Jewish Film Festival 2015
Dates for the 2015 season are October 13, 20, 27,
and November 3,10 and 17th.
Matinees are at 1:00 pm., evening shows at 7:30 pm.
All sceenings are at Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley Street, Sebastopol.
Brochures available by September 1, 2015.
Films to be announced.
Please contact Ellen Blustein for information about Sponsorship opportunities at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707 526-5538.
Highlights from the 2014 season below.
"The Wonders" Tuesday, October 7, 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. click for trailer
Inspired by a true story, The Wonders draws us into a contemporary Jerusalem where reality, imagination, truth, lies, fact and fiction flow freely. Arnav, a graffiti artist, witnesses the abduction of the charismatic Rabbi Knafo. He is irresistibly drawn into this adventure, forming the basis of a unique film mixing mystery, comedy, political intrigue and romance. Dynamic Israeli filmmaker, Avi Nesher, has created a new film with a great musical score and fabulous original graffiti art. It is not to be missed.
Comic/Mystery, Israel, 107 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles.
Underwritten by Alan Hyman and Michael Hyman – The Pawn Advantage
Take-5 Artist, Gerald Huth
"The Sturgeon Queens" Tuesday, October 14, 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. click for trailer
The Sturgeon Queens, 100-year-old Hattie, and 92-year-old Ann, the daughters of Russ and Daughters, a landmark serving the finest smoked fish and herring for a hundred years, somehow created an emotional connection with their patrons. In this heartwarming, humorous, and mouthwatering doc, these two livewires reflect on their lives behind the counter and the immigrant experience. Interviews with Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Maggie Gyllenhall (who knew she was Jewish?).
Documentary, USA, 52 minutes, English.
With "The Lady in Number Six: Music Saved My Life" click for trailer
Alice Herz-Sommer was 109 years old when she became a film star. At that time she was the oldest living Holocaust survivor. A joy and inspiration, Alice recounts how music, laughter and optimism saved her life. Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Short Subject. Short documentary, Canda, English, 39 minutes.
Underwritten by Bernice Wergeles a.k.a. Berni Baxter
Take-5 Artists: Marsha Connell-The Lady In Number Six | Joel Bennett - The Sturgeon Queens.
Simon and the Oaks Tuesday, October 21, 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. click for trailer
Simon, a sensitive dreamer being raised in rural Sweden, convinces his parents to send him to an upper-class grammar school. There he befriends Isak, the son of a Jewish book dealer who has fled Germany. Simon is bedazzled by the art, books and music in Isak’s world while Isak finds comfort and closeness doing manual work alongside Simon’s father. The families’ fates become intertwined, secrets are revealed and destinies changed. This is a cinematically gorgeous film. Nominated for a record 13 Swedish Guldbagge Awards.
Drama, Sweden, 122 minutes, Swedish with English subtitles.
Underwritten by Sandy Smith & Jerry Terhune
Take-Five Artist: Karina Nishi Marcus
"The Jewish Cardinal" Tuesday, October 28, 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. click for trailer
THE JEWISH CARDINAL portrays true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants sent to live among Catholics during the war, who maintained his identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and eventually joining the priesthood. Rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed the Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II – finding a way to celebrate and maintain his identity as Jew and a Catholic. Drama, France, 90 minutes, French with English subtitles.
With "Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion" click for trailer
Hannah Cohen can’t wait to make her Holy Communion. The only problem is - she’s Jewish. Short film, Ireland, 13 minutes, English.
Underwritten by Stanley Feingold & Roz Edelson and Barry and Gail Ben-Zion.
"24 Days" Tuesday, November 11, 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. click for trailer
January 20, 2006. After dinner with his family, Ilan Halimi called an attractive girl he had met at work and made plans to meet her for coffee. The next time Ilan’s family hears from him, it’s through a cryptic online message from kidnappers demanding a ransom in exchange for his life. Based on a true story, this riveting film highlights the Parisian police’s incompetence in dealing with what was clearly an anti-Semitic crime, showing the consequences that arise when violence and bigotry is ignored. Drama, France, 122 minutes, French with English subtitles.
Underwritten by Gordon Zlot of KJZY, KZST, KWVF, KTRY Radio
"Rue Mandar" Tuesday, November 18, 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. click for trailer
Take a traditional Jewish funeral whose rituals no one can quite recall, mix in a Yiddishkeit setting and top it off with a terrific ensemble cast. What you get is Rue Mandar. Three siblings brought together after years of separation, are soon squabbling about religious tradition, each other and what to do with their parents’ apartment at 13 rue Mandar. This film reminds us that the messy, sometimes humorous and often bittersweet business of death can lead to new beginnings. Limited tickets may be available at the theater.
Comedy, France, 90 minutes, French with English subtitles.
Underwritten by Garry & Beth Goodman