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16th annual international

Jewish Film Festival

MARCH 31 – APRIL 30, 2019 at Regal Cinemas

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FILM FESTIVAL PRELUDE

Who will write our history

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 | 7:30PM | LAFAYETTE THEATER

97 LAFAYETTE AVENUE, SUFFERN, NY 10956

This powerful documentary from director Roberta Grossman and executive producer Nancy Spielberg tells the story of underground resister Emanuel Ringelblum (voiced by Oscar-winner Adrien Brody) and the Oyneg Shabes archive, the secret collection of documents he created in the Warsaw Ghetto between 1940 and 1943.
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Poland/USA, 2018,
Documentary
English, Polish, Yiddish (with English subtitles)
95 minutes
Nudity

SPONSORED BY: THE BENMOSCHE FAMILY
CO-SPONSORED BY:
HOLOCAUST MUSEUM & CENTER FOR TOLERANCE AND EDUCATION
JEWISH FEDERATION AND FOUNDATION OF ROCKLAND

Tickets

All Festival Tickets: $14 Adults, $12 Senior/Student unless otherwise noted.


Opening Night

Golda’s Balcony, The Film

Directed by Scott Schwartz

Sunday, March 31 | 7:30pm

United States, 2019 • Drama • English • 86 minutes • New York State Premiere

The rise of Golda Meir from Russian schoolgirl to Prime Minister of Israel is one of the most thrilling and amazing stories of the 20th century. In Golda’s Balcony, The Film, her life has been transformed into a cinematic event of overwhelming power and inspirational triumph. Tovah Feldshuh recreates her award-winning stage performance as Golda Meir in this filmed performance.
Invited Guest Speaker – Tovah Feldshuh
Sponsored by: Leader & Berkon, LLP, The Leader Family


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The Interpreter

Directed by Martin Šulík

Tuesday, April 02 | 7:30pm

Slovak Republic /Czech Republic/Austria, 2018 • Drama/comedy • German/Slovakian (with English subtitles) • 114 minutes • New York State Premiere

Slovakia’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2018 Oscars, this tragicomic story follows the son of Holocaust victims and the son of the SS officer responsible for their deaths as the two go on a road trip to discover the hidden truth of their pasts.


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Mamboniks

Directed by Lex Gillespie

Wednesday, April 03 | 1:30pm

USA, 2018 • Documentary • English • 87 minutes New York State Premiere

In the 1950s, a group of free-spirited, mostly Jewish dancers from New York City fell in love with a sultry dance from Cuba called the mambo, earning them a nickname: the mamboniks.
Set in New York, Miami Beach, the Catskills and Havana, The Mamboniks features the infectious sounds of Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Mongo Santamaria.
Sponsored by: Foutainview and Northern Services Group


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Redemption

Directed by Joseph Madmony and Boaz Yehonatan Yacov

Thursday, April 04 | 7:30pm

Israel, 2018 • Drama • Hebrew (with English subtitles) • 104 minutes • New York State Premiere

In this spiritually rousing and affecting story of faith, love, and making peace with the past, a devout hasid must return to his younger, rock star days in order to pay for his daughter’s expensive cancer treatments.


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Budapest Noir

Directed by Éva Gárdos

Tuesday, April 09 | 7:30pm

Hungary, 2018 • Thriller • Hungarian (with English subtitles) • 95 minutes • Lower Hudson Valley Premiere • Nudity • Sexual situations • Violence

In this stylish politically-charged thriller, a hard-boiled reporter investigates the murder of a prostitute, leading him into the dark shadowy underworld of 1930s pre-Nazi Hungary.
Sponsored by Endowed by Marilyn and Abraham Kleinman;
Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County


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Shoelaces

Directed by Jacob Goldwasser

Wednesday, April 10, 7:30pm

Israel, 2018 • Drama/comedy • Hebrew (with English subtitles) • 90 minutes • New York State Premiere • Sexual situations

Nominated for eight Israeli Academy Awards including Best Picture, Shoelaces tells the gently comic story of the heartfelt relationship between an aging father and his exuberant adult son who is autistic, whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy.


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Centerpiece Film

A Fortunate Man

Directed by Bille August

Sunday, April 14, 7:30pm

Denmark, 2018 • Drama • Danish • German (with English subtitles) • 168 minutes • Lower Hudson Valley Premiere • Nudity • Sexual situations

A gifted but self-destructive young man leaves his suffocating Lutheran upbringing in the country for metropolitan 1880s Copenhagen, where he’s welcomed into an enormously wealthy Jewish family and strives to realize his grand ambitions.


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93Queen

Directed by Paula Eiselt

Tuesday, April 16, 1:30pm

USA, English • Documentary • 90 minutes • Lower Hudson Valley Premiere
93Queen follows a group of tenacious hasidic women shattering the glass ceiling in their Brooklyn community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City.

Invited guest speaker: Paula Eiselt
Sponsored by Endowed by Marilyn and Abraham Kleinman;
Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County


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Waldheim Waltz

Directed by Ruth Beckermann

Tuesday, April 16, 7:30pm

Austria, 2018 • Documentary • German, French and English (with English subtitles) • 94 minutes • Lower Hudson Valley Premiere

Austria’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film in the 2018 Oscars, this timely documentary revisits the chilling case of Kurt Waldheim, the former United Nations Secretary-General who faced serious allegations surrounding his Nazi military exploits during WWII.


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Samuel Project

Directed by Marc Fusco

Wednesday, April 17, 7:30pm

United States, 2018 • Drama • English • 93 minutes • New York State Premiere

Hal Linden portrays Samuel, a grandfather who reconnects with his grandson when he becomes the subject of a high school project. Eli (played by Ryan Ochoa from ICarly) discovers that his grandpa, a Jewish dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany. After some hesitation, Samuel agrees to tell his story for his grandson’s project—a story he hasn’t told in more than 75 years.


Leona

Directed by Isaac Cherem

Tuesday, April 23, 7:30pm

Mexico, 2018 • Drama • Spanish (with English subtitles) • 95 minutes • New York State Premiere • Nudity • Sexual situations

This intimate, insightful, and moving film tells the story of a young Jewish woman from Mexico City who finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love.


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Mamboniks

Directed by Lex Gillespie

Tuesday, April 23 | 7:30pm

USA, 2018 • Documentary • English • 87 minutes New York State Premiere

In the 1950s, a group of free-spirited, mostly Jewish dancers from New York City fell in love with a sultry dance from Cuba called the mambo, earning them a nickname: the mamboniks.
Set in New York, Miami Beach, the Catskills and Havana, The Mamboniks features the infectious sounds of Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Mongo Santamaria.
Sponsored by: Foutainview and Northern Services Group


Samuel Project

Directed by Marc Fusco

Wednesday, April 24, 1:30pm

United States, 2018 • Drama • English • 93 minutes • New York State Premiere

Hal Linden portrays Samuel, a grandfather who reconnects with his grandson when he becomes the subject of a high school project. Eli (played by Ryan Ochoa from ICarly) discovers that his grandpa, a Jewish dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany. After some hesitation, Samuel agrees to tell his story for his grandson’s project—a story he hasn’t told in more than 75 years.


Accountant of Auschwitz 

Directed by Matthew Shoychet

Thursday, April 25, 7:30pm

Canada, 2018 • Documentary • English • 77 Minutes • Lower Hudson Valley Premiere

This critically acclaimed documentary sheds new light on Oskar Gröning, one of the last surviving members of the Nazi SS to be implicated in Germany’s crimes against humanity, and constructs
a stark reminder that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.
Sponsored by Yetta Brenner Memorial Fund,
Endowed by Marilyn and Abraham Kleinman;
Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County


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City of Joel

Directed by Jesse Sweet

Monday, April 29, 7:30pm

USA, 2018 • Documentary • English• 83 minutes • Lower Hudson Valley Premiere

50 miles north of New York City, the town of Monroe is a microcosm for a hyper-partisan and divided nation as a land dispute between an ultra-orthodox Hassidic sect and their secular neighbors erupts into a turf war.


Golda’s Balcony, The Film

Directed by Scott Schwartz

Tuesday, April 30 | 1:30pm

United States, 2019 • Drama • English • 86 minutes • New York State Premiere

The rise of Golda Meir from Russian schoolgirl to Prime Minister of Israel is one of the most thrilling and amazing stories of the 20th century. In Golda’s Balcony, The Film, her life has been transformed into a cinematic event of overwhelming power and inspirational triumph. Tovah Feldshuh recreates her award-winning stage performance as Golda Meir in this filmed performance.
Invited Guest Speaker – Tovah Feldshuh
Sponsored by: Leader & Berkon, LLP, The Leader Family


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Closing Night

Promise at Dawn

Directed by Eric Barbier

Tuesday, April 30, 7:30pm

France, 2017 • Drama • French (with English subtitles) • 131 minutes • Lower Hudson Valley Premiere • Nudity • Sexual situations

This cinematic masterpiece recounts the story of the great Jewish novelist Romain Gary from his impoverished childhood in Poland to his time as a fighter pilot in WWII. Woven throughout this biopic is the unyielding love between him and his single mother.