greenhouse: Emerging Documentary Voices

In 1945, after the war’s end, sister and brother Michla and Feiv’ke Schwarz didn’t meet in Lódz as they had planned. Instead, she migrated to Israel and started a family, and he returned to Germany, changed his name, and began a new life. Their decisions haunt their children and compel their grandchildren, including filmmaker Yael Reuveny, to explore their family history and reconsider their own identities. Best Documentary, Haifa International Film Festival.

Q&A Visiting Artist/filmmaker Yael Reuveny with JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman.

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Yael Reuveny. 2014. 96 m. NR. Germany/Israel, German/Hebrew with subtitles. Green House.

7:40 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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



Tuesday, May 5

ROH: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

World Stage on Screen

John Fulljames directs a new production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s impassioned opera satire on consumerism, starring Anne Sofie von Otter (Leocadia Begbick), Willard White (Trinity Moses), and Christine Rice (Jenny). This unsettling story of a city that attracts the destitute and the disenchanted is Weill at his most brilliant and inventive. Mark Wigglesworth conducts.  

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n/a. 2015. NR. UK. Abramorama.

2:00 PM  

 Tickets: $20 (members), $30 (nonmembers)

On the Way to School

Greenhouse: Emerging Documentary Voices

This quiet, penetrating documentary follows a teacher sent to a remote Kurdish village in Turkey to teach the local children to speak Turkish, in accordance with the law of the land. At first, immersed in a foreign culture—one that’s long been plagued by intolerance— the man is lonely and unable to communicate, but over the course of the school year, remarkable changes take place.  

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Orhan Eskiköy, Ozgur Dogan. 2008. 81 m. NR. Turkey, Kurdish/Turkish with subtitles. Green House.

5:00 PM  

5 Broken Cameras

Greenhouse: Emerging Documentary Voices

A critically acclaimed, deeply personal firsthand account of life in a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. It’s the story of Palestinian farmer/filmmaker Emad, who gets his first camera when his son is born, and uses it to document not only his family but five years of nonviolent resistance against Israel’s separation barrier. This is the first Palestinian film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. 

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Emad Burnat/Guy Davidi. 2012. 90 m. NR. France/Israel/Palestine, Arabic/Hebrew. Kino Lorber Films.

7:40 PM  



Wednesday, May 6

The Dead Cannot Vote

Greenhouse: Emerging Documentary Voices

A work-in-progress documentary by Sarra Abidi, the latest JBFC International Fellow. This poignant, personal documentary follows the inhabitants of the filmmaker’s hometown of Gabès, in the south of Tunisia, which is plagued by chemical pollution, as they struggle with the government to bring about environmental reform. This project has been developed with support from Greenhouse and Chicken & Egg.

Q&A filmmaker Sarra Abidi and Greenhouse partner/mentor Bruni Burres

FREE EVENT! To RSVP, please email Lzakalik@burnsfilmcenter.org with your first and last name, number of tickets requested, and the subject line “The Dead.” 

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Sarra Abidi. 2014. 60 m. Tunisia, Arabic with subtitles. Green House.

5:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Free Event! See RSVP info above.

10949 Women

Greenhouse: Emerging Documentary Voices

In this highly personal, intimate documentary, filmmaker Nassima Guessoum travels to Algiers to capture the forgotten story of the role that women played in the Algerian War of Independence (1954–62). Her focus is a former rebel fighter, now a grandmotherly presence, who shares her recollections of the events that made her a heroine to so many. Her story—and those of women like her—raises the question: What is the price of freedom?

Introduced by Greenhouse partner/mentor Bruni Burres 

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Nassima Guessoum. 2014. 75 m. NR. Algeria, French with subtitles. Green House.

7:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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

Swinging with Sinatra

Jazz Sessions: The Greats on Camera 2015

Featuring the John Pizzarelli Quartet! “Pizzarelli conveys a contagious enjoyment.... You can coast along with him to jazz-pop heaven.” (New York Times)

Opening Night featuring Live Performance and Reception! In celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday later this year, we present an evening of clips, storytelling, and live performances spotlighting the late entertainer’s 45-year career in television. John Pizzarelli, who opened for Sinatra’s 1993 world tour, walks us through rare footage, including Sinatra’s first-ever TV appearance—on a 1950 Bob Hope special. There will also be clips from both weekly network shows Sinatra hosted in the ’50s, and excerpts from specials that showcase Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and Count Basie performing at the top of their games. 

PERFORMANCE The John Pizzarelli Quartet concludes the evening with a live concert of Sinatra favorites, joined for several numbers by the award-winning Jazz House Ambassadors, a program of Jazz House Kids, a community-based organization from Montclair, NJ, that teaches jazz year-round to students grades K–12.

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n/a. NR. .

7:15 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $20 (members), $30 (nonmembers)



Thursday, May 7

Somm

Wine & Film: The Perfect Pairing

"Engaging doc isn't just for wine nerds." (John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter)

Welcome to the hardest test you’ve never heard of—the Master Sommelier exam, run by the ultrasecret Court of Master Sommeliers—and meet the candidates who are taking it, surely four of the most obsessed people on the planet. Shedding light on a corner of the wine world previously shrouded in secrecy, Somm is an exciting, enjoyable celebration of the power of the palate. If you think you know a lot about wine, it’ll surely make you think again. 

Followed by a wine reception.

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Jason Wise. 2013. 93 m. NR. USA. Samuel Goldwyn.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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



Friday, May 8

Mommy

After Dark

“ [A] heart-swelling, breathtaking piece of cinema.” (Vanity Fair)

Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes, this powerful look at the lengths a single mother will go for her unpredictable, challenging teenage son was Canada’s submission for the Best Foreign Film. It’s a deeply moving dark comedy with great acting, amazing music, and beautiful cinematography.

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Xavier Dolan. 2014. 139 m. R. Canada, French. Roadside Attractions .

9:30 PM  



Saturday, May 9

Mommy

After Dark

“ [A] heart-swelling, breathtaking piece of cinema.” (Vanity Fair)

Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes, this powerful look at the lengths a single mother will go for her unpredictable, challenging teenage son was Canada’s submission for the Best Foreign Film. It’s a deeply moving dark comedy with great acting, amazing music, and beautiful cinematography.

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Xavier Dolan. 2014. 139 m. R. Canada, French. Roadside Attractions .

9:30 PM  



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