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Schedule for Saturday, April 6


The Five Pennies

Movies for Kids (and their Families)

In one of his warmest performances, Kaye plays loring “Red” Nichols, a real-life 1920s cornet player. At the height of his fame, he must decide whether to quit the music business to care for his daughter. Including a slew of period favorites, especially “When the Saints go marching In” (with the great Louis Armstrong.)

Melville Shavelson. 1959. 117 m. NR. US.

12:00 PM



New Releases

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

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

Official Website / Trailer | NY Times review

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

12:10 PM 2:35 PM 5:10 PM 7:35 PM 9:55 PM


Off-White Lies

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2013

Full of wit, sex appeal, and terrific acting, Off-White Lies was nominated for seven Israeli Academy Awards and was released here to great reviews. It’s about Libby, a 13-year-old with a mind of her own, who arrives in Israel to live with her dad, whom she barely knows. It turns out that he’s “between apartments” and unemployed but he’s filled with bright ideas— and she’s got plenty to say about her new situation.

Maya Kenig. 2011. 86 m. NR. Israel, Hebrew with subtitles. Film Movement.

1:00 PM



New Releases

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

Academy Award Nominee- Best Foreign Language Film

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

Official Website / Trailer | Rolling Stone review

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

2:30 PM 4:55 PM 7:20 PM 9:50 PM


A.K.A. Doc Pomus

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2013

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

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

Official Website / Trailer

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

3:00 PM


Hannah Arendt

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2013

A fascinating drama about the controversial political theorist Hannah Arendt (the great Barbara Sukowa), who reported on the 1961 war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann. Thinking deeply on the nature of evil, Arendt wondered if he was a true monster or the embodiment of the “banality of evil.” Margarethe von Trotta
and Sukowa have created a magnificent, thought-provoking work.

Margarethe Von Trotta. 2012. 113 m. NR. Germany, German with subtitles. Zeitgeist Films.

5:00 PM



Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2013

Trapped in a web of friends, lovers, and family, Alex sells drugs on the gritty streets of Paris to get by. When a Tel Aviv cousin offers him a way out, he must raise enough money to make aliyah (emigrate to Israel), which only complicates his situation. This gripping portrait of a young man torn between his past and future features strong performances and a view of Paris that tourists never see.

Elie Wajeman. 2012. 90 m. NR. France, French with subtitles. Film Movement.

7:30 PM


Joe Papp in Five Acts

Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2013

The legendary New York theatrical director/producer Joe Papp was the man behind Shakespeare in the Park, the Public Theater, and Hair, A Chorus Line, and other Broadway successes. Including frank testimonials from Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, and many others, this superb documentary, many years in the making, explores the issues Papp championed—freedom of expression, democracy in the arts—through the lens of his tumultuous life.

Q&A April 4, 7:30: filmmakers Tracie Holder and Karen Thorsen with JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman

Official Website / Trailer

Tracie Holder/Karen Thorsen. 2012. 84 m. NR. USA.

9:30 PM