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Jewish Film Festival

 

Jewish Film Festival 2019 
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Shoelaces

Showings:
Thursday, January 31 | 8:00 p.m.
Monday, February 4 | 1:00 p.m.

The story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son whom he abandoned while he was a child. Reuben’s kidney’s are failing and his son Gadi wants to donate one of his own kidney’s, The transplant committee objects to the procedure claiming that Rueben acting as Gadi’s sole legal guardian does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Gadi who recently lost his mother is afraid of losing his father as well and he fights to save his father.
 
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Promise at Dawn

Showings:
Tuesday, February 5 | 8:00 p.m.
Monday, February 11 | 1:00 p.m.

From his difficult childhood in Poland to his adolescence under Nice’s sun, to his career in the air force in Africa during World War II… Romain Gary has lived an extraordinary life. He owes this relentless enterprise to live a thousand lives, to become a great man and a famous writer, to his mother Nina. It’s the wild love of his eccentric and endearing mother that drives him to become one of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century, to lead a life full of twists, passion, and mystery. But this unconditional maternal love will also be a burden that he bears his whole life… Promise at Dawn is the film adaptation of Romain Gary’s best-selling autobiographical novel.

Directed by Eric Barbier
France 2017 | French (with English subtitles) | 131 minutes

 


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The Tobacconist

Showings:
Sunday, February 10 | 2:30 p.m. @ NSU Art Museum
Wednesday, February 13 | 8:00 p.m.
Monday, February 18 | 1:00 p.m.

Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud, a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?

Directed by Nikolaus Leytner
German 2018 | Drama/War | German (with English subtitles) | 90 minutes

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In Her Footsteps

Showings:
Sunday, February 17 | 8:00 p.m.
Monday, February 25 | 1:00 p.m.

In the dead of night, my parents left our house in the Bedouin village, Tel Sheva, and moved, perhaps 'fled', to Omer, a nearby Jewish town. For more than 20 years of life in Omer, we were convinced that we're like everyone else around us, till my mother became ill with breast cancer. She expresses an unprecedented wish, to be buried as a Muslim in the town’s Jewish cemetery. Her wish tore the family apart and raised serious dilemmas, about identity, belonging, femininity and the meaning of home.

Directed by Rana Abu-Fraiha
Israel 2017 | Documentary | Hebrew/Arabic (with English Subtitles) | 70 minutes



 

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Outdoors

Showings:

Thursday, February 21 | 8:00 p.m.
Monday, March 4 | 1:00 p.m.

Gili and Yaara decide to leave the city and have a fresh start, building a house in the countryside of the Galilee. But while their dream house is being built, the foundations of their relationship slowly collapse.

Directed by Asaf Saban
Israel 2018 | Narrative | Hebrew (with English subtitles) | 80 minutes

 

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Working Woman

Showings:

Tuesday, February 26 | 8:00 p.m.
Monday, March 11 | 1:00 p.m.

While her husband struggles to keep his restaurant in business, a mother of three lands a job as an assistant to a powerful, but sexually harrassive realtor and brings herself to fight back, in this absorbing drama by Michal Aviad.

Directed by Michal Aviad
Israel 2018 | Hebrew (with English subtitles) | 93 minutes

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The Samuel Project

Showings: 

Thursday February 28 | 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 | 2:30 p.m. @ NSU Art Museum
Monday, March 18 | 1:00 p.m.

A teenager (Ryan Ochoa) who gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Hal Linden) for the first time when he makes him the subject of a senior year animated art project. With dreams of becoming a professional artist, the teen discovers that his grandpa, a Jewish dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman when he was a boy. After hesitating, Samuel agrees to tell his story for the project—a story he hasn't told in over 75 years. In the end Eli's project makes the finals in a countywide art showcase where he unveils his animated 'Samuel Project' with the help of his unlikely friend Kasim, an electric guitar wielding school misfit. And after decades, three generations of Eli's family finally connect with one another.

Directed by Marc Fusco
USA, 2017 | Drama / Comedy | English | 92 minutes