Baltimore Jewish Film Festival

 

Join us at the William and Irene Weinberg Family's 26th annual Baltimore Jewish Film Festival! The 2014 season includes films of Jewish interest from around the world. All of these internationally acclaimed films will be followed by prominent guest speakers.

March 20-April 10, 2014 • $12/in advance, $14/at the door

Opening Night Festivities
Thursday, March 20; 6:30pm • Gordon Center Lobby
Celebrate the opening night of our 26th Annual Jewish Film Festival with a wine and cheese reception.

The Jewish Cardinal • SOLD OUT 
Thursday, March 20; 7:30 pm • Drama • French with English subtitles; 90 min.

The Jewish Cardinal tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him both friends and enemies. When Carmelite nuns decide to build a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the Catholic and Jewish communities and is forced at last to choose his side. This film is sponsored by North Oaks. Watch trailer...


 

It Is No Dream - The Life Of Theodor Herzl • Buy Tickets
Sunday, March 23; 3:00 pm • Documentary • English, 136 min. • Guest Speaker: Neil Rubin

Horrified by the Dreyfus trial in Paris and the anti-Semitism he saw spreading across Europe, Theodor Herzl she decided it was time to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine. This documentary follows the story of this well-known journalist and playwright – also an assimilated Budapest born Jew - who strove against difficult odds to establish the modern state of Israel. Watch trailer...






1 Night, 2 Films! Wednesday, March 26; 7:30pm • Buy tickets

Reporting The Times •  English, 18 min.
This film explores how The New York Times handled reports of the Holocaust. It also investigates why this Jewish owned newspaper buried more than 1000 articles in its back pages. Watch trailer...


The Real Inglorious Bastards • English, 59 min.
The Real Inglorious Bastards recounts the thrilling story of one of the most successful undercover missions of World War II, comprised of two young Jewish refugees and one Wehrmacht officer. These three unlikely brothers-in-arms parachute one perilous winter night into the Austrian Alps, risking their lives to strike back at Nazi Germany. This film is sponsored by North Oaks. Watch trailer...


Under The Same Sun Buy Tickets
Tuesday, April 1; 7:30 pm • Drama • Arabic/Hebrew with English subtitles, 75 min.

Set in the near future, this film looks back on how peace was made in 2013 between Israel and Palestine. It tells the story of  how two businessmen - one Palestinian and one Israeli - struggle to set up a solar energy company. How they overcome hostility from within their own families and from the people around them provides the backdrop for this intriguing drama. Watch trailer...





 

It Happened In St. Tropez • Buy Tickets
Thursday, April 3; 7:30 pm • Comedy •  French, with English subtitles, 100 min.

Unashamedly romantic, this film begins with a family wedding and a funeral. Roni, a gauche, successful, secular diamond dealer is the polar opposite to brother Zef, a classical musician, cultured and observant. Bound by their decrepit, elderly father and beautiful daughters, the family experiences fall-outs, fall-ins and fall-overs. Can the brother's conflicts be resolved, betrayals forgiven and illicit loves flourish?
This film is sponsored by Baltimore STYLE magazine. Watch trailer...
 


 

Aftermath • Buy Tickets        
Sunday, April 6; 3:00 pm • Drama • Polish, with English subtitles; 104 min.

Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer, are brothers from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 1980's, and cut all ties with his family. Only when Jozek's wife arrives in the US, without explanation, does Franek finally return to his homeland. Franek discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community, and constantly receives various threats. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue. The two brothers eventually uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family and their hometown. Watch trailer...

 



1 Night, 2 Films! Tuesday, April 8; 7:30 pm • Buy tickets

Tormus
Drama Short • Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles; 14 min.
Sixteen-year-old Maher and his younger brother Eid set out with their grandfather's old cart to peddle lupini beans (tormus) through the streets of their Arab village in Israel. As the number of shoppers begins to thin, Maher desperately turns to the nearest Jewish city's mall. When they arrive their luck seems to change, until the City Inspector shows up.

Bethlehem
Drama • Hebrew/Arabic with English subtitles; 99 min. • Guest Speaker: Dr. Hana Bor
Bethlehem explores the complex relationship between Razi, an Israeli secret services agent who works as a coordinator for the Bethlehem district of Israel's General Security Services, and his informant Sanfur. Sanfur is a Palestinian teen, who is the younger brother of the commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades in the city of Bethlehem. Watch trailer...



1 Night, 2 Films! Thursday, April 10; 7:30 pm
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The Funeral 
Comedy Short • English; 10 min.
Arnold Cowan is not a religious man. He doesn't believe in “any of that nonsense.”  This is a bit of a problem because his son wants a proper bar mitzvah, complete with a synagogue service and everything done according to Jewish Law. Arnold's mother pulls him in one direction, and his wife pulls him in the other. But when a family tragedy brings everyone together, it has consequences no one quite expects. Watch trailer... (use code tf531ELK)

Hunting Elephants   
Comedy • Hebrew with English subtitles; 107 min.
Twelve year-old Jonathan is a brainy outcast whose security guard father Daniel dies of a heart attack during a night shift. While his mother battles to make ends meet, he passes the time at a retirement home with his grandfather Eliyahu, a former ‘'freedom fighter''.  Jonathan and his grandfather decide to rob the bank where his dad died, with help from Eliyahu's comrade Nick and Jonathan's uncle Lord Simpson, played by Patrick Stewart. Co-presented by the Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership. Watch trailer...


Questions?  Contact Danielle Feinstein at dfeinstein@jcc.org or call 410.500.5909.


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