Jewish Film Festival
Spring 2018 Film Fest!
All films at the Rialto NewVision Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
250 East Broad Street, Westfield
Tuesday, April 10 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Amichai Greenberg
Language: English, German, Hebrew, Yiddish with Subtitles
Running Time: 91 minutes
An uncompromising Holocaust researcher uncovers a long-buried secret in The Testament, Best Film winner at the Haifa International Film Festival. Meticulous in his quest for the truth and deeply religious historian Yoel Halberstam (Ori Pfeffer) is sustained by his faith and work, toiling in the basement of the Holocaust Institute in Jerusalem. Investigating the fate of Jews from an Austrian village, he stumbles upon highly classified evidence, a thunderbolt that undermines everything that defines him. With his personal and professional life at stake, Yoel pursues the lead, risking everything—career, wife and son, even his own beliefs—to solve this historical mystery.
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Bye Bye Germany
Monday, April 16 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Sam Garbarski
Language: German with English Subtitles
Running Time: 102 minutes
German star Moritz Bleibtreu is a defiant Holocaust survivor looking to strike it rich in postwar Frankfurt in BYE BYE GERMANY, a brisk, polished drama tempered with bittersweet humor. Though haunted by memories of his family, hustler David Bermann (Bleibtreu) is determined to eke out a living in his battle-scarred homeland. With a jaunty klezmer-style score and Yiddish-inflected dialogue, this fresh historical perspective is an utterly engaging salute to European Jews who chose to tough out painful memories to reclaim their lives.
Click here to watch Bye Bye Germany trailer
Wednesday, April 25 • 7:30 p.m.
Stay for our post-film discussion with Amir Sagie, New York-based Deputy Consul General of Israel
Director: Yariv Mozer
Language: English, Hebrew with subtitles
Running Time: 70 minutes
Compiled from six hours of newly discovered conversations with Israel’s founding father, Ben-Gurion: Epilogue presents a rare and fortuitous piece of cinematic archeology. In never-before-seen footage, the then 82-year-old former prime minister is interviewed at his secluded desert home over the course of several days. An introspective David Ben-Gurion reflects on the loss of his wife, his personal health and political legacy, and his hopes for Middle East peace. Languishing for decades, the reels of silent footage were inadvertently uncovered in the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive in Jerusalem, with the corresponding soundtrack later found in the Ben-Gurion Archives in the Negev. The restored interview is interwoven with newsreels and other archival materials, including images of the unassuming elder statesman’s charmingly simple kibbutz life taking daily strolls and working the farmlands. Offering hindsight on the Zionist enterprise, Ben-Gurion: Epilogue is a work of undeniable historical significance with prophetic implications for Israel’s future.
Click here to watch Ben Gurion: Epilogue trailer
Tuesday, May 1 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Sam Hoffman
Running Time: 93 minutes
Once an acclaimed New York playwright, Nate (Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords) can’t finish his new play. And when his wife (Maria Dizzia, Orange is the New Black) leaves him, taking their son with her, he becomes desolate. Broke and broken, Nate begrudgingly moves to New Jersey to live with his father (Elliott Gould), in a 55+ community. There, Nate’s misery is tested by his father. When he stumbles across the community’s theater troupe, he tries to give directing—and human interaction—another shot.
Click here to watch Humor Me trailer
The Last Suit
Monday, May 7 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Pablo Solarz
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Running Time: 86 minutes
Eighty-eight-year-old Holocaust survivor Abraham Bursztein (Miguel Ángel Solá) is about to be put out to pasture by his children who have sold his house in the suburbs of Buenos Aires and booked him into a retirement home. Refusing to bow to family pressure, he sets off on an adventure from which he doesn’t expect to return. Fueled by a sense of duty, and a quest for closure and fulfillment, Abraham decides that the moment has come to fulfill a promise and seek out an old friend. With assistance from a cast of kindly strangers, the sharply-dressed suit maker travels by train across Europe from Spain to Poland, in search of the man who saved him from certain death at Auschwitz. Undeterred by a series of travel mishaps, family foibles and geographical obstacles along the way, the hard edges of the cantankerous Abraham gradually soften. Writer-director Pablo Solarz imbues his heartfelt and charming tale with nostalgic sepia-tinted colors, a klezmer-infused score, and delicate humor. Heartfelt and charming, The Last Suit exudes a poignant message of the enduring importance of family, friends and honor.
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