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THE ZIGZAG KID
4:00PM

Living without a mother hasn’t been easy for 13-year-old Nono, son of the “world’s greatest” detective. His constant attempts to impress his father inevitably land him in trouble. His latest escapade results in his being sent away just days before his Bar Mitzvah. While on the train, Nono finds a strange letter that directs him to complete a special mission. Along the way, he uncovers elusive family secrets. Co-starring Isabella Rossellini.

Note: Recommended for families with children 10 years and older.

A film that charms you

Sponsored by Fox Family Foundation
Introduction by Film Festival Co-Chairs Marilyn Brown & Jeffrey Korn

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Netherlands/Belgium
English/Dutch and French
with English subtitles
Director: Vincent Bal
Feature (95 min.)

 

 


THE RETURN OF THE VIOLIN
7:00PM

Pre-show reception and music by The Rosewood Ensemble
6:15-6:45pm

The remarkable story of a 1731 Stradivarius violin once owned by Israeli Philharmonic founder Bronislaw Huberman. The instrument was stolen in 1936, while Huberman was performing on stage at Carnegie Hall, and it remained “lost” for almost 50 years. Jewish-American virtuoso, Joshua Bell, now plays the violin in concerts around the world.

If you loved Orchestra of Exiles last year, you will be enthralled with The Return of the Violin.

A film that makes you celebrate

Sponsored by Miki and Morrie Zimring
Introduction by Adam Crane, Vice-President External Affairs,
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

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Israel
English/Hebrew and Polish
with English subtitles
Director: Haim Hecht
Documentary (65 min.)

 

 


AFTERMATH
2:00PM

Two brothers discover a horrendous secret and are forced to revise their perception of their father, their family, their neighbors, and the history of their nation. Inspired by real-life mass killings during WWII, the film caused major controversy in its native Poland due to its present day reckoning with that dark period in the country’s history. A tense and gripping thriller!

A film that makes you shudder

Introduction by Rabbi Mark Shook, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Israel

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Poland/Netherlands/Russia/Slovakia
Polish with English Subtitles
Director: Thomas Farone
Feature (104 min.)

 


FAREWELL HERR SCHWARZ
5:30PM

What really happened in 1945? Filmmaker Reuveny discovers how a decision made almost 70 years ago can influence the life of three generations, and how, after decades apart, two families can become one again. Much to the concern of her family, she is determined to uncover the truth about her grandmother’s brother, long believed lost in the war. A documentary that has the texture of a feature film.

A film that makes you wonder

Introduction by Fran Kravitz, LCSW

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Germany/Israel
English/German and Hebrew with English Subtitles
Director: Yael Reuveny
Documentary (96 min.)

 


MARVIN HAMLISCH: WHAT I DID FOR LOVE
8:00PM

Composer, conductor, genius, MENSCH: Marvin Hamlisch earned a Pulitzer Prize, four Emmys, four Grammys, three Golden Globes, three Oscars, and a Tony Award. Creator of “The Way We Were,” “Nobody Does It Better” and scores for The Sting, Sophie’s Choice and A Chorus Line. The film includes interviews with Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Christopher Walken, Woody Allen, and many others.

A film that warms your heart

Sponsored by Elaine and Jeffrey Korn
Introduction by Jack Lane Executive Producer STAGES St. Louis
Special Guest - Cantor Sharon Nathanson singing the music of
Marvin Hamlish accompanied by Louis Goldman

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USA
English
Director: Debi Berinstein
Feature (90 min.)

 


BEFORE THE REVOLUTION
2:00PM

This real life “Argo” thriller is the story of Israelis experiencing unbelievable prosperity in Iran in the 1960s. What starts as a nostalgic look at a lost era, becomes a thrilling story where huge dreams are shattered in a dark reality of greed, blindness and lust for power.

A film that makes you think

Sponsored by Lubin-Green Foundation - A supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis
Introduction by Karen Aroesty, Regional Director, ADL

 

Israel
English/Hebrew with English Subtitles
Director: Dan Shadur
Documentary (60 min.)

 

Double Feature with

DOVE’S CRY

Hadeel is a young charismatic Israeli Arab woman who teaches Arabic in a Jewish primary school. Equal parts inspiring and heartbreaking, her story offers an unflinching glimpse of Israel in all of its beautiful– and at times excruciating–complexity.

A film that makes you hope

Sponsored by Former B’nai El Sisterhood
Introduction by Cheryl Maayan, Head of Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School

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Israel
Hebrew/Arabic with English Subtitles
Director: Ganit Llouz
Documentary (52 min.)

 


LAST DANCE
5:30PM

A young radical Palestinian man, who is wounded during a failed suicide bombing of a synagogue, holds a holocaust survivor hostage in her apartment. The hostage tends to her captor’s injuries while both deal with issues of ideology, faith, freedom and oppression. As the police close in, the two victims learn about the power of compassion. Powerful and amazing performances by both leads!

A film that will rivet you

Sponsored by Nancy & Ken Kranzberg
Introduction by Judy Zisk Lincoff, LCSW, Family Therapist

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Australia
English
Director: David Pulbrook
Feature (90 min.)


FOR A WOMAN
8:00PM

After her mother’s death, Anne, a young film director, discovers an old family photo that throws her understanding of her parents into question. In a journey that stretches back from the 1980s to postwar France, Anne’s research reveals a dark family secret that intertwines an unexpected player with Anne’s own destiny. This semi- autobiographical period drama is a sumptuous tale of romance and suspense.

A film that makes you feel

Sponsored by Michael & Sima Oberlander
Introduction by Pier Marton, Filmmaker, Translator, Past Faculty Film & Media Studies, Washington University

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Israel/France
Hebrew with English Subtitles
Director: Diane Kurys
Feature (90 min.)

 

QUALITY BALLS: THE DAVID STEINBERG STORY
2:00PM

The son of a Winnipeg rabbi rises to become one of America’s greatest stand-up comics and TV directors. But David Steinberg’s irreverent take on religion was too hot for CBS, prompting the cancellation of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Plentiful clips of Steinberg’s hilarious performances and TV directing credits are paired in this film with stories from Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David and others.

A film that makes you laugh

Introduction by Stellie Siteman, Producer, Max & Louie Productions

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Canada
English
Director: Barry Avrich
Documentary (75 min.)

 


WHEN DAY BREAKS
5:30PM

A music professor is entrusted with a battered box excavated from the site of a former Nazi death camp. Inside the box is a photograph, unfinished sheet music and a letter. He makes a jarring discovery: he is actually the son of a Jewish musician. As a child he was entrusted to friends when his parents were sent away. He becomes obsessed with completing his father’s composition and to have it performed on the site of the former camp.

A film that makes you exalt

Sponsored by Lee Bohm
Introduction by Rabbi Zev Smason, Nusach Hari B’nai Zion

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Serbia
Serbian with English Subtitles
Director: Goran Pasklijević
Feature (90 min.)

 


KIDON
8:00PM

Israel’s “American Hustle”- a tongue-in-cheek look at the cloak and dagger puzzle behind the real-life assassination of a Hamas leader. The police immediately blame Mossad agents, and the shocking story makes international headlines. But no one is more shocked than the Mossad: they have never heard of these agents or their mission. This is a high-stakes con game of international proportions!

A film that makes you shake your head

Sponsored by Linda & Nathan Cohen
Introduction by Cate Marquis, Co-Founder and Past President, Film Critics Association, film critic St. Louis Jewish Light

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Israel/France
Hebrew/French with English Subtitles
Director: Emmanuel Naccache
Feature (97 min.)

 

 

SÜSKIND
2:00PM

The true story of Jewish industrialist, Walter Süskind, who worked for the Jewish Council in Amsterdam during WWII. By playing a cat-and-mouse game with an SS officer, he organizes “labor-camp” transports for Jewish adults...while also managing to save almost 1,000 Jewish children from deportation. When the Nazi learns of Süskind’s “treachery,” Walter realizes he and his family are in grave danger.

A film that makes you ask… traitor or hero?

Sponsored by Diane Fredman
Introduction by Robert A. Cohn, Editor Emeritus, St. Louis Jewish Light

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Netherlands
Dutch with English Subtitles
Director: Rudolf van den Berg
Feature (117 min.)


CUPCAKES
5:30PM

If you think America’s got talent, wait until you see what Israel’s got! Filled with fun, games, music, romance and happy endings, Cupcakes is a feel-good musical comedy about a group of friends who write a song that inadvertently becomes Israel’s entry in the Universong competition. This feel-good film is a celebration of music, friendship, love and free spirit.
Enjoy a REAL cupcake after the film.

A film that makes you tap your toes

Sponsored by Lubin-Green Foundation - A supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis
Introduction by Ellen Futterman, Editor, St. Louis Jewish Light

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Israel/France
English/Hebrew and French with English Subtitles
Director: Eytan Fox
Feature (90 min.)


THE JEWISH CARDINAL
8:00PM

This is the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, who maintained his identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism 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 friends and enemies from both groups.

A film that makes you take notice

Sponsored by Howard Lesser and Sima & Phil Needleman
Introduction by David Oughton, Associate Professor of Theology, St. Louis University

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France
French with English Subtitles
Director: Ilan Duran Cohen
Feature (90 min.)

 

Special Screenings at the J

JOE PAPP IN FIVE ACTS
4:00pm

The founder of the New York Shakespeare Festival and The Public Theater is profiled in this honest, in-depth film. Joe Papp brought us free Shakespeare in the Park, Hair and A Chorus Line, and nurtured many of America’s greatest playwrights, directors and actors. Learn about this complex personality through interviews with artists including Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Kevin Kline, and James Earl Jones.

A film that enlightens you

Introduced by Rick Dildine, Executive Director, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival

Double Feature with

GEFILTE FISH

Manya, a stubborn, independent Russian Jewish widow who dreads the thought of being moved into a home, is assigned a helper to prepare her home before Passover. Manya gets an odd surprise when Terrance, an African-American young man, shows up on her doorstep. Manya must make her infamous gefilte fish to prove her independence to her family, so she leaps out of her comfort zone and spends the day running errands and cooking with Terrence. Initially, Manya and Terrence get along like cats in a sack, but eventually, in spite of their equally stubborn and suspicious characters, they learn that help and support often comes from the most unexpected place.

A film that makes you remember

Introduction by Shayna Cohen, Filmmaker

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USA
English
Director: Tracie Holder
and Karen Thorsen
Documentary (84 min.)

 

 

USA
English
Director: Shayna Cohen
Feature
27 min.

 

 

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