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Schedule for Saturday, April 25
- Dior and I
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- While We're Young
- Woman in Gold
- Above and Beyond
- Touchdown Israel
- Felix and Meira
- The Last Sentence
- Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem
Dior and I
Frédéric Tcheng brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture collection as Dior's new artistic director. Melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand's past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons' vision.
Frederic Tcheng. 2015. 90 m. NR. France, English/Various languages with subtitles. The Orchard.12:00 PM 2:00 PM 4:00 PM 6:00 PM 8:00 PM 10:00 PM
Clouds of Sils Maria"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.
Olivier Assayas. 2015. 124 m. R. France/Germany/Switzerland/USA, Various languages with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.12:05 PM 2:40 PM 5:15 PM 7:50 PM 10:15 PM
While We're Young
Noah Baumbach. 2015. 94 m. R. USA. A24 Films.12:15 PM 2:20 PM 5:30 PM 7:35 PM 9:40 PM
Woman in Gold
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.
Simon Curtis. 2015. 107 m. PG-13. UK/USA. The Weinstein Company.12:25 PM 2:50 PM 5:25 PM 7:45 PM 10:05 PM
Above and Beyond
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
Roberta Grossman. 2014. 87 m. NR. US. Katahdin Productions.12:30 PM
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.
Paul Hirschberger. 2014. 85 m. NR. Israel/US, English/Hebrew with subtitles. NTL Films.2:30 PM
Felix and Meira
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.
Maxime Giroux. 2014. 105 m. NR. Canada, French/Yiddish with subtitles. Oscilloscope Pictures.4:30 PM
The Last Sentence
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.
Jan Troell. 2012. 126 m. NR. Sweden, Swedish with subtitles. Music Box Films.7:00 PM
Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem
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.
John Lollos. 2014. 75 m. NR. US. NCJF.9:35 PM