Jewish Film Festival of Central NJ
The JCC of Central NJ is committed to bringing cultural programming, including film and music to our community. Our Jewish Film Festival of Central NJ just completed its 8th successful year of bringing current and award-winning Jewish themed content to our community.
Three new films this spring!
At the Rialto Theater in Westfield
Wednesday, May 1, Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 22
All shows at 7:30 p.m.
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Fill the Void
Wednesday, May 1
Director: Rama Burshtein
Hebrew with English subtitles
Length: 90 min
With her first dramatic feature, writer-director Rama Burshtein has created a work that is very likely unprecedented: a woman’s view of Tel Aviv’s ultra-orthodox Hasidic community from the inside. On the verge of her marriage, Shira, a young Orthodox Hasidic girl and her family are struck by tragedy when her older sister dies in childbirth. When her sister’s husband is pressed to remarry and her mother makes a startling proposition, Shira is forced to choose between her obedience to her family and her heart’s desire. This story, about facing a difficult decision and becoming a woman, brings to life a world known to few in this provocative, undeniably talented debut.
Winner - seven Ophir Awards, Israel’s equivalent of the Oscars
Israel’s submission for the 2012 Academy Awards
Named the best foreign language film at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. High praise at the Toronto, Venice, New York and Sao Paulo film festivals
Wednesday, May 22
Director: Sophie Lellouche
French with English subtitles
Length: 90 min
Idealistic pharmacist Alice (the adorable Alice Taglioni) is totally obsessed with Woody Allen movies. She continually quotes lines from his films, engages in imaginary conversations and even prescribes her customers his classic works to help alleviate their ailments. It’s little wonder she’s still single in her thirties! Alice’s increasingly concerned parents hope to cure her fixation by setting her up with a handsome French gentleman (Patrick Bruel), but even he quickly realizes that he’s no match for the man of her dreams. The eternal wisdom of Woody Allen informs debut writer/director Sophie Lellouche’s charming and warm-hearted romantic comedy.
NEW! Film for Teens!
The Other Son
Tuesday, May 7
Director: Lorraine Lévy
English, French and Hebrew with English subtitles
Length: 105 min
Chosen by teens, for teens (and parents, too)
The first 20 teens to get tix will get $5 coupon for concessions!
As he prepares to join the Israeli army for his national service, Joseph discovers he is not his parents’ biological son, but that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yassin, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. This revelation turns the lives of these two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, their values and their beliefs.
Stick around! Post-film discussion lead by teens
“The film is propelled by a hopeful, good-hearted humanism, and it sets out to show that, in spite of political, religious and cultural divisions, people are people.” - A.O. Scott, New York Times
Film Series (all three films)
$12 JCC Members/Seniors 65+/Students
$14 General Public
$33 Series - 3 films Members/Seniors 65+/Students
$39 Series - 3 films General Public
At the Door:
$15 General Admission
Please note, you can always become a film sponsor online! Just click the Donate Now button to the right and use the general donation line to indicate your sponsorship level. We thank you for your consideration and support!
Step Up for Israel Film and Lecture Series
Tuesday, June 4 • 7:30 P • at the JCC • Free • Open to the community
Speaker: David Ibsen, Executive Director of United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI)
Israel in the Media
Tuesday, June 18 • 7:30 P • at the JCC • Free • Open to the community
Speaker: Sarit Catz, Director of the International Letter Writing Group at CAMERA and CRC Israel Advocacy Chair
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