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Sunday | 08.12.19 to Monday | 31.12.29

Opening Event

Following the screening: Conversation with Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano and Film Critic Avner Shavit

The Specials

Dir.: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
| 114 minutes

Bruno runs a home for youth on the spectrum, while Malik runs an organization that trains teens from disadvantaged neighborhoods to care for these children. Against all odds, the two are determined to give the children a chance in the world. An exciting drama with a comic touch and a lot of heart.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Monday | 31.12.29
In the presence of the filmmakers

Bukra Fil Mish-Mish (Tomorrow, When the Apricots Bloom)

Dir.: Tal Michael
| 73 minutes

Shortly after the death of his special uncles, Didier Frenkel descends into the basement of their shared home and finds a treasure: an ancient archive of animated films from Egypt starring Mish-Mish Effendi, the Arab equivalent of Mickey Mouse. 

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29

Cabaret – How are Decadence and Social Decay Expressed in Music?

Music in the 1930’s and 40’s in the interwar Weimar Republic. The music of Jewish composers John Kander and Kurt Weill, music which represented the decay of the cabaret period and remains decadent to present day.

Cabaret

Dir.: Bob Fosse
| 124 minutes

1931 pre-War Berlin, a haven of moral decadence and sexual ambiguity. American cabaret singer Sally Bowles meets British academic Brian Roberts. Despite Brian's confusion over his sexuality, the pair become lovers, but the arrival of wealthy playboy complicates matters for them both.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
In the presence of the filmmakers

Yuri. In the Footsteps of Yuri Ahronovich

Dir.: Nevio Casado
| 126 minutes

Yuri Ahronovitch was one of the most prestigious conductors in the former Soviet Union. After he moved to Israel in 1972, he began performing worldwide. This tribute includes interviews with musicians, critics, and friends about this extraordinary man.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
In the presence of the filmmakers and protagonist Michel Kichka

Kichka: Life Is a Cartoon

Dir.: Delfina Jałowik
| 74 minutes

Renowned cartoonist, Michel Kichka’s graphic novel Second Generation, describes how Kichka’s father, Henri – the sole surviving member of his family – marked his children’s and grandchildren’s upbringing. This is an honest conversation between father and son.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
Restored digital print courtesy of the Royal Belgian Cinematheque. In the presence of filmmaker Esther Hoffenberg.

As If It Were Yesterday

Dir.: Myriam Abramowicz, Esther Hoffenberg
| 85 minutes

The film retraces the spirit of solidarity of the Belgian Resistance who hid or helped Jewish children, often at the risk of their own lives. Former hidden children express their deep gratitude toward those who saved their lives…. A deeply moving work affirming the human spirit. 

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29

Jerusalem-Lodz: A Rhythm of Two Cities

A joint project of the Ma’aleh Film School in Jerusalem and the Film School in Lodz. Five young directors from each school embarked on a documentary journey and tried to capture the other city with a brief and unique look.
Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
Prior to the screening: Performance by Hadas Pal Yarden. In the presence of the filmmakers.  

A Fading Language, a Fading Cuisine

Dir.: Deniz Alphan
| 60 minutes

The film chronicles the centuries-old Ladino language and Sephardic food culture of the Jewish community in Turkey. This is a story of more than five centuries, and this documentary provides us with a glimpse of this past and taste of a fading yet evolving culture.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
Following the screening, a conversation (in Heb.). Participants: David Ofek, Mia Webb, Adv. Batia Kahana Dror, Rabbi Daniel Sperber, Kelly Isman Lifshitz. Moderated by Filmmaker Osnat Trabelsi

Divorce Denied

Dir.: David Ofek, Mia Webb
| 60 minutes

No Jewish divorce is complete without the man literally giving the woman her freedom back. Divorce Denied follows several ‘chained’ women together with Batya Kahana Dror, a religious lawyer, who embarks on a struggle against the rabbinical courts. 

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 21.11.29
Following the screening, conversation with Journalist Hélène Shoumann and Professor Ilan Greislammer

An Irrepressible Woman

Dir.: Laurent Heynemann
| 105 minutes

Inspired by Jewish French socialist politician and three-time Prime Minister, Léon Blum and his love affair with Janot Reichenbach. When they could finally be together, the Nazis arrived in France and Janot gave up her comfortable life to link her destiny to that of Léon Blum.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
Following the screening: Conversation with filmmaker Frank Diamand and Dr. Noah Benninga, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Centuries Surround Me with Fire, Osip Mandelstam

Dir.: Frank Diamand
| 47 minutes

The Great Russian poet Osip Mandelstam, who died in 1938 in one of Stalin’s concentrati­on camps. The writer Andrei Sinyavsky, himself an exile, talks about Mandelstam’s wife Nadeshda, recites Mandelstam’s poems, and discusses Mandelstam’s position in Russian literature.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
Following the screening: Conversation with Filmmaker Nikolaus Leytner and Dr. Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Tobacconist

Dir.: Nikolaus Leytner
| 90 minutes

17-year-old Franz forms a singular friendship with Sigmund Freud at a Viennese tobacco shop. When Franz falls desperately in love, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically deteriorate, the three are swept into the maelstrom of events.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Tuesday | 27.11.29
Following the screening: Conversation with Filmmaker Eric Biednarski and Dr. Scott Ury, Tel Aviv University

Warsaw - A City Divided

Dir.: Eric Bednarski
| 71 minutes

Eric Bednarski obtained an amateur 8mm film of archival footage of life inside the Warsaw Ghetto. Bednarski created a movie that combines the footage with testimonials, interviews with architects, and urban historians, and the Nazis’ unrealized plans for post-war Warsaw.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
Following the screening: Conversation moderated by Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel with the filmmaker and the protagonists: Ali Khattib, Ilan Ferron, Dokhol Safadi

Breaking Bread

Dir.: Beth Elise Hawk
| 85 minutes

Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel – the first Muslim Arab to win MasterChef – is on a quest to make social change through food. And so, she founded the A-sham Arabic Food Festival, where Arab and Jewish chefs collaborate on dishes. A film about hope and synergy.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29

A Community Through the Lens

Prior to the screening, four short feature films featuring stories from the life of the Ethiopian community

Nevsu, Season 2 episode 1

Dir.: Yossi Vassa, Shai Ben Atar, Liat Shavit
| 27 minutes

Gili Challchao, a publicist of an Ethiopian origin is married to Tamar, an artist of an Ashkenazi origin. In the new season, again, Gili and Tamar will try to prove that they are a normal couple despite prejudice, and as usual, every encounter between their families becomes a funny scene of conflict.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Tuesday | 27.11.29

Israeli Short Competition in Memory of Bnaya 2019

Golden Gym Dir.: Tamir Aharoni, Gil McNeil | Simple Things Dir.: Liel Sharon Gur | Pop 30 Dir.: Shira Billig | The Shadow of the Sun Dir.: Ido Hartmann | The Last Caravan Dir.: Lev Brodinsky | romantica.com Dir.: Shay Fellner | The Black Sabbath Dir.: Shuki Gamliel

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Monday | 26.11.29
Opening Remarks: Sharon Balaban, Video artist, Head of Video and New Media Studies at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Viewer discretion is advised.

Barbara Rubin and the Exploding New York Underground

Dir.: Chuck Smith
| 78 minutes

Underground filmmaker Barbara Rubin’s 1964 controversial masterpiece Christmas on Earth, shocked the New York experimental film scene. Barbara was seeking deeper meaning, converted to Hasidic Judaism and vanished. An illuminating documentary of this radical and enigmatic artist.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29

Ultra-Orthodox Documentary Films

Graduates of the fifth class of the Track for Ultra-Orthodox Women of The Maaleh Film School present their documentaries about women in the Ultra-Orthodox world.
Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
In the presence of filmmaker, David Teboul

Sigmund Freud, a Jew Without God

Dir.: David Teboul
| 90 minutes

The film is based on the personal letters of Sigmund Freud, from his Jewish, through his childhood, and his family and work. The letters depict the family’s forced deportation from Austria and their experiences as exiles in London, where Freud passed away in 1939.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
In the presence of filmmaker Isaac Cherem

Leona

Dir.: Isaac Cherem
| 95 minutes

Ariela is an independently-minded artist living with her family in a Jewish neighborhood of Mexico City. Pressured to find an appropriate suitor, serendipity leads to Ivan, a non-Jewish writer who shows her a world of possibilities. 

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Tuesday | 27.11.29
In the presence of the Festival’s Honorary Guest, Enrico Macias, who will also perform

Les Magnifiques

Dir.: Yves Azeroual, Mathieu Alterman
| 52 minutes

Arriving in France from North Africa with barely a suitcase in hand during the 1950s and 60s, these Sephardic immigrants and refugees became the stars and legends of French show-business: among them Enrico Macias, Robert Castel, Lucette Sahuquet, and Norbert Saada. 

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
Following the screening, conversation (in Heb.) with the filmmakers and the protagonists

Kingdoms

Dir.: Uri Rosenwaks
| 70 minutes

Kingdoms presents an intimate look at the Hassidic world. The third episode of this series, Her Suitable Helper, presents the daily lives of the male and female members of Israel’s Hassidic community. 

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
Introductory remarks: Dr. Sharon Gordon

The Burning Child

Dir.: Joseph Leo Koerner, Christian D. Bruun
| 113 minutes

A film journey into Vienna’s interior, built architecture from the city’s past, the city’s secret hidden beneath its foundations. It is the space of the psyche mapped in Vienna. The film presents the Viennese interior against the backdrop of Austria’s troubled past.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
Prior to the screening: Introductory remarks by Dr. Noah Benninga (in Heb.), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

An Officer and a Spy

Dir.: Roman Polanski
| 132 minutes

Roman Polanski’s new film takes us to 1895 Paris. Georges Picard, a young ambitious officer, watches convicted spy, Alfred Dreyfus, publicly humiliated and sentenced to life in prison. Picard is confident of his guilt. However, as Picard begins to investigate, doubts begin to arise.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Tuesday | 27.11.29
Introductory remarks: Journalist, Lecturer & Writer Henrique Cimmenman Benarosh

Sepharad

Dir.: Luis Ismael
| 90 minutes

The history of the Jews in Portugal. As the descendants of Portugal’s original Jewish residents, the Crypto-Jews lived in complete isolation believing that they were the last Jews on earth. With the arrival of many refugees from Nazi-Occupied Europe, Portugal becomes a vibrant Jewish center once more.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
Following the screening: Conversation with François Margolin and Dr. Noah Benninga, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Autumn in Pyongyang

Dir.: François Margolin
| 71 minutes

François Margolin, who served as producer of Claude Lanzmann’s last cinematic work, joined Lanzmann in North Korea and interviewed him between takes. Margolin employs intimate camera work to offer a glimpse into the thoughts of one of the greatest minds in cinema.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
In the presence of the filmmakers and the Peres family

Never Stop Dreaming – The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres

Dir.: Richard Trank
| 126 minutes

Nine months before his passing in 2016, Shimon Peres conducted a series of interviews – from his childhood in Belarus and youth in Palestine, to his various roles. Gracefully narrated by George Clooney, the film features interviews with, among others. Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Barbara Streisand.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29

Rabbenu

The Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival is pleased to premiere excerpts from the new series about Rabbi Nachman and to host a panel (in Heb.) dedicated to deciphering the mystery of Rabbi Nachman. 
Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
Introductory remarks (in Heb.): Gabriel Levin, son to Meyer and Tereska Levin

The Illegals

Dir.: Meyer Levin
| 77 minutes

Holocaust survivor Mika and his wife Sara decides they must get to Palestine. They meet on board a Haganah, but a British plane spots the ship off the coast of Haifa…. The Illegals tells the heroic story of Jewish illegal immigration to Israel. Restored digital version. 

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Thursday | 29.11.29
In the presence of the filmmakers and the protagonists

Rehavia - The Story of a Jerusalem Neighborhood

Dir.: Eli Abir, Aliza Eshed
| 60 minutes

An overview of Jerusalem’s storied Rehavia neighborhood, past and present. Rehavia’s residents count among the first settlement leaders, renowned public figures, academics. But with the founding generation now gone, the neighborhood has changed greatly since the 1980s.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
Introductory remarks: Uri Dromi, Director General, Jerusalem Press Club

Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

Dir.: Oren Rudavsky
| 85 minutes

How did Joseph Pulitzer, once a penniless young Jewish immigrant, come to challenge a popular president and fight for freedom of the press as essential to our democracy? While he is remembered for the prize bearing his name, his personal heroic battles have been forgotten.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
Following the screening, conversation (in Heb.) with Yiscah Smith and Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer-Kossoy

I Was Not Born a Mistake

Dir.: Racheli Rusinek, Eyal Ben-Moshe
| 52 minutes

By the time he turned 35, Yaakov Smith was an ultra-orthodox married man with six children and a pillar in his community. Five years later, he left his family, his community, and Israel. It took him 20 years to return only this time as an observant woman.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
Before the screening: Mambo performance by JDance

The Mamboniks

Dir.: Lex Gillespie
| 87 minutes

During the 1950s, free-spirited, mostly Jewish dancers from New York City fell head over heels for the mambo. Set in Havana, Miami Beach, New York, and the Catskill Mountains, The Mamboniks features a now retired of aficionados who share their passion for Latin music and dance.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
Introductory remarks: Alessandra Thiele, Deputy Director, Austrian Film Museum

Welcome in Vienna

Dir.: Axel Corti
| 121 minutes

In Part 3 of the Where to and Back: Welcome in Vienna trilogy, two Viennese Jews who emigrated to the USA and as members of the US army were sent back to Western, return to their home in Vienna, but no longer sure they belong there.

Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Wednesday | 28.11.29
Tuesday | 26.11.19 to Monday | 31.12.29