THE WOMEN’S BALCONY WUNDERKINDER THE FRISCO KID

THE WOMEN’S BALCONY

In this good-hearted and joyful tale about women an accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem.

WUNDERKINDER

Set in Ukraine in 1941, the story of three children brought together by their love of music, and torn apart by a world gone mad.

THE FRISCO KID

Innocent, trusting, and inexperienced Polish Rabbi Avram Belinski (Gene Wilder) is sent to America in the mid-1800s to transport a Torah to a new San Francisco synagogue and become its first Rabbi.

14th annual international

Jewish Film Festival

MARCH 5 – APRIL 5, 2017

16 dates, 18 films
FESTIVAL PASS: Save up to $22.00! Includes 8 different screenings.


2017 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

MARCH

Sunday, March 5, 7:30PM OPENING NIGHT
Lafayette Theater

The Women's Balcony

The Women’s Balcony

Directed by: Emil Ben-Shimon
Hudson Valley Premiere
Israel, 2016
Feature, Comedy, Family, Marriage, Traditional Jewish Life, Wives vs. Husbands
96 minutes
Hebrew with subtitles
SPEAKER: Eran Polishuk


In this rousing, good-hearted and joyful tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power, an accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem. When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. This tests the women’s friendships and creates an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community’s women and men.

Nominated For 5 Ophir Awards

Press reviews

“Viewers will leave the theater in a joyous mood.” Alissa Simon, Variety
“A very human and funny story. ” The Jerusalem Post
“Very strong debut from Ben-Shimon has a huge heart… the most moving element emerges from the film’s essential respect for ancient ritual, even as it questions extreme orthodoxies. It’s a tough tightrope to walk, and this film does it skillfully.” NOW Toronto
“The most joyful, good hearted and charming film of the year!” Yair Raveh, Cinemascope

Sponsored by
The Benmosche Family;
Leader & Berkon, Llp, The Leader Family;
Bonnie & Alan Elkin, Ellen & Arthur Wagner, Active International;
Lila & Jules Stern

Sunday, March 12, 7:30PM
Lafayette Theater

A Grain of Truth

A Grain of Truth

Directed by: Borys Lankosz
Hudson Valley Premiere
Poland, 2015
Feature, Thriller, Murder Mystery, Whodunit, Latent Anti-Semitism in Poland
110 minutes
Polish with subtitles
SPEAKER: Slawomir Grunberg


Based on the bestselling Polish novel, A Grain of Truth is a masterfully constructed whodunit that pits the forces of enlightenment against anti-Semitic myths. Once the star of the Warsaw prosecutors’ office, Teodor Szacki has left his career and marriage to start a new life in a close-knit Polish town. As an outsider he faces resistance when called on to get to the bottom of the brutal murder of a well-known social activist, her body discovered outside a former synagogue. As the trail of victims grows and the killer remains elusive, clues point to a connection with the myth of blood libel. Aided by a veteran police detective, a reluctant female prosecutor, and a local rabbi, Teodor must solve the case before public and media hysteria undo all the progress the country hasmade in shedding its xenophobic past.
Sponsored by
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Suffern-Mahwah;
Mindworks Charitable Trust

Postponed until May 2
Regal Cinemas

Abulele

Abulele

Directed by: Jonathan Geva
Hudson Valley Premiere
Israel 2016
Feature, Comedy, Childhood Issues, Myth, Family Life and Love
96 minutes
Hebrew with subtitles
SPEAKER: Oron Shamir


Abulele is a fast paced, upbeat modern family story about children dealing with loss in their lives. It reminds us that even when someone leaves, their love remains behind. After his older brother is killed in a car crash months ago, Adam struggles with grief and guilt, with his teacher, with bullies in school, and with his distracted parents. But everything changes the day he meets an Abulele – ancient monsters, bear-sized, that can make themselves invisible. Local legend says they are extremely dangerous – which explains why a Special Forces unit is combing Adam’s neighborhood in pursuit! But in fact, they are quite friendly to children in need. With the Special Forces closing in, it’s up to Adam to ensure Abulele’s safe return to his clan.
Nominated For 2 Ophir Awards
Sponsored by
Rivertown Magazine;
The Majansky Family

Postponed until May 3
Regal Cinemas

On the Map

On the Map

Directed by: Dani Menkin
Hudson Valley Premiere
Israel 2016
Documentary, Sport, Israeli Basketball
78 Minutes
Hebrew with subtitles
SPEAKERS: Bob Griffin, Rabbi Craig Scheff, Lisa Fischman


Still demoralized after the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israel was hungry for a collective uplifting event. On The Map is a fast-moving, emotional, and awe-inspiring documentary, telling the story of the 1977 Maccabee Tel-Aviv basketball team… the one that that toppled the four-time defending European Championship Soviet team, brought the first European Cup to Israel and became “The Team of the Nation.” Featuring interviews with the Jewish-American athletes who made history, combined with the pulse- pounding action of a high-stakes game, the film captures the spirit of a nation triumphant and victorious against all odds.
Winner Boston Jewish Film Festival Best Documentary
Film Review

Sponsored by
Shira & Eric Lewis;
Israel Bonds;
Orange Bank & Trust

Sunday, March 19, 7:30PM
Lafayette Theater

The Law

The Law

Directed by: Christian Faure
Hudson Valley Premiere
France 2015
Feature, Drama, Politics, Legislative Deal making, Abortion, Women’s Health, Social Justice
90 minutes
French with subtitles
SPEAKERS: Vincent Russell, Alyssa Miller


The art of legislative deal-making becomes riveting political drama in The Law, a true story of extraordinary humanitarian, Jewish survivor of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen,the first elected President of the European Parliament, Simone Veil. She is seen leading her “impossible” struggle as Health Minister in 1975 to legalize abortion on behalf of all French women suffering and dying from back-alley procedures. Tirelessly addressing and balancing demands from the many opposition parties, the Catholic Church, and even factions in her own party, she refuses to be distracted by stinging personal and anti-Semitic attacks. The unflappable Veil will not let this landmark opportunity for justice for women slip away.
In memory of Congressman Ben Gillman
Sponsored by
Senator David Carluccci;
Simona & Jerry Chazen;
Councilwoman Stephanie Hausner;
Town Supervisor George Hoehmann;
Honorable Ellen Jaffee;
Congresswoman Nita Lowey;
Denise & Adam Lipson;
Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato;
Rockland County Now;
Rockland Woman’s Political Caucus;
Annmarie & Robert Uhl;
Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski

Carole Di Tosti in,“25th New York Jewish Film Festival Review” wrote, “The film is a lesson in compromise and building bridges to negotiate an agreement that all parties find acceptable because no one party “gets it all.” It is also a lesson in putting aside egos for the common good, something which current politicians need to mentor… Curtailing one’s ego is an honorable stance that France’s political forebears appear to have embodied with strength. For us in the U.S. it is a reminder of what can be accomplished when, as Veil demonstrates roundly to all her colleagues, that grand-standing and personal feeling have no viable part in deciding life or death issues to create a more just society.”
Carole Di Tosi also wrote, “The film is also a dramatic abortion debate which resonates with those of us in the present as the abortion debate still rages in some states in the US….. Veil did not take the feminist stance in her arguments about a woman having control of her own body. Instead, she strictly held to the humanitarian view that women needed to be protected from dying….Veil marshaled her allies and with reason and a moderate and compromised stand, pressed for the advantage, all the while holding the women who would potentially die if the law were not passed in her heart and mind.”
Official Selection
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
New York Jewish Film Festival
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
San Diego Jewish Film Festival
Washington Jewish Film Festival
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
Jewish International Film Festival
Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival
UK Jewish Film Festival

Monday, March 20, 7:30PM
Regal Cinemas

Cloudy Sunday

Cloudy Sunday

Directed by: Manoussos Manoussakis
Hudson Valley Premiere
Greece, 2016
Feature, Drama, Holocaust of Jews in Occupied Greece, Love, Greek Music
116 minutes
Greek with subtitles


Based on the book “Ouzeri Tsitsanis”, Cloudy Sunday portrays the destruction of the vibrant, 500-year old Jewish community of Thessaloniki during the brutal German occupation of Greece. A love story and the early years of one of the greatest Greek composer/ librettist/singers of the 20th century, Vasilis Tsitsanis, deepen the story. In fact the title refers to his beloved classic Synnefisameni Kyriaki, one of the songs featured in the film, and the Resistance anthem in WWII. In the small ouzeri (tavern) where Vasilis performs his incredible music, German officers, Greek collaborators, black marketeers, and undercover Resistance fighters mingle. Giorgos, Vassilis’ young brother-in-law, is secretly a radio operator in the Greek Resistance. After a beautiful Jewish girl Estrea is assigned to be his assistant, their forbidden love blooms. But the persistent hunt for the Jews inexorably spreads and suddenly simple choices become life-and-death decisions. Winner 3 Hellenic Film Academy Awards, Best Director and Cinematography Italian Film Festival.
Sponsored by
Better World Productions, Leta & David Lenik;
Cathy & Bert Distelburger

Tuesday, March 21, 1:30PM
Regal Cinemas
Encore Presentaion

The Women's Balcony


The Women’s Balcony

Directed by: Emil Ben-Shimon
Hudson Valley Premiere
Israel, 2016
Feature, Comedy, Family, Marriage, Traditional Jewish Life, Wives vs. Husbands
96 minutes
Hebrew with subtitles


In this rousing, good-hearted and joyful tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power, an accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem. When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. This tests the women’s friendships and creates an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community’s women and men.

Nominated For 5 Ophir Awards

Press reviews

“Viewers will leave the theater in a joyous mood.” Alissa Simon, Variety
“A very human and funny story. ” The Jerusalem Post
“Very strong debut from Ben-Shimon has a huge heart… the most moving element emerges from the film’s essential respect for ancient ritual, even as it questions extreme orthodoxies. It’s a tough tightrope to walk, and this film does it skillfully.” NOW Toronto
“The most joyful, good hearted and charming film of the year!” Yair Raveh, Cinemascope

Sponsored by
The Benmosche Family;
Leader & Berkon, Llp, The Leader Family;
Bonnie & Alan Elkin, Ellen & Arthur Wagner, Active International;
Lila & Jules Stern

Tuesday, March 21, 7:30PM
Regal Cinemas

Fever at Dawn


Fever at Dawn

Directed by: Péter Gárdos
Hudson Valley Premiere
Hungary, 2016
Feature, Drama, Holocaust Survivors, Romance
110 minutes
Hungarian with subtitles


Based on the novel, Fever at Dawn is a life-affirming story of love against all odds set against the backdrop of the immediate post-Holocaust world. The characters are Jewish concentration camp survivors with fresh mental and physical wounds. But they do not let these wounds define them. In 1945, after having been freed from Bergen-Belsen, Miklos, a 25-year-old Hungarian man, is being treated at a Swedish hospital with many other Holocaust survivors. The doctors diagnose him with a severe lung disease and tell him that he has no more than six months to live. But he refuses to give up. He wants to find a wife with whom he can start a new life, and sends letters to 117 Hungarian girls who are also being treated in Sweden. One of the girls is 19-year-old Lili, who likes Miklós’s letter, and they start corresponding.
Sponsored by
Edgewood Country Club;
Regal Cinemas

Wednesday, March 22, 7:30PM
Regal Cinemas

Moos


Moos

Directed by: Job Gosschalk
Hudson Valley Premiere
Netherlands, 2016
Feature, Comedy, Jewish Family Life, Love, Friendship, Romance
91 minutes
Dutch with subtitles
SPEAKER: Carol King


After her mother’s passing, a young girl named Moos, stayed home to take care of her father instead of following her dream to go to acting school. Moos is an inspiring story of a young Jewish woman’s search to find her voice and, in the process, herself. It’s about friendship, laughter, love, and over-devotion to family. It’s Chanukah evening and everything is just the same as it’s always been for Moos. But when her longtime childhood friend Sam surprises her by returning from Israel to live again in Holland, Moos gets the jolt she needs to examine her life and the choices she’s made. She realizes that she’s put her life on hold to take care of others, and that she needs to follow her own dreams before it’s too late. So she begins, with comic, romantic, hectic, and poignant results.
Sponsored by
Institute For Advanced Rehab At Friedwald Center;
Gwen & Steve Rosenzweig

Sunday, March 26, 7:30PM
Lafayette

Wunderkinder and Ed


Wunderkinder

Directed by: Marcus O. Rosenmüller
Hudson Valley Premiere
Germany, 2011
Feature, Drama, War, Children in the Holocaust, Musical Prodigies
96 minutes
German with subtitles
SPEAKER: Stephen Glantz


Set in Ukraine in 1941, this World War II drama from the producers of Europa, Europa tells the story of three children brought together by their love of music, and torn apart by a world gone mad. Siblings Abrascha (violinist) and Larissa (pianist) Brodsky are Jewish musical Wunderkinder (child prodigies) living in Ukraine under Russian rule. They befriend a young German girl, Hannah Reich, a budding violinist who lives in the town with her family, and the three become inseparable friends. Their world is one of curiosity, joy and talent. When Germany declares war on the Soviet Union, the Jewish Brodsky’s help the German Reich family to hide. Quickly though, the German Army arrives in town, and now it’s the turn of the Reich family to try to save their Jewish friends. Due to the insanity of grown-ups, at home and abroad, the children’s world is turned upside down. Winner of 8 Film Festival Best Film Awards.
Sponsored by
Good Samaritan Hospital;
Dr. Doris Herzfeld, Dr. Yochanan Burnstein & Family, Eye Physicians Of Orange County;
The Levin Family, Inloving Honor Of Barbara N. Oransky, Member Of Film Festival Committee

Ed

Directed by: Suzanne Mitchell
Hudson Valley Premiere
USA, 2016
Documentary, Violinist, Rockland Seniors, Music
12 minutes
Ed Simons will be joining us for the screening and will play with some of his prodigies.
SPEAKER: Suzanne Mitchell


Ed, is a film about Rockland’s Edward Simons: violinist, violin teacher, conductor, and inspiration. If activity level is a clue to one’s age, then Simons is still a young man, at 100 years old. Ed wakens with a vitality driven by his passion for music. He played violin in the Pittsburgh Symphony, was conductor of the American Ballet Theater, and had a long career conducting on Broadway. Sixty four years ago he founded the Rockland Symphony Orchestra, for which he is still Music Director and Conductor. He helped establish the Community Music School, now the Rockland Conservatory of Music.
READ MORE: At 100, a Conductor, Like the Music, Keeps Going, The New York Times.
Sponsored by
Good Samaritan Hospital;
Dr. Doris Herzfeld, Dr. Yochanan Burnstein & Family, Eye Physicians Of Orange County;
The Levin Family, In Loving Honor Of Barbara N. Oransky, Member Of Film Festival Committee


AFTER THE FILM ED THERE WILL BE A SHORT MUSICAL PERFORMANCE WITH ED AND HIS PRODIGIES.
MUSICAL PROGRAM – tribute to Rockland’s own Maestro, Edward Simons
1. Hungarian Dance #5
Composed By: Johannes Brahms
2. Larissa’s Lied
Composed By: Martin Stock

Music will be performed by:
Edward Simons (Conductor, Founder, and Musical Directorof the Rockland Symphony Orchestra),
Karen Gilbert (Concertmistress, Principal violinist of the Rockland Symphony Orchestra),
Annamae Goldstein (Member of the Orchestra of the New York Metropolitan Opera),
Heather Vogel (member of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Rivertown string quartet)

Students featured in the film, Ed (Raphael Burnstein, Jacob Tong, and Ariella Burnstein) will join the musicians on stage
and together with the entire audience will wish Rockland County’s beloved maestro a Happy 100th birthday!

After the films q&A ends
JO SIMONS WILL BE SELLING AND SIGNING HER BOOK ABOUT ED. 20% OF THE SALES WILL BE DONATED TO ROCKLAND CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC


ANNAMAE GOLDSTEIN
Annamae Goldstein received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School. While in school she became a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and played there for two years before moving on to the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 1990. Her current position with the Met is enhanced by her chamber music pursuits. Annamae is the founding member and a violinist in the Iris String Quartet. She has played with the Met Opera Chamber Ensemble, was a winner of the Artists International Competition as a member of the West End Chamber players, and has also performed with the Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York, Music Amici, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, and the Cicada Chamber Players. Summer festivals past and present include Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, Wyndham Chamber, Colorado Music Festival and Lake Tahoe Music Festivals. Annamae teaches privately and has taught at the Trevor Day School in New York City as well as at the French Woods Summer Music Festival.

Annamae played in the Rockland Suburban Symphony under the tutelage of Ed Simons in high school. She and Ed play Jewish songs and show tunes “for the old folks” every Wednesday at the FountainView community in Monsey, New York.

KAREN GILBERT, violin–a former student of Dorothy DeLay and a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, is concertmaster of the Rockland Symphony Orchestra. She has been a member of the Gotham Piano Trio, the Huntington Trio and Piano Quartet, and was formerly violinist of the River Trio. She has toured Europe as a violinist with the Allegro Chamber Ensemble. Karen freelances regularly with a number of different orchestras in the New York area and has recorded for Folkways Records and A&M Records.

Tuesday, March 28, 1:30PM
Regal Cinemas
Encore Presentation

Fever at Dawn


Fever at Dawn

Directed by: Péter Gárdos
Hudson Valley Premiere
Hungary, 2016
Feature, Drama, Holocaust Survivors, Romance
110 minutes
Hungarian with subtitles


Based on the novel, Fever at Dawn is a life-affirming story of love against all odds set against the backdrop of the immediate post-Holocaust world. The characters are Jewish concentration camp survivors with fresh mental and physical wounds. But they do not let these wounds define them. In 1945, after having been freed from Bergen-Belsen, Miklos, a 25-year-old Hungarian man, is being treated at a Swedish hospital with many other Holocaust survivors. The doctors diagnose him with a severe lung disease and tell him that he has no more than six months to live. But he refuses to give up. He wants to find a wife with whom he can start a new life, and sends letters to 117 Hungarian girls who are also being treated in Sweden. One of the girls is 19-year-old Lili, who likes Miklós’s letter, and they start corresponding.
Sponsored by
Edgewood Country Club;
Regal Cinemas

Tuesday, March 28, 7:30PM
Regal Cinemas

Fanny's Journey


Fanny’s Journey

Directed by: Lola Doillon
Hudson Valley Premiere
France/Belgium, 2016
Feature, Drama (Based on Actual Events) Jewish Children, Nazi Occupation, Escape
94 minutes
French with subtitles
SPEAKER: Stuart Liebman


A group of Jewish youngsters flee Nazi-occupied France and Italy in the inspired-by-fact WWII poignant drama Fanny’s Journey. A beautifully shot and acted period piece, the film is a tale of bravery, strength and survival. It’s the story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. Suddenly left on their own, Fanny is instructed, “If you are scared, pretend otherwise for the sake of the others.” These eleven children will do the impossible to reach the Swiss border in order to survive.
Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence in Film
Sponsored by
Julie & Tom Hirschfeld

Wednesday, March 29, 1:30PM
Regal Cinemas

The Pickle Recipe


The Pickle Recipe

Directed by: Michael Mannaseri
Hudson Valley Premiere
USA 2016
Documentary, Feature, Comedy, Jewish Deli, Family Relationships
97 minutes
SPEAKERS: Lynn Cohen, Sheldon Cohn


Joey is a divorced father and king of Detroit party MC’s on the Wedding and Bar Mitzvah circuit. He loses his sound equipment in a freak accident in the movie’s opening scene, his daughter Julie’s Bat-Mitzvah is only weeks away, and she’s counting on him to MC her party. With no other options, Joey turns to his shady Uncle Morty, who agrees to give him the money on one condition…Joey must steal his grandmother Rose’s top secret dill pickle recipe. Responsible for the success of the deli she started with her late husband, it’s a recipe which she has vowed to take to her grave. But she has a soft spot for Joey, so the game is afoot.
Sponsored by
Fountainview At College Road

Wednesday, March 29, 7:30PM
Regal Cinemas

Fire Birds


Fire Birds

Directed by: Amir I. Wolf
Hudson Valley Premiere
Israel 2016
Feature, Mystery, Murder, Comedy, Holocaust Survivors in Twilight Years, Second Generation Stress, Israeli Themes
105 minutes
Hebrew with subtitles
SPEAKER: Amir Bogen


The Fire Birds is a murder mystery that enticingly entwines past and present, with a smart mix of humor, charm and melancholy. When the body of an 80-year-old man is found with stab wounds and a number tattooed on his forearm, the case is assigned to a down-on-his-luck Israeli detective who has returned to duty after a lengthy suspension. The investigation leads him to a tattoo parlor and a club of Holocaust survivors with a zest for life, who seek solace in romantic recollections of their pre-war world. As the plot rewinds through the victim’s final months, a story of deadly dalliances, desire, loneliness and rejection emerges. Nominated For 10 Ophir Awards, Winner Best Supporting Actress.
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Sponsored by
Lisa Green

APRIL

Monday, April 3, 7:30PM
Lafayette Theater

The Frisco Kid

The Frisco Kid

Directed by: Robert Aldrich
USA, 1979
Feature, Comedy, Coming to America, Western Adventure, Jewish Traditions
119 minutes
English (Yiddish parts with subtitles)
SPEAKER: Stephen Schaefer


The Frisco Kid showcases Gene Wilder at the height of his celebrity in one of his very best performances. Funny, touching, and celebrating the power of Jewish values, it’s rated #4 in the “List of 25 Essential Jewish Movies”. Innocent, trusting, and inexperienced Polish Rabbi Avram Belinski (Gene Wilder) is sent to America in the mid-1800s by his village to transport a Torah to a new San Francisco synagogue and become its first Rabbi. He lands in Philadelphia and sets out on his odyssey across the continent. Quickly robbed and deserted by a group of con artists, Avram optimistically continues alone into “the Wild West”. Along the way he is befriended and looked after by a compassionate horseman named Tommy (Harrison Ford). Unfortunately, Tommy may not be quite as heroic as he seems, and together they have many perilous, yet hilarious adventures on the long journey to San Francisco.

Sponsored by
Ilse And John Lang;
Apple Bank For Savings

Laura Hodes, in “Why We Need to Remember Gene Wilder in The Frisco Kid” wrote, “Unlike Wilder’s other roles, there is no internal darkness to balance the joy in Belinski—his love of Torah and Jewish law and ritual is pure and brings him only delight, a bulwark against the ugliness of life all around him.”
Jordan Hiller listed The Frisco Kid #4 in his ranking of “25 Essential Jewish Movies”, praising its “uncommon innocence and unselfconscious humility.” He called it “unpredictably paced, part screwball comedy farce, part dramatic buddy picture, part spaghetti western” and wrote, “The Frisco Kid has the feel of an artist’s charmingly naive youthful indiscretion… The Frisco Kid is, all pratfalls and tuchus jokes aside, the quintessential Torah movie.”
Wilder’s performance received wide praise. Roger Ebert wrote, “What’s poignant about the film is that Wilder’s performance is such a nice one. He’s likable, plucky, versatile. He is, in fact, as good an actor here as he’s ever been before, and at his own brand of complex vulnerability Gene Wilder has never been surpassed.”
Film scholar Stuart Galbraith IV declares that Wilder gives “one of his very best performances” and calls his character “incredibly endearing”: “The Frisco Kid is a real surprise, offering as it does one of Gene Wilder’s best characterizations in a film that’s alternately funny and sweetly touching.”
Puccio of Movie Metropolis wrote, “Nobody does nice like Gene Wilder… Nor have many actors been so willing to celebrate their culture and religious convictions as Wilder does here, perhaps also a trait he picked up from [Mel] Brooks.”
Tuesday, April 4, 2PM
Regal Cinemas

Not the Last Butterfly


Not the Last Butterfly

Directed by: Joe Fab and Cheryl Rattner Price
Hudson Valley Premiere
USA 2016
Documentary, The Butterfly Project, Holocaust Education, Child Victims of the Holocaust
58 minutes


NOT The Last Butterfly, written and co-directed by the creator of the documentary Paper Clips, is a film about The Butterfly Project, a contemporary grass roots arts and education initiative that memorializes the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust through displays of ceramic butterflies…one painted for each child. The Project’s messages of hope and healing through art are woven together with survivor’s stories, and biographies of the children who perished. The seminal story that lead to founding the Project is that of the infamous Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, where a young child wrote the poignant poem “The Butterfly” before his death. Imprisoned there as a child, Tappan resident invited speaker, Ela Weissberger, now in her eighties, reveals how she and other children were given the strength to endure by an artist and teacher.
Sponsored by
Lynn & Daniel Lehrfeld;
Orange & Rockland Utilities

Tuesday, April 4, 7:30PM
Regal Cinemas

Hummus! The Movie and The Last Blintz


Hummus! The Movie

Directed by: Oren Rosenfeld
Hudson Valley Premiere
Israel, 2016
Documentary, Comedy, Food, Israeli Multi-Culture
72 minutes
English, Arabic, Hebrew with subtitles


Hummus: a thick paste made from ground chickpeas and sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon, and garlic. This delicious superfood is claimed by all and owned by none. Hummus! The Movie is an eclectic, touching film about: hummus the food, a Guiness World Record, and the power of hummus to bring Muslims, Christians and Jews together in the Middle East, America and around the world. The film focuses on three main characters – a hard working Muslim woman, an ever-smiling Jew and a young Christian Arab on a restless quest for meaning. Despite their historical and cultural differences they all have one thing in common… a passionate love of hummus!



The Last Blintz

Directed by: Dori Bernstein
Hudson Valley Premiere
USA 2016
Documentary, Jewish Food, Hyper gentrification of Cities, American Culture
30 minutes


The Last Blintz is about the The Cafe Edison (aka The Polish Tea Room). It is not just a story about another famous show business haunt shutting its doors – which it is, big time – it is an American Dream-come-true story about a multi-generational, big-hearted, mom-and-pop family business that is tragically and pre-maturely coming to an end. It’s too late for The Cafe Edison… but, looking to the future, The Last Blintz is an impassioned plea for ‘progress’ that honors the past, protects the future and preserves the heart and culture of our great cities.
Sponsored by
Pride Caterers;
Yetta Brenner Memorial Fund, Endowed By Marilyn And Abraham Kleinman, Jewish Federation And Foundation Of Rockland County;
Lois & Bob Silverman, Macabee Foods

Wednesday, April 5, 1:30PM
Regal Cinemas
Encore Presentation

Fanny's Journey


Fanny’s Journey

Directed by: Lola Doillon
Hudson Valley Premiere
France/Belgium, 2016
Feature, Drama (Based on Actual Events) Jewish Children, Nazi Occupation, Escape
94 minutes
French with subtitles


A group of Jewish youngsters flee Nazi-occupied France and Italy in the inspired-by-fact WWII poignant drama Fanny’s Journey. A beautifully shot and acted period piece, the film is a tale of bravery, strength and survival. It’s the story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. Suddenly left on their own, Fanny is instructed, “If you are scared, pretend otherwise for the sake of the others.” These eleven children will do the impossible to reach the Swiss border in order to survive.
Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence in Film
Sponsored by
Julie & Tom Hirschfeld

Wednesday, April 5, 7:30PM
Regal Cinemas

Atomic Falafel


Atomic Falafel

Directed by: Dror Shaul
Hudson Valley Premiere
Israel, Germany, New Zealand, 2015
Feature, Comedy, Israeli Stereotypes, Social Media, Romance, Nuclear Warfare
93 Minutes
Hebrew, Farsi with subtitles
SPEAKERS: Stuart Weinstock


A hilarious, fast-paced farce, Atomic Falafel employs the kind of verbal and visual humor that holds nothing sacred. The story is about how two teenage girls, one the Israeli daughter of a falafel maker and one the daughter of an Iranian rocket scientist, both of whom live in towns with nuclear weapon facilities, are able with the aid of a teenage Israeli hacker, to foil a nuclear war when top brass on both sides decide to “push the button”. This exuberant, delightfully absurd comedy is director-writer Dror Shaul’s melding of “Dr. Strangelove” and “War Games” in the age of social media. Nominated for 4 Ophir Awards.
Sponsored by
Orli & Mark Irgang & Family;
Double Tree By Hilton Nanuet, Judy & Jeff Weinberger & Andrea & Stuart Weinberger & Rhonda Weinberger

Overall Sponsor

Lia Toyota of Rockland

 

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5101 Fashion Drive
Nanuet NY, 10954
Lafayette Theater
7 Lafayette Ave.,
Suffern, NY 10901


Speakers


Sponsorship Opportunities
Film Sponsor Form


Contact

Monica Rosenbaum
Program Director
monicar@jccrockland.org
845.362.4400

THANK YOU TO OUR 14TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SPONSORS

Lia Toyota of Rockland


 

Overall Festival Sponsor

Lia Toyota of Rockland

Oscar

The Benmosche Family
Leader & Berkon, LLP, The Leader Family

Platinum

Bonnie and Alan Elkin, Ellen and Arthur Wagner, Active International

Senior Film Sponsor

Fountainview at College Road

Gold

Better World Productions/Leta and David Lenik
Dr Yochanan Burnstein and Doris Herzfeld
Merri and Ned Braunstein
Simona and Jerry Chazen
Crowne Plaza Suffern-Mahwah
Edgewood County Club
Good Samaritan Hospital
Lisa Green
Orli and Mark Irgang
Ilse and John Lang
The Majansky Family
Mindworks Charitable Trust
Orange and Rockland Utilities
Orange Bank & Trust
Pride Caterers
Lila and Jules Stern
Yetta Brenner Memorial Fund, Endowed by Marilyn and Abraham Kleinman; Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County

CELEBRITY

Apple Bank for Savings
Cathy and Bert Distelburger
Julie and Tom Hirschfeld
Institute for Advanced Rehab at Friedwald Center
Lynn and Daniel Lehrfeld
Shira and Eric Lewis
*Denise and Adam Lipson
Rivertown Magazine
Gwen and Steve Rosenzweig
Lois & Bob Silverman, Macabee Foods

Producer

Marla Cohen and Avrom Caplan
*Senator David Carlucci
Joan and Alvin Chasen
Ellyn and Daniel Cohen
Susan and Lloyd Ecker
Anita Finkelstein and Morton Julius
Marsha and Gary Forman
Norman Friedman
Karin and Israel Gabai
Bobbie and Marty Goldstein
Judy and Ken Gribetz
Ruth and Karl Hess
Dr. Phyllis Weingarten and Michael Kann
Alan and Gail Koss
Gayle Kreinik and Michael Harap
*Councilwoman Stephanie Hausner, Town of Clarkstown
*Town Supervisor George Hoehmann, Town of Clarkstown
Lois and Bob Lesserson
Judy and Walter Litvak
*Congresswoman Nita Lowey
Sharon and Elliot Mitchel
Lyn and Hank Myers
Charlotte and Jack Neugarten
*Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato
Shelley and David Pollack
Donna and Don Riley
Lydia and Dr. Alan Rosenfeld
Rockland County NOW and Rockland Woman’s Political Caucus
Ellie and Dan Salmon
Robin and Benj Steinman
Sterling National Bank
*Annmarie and Robert Uhl
Mrs. Renee and Judge Alfred Weiner
Lillian and Richard Weinberger
Roberta and Michael Zahl
Anne and Joel Zbar
*Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Lillian Adler
Ellen Bertisch
Carol and Andew Blau
Judith Epstein
Judy and Paul Galan
*Honorable Ellen Jaffee
Judy Josephs
Dr. Michele Katz and Barry Katz
Dr. Mike and Bonnie Pilar
Santi Express – Sheryl Santi
Lori and Alan Schwartz
Marcia Siege
Roz Stopnik

NON PROFIT

Beth Am Temple
Congregation Shaarey Israel
Congregation Sons of Israel, Nyack
Dominican College
Hillel of Rockland
Holocaust Museum & Center for Education & Tolerance
Israel Bonds
Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County
Kehillas Bais Yehudah
Kosher Troops
Lower New York State Region of Hadassah
Montebello Jewish Center
Nanuet Hebrew Center
National Council of Jewish Women
New City Jewish Center
Orangetown Jewish Center
The Reform Temple of Rockland
Rivertown Film
Rockland Community College
Rockland Conservatory of Rockland
Rockland Jewish Academy
Rockland Jewish Family Services
Temple Beth Sholom
*In memory of Congressman Ben Gillman