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13th Annual Jewish Film Festival of Central NJ - The 90 Minute War

Date: November 6, 2017Time: 7:30 pm
Location:  Show map Rialto NewVision Theatre
250 East Broad Street
Westfield, NJ
Contact: Randi ZuckerPhone: 908-889-8800 x253Email: rzucker@jccnj.org

Fall 2017

All films at the Rialto NewVision Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
250 East Broad Street, Westfield

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Tickets can also be purchased at the JCC Member Services Desk or through the Film Festival Hotline at 908-889-8800 x208.  Your call will be returned within 24 hours.

The Exception
Tuesday, October 17 • 7:30 p.m.

Director: David Leveaux
Country: USA
Language: English
Running Time: 107 minutes

A riveting World War II thriller that is filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, The Exception follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) as he goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer). The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in The Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country’s authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life in search of clues, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James), one of the Kaiser’s maids whom Brandt soon discovers is secretly Jewish.  When Heinrich Himmler (Eddie Marsan), Head of the SS, decides to come for an unexpected visit with a large platoon of Nazis in tow, the stage is set for a breathtaking showdown, as secrets are revealed, allegiances are tested, and Brandt is forced to make the ultimate choice between honoring his country and following his heart.

Underwritten by Evalyn Dunn Gallery

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Across the Waters
Monday, October 23 • 7:30 p.m.

Director: Nicolo Donato
Country: Denmark
Language: Danish with subtitles
Running Time: 95 minutes 

Enjoying the nightlife of 1943 Copenhagen, jazz guitarist Arne Itkin is seemingly immune to the hardships of war, as the Danish government opts for a compliant relationship with Nazi Germany. He is initially skeptical when his terrified wife Miriam hears rumors of the round-up and deportation of Danish Jews. An overnight raid however, forces the couple to flee their home with their five-year-old son Jakob. Aided by a church pastor and underground resistance, they set out on a journey for the fishing village of Gilleleje, where refugees await passage to Sweden by boat. Amidst lurking danger from the Gestapo and their collaborators, the family puts its fate in the hands of strangers whose allegiance and motives are not always clear.  Based on true events, the well-paced and strongly edited Across the Waters is directed and co-written by Nicolo Donato, whose own grandfather was among the courageous Danish fisherman to ferry war refugees to safety.

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My Hero Brother
Wednesday, November 1 • 7:30 p.m.

Director: Yonatan Nir
Country: Israel/India
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles
Running Time: 78 minutes

A group of young Israelis with Down syndrome embarks on a trek through the Himalayas accompanied by their “normal” sisters and brothers. Preparation level and medical safety are sometimes questionable; a non-Down syndrome sibling wonders, “Are we doing it for them or for us?” Exquisite cinematography of the Himalayas is interspersed with family photos, videos and intimate interviews highlighting the complexities of growing up in a family with a Down syndrome member. The film movingly captures a range of personalities and relationships, unresolved conflicts and transforming insights that the trekkers achieve about each other and themselves.

Stay for post-film discussion with Yonatan Nir, the director

Underwritten by Gitterman Wealth Management, LLC/Elias and Sue Rauch

Watch My Hero Brother trailer.

The 90 Minute War
Monday, November 6 • 7:30 p.m.

Director: Eyal Halfon
Country: Germany
Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew, Portuguese with subtitles
Running Time: 84 minutes

With the threat of renewed hostilities looming, the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority agree to end the intractable crisis once and for all. The solution: a winner-take-all soccer match. One game will decide who will remain in the Holy Land and who must go. The stakes couldn’t be higher for the chairman of the Israeli Football Association and his Palestinian counterpart (Moshe Ivgy and Norman Issa, who shared the Best Actor prize at the Haifa International Film Festival). Every detail of the game becomes a potentially deal-breaking negotiation, from the choice of venue to the selection of an impartial referee. As the fateful match draws closer, both men struggle with ambivalence about their place on the world stage while pursuing every advantage to ensure victory.  Tackling a serious subject as a politically incorrect mockumentary, The 90 Minute War reveals the sometimes petty and ridiculous nature of the differences dividing the Middle East.

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The People vs. Fritz Bauer
Tuesday, November 14 • 7:30 p.m.

Director: Lars Kraume
Country: Germany
Language: German
Running Time: 105 minutes  

Leading German actor Burghart Klaußner gives an electrifying performance as the German-Jewish prosecutor who defied his country to bring a notorious Nazi war criminal to justice, in The People vs. Fritz Bauer.  Its economy flourishing in the postwar 1950s, Germany grows increasingly apathetic about confronting its recent past. Against this backdrop, the implacable Attorney General Fritz Bauer (Klaußner) is committed to holding leaders of the Third Reich to account. He is stymied at every turn by authorities with Nazi ties, many of them former higher-ups under Hitler, now in top government positions. While slandered in the court of public opinion by foes seeking to silence him, the tenacious Bauer pursues a forbidden alliance with the Israeli spy agency Mossad to apprehend Holocaust mastermind Adolph Eichmann.  Lars Kraume’s propulsive direction, superb period set design and costumes and moody jazz soundtrack give the sinister proceedings a noir edge. Unafraid to expose the complicity of Germany’s chancellor, as well as industrial giants such as Mercedes-Benz, TThe People vs. Fritz Bauer is a timely reminder of how justice can still be corrupted by economic interests.

Underwritten by Doris Buttery and Family

Watch The People vs. Fritz Bauer trailer.

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