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Friday, September 4

Grandma

New Releases

"Grandma is both smart and sweet, mature and bawdy, knowing its characters’ flaws yet open to the possibilities of people acting upon their best instincts. It is without a doubt one of the year’s best films." (Alonso Duralde, TheWrap.com)

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. 

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TheWrap.com review


Paul Weitz. 2015. 80 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

12:00 PM 1:00 PM 2:00 PM 3:00 PM 4:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 10:00 PM

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

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Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

12:05 PM 2:15 PM

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

New Releases

Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) is back with another penetrating and contemplative exploration of contemporary society and those who shape it. An evocative portrait of one man’s legacy, Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine unravels the larger than life myth Steve Jobs deliberately crafted, and examines the perpetuation of his values, which continue to shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day. 

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Alex Gibney. 2015. 127 m. NR. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

12:10 PM 2:40 PM 5:10 PM 7:40 PM 10:05 PM

Mistress America

New Releases

"If Ben Hecht or Preston Sturges ever wrote gags about Twitter or literary magazines or Brooklyn bistros, they would sound like this." (Jordan Hoffman, Guardian)


Noah Baumbach reteams with Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) in this smart, delightful comedy. Tracy (Lola Kirke, Gone Girl) is a lonely college freshman in New York. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig), she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Both Kirke and Gerwig shine and "if nothing else, Mistress America confirms Gerwig as one of the great, fearless screen comediennes of her generation—a tall, loose-limbed whirligig who careens through scenes with the beatific ditziness of a Carole Lombard or Judy Holliday." (Variety)

9/16, 7:30 pm: Q&A with actor Michael Chernus (Orange is the New Black) and JBFC board president Janet Maslin 

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Noah Baumbach. 2015. 86 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.

12:20 PM 2:20 PM 5:20 PM 7:20 PM 9:20 PM

Meru

New Releases

"A high-tech, high-octane, high-fiving addition to the venerable 'Mountain Film' sub-genre, Meru is an engaging and cumulatively exhilarating debut from wife-and-husband team Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin." (The Hollywood Reporter)

In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle the Shark's Fin. What was meant to be a seven-day trip became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures. Their journey was not a successful one, but they had reached further than anyone else. The trio returned to their everyday lives, swearing never to attempt the journey again. But they faced challenges back home, too, challenges only exacerbated by the siren song of Meru. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award in the documentary section. 

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Jimmy Chin/Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. 2015. 87 m. R. India/USA. Music Box Films.

5:15 PM 7:15 PM 9:15 PM



Saturday, September 5

Grandma

New Releases

"Grandma is both smart and sweet, mature and bawdy, knowing its characters’ flaws yet open to the possibilities of people acting upon their best instincts. It is without a doubt one of the year’s best films." (Alonso Duralde, TheWrap.com)

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. 

close

TheWrap.com review


Paul Weitz. 2015. 80 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

12:00 PM   1:00 PM   2:00 PM   3:00 PM   4:00 PM   5:00 PM   6:00 PM   7:00 PM   8:00 PM   9:00 PM   10:00 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

close

Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

12:05 PM   2:15 PM  

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

New Releases

Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) is back with another penetrating and contemplative exploration of contemporary society and those who shape it. An evocative portrait of one man’s legacy, Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine unravels the larger than life myth Steve Jobs deliberately crafted, and examines the perpetuation of his values, which continue to shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day. 

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Alex Gibney. 2015. 127 m. NR. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

12:10 PM   2:40 PM   5:10 PM   7:40 PM   10:05 PM  

Mistress America

New Releases

"If Ben Hecht or Preston Sturges ever wrote gags about Twitter or literary magazines or Brooklyn bistros, they would sound like this." (Jordan Hoffman, Guardian)


Noah Baumbach reteams with Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) in this smart, delightful comedy. Tracy (Lola Kirke, Gone Girl) is a lonely college freshman in New York. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig), she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Both Kirke and Gerwig shine and "if nothing else, Mistress America confirms Gerwig as one of the great, fearless screen comediennes of her generation—a tall, loose-limbed whirligig who careens through scenes with the beatific ditziness of a Carole Lombard or Judy Holliday." (Variety)

9/16, 7:30 pm: Q&A with actor Michael Chernus (Orange is the New Black) and JBFC board president Janet Maslin 

close


Noah Baumbach. 2015. 86 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.

12:20 PM   2:20 PM   5:20 PM   7:20 PM   9:20 PM  

Meru

New Releases

"A high-tech, high-octane, high-fiving addition to the venerable 'Mountain Film' sub-genre, Meru is an engaging and cumulatively exhilarating debut from wife-and-husband team Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin." (The Hollywood Reporter)

In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle the Shark's Fin. What was meant to be a seven-day trip became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures. Their journey was not a successful one, but they had reached further than anyone else. The trio returned to their everyday lives, swearing never to attempt the journey again. But they faced challenges back home, too, challenges only exacerbated by the siren song of Meru. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award in the documentary section. 

close


Jimmy Chin/Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. 2015. 87 m. R. India/USA. Music Box Films.

5:15 PM   7:25 PM   9:25 PM  



Sunday, September 6

Grandma

New Releases

"Grandma is both smart and sweet, mature and bawdy, knowing its characters’ flaws yet open to the possibilities of people acting upon their best instincts. It is without a doubt one of the year’s best films." (Alonso Duralde, TheWrap.com)

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. 

close

TheWrap.com review


Paul Weitz. 2015. 80 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

12:00 PM   1:00 PM   2:00 PM   3:00 PM   4:00 PM   5:00 PM   6:00 PM   7:00 PM   8:00 PM   9:00 PM   10:00 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

close

Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

12:05 PM   2:15 PM  

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

New Releases

Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) is back with another penetrating and contemplative exploration of contemporary society and those who shape it. An evocative portrait of one man’s legacy, Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine unravels the larger than life myth Steve Jobs deliberately crafted, and examines the perpetuation of his values, which continue to shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day. 

close


Alex Gibney. 2015. 127 m. NR. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

12:10 PM   2:40 PM   5:10 PM   7:40 PM   10:05 PM  

Mistress America

New Releases

"If Ben Hecht or Preston Sturges ever wrote gags about Twitter or literary magazines or Brooklyn bistros, they would sound like this." (Jordan Hoffman, Guardian)


Noah Baumbach reteams with Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) in this smart, delightful comedy. Tracy (Lola Kirke, Gone Girl) is a lonely college freshman in New York. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig), she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Both Kirke and Gerwig shine and "if nothing else, Mistress America confirms Gerwig as one of the great, fearless screen comediennes of her generation—a tall, loose-limbed whirligig who careens through scenes with the beatific ditziness of a Carole Lombard or Judy Holliday." (Variety)

9/16, 7:30 pm: Q&A with actor Michael Chernus (Orange is the New Black) and JBFC board president Janet Maslin 

close


Noah Baumbach. 2015. 86 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.

12:20 PM   2:20 PM   5:20 PM   7:20 PM   9:20 PM  

Meru

New Releases

"A high-tech, high-octane, high-fiving addition to the venerable 'Mountain Film' sub-genre, Meru is an engaging and cumulatively exhilarating debut from wife-and-husband team Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin." (The Hollywood Reporter)

In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle the Shark's Fin. What was meant to be a seven-day trip became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures. Their journey was not a successful one, but they had reached further than anyone else. The trio returned to their everyday lives, swearing never to attempt the journey again. But they faced challenges back home, too, challenges only exacerbated by the siren song of Meru. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award in the documentary section. 

close


Jimmy Chin/Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. 2015. 87 m. R. India/USA. Music Box Films.

5:15 PM   7:15 PM   9:15 PM  



Monday, September 7

Grandma

New Releases

"Grandma is both smart and sweet, mature and bawdy, knowing its characters’ flaws yet open to the possibilities of people acting upon their best instincts. It is without a doubt one of the year’s best films." (Alonso Duralde, TheWrap.com)

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. 

close

TheWrap.com review


Paul Weitz. 2015. 80 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

1:00 PM   2:00 PM   3:00 PM   4:00 PM   5:00 PM   6:00 PM   7:00 PM   8:00 PM   9:00 PM   10:00 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

close

Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

1:05 PM   3:15 PM   5:25 PM  

Mistress America

New Releases

"If Ben Hecht or Preston Sturges ever wrote gags about Twitter or literary magazines or Brooklyn bistros, they would sound like this." (Jordan Hoffman, Guardian)


Noah Baumbach reteams with Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) in this smart, delightful comedy. Tracy (Lola Kirke, Gone Girl) is a lonely college freshman in New York. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig), she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Both Kirke and Gerwig shine and "if nothing else, Mistress America confirms Gerwig as one of the great, fearless screen comediennes of her generation—a tall, loose-limbed whirligig who careens through scenes with the beatific ditziness of a Carole Lombard or Judy Holliday." (Variety)

9/16, 7:30 pm: Q&A with actor Michael Chernus (Orange is the New Black) and JBFC board president Janet Maslin 

close


Noah Baumbach. 2015. 86 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.

1:10 PM   3:10 PM   5:20 PM   7:20 PM   9:20 PM  

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

New Releases

Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) is back with another penetrating and contemplative exploration of contemporary society and those who shape it. An evocative portrait of one man’s legacy, Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine unravels the larger than life myth Steve Jobs deliberately crafted, and examines the perpetuation of his values, which continue to shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day. 

close


Alex Gibney. 2015. 127 m. NR. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

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

Meru

New Releases

"A high-tech, high-octane, high-fiving addition to the venerable 'Mountain Film' sub-genre, Meru is an engaging and cumulatively exhilarating debut from wife-and-husband team Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin." (The Hollywood Reporter)

In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle the Shark's Fin. What was meant to be a seven-day trip became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures. Their journey was not a successful one, but they had reached further than anyone else. The trio returned to their everyday lives, swearing never to attempt the journey again. But they faced challenges back home, too, challenges only exacerbated by the siren song of Meru. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award in the documentary section. 

close


Jimmy Chin/Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. 2015. 87 m. R. India/USA. Music Box Films.

7:35 PM   9:35 PM  



Tuesday, September 8

Grandma

New Releases

"Grandma is both smart and sweet, mature and bawdy, knowing its characters’ flaws yet open to the possibilities of people acting upon their best instincts. It is without a doubt one of the year’s best films." (Alonso Duralde, TheWrap.com)

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. 

close

TheWrap.com review


Paul Weitz. 2015. 80 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

1:00 PM   2:00 PM   3:00 PM   4:00 PM   5:25 PM   6:00 PM Cancelled 7:15 PM   8:10 PM   9:00 PM   10:00 PM  

Mistress America

New Releases

"If Ben Hecht or Preston Sturges ever wrote gags about Twitter or literary magazines or Brooklyn bistros, they would sound like this." (Jordan Hoffman, Guardian)


Noah Baumbach reteams with Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) in this smart, delightful comedy. Tracy (Lola Kirke, Gone Girl) is a lonely college freshman in New York. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig), she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Both Kirke and Gerwig shine and "if nothing else, Mistress America confirms Gerwig as one of the great, fearless screen comediennes of her generation—a tall, loose-limbed whirligig who careens through scenes with the beatific ditziness of a Carole Lombard or Judy Holliday." (Variety)

9/16, 7:30 pm: Q&A with actor Michael Chernus (Orange is the New Black) and JBFC board president Janet Maslin 

close


Noah Baumbach. 2015. 86 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.

1:05 PM   3:05 PM   5:05 PM   7:05 PM   9:05 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

close

Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

1:10 PM   3:15 PM   6:00 PM  

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

New Releases

Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) is back with another penetrating and contemplative exploration of contemporary society and those who shape it. An evocative portrait of one man’s legacy, Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine unravels the larger than life myth Steve Jobs deliberately crafted, and examines the perpetuation of his values, which continue to shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day. 

close


Alex Gibney. 2015. 127 m. NR. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

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

Meru

New Releases

"A high-tech, high-octane, high-fiving addition to the venerable 'Mountain Film' sub-genre, Meru is an engaging and cumulatively exhilarating debut from wife-and-husband team Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin." (The Hollywood Reporter)

In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle the Shark's Fin. What was meant to be a seven-day trip became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures. Their journey was not a successful one, but they had reached further than anyone else. The trio returned to their everyday lives, swearing never to attempt the journey again. But they faced challenges back home, too, challenges only exacerbated by the siren song of Meru. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award in the documentary section. 

close


Jimmy Chin/Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. 2015. 87 m. R. India/USA. Music Box Films.

7:00 PM   9:10 PM  



Wednesday, September 9

Grandma

New Releases

"Grandma is both smart and sweet, mature and bawdy, knowing its characters’ flaws yet open to the possibilities of people acting upon their best instincts. It is without a doubt one of the year’s best films." (Alonso Duralde, TheWrap.com)

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. 

close

TheWrap.com review


Paul Weitz. 2015. 80 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

1:00 PM   2:00 PM   3:00 PM   4:00 PM   5:00 PM   6:00 PM Cancelled 7:00 PM   8:10 PM   9:00 PM   10:00 PM  

Mistress America

New Releases

"If Ben Hecht or Preston Sturges ever wrote gags about Twitter or literary magazines or Brooklyn bistros, they would sound like this." (Jordan Hoffman, Guardian)


Noah Baumbach reteams with Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) in this smart, delightful comedy. Tracy (Lola Kirke, Gone Girl) is a lonely college freshman in New York. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig), she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Both Kirke and Gerwig shine and "if nothing else, Mistress America confirms Gerwig as one of the great, fearless screen comediennes of her generation—a tall, loose-limbed whirligig who careens through scenes with the beatific ditziness of a Carole Lombard or Judy Holliday." (Variety)

9/16, 7:30 pm: Q&A with actor Michael Chernus (Orange is the New Black) and JBFC board president Janet Maslin 

close


Noah Baumbach. 2015. 86 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.

1:05 PM   3:05 PM   5:05 PM   7:05 PM   9:05 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

close

Village Voice


Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

1:10 PM   3:10 PM   6:00 PM  

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

New Releases

Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) is back with another penetrating and contemplative exploration of contemporary society and those who shape it. An evocative portrait of one man’s legacy, Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine unravels the larger than life myth Steve Jobs deliberately crafted, and examines the perpetuation of his values, which continue to shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day. 

close


Alex Gibney. 2015. 127 m. NR. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

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

Meru

New Releases

"A high-tech, high-octane, high-fiving addition to the venerable 'Mountain Film' sub-genre, Meru is an engaging and cumulatively exhilarating debut from wife-and-husband team Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin." (The Hollywood Reporter)

In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle the Shark's Fin. What was meant to be a seven-day trip became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures. Their journey was not a successful one, but they had reached further than anyone else. The trio returned to their everyday lives, swearing never to attempt the journey again. But they faced challenges back home, too, challenges only exacerbated by the siren song of Meru. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award in the documentary section. 

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Jimmy Chin/Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. 2015. 87 m. R. India/USA. Music Box Films.

5:20 PM   9:45 PM  

Single, Married, Divorced

Contemporary Arab Cinema

Four smart, funny, and successful 30-something single women are searching for love in Beirut. Lebanon’s answer to “Sex and the City,” this popular film offers real insight into a number of issues and taboos Lebanese woman face while showing—hilariously and touchingly—how hope, fantasies, and heartache are universal. Based on a Lebanese best-seller. North American premiere.

Opening Night with reception: Join us for a reception in the Jane Peck Gallery after the screening.

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Elie Khalifé. 2015. 94 m. NR. Lebanon, Arabic with subtitles.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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



Thursday, September 10

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

New Releases

Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) is back with another penetrating and contemplative exploration of contemporary society and those who shape it. An evocative portrait of one man’s legacy, Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine unravels the larger than life myth Steve Jobs deliberately crafted, and examines the perpetuation of his values, which continue to shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day. 

close


Alex Gibney. 2015. 127 m. NR. USA. Magnolia Pictures.

1:00 PM   3:25 PM   5:55 PM   8:30 PM  

Mistress America

New Releases

"If Ben Hecht or Preston Sturges ever wrote gags about Twitter or literary magazines or Brooklyn bistros, they would sound like this." (Jordan Hoffman, Guardian)


Noah Baumbach reteams with Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) in this smart, delightful comedy. Tracy (Lola Kirke, Gone Girl) is a lonely college freshman in New York. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig), she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Both Kirke and Gerwig shine and "if nothing else, Mistress America confirms Gerwig as one of the great, fearless screen comediennes of her generation—a tall, loose-limbed whirligig who careens through scenes with the beatific ditziness of a Carole Lombard or Judy Holliday." (Variety)

9/16, 7:30 pm: Q&A with actor Michael Chernus (Orange is the New Black) and JBFC board president Janet Maslin 

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Noah Baumbach. 2015. 86 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.

1:10 PM   3:10 PM   5:10 PM   7:10 PM   9:10 PM  

Grandma

New Releases

"Grandma is both smart and sweet, mature and bawdy, knowing its characters’ flaws yet open to the possibilities of people acting upon their best instincts. It is without a doubt one of the year’s best films." (Alonso Duralde, TheWrap.com)

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets. 

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Paul Weitz. 2015. 80 m. R. USA. Sony Pictures Classics.

2:00 PM   4:00 PM   6:00 PM   8:05 PM   10:00 PM  

Phoenix

New Releases

"The director's last film was the superb 2012 Barbara, also starring Hoss and Zehrfeld, another romance with a mystery built in; Phoenix is an even finer piece of work, so beautifully made that it comes close to perfect." (Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice)


A spellbinding mystery of identity, illusion, and deception, Phoenix evokes the shadows and haunted mood of post-war Berlin. Nelly (Nina Hoss), a German-Jewish nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp, but with her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn't recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix weaves a complex tale of a nation's tragedy and a woman's search for answers as it builds towards an unforgettable, heart-stopping climax. Opening night film of the 2015 Westchester Jewish Film Festival.

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Christian Petzold. 2014. 98 m. PG-13. Germany, German with subtitles. IFC/Sundance Selects.

2:05 PM   4:30 PM   10:10 PM  

Meru

New Releases

"A high-tech, high-octane, high-fiving addition to the venerable 'Mountain Film' sub-genre, Meru is an engaging and cumulatively exhilarating debut from wife-and-husband team Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin." (The Hollywood Reporter)

In October 2008, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle the Shark's Fin. What was meant to be a seven-day trip became a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures. Their journey was not a successful one, but they had reached further than anyone else. The trio returned to their everyday lives, swearing never to attempt the journey again. But they faced challenges back home, too, challenges only exacerbated by the siren song of Meru. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than the first time around. Winner of the 2015 Sundance Audience Award in the documentary section. 

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Jimmy Chin/Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. 2015. 87 m. R. India/USA. Music Box Films.

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Theeb

Contemporary Arab Cinema

This stirring drama is about a young Bedouin boy on a perilous journey to guide a British officer across the desert in 1916 Arabia, when World War I was raging in Europe and the Ottoman Empire was coming undone. Shot entirely on location in the ravishing desert landscape—including at some of the same locations that David Lean used for Lawrence of ArabiaTheeb is turning heads and winning awards on the festival circuit. 

Q&A Theeb writer/producer Bassel Ghandour, director Naji Abu Nowar (via Skype) with series curator Lina Matta.

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Naji Abu Nowar. 2014. 100 m. NR. Various Countries, Arabic with subtitles. Film Movement.

5:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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

Food Chains

Special Events

FILM. DISCUSSION. RECEPTIONThere is more interest in food these days than ever, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Food Chains exposes the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of the supermarket industry. In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States. 

Q&A filmmaker Sanjay Rawal with moderator Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., Director, Consumer Safety and Sustainability at Consumer Reports. Sanjay Rawal spent over a decade working in the non-profit and government sectors while running a small agricultural genetics company with his father, Dr. Kanti Rawal. After working as a consultant on the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008), he was bit by the film bug. Food Chains is his first feature. Dr. Rangan serves as a primary, national spokesperson for Consumer Reports in the areas of sustainable production/consumption practices, food safety, and product safety issues related to chemical and contaminant hazards.

Presented in partnership with Consumer Reports.

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Sanjay Rawal. 2014. 83 m. NR. USA.

7:15 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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

The Beekeeper

Contemporary Arab Cinema

In the mid-1990s, a Kurd named Ibrahim Gezer was living in Turkey with his family, making a good living producing honey with his 500 bee colonies. But he lost everything in the turmoil of the Turkish-Kurdish war. After living on the run for seven years, he arrived in Switzerland as a refugee. This moving documentary tracks the story of how this good man was able to rebuild his life—with nothing more than his faith in humanity and his love of bees.

Introduction by series curator Lina Matta. A Lebanese-American based in Dubai, Lina Matta is the Senior Channel Manager of the Middle East Broadcast Company (MBC) channels 2, 4, Max, and Variety. She has programmed this series for the JBFC since 2012.   

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Mano Khalil. 2013. 107 m. NR. Switzerland, German/Kurdish with subtitles. Frame Film.

8:00 PM  



Friday, September 11

A World Not Ours

Contemporary Arab Cinema

A World Not Ours is an intimate, bittersweet documentary portrait of three generations of exile in Ain el-Helweh, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. Set up in 1948 as a temporary haven, today it is home to more than 70,000 people living in limbo. Filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel, who grew up there and visits every year, presents this sensitive, passionate study of belonging and increasing desperation. A World Not Ours premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and has picked up awards at many international film festivals.

Introduction by series curator Lina Matta. A Lebanese-American based in Dubai, Lina Matta is the Senior Channel Manager of the Middle East Broadcast Company (MBC) channels 2, 4, Max, and Variety. She has programmed this series for the JBFC since 2012.   

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Mahdi Fleifel. 2012. 93 m. Luxembourg/UK/Lebanon, Arabic/English.

5:00 PM  

I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced

Contemporary Arab Cinema

Inspired by the real life story of Nujood Ali, which made international headlines, this wrenching, inspiring film is about a 10-year-old Yemeni girl who was forced to marry a man three times her age—and after enduring a new life of rape and beatings, broke with tradition and took matters into her own hands. US premiere. Best Fiction Film, Dubai International Film Festival.

Q&A filmmaker Khadija al-Salami (via Skype) with series curator Lina Matta. A child bride in her native Yemen, al-Salami escaped that abusive marriage. At 16, she received a scholarship to finish secondary school in the United States and went on to earn a master’s degree at American University. As well as making documentaries, al-Salami is Press and Cultural Attaché and Director of the Yemeni Information Centre at the Embassy of Yemen in Paris.

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Khadija Al-Salami. 2014. 96 m. NR. France/UAE/Yemen, Arabic with subtitles. WIDE Management.

8:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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



Saturday, September 12

From A to B

Contemporary Arab Cinema

Just days before the birth of his first child—and much to his wife’s dismay—Omar persuades two estranged high school buddies to accompany him on a road trip from Abu Dhabi to Beirut in memory of another friend. Their journey is filled with laughs as well as breakdowns, wrong turns, shady mechanics, and a camel or two. An enjoyable blockbuster inspired by American road movies.

Introduction by series curator Lina Matta. A Lebanese-American based in Dubai, Lina Matta is the Senior Channel Manager of the Middle East Broadcast Company (MBC) channels 2, 4, Max, and Variety. She has programmed this series for the JBFC since 2012.  

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Ali F. Mostafa. 2014. 108 m. NR. Various Countries, Arabic/English. Highland Film Group.

5:00 PM  



Sunday, September 13

Excuse My French

Contemporary Arab Cinema

Twelve-year-old Hany tries to fit in at his new public school after his father’s sudden death, which leaves his family unable to afford his private education. Not only is Hany clearly from a more privileged background than the others in his new class, but he is also the only Christian in a room full of Muslims. Based on the filmmaker’s own experience, Excuse My French is a sociopolitical critique wrapped in a family comedy. It was rejected twice by the Egyptian censorship board, which claimed it would provoke Christians and spark a civil war. New York premiere.

Introduction by series curator Lina Matta. A Lebanese-American based in Dubai, Lina Matta is the Senior Channel Manager of the Middle East Broadcast Company (MBC) channels 2, 4, Max, and Variety. She has programmed this series for the JBFC since 2012.  

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Amr Salama. 2014. 99 m. NR. Egypt, Arabic with subtitles. FilmRise.

3:00 PM  

The Wanted 18

Contemporary Arab Cinema

“Highlighting the ridiculous without losing track of the seriousness of all acts of resistance, the film should open minds.” (Variety)

Through a clever mix of stop-motion animation and interviews, The Wanted 18 re-creates an astonishing true story: the Israeli army’s pursuit of 18 cows, whose independent milk production on a Palestinian collective farm had been declared “a threat to the national security of the state.” An enchanting tribute to ingenuity and activism.

Q&A The Wanted 18 co-director Amer Shomali (via Skype) with series curator Lina Matta.

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Paul Cowan & Amer Shomali. 2014. 75 m. NR. Various Countries, Various languages with subtitles. Kino Lorber Films.

6:00 PM  



Monday, September 14

Pirates of Salé

Contemporary Arab Cinema

Special Sneak Preview. On Morocco’s old pirate coast, in the city of Salé, hundreds of teenagers audition every year to become students at the Cirque Shems’y, the country’s first professional circus. The circus school sits on the edge of the city’s slums, and represents the one hope for a different future for many of its students. Pirates of Salé follows four young Moroccans on a tough journey of transformation as they learn to live independently, express themselves, challenge convention, and embrace a totally alien concept: artistic freedom. 

with Zaina’s Cake. Zaina is a new college graduate struggling to start her own cake business without her father’s approval. When she meets Ma’an, she has an opportunity to change her life. Set in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, this short film was mainly shot in LA with a Saudi cast and mostly Saudi crew. Nada AlMojadedi. 2015. 17 m. NR. Saudi Arabia, in language with subtitles.

Q&A filmmaker Nada AlMojadedi with series curator Lina Matta. A young filmmaker from Makkah, Saudi Arabia, AlMojadedi was born and raised in Jeddah. She worked in video production there before coming to LA to acquire an MFA in filmmaking. Zaina’s Cake is her first short film. 

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Rosa Rogers & Merieme Addou. 2014. 79 m. NR. Various Countries, Arabic with subtitles.

5:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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

The Man from Oran

Contemporary Arab Cinema

A drama about Algerian independence, seen through the relationship of two friends, Djaffar and Hamid, one a modest idealist, the other a consummate wheeler-dealer. From the heady times of the revolution and the euphoric first years after independence, The Man from Oran is a soul-searching, biting critique of a nation’s psyche, and an exploration of the secrets and betrayals that drive friends apart.

Introduction by series curator Lina Matta. A Lebanese-American based in Dubai, Lina Matta is the Senior Channel Manager of the Middle East Broadcast Company (MBC) channels 2, 4, Max, and Variety. She has programmed this series for the JBFC since 2012.   

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Lyès Salem. 2014. 128 m. NR. France/Algeria, Arabic/French. Films Distribution.

8:00 PM  



Tuesday, September 15

Timbuktu

Contemporary Arab Cinema

A dazzling, heartbreaking masterpiece, Timbuktu was nominated for an Oscar and has won multiple prizes around the world. It’s a story about the many effects that a regime of terror, led by a group of dogmatic fundamentalists, imposed on a devout, peace-loving community. “In providing audiences a chance to bear witness to unspeakable suffering as well as dazzling defiance and human dignity, Sissako has created a film that’s a privilege to watch,” says the Washington Post. 

Introduction by series curator Lina Matta. A Lebanese-American based in Dubai, Lina Matta is the Senior Channel Manager of the Middle East Broadcast Company (MBC) channels 2, 4, Max, and Variety. She has programmed this series for the JBFC since 2012.   

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Abderrahmane Sissako. 2014. 97 m. PG-13. France, Various languages with subtitles. Cohen Media Group.

5:00 PM  

Ghadi

Contemporary Arab Cinema

In an insular Lebanese town, the town’s beloved music teacher, Leba, learns that the neighbors are scared of his young son, who has Down syndrome. When they circulate a petition to have the boy institutionalized, Leba jumps into action, concocting a fanciful scheme to convince them that his son is an angel who holds all the answers to their problems. This deft, playful crowd-pleaser was selected to represent Lebanon at the Oscars.

Q&A filmmaker Amin Dora (via Skype) with series curator Lina Matta. Born in Lebanon, Amin Dora received his degree from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, ALBA, where he now teaches. His Arabic web drama series “Shankaboot,” the first of its kind, won him an International Digital Emmy for directing. Dora is known for dry comedy and intimate narrative. Ghadi is his first feature film. 

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Amin Dora. 2013. 100 m. NR. Lebanon, Arabic. Fortissimo.

8:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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



Wednesday, September 16

Haze

Special Events

Free Community Event. HAZE centers on the story of 18-year old Lynn Gordon Bailey Jr., who tragically died following an alcohol fueled hazing incident. The documentary will be followed by an in-depth conversation about teenage alcohol use, abuse, and how we should intervene in an alcohol emergency. 
 
Q&A Ellen Morehouse, Executive Director of Student Assistant Services, New York State Senator Terrence P. MurphySusan Brownbill-Vega, Director of Community Affairs for the Westchester County District Attorney, Emil NigroDirector of the Phelps Emergency Department with JBFC Executive Director Edie Demas

Presented in partnership with Pleasantville STRONG (Safe Teens, Real Opportunities, New Goals) a community coalition dedicated to reducing underage drinking and drug use by involving all sectors of the community to create and support ongoing substance abuse prevention and reduction strategies. 

This Community Event is free and open to the public, on a first-come, first-served basis. To attend the event, please RSVP via email to Didi Kirtley at dkirtley@burnsfilmcenter.org with the subject “Pleasantville Event.”

 
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Mistress America

New Releases

"If Ben Hecht or Preston Sturges ever wrote gags about Twitter or literary magazines or Brooklyn bistros, they would sound like this." (Jordan Hoffman, Guardian)


Noah Baumbach reteams with Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) in this smart, delightful comedy. Tracy (Lola Kirke, Gone Girl) is a lonely college freshman in New York. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig), she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes. Both Kirke and Gerwig shine and "if nothing else, Mistress America confirms Gerwig as one of the great, fearless screen comediennes of her generation—a tall, loose-limbed whirligig who careens through scenes with the beatific ditziness of a Carole Lombard or Judy Holliday." (Variety)

9/16, 7:30 pm: Q&A with actor Michael Chernus (Orange is the New Black) and JBFC board president Janet Maslin 

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Noah Baumbach. 2015. 86 m. R. USA. Fox Searchlight.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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



Thursday, September 17

Black Mass

Special Events

A Members Only Preview! Johnny Depp is Whitey Bulger in this riveting crime drama based on the book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob. In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. This screening is only available to JBFC Members. 

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Scott Cooper. 2015. 122 m. R. USA. Warner Bros.

5:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

 Tickets: $10 (members) Exclusively for JBFC Members! Members entitled to 1 or 2 tickets, depending on membership level. Join online today or call 914.773.7663, ext. 6 to join before the next Members-Only screening!

Elevator to the Gallows

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“As beautifully fatalistic as its title, this classic thriller is a consummate entertainment rich with the romantic atmosphere of Paris in the 1950s…. It made a major film star of Moreau, whose work remains completely bewitching.” (LA Times)

Scheming lovers Florence (Jeanne Moreau) and Julien (Maurice Ronet) engineer the perfect murder of her husband, but things get complicated. Not only was this classic film noir Moreau’s ticket to international stardom, it was a stunning debut for 24-year-old director Louis Malle. The legendary Miles Davis score, still one of the most famous of all jazz soundtracks, is as seminal as the film itself.

Sep. 17, 7:30 OPENING NIGHT with FRENCH FOOD AND WINE FÊTE:  Introduced by Anne Kern, associate professor of cinema studies at Purchase College and curator of the college’s Focus on French Cinema festival. Join us upstairs in the Jane Peck Gallery for a postscreening celebration featuring French wine generously donated by Wine Enthusiast.

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Louis Malle. 1958. 88 m. NR. France, French/German with subtitles. Rialto Pictures.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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



Friday, September 18

The Story of Adele H.

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“Only 19 when the film was shot, Isabelle Adjani is much younger than the woman she’s playing. She hardly seems to be doing anything, yet you can’t take your eyes off her… She knows how to alert us to what Adele conceals; she’s unnaturally quiet and passive, her blue eyes shining too bright in a pale flower face.” (Pauline Kael, The New Yorker)

François Truffaut was quoted as saying that he wouldn’t have made this film without Isabelle Adjani, whom he snatched from the stage of the Comédie-Francaise. Based on the memoirs of Victor Hugo’s youngest daughter, it’s a story of unrequited love and the slow descent into madness. With this sensitive performance, Adjani earned her first nomination for the Best Actress Oscar, among other nods, making her the youngest nominee ever at the time. 

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François Truffaut. 1975. 96 m. PG. France, in French/English, with subtitles. Film Desk.

12:10 PM   5:10 PM   9:10 PM  

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“Touching and knowing and, like Deneuve, ageless.” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

A staggeringly beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this candy-colored musical heart-tugger. She plays a shop owner’s delicate daughter, incandescent with first love. Her handsome garage mechanic lover (Nino Castelnuovo) is drafted, and they spend the night together on the eve of his departure for the war in Algeria. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors, and told entirely through the lilting songs of composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most cherished and unorthodox movie musicals of all time. Remastered in 2014. 

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Jacques Demy. 1964. 91 m. NR. France/West Germany, French with subtitles. Janus Films.

2:05 PM   7:10 PM  



Saturday, September 19

Best of the Fest: Kid Flix Mix

Special Events

Perfect for ages 3 to 8. A group of musically inclined ants face off against a lumberjack threatening to take down their tree in Pik Pik Pik. Being different isn’t so bad in Bunny New Girl and Zebra. Sometimes even our family members can feel like strangers in My Big BrotherEyes, and Oscar-nominated Me and My Moulton. Fantasies create new worlds and endless possibilities in 5.80 MetersLarisa Can Fly, and Submarine Sandwich. One special object can inspire anyone, big or small, in The Elephant and the Bicycle and Cookie-Tin Banjo, and a fly and a spider go to war in a common bathroom in Minuscule: The Private Life of Insects – Brushing.

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 14)  
JBFC Family Members - use your Family comp passes at the box office for this event!  

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Various Directors. 2015. 60 m. G. Various Countries. GKids.

12:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

Jean de Florette

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“Irresistible. All of the performances, like the characters, are rich.” (New York Times)

Stepping away from his previous roles as a modern urbanite, Daniel Auteuil shot to fame as Yves Montand’s “sub-intelligent nephew” (Variety) in this hugely successful historical drama set in the idyllic prewar French countryside. The two men play shifty, unscrupulous farmers conspiring to gain access to a spring on land owned by novice homesteader Gérard Depardieu, who moves there with his wife and young daughter. Auteuil’s magnificent performance earned him a César (a French Oscar), and together with the follow-up, Manon of the Spring, the film was a huge commercial success.

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Claude Berri. 1986. 120 m. PG. France/Italy/Switzerland, French with subtitles. Park Circus.

12:00 PM   5:00 PM   9:50 PM  

Manon of the Spring

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“Essential viewing for anyone who enjoyed Jean de Florette.” (Time Out)

In the second half to the story started in Jean de Florette (both based on a Marcel Pagnol novel) Emmanuelle Béart plays the beautiful 18-year-old shepherdess Manon, who untangles the story of her family’s ruin years before at the hands of Daniel Auteuil and Yves Montand’s unprincipled farmers—and wreaks vengeance. Béart is powerful in a role made indelible by the scene in which she dances nude in the fields. It earned her a César for Best Supporting Actress.

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Claude Berri. 1986. 113 m. PG. France/Italy/Switzerland, French with subtitles.

2:25 PM   7:30 PM  



Sunday, September 20

Elevator to the Gallows

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“As beautifully fatalistic as its title, this classic thriller is a consummate entertainment rich with the romantic atmosphere of Paris in the 1950s…. It made a major film star of Moreau, whose work remains completely bewitching.” (LA Times)

Scheming lovers Florence (Jeanne Moreau) and Julien (Maurice Ronet) engineer the perfect murder of her husband, but things get complicated. Not only was this classic film noir Moreau’s ticket to international stardom, it was a stunning debut for 24-year-old director Louis Malle. The legendary Miles Davis score, still one of the most famous of all jazz soundtracks, is as seminal as the film itself.

Sep. 17, 7:30 OPENING NIGHT with FRENCH FOOD AND WINE FÊTE:  Introduced by Anne Kern, associate professor of cinema studies at Purchase College and curator of the college’s Focus on French Cinema festival. Join us upstairs in the Jane Peck Gallery for a postscreening celebration featuring French wine generously donated by Wine Enthusiast.

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Louis Malle. 1958. 88 m. NR. France, French/German with subtitles. Rialto Pictures.

12:30 PM   4:30 PM   8:30 PM  

Best of the Fest: Party Mix

Special Events

For Ages 9 and Up. Old fables and myths are given a new twist in Mythopolis and Tigers Tied Up in One Rope. Fate is in the hands of some surprising characters in Johnny Express and In the Beginning. The human spirit, guided by music, soars against harsh realities in The Trumpeter and Layla’s MelodyThe Single Lifestrikes a playful note when it imagines music as means of time travel. Dogs take center stage–literally–in Oh My Dog.

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 14)
JBFC Family Members - use your Family comp passes at the box office for this event!  

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Various Directors. 2015. 65 m. PG. Various Countries, Various languages with subtitles. GKids.

2:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“Touching and knowing and, like Deneuve, ageless.” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

A staggeringly beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this candy-colored musical heart-tugger. She plays a shop owner’s delicate daughter, incandescent with first love. Her handsome garage mechanic lover (Nino Castelnuovo) is drafted, and they spend the night together on the eve of his departure for the war in Algeria. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors, and told entirely through the lilting songs of composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most cherished and unorthodox movie musicals of all time. Remastered in 2014. 

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Jacques Demy. 1964. 91 m. NR. France/West Germany, French with subtitles. Janus Films.

2:30 PM   6:30 PM  

Terraferma

Jonathan Demme's Rarely Seen Cinema

Set on and around a summer tourist island off the coast of Sicily, Terraferma tells the story of two struggling yet disparate families whose members become fatefully intertwined. A well-intentioned but illegal rescue of immigrant ‘boat people’ forces the individuals of the indigenous family to choose between their economic survival and doing the right thing. In the process, both families are slowly torn apart as they come to grips with the harsh reality and consequences of their actions. 

Reel Talk with series host Jonathan Demme following the screening. 

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Emanuele Crialese. 2011. 88 m. NR. Italy, Italian.

5:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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



Monday, September 21

The Story of Adele H.

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“Only 19 when the film was shot, Isabelle Adjani is much younger than the woman she’s playing. She hardly seems to be doing anything, yet you can’t take your eyes off her… She knows how to alert us to what Adele conceals; she’s unnaturally quiet and passive, her blue eyes shining too bright in a pale flower face.” (Pauline Kael, The New Yorker)

François Truffaut was quoted as saying that he wouldn’t have made this film without Isabelle Adjani, whom he snatched from the stage of the Comédie-Francaise. Based on the memoirs of Victor Hugo’s youngest daughter, it’s a story of unrequited love and the slow descent into madness. With this sensitive performance, Adjani earned her first nomination for the Best Actress Oscar, among other nods, making her the youngest nominee ever at the time. 

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François Truffaut. 1975. 96 m. PG. France, in French/English, with subtitles. Film Desk.

1:00 PM   3:00 PM   5:10 PM   7:10 PM   9:10 PM  

The Power of Storytelling and Personal Narrative

Special Events

Free Community Program! Please join us for an evening of performance and conversation exploring the transformative power of story in the lives of men incarcerated at Sing Sing and how sharing personal narratives can bring people together inside the walls and out. The program will include highlights from TEDxSingSing: Creating Healthy Communities followed by a discussion with activists, artists, correction officers, and family members of the incarcerated performers. After the program, visit the third floor to view visual art and gallery displays provided by Hudson Link and RTA Creative Arts. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Q&A Ronnine Bartley, wife of TEDxSingSing speaker Lawrence Bartley, Sean Pica, executive director of Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, Michael Capra, Sing Sing Correctional Facility Superintendent, and Cathleen Price, Cooperating Senior Attorney, Equal Justice Initiative with JBFC board member Jonathan Demme

For tickets, please RSVP via email to Frankie Fortunato ffortunato@burnsfilmcenter.org with the subject “Power of Story.”

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Tuesday, September 22

Jean de Florette

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“Irresistible. All of the performances, like the characters, are rich.” (New York Times)

Stepping away from his previous roles as a modern urbanite, Daniel Auteuil shot to fame as Yves Montand’s “sub-intelligent nephew” (Variety) in this hugely successful historical drama set in the idyllic prewar French countryside. The two men play shifty, unscrupulous farmers conspiring to gain access to a spring on land owned by novice homesteader Gérard Depardieu, who moves there with his wife and young daughter. Auteuil’s magnificent performance earned him a César (a French Oscar), and together with the follow-up, Manon of the Spring, the film was a huge commercial success.

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Claude Berri. 1986. 120 m. PG. France/Italy/Switzerland, French with subtitles. Park Circus.

1:00 PM   5:40 PM  

Manon of the Spring

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“Essential viewing for anyone who enjoyed Jean de Florette.” (Time Out)

In the second half to the story started in Jean de Florette (both based on a Marcel Pagnol novel) Emmanuelle Béart plays the beautiful 18-year-old shepherdess Manon, who untangles the story of her family’s ruin years before at the hands of Daniel Auteuil and Yves Montand’s unprincipled farmers—and wreaks vengeance. Béart is powerful in a role made indelible by the scene in which she dances nude in the fields. It earned her a César for Best Supporting Actress.

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Claude Berri. 1986. 113 m. PG. France/Italy/Switzerland, French with subtitles.

3:20 PM   10:00 PM  

The Story of Adele H.

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“Only 19 when the film was shot, Isabelle Adjani is much younger than the woman she’s playing. She hardly seems to be doing anything, yet you can’t take your eyes off her… She knows how to alert us to what Adele conceals; she’s unnaturally quiet and passive, her blue eyes shining too bright in a pale flower face.” (Pauline Kael, The New Yorker)

François Truffaut was quoted as saying that he wouldn’t have made this film without Isabelle Adjani, whom he snatched from the stage of the Comédie-Francaise. Based on the memoirs of Victor Hugo’s youngest daughter, it’s a story of unrequited love and the slow descent into madness. With this sensitive performance, Adjani earned her first nomination for the Best Actress Oscar, among other nods, making her the youngest nominee ever at the time. 

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François Truffaut. 1975. 96 m. PG. France, in French/English, with subtitles. Film Desk.

8:05 PM  



Wednesday, September 23

Elevator to the Gallows

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“As beautifully fatalistic as its title, this classic thriller is a consummate entertainment rich with the romantic atmosphere of Paris in the 1950s…. It made a major film star of Moreau, whose work remains completely bewitching.” (LA Times)

Scheming lovers Florence (Jeanne Moreau) and Julien (Maurice Ronet) engineer the perfect murder of her husband, but things get complicated. Not only was this classic film noir Moreau’s ticket to international stardom, it was a stunning debut for 24-year-old director Louis Malle. The legendary Miles Davis score, still one of the most famous of all jazz soundtracks, is as seminal as the film itself.

Sep. 17, 7:30 OPENING NIGHT with FRENCH FOOD AND WINE FÊTE:  Introduced by Anne Kern, associate professor of cinema studies at Purchase College and curator of the college’s Focus on French Cinema festival. Join us upstairs in the Jane Peck Gallery for a postscreening celebration featuring French wine generously donated by Wine Enthusiast.

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Louis Malle. 1958. 88 m. NR. France, French/German with subtitles. Rialto Pictures.

1:00 PM   3:00 PM   5:00 PM   7:00 PM   9:00 PM  

Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes

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The Reflektor Tapes is a fascinating insight into the making of Arcade Fire's critically acclaimed album, Reflektor. The film re-contextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band's creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, commence recording sessions in Montreal, and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. The film blends never-before-seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 20 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.

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Kahlil Joseph. 2015. 91 m. NR. USA. Arts Alliance.

7:30 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

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



Thursday, September 24

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“Touching and knowing and, like Deneuve, ageless.” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)

A staggeringly beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this candy-colored musical heart-tugger. She plays a shop owner’s delicate daughter, incandescent with first love. Her handsome garage mechanic lover (Nino Castelnuovo) is drafted, and they spend the night together on the eve of his departure for the war in Algeria. Exquisitely designed in a kaleidoscope of colors, and told entirely through the lilting songs of composer Michel Legrand, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is one of the most cherished and unorthodox movie musicals of all time. Remastered in 2014. 

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Jacques Demy. 1964. 91 m. NR. France/West Germany, French with subtitles. Janus Films.

1:00 PM   3:00 PM   5:00 PM   7:00 PM   9:00 PM  



Friday, September 25

Loulou

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“Mr. Depardieu and Miss Huppert are magnetic… offering grand, slightly foolish flourishes that go a long way.” (New York Times)

Loulou is an unconventional, deeply emotional exploration of social conventions, love, and sexual politics; it could not be mistaken for anything other than a French film. Young and attractive, Isabelle Huppert plays a trapped, bourgeois Parisian housewife, and Gérard Depardieu is the charming, sexy, and unemployed thug for whom she puts financial security—and her husband—aside. It’s a treat to see these two celebrated actors blossom in key early roles, in a film Andrew Sarris called “a masterpiece of subtlety and eroticism” (Village Voice). Remastered in 2015.

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Maurice Pialat. 1980. 117 m. NR. France, French with subtitles. Cohen Film Collection.

12:00 PM   2:20 PM   5:00 PM   7:25 PM   9:50 PM  



Saturday, September 26

Best of the Fest: Party Mix

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For Ages 9 and Up. Old fables and myths are given a new twist in Mythopolis and Tigers Tied Up in One Rope. Fate is in the hands of some surprising characters in Johnny Express and In the Beginning. The human spirit, guided by music, soars against harsh realities in The Trumpeter and Layla’s MelodyThe Single Lifestrikes a playful note when it imagines music as means of time travel. Dogs take center stage–literally–in Oh My Dog.

Tickets: $7 (members), $12 (nonmembers), $7.50 (children under 14)
JBFC Family Members - use your Family comp passes at the box office for this event!  

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Various Directors. 2015. 65 m. PG. Various Countries, Various languages with subtitles. GKids.

12:00 PM    [Add to My Calendar]

Beauty and the Beast

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“His face masked by the fur and the fangs of the Beast, his body padded and swathed in velvet, his hands made into claws, it was [Jean Marais’] triumph of acting over physique.” (Francis Steegmuller, Cocteau: A Biography)   

Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of the fairy-tale masterpiece—in which the pure love of a beautiful woman frees a feral but gentle beast—is a landmark of motion picture fantasy, made well before Disney got its hands on the story. Jean Marais, who suggested the film to the director, fully commits to the character of the Beast. “In my opinion,” wrote Cocteau, “one must have Marais’ passion for his work and his devotion to his dog to persevere as he did in deserting the human race for the animal race.” 

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Jean Cocteau. 1946. 96 m. NR. France, French with subtitles. Janus Films.

12:00 PM   7:20 PM   9:20 PM  

The Clockmaker

Classic French Cinema: Breakout Roles

“Fine, precise, very moving… Noiret gives a performance of high caliber.” (New York Times)

The carefully measured, modest life of a Lyon clockmaker (Philippe Noiret) is shattered when the police come with the news that his son has been accused of murder. Noiret’s quiet, intelligent performance is informed by the film’s rich details, from the personal to the political. Adapted from a Georges Simenon novel, Bertrand Tavernier’s debut feature is “an extraordinary film—the more so because it attempts to show us the very complicated workings of the human personality, and to do it with grace, some humor and a great deal of style” (Roger Ebert). Noiret—perhaps best known for Cinema Paradiso—would go on to make a dozen films with Tavernier, who called him his “autobiographical actor.” Special thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, NY for help in obtaining this print. 

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Bertrand Tavernier. 1974. 105 m. NR. France, French with subtitles. Rialto Pictures.

2:10 PM   5:10 PM  



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