18th Annual Jewish Film Festival - Tickets on Sale Now!
All shows are at Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley Street, Sebastopol.
Season ticket prices: $66 for six evening shows; $54 for six matinees.
Single ticket prices: $12 for evening shows; $10 for matinees; $20 for Orchestra of Exiles (special event).
Paris-Manhattan - Thursday, October 3, 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. click for trailer
Can the men in Alice’s life ever compete with her obsession with Woody Allen and his films? A beautiful, successful pharmacist in her 30s, Alice still seeks counsel from the iconic poster of Woody that hangs in her bedroom. She even prescribes his films to her customers who need advice and guidance beyond the traditional medicine she dispenses. Romantic Comedy, France, 77 minutes, French with English subtitles. With Woody Before Allen, Short film, USA, 13 minutes, English.
Underwritten by Alan Hyman and Michael Hyman – The Pawn Advantage
Joe Papp in Five Acts - Thursday, October 10, 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. click for trailer
Joe Papp, the indomitable, street-wise, champion of the arts, brought more theater to more people than any other producer in history in America. While best known for his productions of Shakespeare in the Park in New York he became the reluctant, spectacularly successful producer of legendary Broadway shows like Hair and A Chorus Line. Appearances by Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, James Earl Jones, Mandy Patinkin and others bring him to life. Documentary, USA, 82 minutes, English.
Underwritten by Bernice Wergeles a.k.a. Berni Baxter
The Ballad of The Weeping Spring - Thursday, October 17, 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. click for trailer
A young musician walks into a bar to fetch the former band leader of the Turquoise Ensemble and gather musicians to perform a scroll of never played music for his dying father. What unfolds is a Middle Eastern spaghetti western with the cowboys slinging ouds instead of guns, and playing spectacular Persian music. Filmed by torchlight and at night, time and place are obscured here, creating a mythical atmosphere. Nominated for 9 Israeli Ophir (Academy) Awards. Comic – Drama, Israel, 105 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles.
Underwritten by Martin & Marlene Stein
Dressing America - Thursday, November 7, 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. click for trailer
Was your grandfather a tailor? American Jews had enormous influence on fashion and style in the United States in the 20th century. From immigrant seamstresses who worked the sweatshops to early, gutsy entrepreneurs, we could never have foreseen the fame of the likes of Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan. Award-winning Fashion Designer Barbara Lesser will be here to speak about her life in the industry after the film. Documentary, USA, 56 minutes, English. With California Shmeer, A humorous look at what’s happened to the humble Jewish bagel in California. Short film, USA, 25 minutes, English.
Underwritten by Sandy Smith & Jerry Terhune
My Best Enemy - Thursday, November 14, 1 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. click for trailer
Vienna in the 1930s. Handsome Victor Kaufmann is leading a carefree, pampered life socializing with his non-Jewish girlfriend, Lena, and his friend Rudi Smekal. Enter the Nazis and we get a Holocaust comedy of mistaken identity. Planes are shot down, uniforms are switched, prisoners swap places, lovers change allegiance and hidden art changes hands without a moment of disrespect to the characters or the serious events of the time. Nominated for 3 Austrian Film Awards. Comic-Drama, Austria, 106 minutes, German with English subtitles.
Underwritten by Barry & Gail Ben-Zion and Gale Kissin, Mama Loshn
The World is Funny - Thursday, November 21, 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. click for trailer
The world is wondrously strange for those who struggle through extraordinary circumstances. Sometimes the only answer to any problem is ‘The world is funny so we have to laugh.’ Set in Tiberius, a sharp sense of humor enriches this multilayered tale about three estranged siblings that grows in richness and complexity as the film progresses. A gigantic box office hit in Israel. Nominated for a record 15 Israeli Ophir (Academy) Awards. Comic – Drama, Israel, 122 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles.
Underwritten by Gordon Zlot of KJZY, KZST, KWVF, KTRY radio