2014 FILMS
Ambling Alp
Ambling Alp

Radical Friend | U.S. | 2009 | 4m

The Brooklyn-based band Yeasayer pays homage to Saul Bass' Phase IV in this psychedelic music video inspired by the film.

Screening before Phase IV

SAT JAN 18: 11:45 PM

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Ain't Misbehavin' (Un Voyageur)
Ain't Misbehavin' (Un Voyageur)

Marcel Ophüls | France | 2013 | 106m | French with English subtitles

U.S. PremiereVeteran filmmaker Marcel Ophüls returns to filmmaking after 18 years with this personal stroll through cinema history, in particular touching on his own work and that of his father, the great Max Ophüls. Following the Nazi Party's rise to power in 1933, the Ophüls family emigrated to France and later escaped to the U.S., arriving in Hollywood in 1941. Marcel returned to France in 1950 and crossed paths with such luminaries as Jacques Rivette and François Truffaut, who were interviewing his father for Cahiers du Cinéma. First breaking through as a director with the landmark film The Sorrow and the Pity, Marcel went on to direct the Academy-Award winning Hôtel Terminus, among others. Weaving in excerpts from films and recounting friendships with Stanley Kubrick, Otto Preminger, Woody Allen and Jeanne Moreau, this documentary pays tribute to a brilliant era in cinematic history on both sides of the Atlantic.

WED JAN 8: 12:20, 6:00 PM

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Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came to Dingle
Amy Winehouse:
The Day She Came to Dingle

Maurice Linnane | U.K. | 2012 | 59m

New York PremiereOn a stormy December night, Amy Winehouse flew to the remote, southwestern corner of Ireland to perform for Other Voices, an acclaimed Irish TV music series filmed in Dingle every winter. Winehouse performed on the stage of the tiny Saint James' church - capacity 85 - and wowed the crowd with a searing acoustic set. Following the concert, happy and relaxed, she spoke about her music and influences - Mahalia Jackson, Sarah Vaughan, Thelonius Monk, Ray Charles, and others. This documentary revisits that night, catches up with people the singer met including taxi driver Paddy Kennedy and Reverend Mairt Hanley, and shows a surprising and charming side of Amy Winehouse.

Preceded by First Lesson In Love

TUE JAN 14: 3:00 PM
WED JAN 15: 6:00 PM

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Ana Arabia
Ana Arabia

Amos Gitai | Israel/France | 2013 | 81m | Hebrew & Arabic with English subtitles

New York City PremiereFilmed in one sequence shot of 81 minutes, this virtuosic film draws back the curtain on a moment in the life of a small community of outcasts, Jews and Arabs, who live together in a forgotten enclave surrounded by mass public housing near Jaffa. A young journalist (Yuval Scharf, intelligent and glamorous) visits them and discovers, among the dilapidated shacks and an orchard of lemon trees, a range of characters far removed from the usual cliches of the region. Compelling performances by Sarah Adler, Assi Levy, and Yussuf Abu-Warda shed light on private dreams and desires. From internationally acclaimed director Amos Gitai (Berlin Jerusalem NYJFF 1993, Kedma NYJFF 2003, Alila NYJFF 2004, News from Home / News from House NYJFF 2007).

SAT JAN 18: 9:20 PM
MON JAN: 20 8:15 PM

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Anatomy of a Murder

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Anatomy of a Murder

Otto Preminger | U.S. | 1959 | 160m

World Premiere of New Digital RestorationMichigan small-town prosecutor turned lackadaisical attorney Paul Biegler (James Stewart) defends Lieutenant Manion (Ben Gazzara), jailed for killing his wife's assailant. Biegler enters an insanity defense, and claims Manion's wife Laura (Lee Remick) was raped by an innkeeper and that Manion had lost all memory of the event. In one of the first Hollywood films to address sex and rape in graphic terms, and one of the liveliest courtroom dramas ever made, Stewart delivers a stirring performance. Based on the novel by Robert Traver with a musical score by composer Duke Ellington.

SUN JAN 12: 9:00 PM

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Before the Revolution
Before the Revolution

Dan Shadur | Israel | 2013 | 60m | Hebrew with English subtitles

New York City PremiereDuring the 1960s and 1970s, thousands of Israelis living in Tehran enjoyed a special relationship with the Shah and his dictatorial rule. Protected by large arms deals and complex financial ties, the Israeli community enjoys a luxurious lifestyle, failing to note that the despised ruling power to which they were connected was collapsing. By the time they understand that their 'Iranian Paradise' is turning into hell, it is almost too late, and they stand to find themselves in the middle of the Islamist revolution. Using rare 8mm footage, interviews with diplomats, Mossad agents, businessmen and their families, the director—whose family had been part of the same community—reveals a unique perspective on the revolution that changed the world.

Preceded by Pur

MON JAN 20: 6:00 PM
TUE JAN 21: 3:00 PM

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Bethlehem
Bethlehem

Yuval Adler | Israel | 2013 | 100m | Hebrew with English subtitles

Sneak PreviewBethlehem tells the story of the unlikely bond between Razi, an Israeli secret service officer, and Sanfur, a teenage Palestinian informant to whom he has an almost fatherly attachment. Sanfur, however, is faced with an impossible dilemma as his loyalty to his brother, a senior Palestinian militant, is tested. Director Yuval Adler co-wrote the script with Ali Waked, an Arab journalist who spent years in the West Bank. The winner of six Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy Awards) including best picture, and Israel's submission for the foreign-language Oscar, this is a taut thriller set in a powder-keg region. An Adopt Films release.

SUN JAN 12: 6:15 PM
MON JAN 13: 12:30 PM

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Binding
Binding

Katarzyna Plazinska & Aaron Ellis | Poland/U.S. | 2013 | 10m

The biblical tale of Isaac and his father is revisited Guy Maddin-style in this creative short.

Screening before Regina

MON JAN 13: 6:00 PM
WED JAN 15: 3:30 PM

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Broken Wings

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Broken Wings

Nir Bergman | Israel | 2002 | 87m | Hebrew with English subtitles

Writer-director Nir Bergman's first feature film is a sensitive drama about a family rendered dysfunctional by the sudden death of the husband and father. Eldest daughter Maya (Maya Maron), an aspiring singer, and her mother Dafna (Orli Zilberschatz-Banai) struggle to keep the family together, and soon realize the importance of seemingly minor moments of everyday life. Bergman's keen eye for capturing these details turns an otherwise sad tale into an uplifting film. From the acclaimed director of Intimate Grammar (2010) and writer of the HBO television series In Treatment.

WED JAN 15: 8:15 PM

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The Congress
The Congress

Ari Folman | Israel/Germany/Poland/Luxembourg/France/Belgium | 2013 | 122m

New York PremiereMixing live-action and psychedelic animation, The Congress is the highly anticipated new film by Ari Folman, director of the acclaimed, Oscar-nominated Waltz with Bashir. Robin Wright plays an aging, out-of-work actress (named Robin Wright) who reluctantly accepts her final offer: preserving her digital image for future Hollywood productions over which she will have no control. Twenty years later, she enters a "restricted animated zone," where she rocks the complacent film/pharmaceutical industry, and finds out, with the help of an animated character voiced by Jon Hamm, what it was she really signed away. This haunting and provocative film features strong performances by Harvey Keitel, Paul Giamatti, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Wright's young son. A Drafthouse Films release.

SAT JAN 11: 9:00 PM

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Cupcakes (Bananot)
Cupcakes (Bananot)

Eytan Fox | Israel | 2013 | 90m | Hebrew, French & English with English subtitles

New York PremiereA group of friends in a Tel Aviv suburb gathers to watch a Eurovision-style song contest, trying to forget the stress of their daily lives. Yael is an unfulfilled former beauty queen. Dana is a harried aide to a cabinet minister. Anat has a successful bakery but an unsuccessful marriage. Keren is a shy blogger; Efrat a frustrated singer-songwriter whose career has stalled. And Ofer is a nursery-school teacher who is upset that his boyfriend, a spokesmodel for his family's famous brand of hummus, is still in the closet and won't publicly acknowledge their romance. After they realize Anat is distraught over the crisis in her marriage, they write a song to cheer her up, and Ofer secretly submits it as Israel's entry to Universong. Director Eytan Fox (Mary Lou NYJFF 2012) returns with a fun and colorful musical trip to the faraway land of the 1970s.

MON JAN 13: 3:15 PM
THU JAN 16: 8:30 PM

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Exodus

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Exodus

Otto Preminger | U.S. | 1960 | 208m

The epic film based on the celebrated Leon Uris novel stars Paul Newman as Ari Ben Canaan, who smuggles 600 Jewish refugees from the island of Cyprus to British Mandate Palestine aboard a stolen cargo vessel. Eva Marie Saint plays Kitty, a nurse who takes on the Zionist cause and soon falls in love with Ari. Filmed on location, Exodus sparked interest in Israel by bringing its images to millions across the U.S. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Score. Introduction by Eric A. Goldman, author of The American Jewish Story through Cinema.

SUN JAN 19: 8:15 PM

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First Lesson in Love
First Lesson In Love

Tomer Werechson | Israel | 2012 | 8m | Hebrew with English subtitles

Worlds collide when a young girl meets a street musician at a Jerusalem train station.

Screening before Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came to Dingle

TUE JAN 14: 3:00 PM
WED JAN 15: 6:00 PM

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For a Woman (Pour une femme)
For a Woman (Pour une Femme)

Diane Kurys | France | 2013 | 110m | French with English subtitles

U.S. PremiereInspired by her own family history, filmmaker Diane Kurys (Sagan, Peppermint Soda) directs this handsome drama that moves between post-World War II France and the 1980s, where novelist Anne (Sylvie Testud) goes on a quest to understand the past. Equipped with recently discovered letters and photos, she begins to shed light on the tangled relationship between her parents and a mysterious uncle, thought dead, who appeared on their doorstep in 1947 Lyon. With outstanding performances by Testud, Clement Sibony, and Benoît Magimel. A Film Movement release.

WED JAN 15: 12:30 PM
SUN JAN 19: 5:15 PM

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Friends from France (Les Interdits)

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Friends from France (Les Interdits)

Anne Weil & Philippe Kotlarski | France/Germany/Canada/Russia | 2013 | 100m | French, English, Russian & Hebrew with English subtitles

U.S. PremiereSet in 1979, in the midst of the Cold War, young French cousins join an organized tour to Odessa, visiting monuments and museums by day, but slipping away into the underground world of "refuseniks"—Jews persecuted by the Soviet regime—by night. While Carole is motivated by her political commitments and a taste for risk, Jérôme is motivated by his attraction to Carole. In a meticulous recreation of the streets and landscape of the Brezhnev era, the two connect in a deep way with those resisting oppression—whether through literary efforts or escapism via sex and drugs. French actress Soko delivers a spellbinding performance as the darkly intense Carole.

WED JAN 8: 3:15, 8:45 PM

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I think this is the closest to how the footage looked
I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked

Yuval Hameiri & Michal Vaknin | Israel | 2013 | 9m | Hebrew with English subtitles

New York City PremiereFilmmaking and life intersect around the problem of lost footage. A husband records his dying wife. A grieving son loses the tape. The lost sequence is recreated using simple objects to great effect, ultimately pointing to the truly irreplaceable.

Screening before The Women Pioneers

TUE JAN 21: 1:00, 6:00 PM

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Ida

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Ida

Pawel Pawlikowski | Poland | 2013 | 80m | Polish with English subtitles

New York PremiereShot in intimate black and white, Pawel Pawlikowski's latest film explores the life of Anna, an orphan brought up in a convent in Poland. Just before taking her vows, Anna visits her only living relative for the first time and discovers her real name—Ida—and her family history. This startling revelation leads to a probing of secrets from the time of the Nazi occupation of Poland. A stunningly beautiful film by the acclaimed director of Last Resort and My Summer of Love.

THU JAN 23: 3:45, 9:00 PM

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The Jewish Cardinal
The Jewish Cardinal (Le Métis de Dieu)

Ilan Duran Cohen| France | 2012| 100m | French with English Subtitles

New York PremiereThe Jewish Cardinal tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, son of Polish-Jewish immigrants to France, 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 in 1981 by Pope John 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 fascinating drama full of intelligence and gentle humor. A Film Movement release.

SAT JAN 11: 6:30 PM
TUE JAN 14: 12:30 PM
MON JAN 20: 12:30 PM

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The Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet

Edan Zeira | Israel/Russia | 2012 | 86m | Hebrew & Russian with English subtitles

A documentary film crew embarks on a quest via trans-Siberian rail to find the legendary Mishka, who is said to have spent three years of his childhood hiding among wolves in the vast Belarus forests during World War II. On their journey, the team encounters people who seem to have materialized from the pages of Gogol and Dostoevsky's Russia. A feature film that blends truth and fiction in thought-provoking ways.

THU JAN 9: 1:00, 6:00 PM

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Mamele

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Mamele

Joseph Green & Konrad Tom | Poland | 1938 | 97m | Yiddish with English subtitles

U.S. Premiere of Restored VersionIn this early Yiddish "talkie" starring musical queen Molly Picon as mamele (little mother), the dutiful daughter keeps her family intact. She's so busy cooking, cleaning, and matchmaking for her brothers and sisters that she has little time for herself, until she discovers a handsome violinist across the courtyard. Set in Lodz, this musical comedy drama, which features Picon's trademark song Abi Gezunt, embraces the diverse gamut of Jewish life in interwar Poland, from holiday celebrations to nightclubs and gangsters. Film restoration and new English subtitles by the National Center for Jewish Film.

SUN JAN 12: 3:15 PM

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The Man with the Golden Arm

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The Man with the Golden Arm

Otto Preminger | U.S. | 1955 | 119m

When Frankie Machine (Frank Sinatra), a heroin addict who cleans up in prison, is released, he encounters an old flame Molly (Kim Novak). Jobless, in debt, and in the care of illicit friends, he feels pressure mounting from all directions. Exploring a taboo subject at the time, the film challenged Hollywood's Production Code, ultimately paving the way for future films dealing with drug abuse and related subjects. This classic film is based on the Nelson Algren novel. Restored by the Academy Film Archive with funding from the Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

MON JAN 13: 8:15 PM

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New Israeli Shorts
New Israeli Shorts

Various directors | Israel | 2012 | 87m | Hebrew with English subtitles

Four short films let us experience summertime romance in mid-winter. In First Days (dir. Ohad Regev, 2012, 15m), a couple struggling to connect finally do while working as extras on a movie set. A chatty dog talks his owner's date out of spending the night in GentleDog (dir. David Shadi, 2012, 10m), and in Summer Vacation (dirs. Tal Granit & Sharon Maymon, 2012, 22m), a former boyfriend re-enters a man's life but not at the right moment—he is now married to someone else. Sarah Adler delivers a compelling performance as the spontaneous Aya (dirs. Mihal Brezis & Oded Binun, 2012, 40m), who decides to chauffeur a visiting traveler waiting for someone else at the airport.

SAT JAN 18: 6:30 PM
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Oded the Wanderer (Oded Hanoded)

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Oded the Wanderer (Oded Hanoded)

Chaim Halachmi | Palestine | 1932 | 61m | Silent with Hebrew & English intertitles

Young Oded gets lost on a class outing in the scenic Jezreel Valley near Haifa, encountering Bedouins, an eccentric tourist and various animals that spark the his curiosity. Newly restored, this first feature film to be made in pre-state Israel tells the allegorical tale of the Jewish wanderer. With live piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin. Film courtesy of Joseph Halachmi.

Preceded by The Wandering Jew (Le Juif Errant)

SUN JAN 19: 12:30 PM

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Paris Texas

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Paris, Texas

Wim Wenders | West Germany/France/UK/U.S. |1984 | 145 m

30th Anniversary ScreeningIn Paris, Texas Wim Wenders brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest. This unique road movie follows the mysterious, uncommunicative drifter Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) as he emerges from the desert and tries to reconnect with his young son, his wife (Nastassja Kinski), and his own memory. The film features an award-winning screenplay by Sam Shepard, music by Ry Cooder, and outstanding performances from Stanton and Kinski.

TUE JAN 14: 6:00 PM

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Phase IV

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Phase IV

Saul Bass | U.S. | 1974 | 93m

New York Premiere of Reconstituted EndingAcclaimed graphic designer Saul Bass' only feature film is a visually striking curiosity that, originally a box office flop, garnered cult status a year after its release. Hyper-intelligent ants take over an Arizona farm town, causing the government to evacuate the zone and send in scientists to figure out what is going on. Protected by a dome-like structure, they soon fall victim to the tiny terrifying creatures. Interpreted by some as an ecological commentary, by others as political, and by others as a runoff of the anxieties of the time, Phase IV is as spellbinding as the movie posters and title sequences for which its director is known. Featuring an otherworldly score by composer Brian Gascoigne and starring Michael Murphy and Nigel Davenport as the scientists. This version of the film includes a newly discovered ending that was long believed lost. A digital cinema package was created for the Academy Film Archive's collection, with thanks to Paramount Pictures.

Preceded by Ambling Alp

SAT JAN 18: 11:45 PM

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Professor Mamlock

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Professor Mamlock

Herbert Rappaport & Adolf Minkin | U.S.S.R. | 1938 | 100m | Russian with English subtitles

Free screeningMade in the Soviet Union in 1938, Professor Mamlock was one of the first films worldwide to directly tackle Nazi anti-Semitism. Based on a play by Friedrich Wolf, a German-Jewish exile to Moscow, and directed by Adolf Minkin and Herbert Rappaport, the film tells with brutal honesty the story of a Jewish doctor as he becomes a victim of the Nazis' rise to power in 1930s Germany. Presented with a post-screening discussion led by Olga Gershenson, Associate Professor of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at University of Massachusetts at Amherst and author of the recent book, The Phantom Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe.

MON JAN 20: 3:00 PM
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Pur
Pur

Anat Vovnoboy | Israel | 2013 | 13m | Russian with English subtitles

U.S. PremiereA short documentary featuring rare archival footage of Purim plays staged by small groups of Jewish dissidents during the Soviet regime.

Screening before Before the Revolution

MON JAN 20: 6:00 PM
TUE JAN 21: 3:00 PM

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Regina
Regina

Diana Groó | Hungary | 2013 | 63m

U.S. PremiereFrom a single surviving photo, director Diana Groó brings to life the story of the first woman rabbi in the world. Regina Jonas (1902–1944) grew up the daughter of a peddler and made history by becoming ordained as a rabbi in Berlin in 1935. Archival footage artfully arranged and scored takes us through the story, showing us the rich, pulsating street life of Berlin and compelling scenes from synagogues, schools, and Jewish cultural life. Rachel Weisz (star of Betrayal on Broadway) gives voice to the inspirational Regina.

Preceded by Binding

MON JAN 13: 6:00 PM
WED JAN 15: 3:30 PM

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Rita Jahan Foruz
Rita Jahan Foruz

Ayal Goldberg | Israel | 2013 | 75m | Hebrew, Farsi & English with English subtitles

New York PremiereSuperstar singer Rita Jahan Foruz immigrated to Israel from Iran with her family at the age of eight. On the eve of her forty-ninth birthday, with enormous tension between Tehran and Jerusalem looming in the background, she records her first album in Farsi. A year later, she receives an official invitation to perform at the United Nations. The warm response she receives from her Iranian fans convinces her that music can serve as a unifying force. This intimate documentary spends time with Rita both in performance and in personal moments with her family, and demonstrates their deep longing for their country of birth, which is no longer accessible to them.

THU JAN 16: 3:30 PM
SUN JAN 19: 3:00 PM

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Rue Mandar (Where We Grew Up)
Rue Mandar (Where We Grew Up)

Idit Cébula | France | 2012 | 95m | French with English subtitles

New York PremiereIn this charming dramedy by Idit Cébula (Two Lives Plus One, NYJFF 2009), three siblings are brought together for their mother's funeral in Paris. Memories, rivalries and insecurities bubble to the surface as they debate what to do with their childhood home. Sparkling performances by Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain and Richard Berry bring forth the most compelling kind of family dysfunction in this warm and wonderful film.

Preceded by What Do We Have In Our Pockets?

THU JAN 23: 1:00, 6:15 PM

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Run Boy Run

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Run Boy Run

Pepe Danquart | Germany/France/Poland | 2013 | 100m | Polish and German with English subtitles

U.S. PremiereBased on Uri Orlev's 2004 novel, the film tells the true story of 9-year-old Jurek, who escapes from the Warsaw ghetto in 1942 and learns to survive in the nearby woods until the end of the war. Newcomer Andy Tkacz plays Jurek together with a cast that includes Katarzyna Bargielowska (The Pianist), Rainer Bock (The White Ribbon), Jeanette Hain (Poll) and Itay Tiran (Lebanon). From Academy-Award-winning director Pepe Danquart.

TUE JAN 14: 9:30 PM

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Saul Bass: A Selection of Short Films
Saul Bass: A Selection of Short Films

Saul and Elaine Bass | U.S. | 88m

Together with his wife Elaine, the movie title and poster designer also directed a number of short films, ranging from television ads to science fiction fantasies. From Here to There (1964, 9m) was developed for United Airlines for its World's Fair pavilion. Shot on 35mm and 70mm film, the eight-minute film captures the magic of jet travel. The Academy-Award winning Why Man Creates (1968, 29m) humorously portrays the evolution of the creative process, while the Oscar-nominated Notes on the Popular Arts (1978, 20m) tells the story of a young violinist who, inspired by comics, imagines himself as Superfiddle capable of vaporizing villains with the screech of his bow. The science-fiction film Quest (1984, 30m) is set in a world where life, from birth to death, is limited to eight days. Inventive use of special effects garnered appreciation from the likes of George Lucas. The eight days of a young man's journey to breach the "gates" where life is lived for 20,000 years or more is set in a world that is at once archaic and post-apocalyptic. All film prints provided courtesy of the Academy Film Archives.

THU JAN 16: 6:00 PM

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The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich
The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich

Antonin Svoboda | Austria | 2012 | 111m

New York PremierePsychiatrist, scientist and the inventor of the orgone box, Wilhelm Reich fled to the U.S. from Nazi Germany in 1939. He continued his forays in experimental sciences in Maine and the Arizona desert. A true believer in his theory of a life-force energy called orgone, he devoted his life to research with the ultimate goal of bettering humanity. His sometimes eccentric activities raised suspicions during the paranoid 1950s, leading to criminal charges and a prison sentence. This stirring and handsomely made biopic stars the incomparable Klaus Maria Brandauer as Reich.

THU JAN 16 12:30
SAT JAN 18 6:30 PM

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Ukraine Brides: 13 Years Later
Ukraine Brides: 13 Years Later

Nili Tal | Israel | 2013 | 65m | Russian, Hebrew & English with English subtitles

U.S. PremiereFor 13 years, documentarian Nili Tal (Sixty and the City, NYJFF 2011) has followed the ups and downs of women from Ukraine who married Israeli men. At times heartbreaking, at times mystifying, always compelling, the stories will touch and surprise you. Even while probing sensitive topics, Tal maintains the utmost compassion for her "Ukraine brides."

WED JAN 22: 3:15, 8:30 PM

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Up the Wrong Tree
Up the Wrong Tree

Gur Bentvich | Israel | 2013 | 93m | Hebrew with English subtitles

New York PremiereNitz (played to slacker perfection by Gal Toren) returns to Israel from Australia hoping to reunite with his girlfriend, Kesem, and their dog Zorba. When Kesem (the wonderful Sarah Adler) refuses, Nitz installs himself in an empty lot across from her apartment, just as real estate sharks are planning to pave it over for parking. Nitz climbs an ancient tree and soon finds himself at the center of an environmental battle. This warm and funny drama was nominated for five Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy Awards) including Best Actor and Best Screenplay.

WED JAN 22: 12:30, 6:00 PM

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When Jews Were Funny
When Jews Were Funny

Alan Zweig | Canada | 2013 | 90m

U.S. PremiereJoins us for this light-hearted documentary exploring the fundamental and perhaps impossible question of why so many 1960s and 1970s comics were Jewish. From the Borscht Belt through the present day, Zweig interviews funny folks Shelley Berman, Jack Carter, Shecky Greene, David Steinberg, Super Dave Osborne and many others at the intersection of Jewish comedy with modern American humor. Featuring tons of hilarious archival stand-up footage, When Jews Were Funny humorously and insightfully debates this most intriguing of phenomena.

THU JAN 9: 3:30, 8:30 PM

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The Women Pioneers
The Women Pioneers

Michal Aviad | Israel | 2013 | 51m | Hebrew with English subtitles

New York PremiereA hundred years ago, women pioneers emigrated from Europe to Palestine to realize the dream of creating a new, independent woman. Some of these remarkable women wrote diaries, letters and other texts which tell their stories in the most direct and intimate manner. Michal Aviad brings their stories to vivid life, weaving their compelling words with fascinating archival footage. These dramatic vignettes run the gamut from love affairs to ideological discussions on division of labor, from birth and death of individuals to the belief in building a new society.

Preceded by I Think This Is the Closest to How the Footage Looked

TUE JAN 21: 1:00, 6:00 PM

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The Wandering Jew
The Wandering Jew (Le Juif Errant)

Georges Méliès | France | 1904 | 3m | Silent

The earliest creator of special effects in cinema, pioneering filmmaker Georges Méliès (1868–1938), known for landmark titles like A Trip to the Moon (1902) and The Impossible Voyage (1904), portrays a Jewish character of legends as a lost soul wandering throughout the ages. With live piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin.

Screening before Oded the Wanderer (Oded Hanoded)

SUN JAN 19: 12:30 PM

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What Do We Have In Our Pockets?
What Do We Have In Our Pockets?

Goran Dukic | U.S./Israel | 2012 | 4m

Azazel Jacobs and Diaz Jacobs feature in this animated, whimsical tale of courtship, based on a story by Etgar Keret.

Screening before Rue Mandar

THU JAN 23: 1:00, 6:15 PM

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The Zigzag Kid
The Zigzag Kid

Vincent Bal | The Netherlands/Belgium | 2012 | 95m | Dutch, English & French with English subtitles

Aboard a train to visit his boring uncle, soon-to-be bar mitzah boy Amnon "Nono" Feierberg's journey suddenly becomes a mystery-solving challenge. The son of a workaholic police detective, Nono embarks on a mission to learn about his deceased mother, Zohara, escaping to the South of France with a twinkly-eyed jewel thief, encountering celebrated performer Lola, and spiraling his father into panic. The film features an enchanting performance by Isabella Rossellini as a chanteuse. Based on the acclaimed novel by David Grossman. Recommended for ages 11 and up. A Menemsha Films release.

SUN JAN 12: 12:30 PM

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