New York Jewish Film Festival 2014

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January 8 – 23

Join us for the 23rd annual New York Jewish Film Festival, a preeminent showcase for world cinema exploring the Jewish experience, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Jewish Museum. This year’s edition includes world, U.S., and New York premieres of films from around the globe, plus a number of “beyond the screen” programs including a symposium, a master class, and exhibitions of the posters and title sequences of the great Saul Bass.

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See any film in the festival and receive a voucher from the box office for two discount tickets to Papirosen (NYJFF '13), which opens January 24!

In This Series

Friends from France

Friends from France

Anne Weil | Philippe Kotlarski | 2013 | 100 mins

Opening Night! U.S. Premiere!

Directors Philippe Kotlarski and Anne Weil in person for Q&A!

Soko (Augustine, RDV ‘13) delivers a spellbinding performance in this story of French cousins in 1979 Odessa who spend their days seeing sights and their nights in the underground world of the refuseniks.

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Wednesday, January 08

3:15pm

Wednesday, January 08

8:45pm
Ida

Ida

Pawel Pawlikowski | 2013 | 80 mins

Closing Night! New York Premiere!

Director Pawel Pawlikowski in person for Q&A!

In this stunning black and white drama from Pawel Pawlikowski, an orphan brought up in a Polish convent makes a startling discovery when she visits her only living relative on the eve of taking her vows.

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Thursday, January 23

3:45pm

Thursday, January 23

9:00pm
Ain’t Misbehavin’

Ain’t Misbehavin’

Marcel Ophüls | 2013 | 106 mins

U.S. Premiere!

Marcel Ophüls returns to filmmaking with this personal stroll through cinema history, touching on his own work and that of his father, the great Max Ophüls, who fled to Hollywood following the Nazis’ rise to power.

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Wednesday, January 08

12:30pm

Wednesday, January 08

6:00pm
Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came to Dingle

Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came to Dingle

Maurice Linnane | 2012 | 59 mins

First Lesson In Love director Tomer Werechson in person for Q&A!

This charming and unexpected snapshot of singer Amy Winehouse shows her unplugged set at a tiny church in a remote Irish town and a relaxed chat with the late singer about her music and influences.

Screening with: First Lesson In Love (Tomer Werechson, 8m)

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Tuesday, January 14

3:00pm

Wednesday, January 15

6:00pm
Ana Arabia

Ana Arabia

Amos Gitai | 2013 | 81 mins

NYC Premiere!

Director Amos Gitai in person for Q&A!

Filmed in one virtuosic sequence shot, the latest from acclaimed director Amos Gitai depicts a small community of Jews and Arabs living together near Jaffa in a forgotten enclave surrounded by mass public housing.

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Saturday, January 18

9:20pm

Monday, January 20

8:15pm
Before the Revolution

Before the Revolution

Dan Shadur | 2013 | 60 mins

New York Premiere!

Director Dan Shadur and producer Barak Heymann in person for Q&A!

Before the Revolution explores the special relationship Tehran’s Israeli community had with the Shah’s dictatorship before their “Iranian Paradise” turned into hell.

Screening with: Pur (Anat Vovnoboy, 13m)

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Monday, January 20

6:00pm

Tuesday, January 21

3:00pm
Bethlehem

Bethlehem

Yuval Adler | 2013 | 100 mins

Sneak Preview!

Israel’s submission for the Foreign Language Oscar tells the story of the unlikely bond between Razi, an Israeli secret service officer, and Sanfur, a teenage Palestinian informant.

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Sunday, January 12

6:15pm

Monday, January 13

12:30pm
The Congress

The Congress

Ari Folman | 2013 | 122 mins

New York Premiere!

Robin Wright plays an aging actress who signs away the right to her digital image (and perhaps more) in this mix of live action and psychedelic animation from the director of the Oscar-nominated Waltz with Bashir.

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Saturday, January 11

9:00pm
Cupcakes

Cupcakes

Eytan Fox | 2013 | 90 mins

New York Premiere!

Unfortunately, director Eytan Fox will no longer attend the January 13 screening.

A motley group of friends in 1970s Tel Aviv write a song to cheer up one of their ranks and find themselves on an unexpected trip when it is secretly submitted as Israel’s entry to a Eurovision-style contest.

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Monday, January 13

3:15pm

Thursday, January 16

8:30pm
For a Woman

For a Woman

Diane Kurys | 2013 | 110 mins

U.S. Premiere!

Inspired by her own family history, Diane Kurys’s handsome drama moves between post-WWII France and the 1980s, where a novelist explores the past through recently-discovered letters and photos.

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Wednesday, January 15

12:30pm

Sunday, January 19

5:15pm
The Jewish Cardinal

The Jewish Cardinal

Ilan Duran Cohen | 2012 | 100 mins

New York Premiere!

Director Ilan Duran Cohen in person for Q&A on January 11 + 14!

The Jewish Cardinal tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism and rising through the ranks of the priesthood.

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Saturday, January 11

6:30pm

Tuesday, January 14

12:30pm

Monday, January 20

12:30pm
Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet

Edan Zeira | 2012 | 86 mins

Director Edan Zeira in person for Q&A!

A film crew embarks on a quest via trans-Siberian rail to find the legendary Mischka, who spent three years of his childhood hiding among wolves in the vast Belarus forests during WWII.

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Thursday, January 09

1:00pm

Thursday, January 09

6:00pm
Regina

Regina

Diana Groó | 2013 | 63 mins

U.S. Premiere!

Director Diana Groó in person for Q&A!

Rachel Weisz narrates this artful archival footage documentary that brings to life the story of Regina Jonas, who, in 1935 Berlin, made history by becoming the first woman ordained as a rabbi.

Screening with: Binding (Katarzyna Plazinska & Aaron Ellis, 10m)

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Monday, January 13

6:00pm

Wednesday, January 15

3:30pm
Rita Jahan Foruz

Rita Jahan Foruz

Ayal Goldberg | 2013 | 75 mins

New York Premiere!

Director Ayal Goldberg in person for Q&A!

In the face of political tension, Persian-born Israeli superstar Rita Jahan Foruz records her first album in Farsi and receives a warm response that demonstrates music’s unique power to unify.

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Thursday, January 16

3:30pm

Sunday, January 19

3:00pm
Rue Mandar (Where We Grew Up)

Rue Mandar (Where We Grew Up)

Idit Cébula | 2012 | 95 mins

New York Premiere!

Director Idit Cébula in person for Q&A!

Three siblings debate the fate of their childhood home after their mother’s death, causing memories, rivalries and insecurities to bubble to the surface, in this warm dramedy about family dysfunction.

Screening with: What Do We Have In Our Pockets? (Goran Dukic, 4m)

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Thursday, January 23

1:00pm

Thursday, January 23

6:15pm
The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich

The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich

Antonin Svoboda | 2012 | 111 mins

New York Premiere!

Director Antonin Svoboda in person for Q&A!

This stirring and handsomely-made biopic stars Klaus Maria Brandauer as Wilhelm Reich—psychiatrist, scientist and inventor of the orgone box—who fled Nazi Germany to the U.S. in 1939.

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Thursday, January 16

12:30pm

Saturday, January 18

6:30pm
Ukraine Brides: 13 Years Later

Ukraine Brides: 13 Years Later

Nili Tal | 2013 | 65 mins

U.S. Premiere!

Director Nili Tal in person for Q&A!

For 13 years, documentarian Nili Tal has followed the sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes mystifying, and always compelling stories of women from Ukraine who married Israeli men.

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Wednesday, January 22

3:15pm

Wednesday, January 22

8:30pm
Up the Wrong Tree

Up the Wrong Tree

Gur Bentvich | 2013 | 93 mins

New York Premiere!

Actress Sarah Adler in person for Q&A!

When a young slacker installs himself in an ancient tree across from his ex-girlfriend’s apartment, he finds himself at the center of an environmental battle in this warm and funny Ophir Award nominee.

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Wednesday, January 22

12:30pm

Wednesday, January 22

6:00pm
When Jews Were Funny

When Jews Were Funny

Alan Zweig | 2013 | 90 mins

U.S. Premiere!

Producer Jeff Glickman in person for Q&A!

This lighthearted documentary explores why so many comics in the 1960s and 1970s were Jewish, featuring interviews with Jack Carter, Shecky Greene, David Steinberg, and many others.

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Thursday, January 09

3:30pm

Thursday, January 09

8:30pm
The Women Pioneers

The Women Pioneers

Michal Aviad | 2013 | 51 mins

New York Premiere!

Director Michal Aviad in person for Q&A!

The stories of feminist pioneers who emigrated from Europe to Palestine a hundred years ago are brought to vivid life through fascinating archival footage and first-person accounts.

Screening with: I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked (Yuval Hameiri & Michal Vaknin, 9m)

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Tuesday, January 21

1:00pm

Tuesday, January 21

6:00pm
The Zigzag Kid

The Zigzag Kid

Vincent Bal | 2012 | 95 mins

A young boy’s visit to a boring uncle becomes a mission to solve the mystery of his deceased mother, featuring a colorful cast of characters that includes a celebrated chanteuse played by Isabella Rossellini.

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Sunday, January 12

12:30pm
New Israeli Shorts

New Israeli Shorts

Various | 2012 | 87 mins

Free Screening!

Director Ohad Regev and actress Sarah Adler in person for Q&A!

Four short films let us experience summertime romance in mid-winter. The selection includes First Days (dir. Ohad Regev, 2012, 15m), GentleDog (dir. David Shadi, 2012, 10m) Summer Vacation (dirs. Tal Granit & Sharon Maymon, 2012, 22m) and Aya (dirs. Mihal Brezis & Oded Binun, 2012, 40m), starring Sarah Adler.

Complimentary tickets will be available at the box office on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to the event. Limit one ticket per person, subject to availability.

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Saturday, January 18

6:30pm
Artist Focus: Yael Bartana

Artist Focus: Yael Bartana

| 90 mins

Critic and author J. Hoberman will discuss artist Yael Bartana’sr three-part video piece …And Europe Will be Stunned.

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Tuesday, January 21

8:30pm
Master Class: Amos Gitai

Master Class: Amos Gitai

| 120 mins

Free Event! Limited availability: RSVP now!

Join us for an in-depth conversation on filmmaking with award-winning director Amos Gitai, whose new film, Ana Arabia, is included in the festival’s Main Slate, conducted by former Film Society Director of Programming Richard Peña.

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Sunday, January 19

2:00pm
Symposium: Talking Movies

Symposium: Talking Movies

| 240 mins

RSVPs are now closed. Standby tix will be available the day of the event.

The New York Jewish Film Festival introduces its inaugural symposium, co-presented with Film Comment magazine, featuring two distinguished panel discussions that examine the role of culturally specific and identity-driven film festivals and the blurring line between film genres.

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Sunday, January 12

1:00pm
Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas

Wim Wenders | 1984 | 145 mins

30th Anniversary Screening!

This unique road movie follows the mysterious, uncommunicative drifter Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) as he emerges from the desert and tries to reconnect with his young son, his wife (Nastassja Kinski), and his own memory. Screening as part of "Guest Selects: Wim Wenders."

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Tuesday, January 14

6:00pm
Run Boy Run

Run Boy Run

Pepe Danquart | 2013 | 100 mins

U.S. Premiere!

Director Pepe Danquart in person for Q&A!

Run Boy Run tells the true story of a nine year old who escapes from the Warsaw ghetto in 1942 and learns to survive in the nearby woods until the end of the war. Screening as part of "Guest Selects: Wim Wenders."

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Tuesday, January 14

9:30pm
Broken Wings

Broken Wings

Nir Bergman | 2002 | 82 mins

The debut feature from the writer of the hit Israeli TV show In Treatment is a sensitive drama about a family rendered dysfunctional by the sudden death of the husband and father. Screening as part of "Guest Selects: Wim Wenders."

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Wednesday, January 15

8:15pm
Anatomy of a Murder

Anatomy of a Murder

Otto Preminger | 1959 | 160 mins

World Premiere of New Digital Restoration!

Michigan small-town prosecutor turned lackadaisical attorney Paul Biegler (James Stewart) defends Lieutenant Manion (Ben Gazzara), jailed for killing his wife’s assailant. Screening as part of "Focus on Otto Preminger."

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Sunday, January 12

9:00pm
Exodus

Exodus

Otto Preminger | 1960 | 208 mins

Introduction by Eric A. Goldman, author of The American Jewish Story through Cinema.

The epic film based on the celebrated Leon Uris novel stars Paul Newman as Ari Ben Canaan, who smuggles 600 Jewish refugees from the island of Cyprus to British Mandate Palestine aboard a stolen cargo vessel. Screening as part of "Focus on Otto Preminger."

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Sunday, January 19

8:15pm
The Man with the Golden Arm

The Man with the Golden Arm

Otto Preminger | 1955 | 119 mins

When Frankie Machine (Frank Sinatra), a heroin addict who cleans up in prison, is released, he encounters old flame Molly (Kim Novak). Screening as part of "Focus on Otto Preminger."

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Monday, January 13

8:15pm
Mamele

Mamele

Joseph Green | Konrad Tom | 1938 | 97 mins

U.S. Premiere of Restored Version!

This early Yiddish “talkie” set in interwar Poland stars musical queen Molly Picon as mamele, a dutiful daughter with little time for herself until she discovers a handsome violinist across the courtyard.

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Sunday, January 12

3:15pm
Oded the Wanderer

Oded the Wanderer

Chaim Halachmi | 1932 | 61 mins

Live piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin!

Two silent films, one the first feature made in pre-state Israel, the other a magnificent tidbit from pioneer filmmaker George Méliès, bring to screen the Wandering Jew of legend.

Screening with: The Wandering Jew (Georges Méliès, 3m)

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Sunday, January 19

12:30pm
Professor Mamlock

Professor Mamlock

Herbert Rappaport | Adolf Minkin | 1938 | 100 mins

Free Screening!

Olga Gershenson, author of The Phantom Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe, will introduce and discuss the film.

One of the first films to directly tackle Nazi anti-Semitism, Professor Mamlock tells with brutal honesty the story of a Jewish doctor who becomes a victim of the Nazis’ rise to power in 1930s Germany.

Complimentary tickets will be available at the box office on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to the event. Limit one ticket per person, subject to availability.

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Monday, January 20

3:00pm
Phase IV

Phase IV

Saul Bass | 1974 | 93 mins

Midnight Movie! New York Premiere of Reconstituted Ending!

Hyper-intelligent ants take over an Arizona farm town in Saul Bass’s only feature film—a visually striking curiosity that, originally a box office flop, garnered cult status a year after its release. Screening as part of "Looking at Saul Bass."

Screening with: Ambling Alp (Radical Friend, 4m)

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Sunday, January 19

11:45pm
Saul Bass: A Selection of Short Films

Saul Bass: A Selection of Short Films

Saul Bass | Elaine Bass | | 88 mins

Together with his wife Elaine, the movie title and poster designer Saul Bass also directed a number of short films, ranging from television ads to science fiction fantasies. Screening as part of "Looking at Saul Bass."

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Thursday, January 16

6:00pm
Posters by Saul Bass

Posters by Saul Bass

Free event!

During the festival, a selection of movie posters by Saul Bass will be on display in the Furman Gallery, adjacent to the Walter Reade Theater. Part of "Looking at Saul Bass."

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Titles by Saul Bass

Titles by Saul Bass

Saul Bass |

Free event!

A sequence of title designs by Saul Bass screens on a continuous loop in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater. Screening as part of "Looking at Saul Bass."

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