2018 EJLCC JEWISH FILM SERIES
Elliot Fix, Curator


WEEK ONE:
  3:30 p.m. SUN/WED

SAMMY DAVIS, JR:  I’VE GOTTA BE MESAMMY DAVIS, JR:  I’VE GOTTA BE ME
USA.  2017. 100 minutes. English. Doc.

Harlem-born Davis was a dancer, singer, vaudevillian, impressionist and actor of gifted artistry, talent and charisma.  He experienced the bigotry of ‘50s and ‘60s white America, but was able to break barriers at a time of racial tension and social upheaval .  He also converted to Judaism after a car accident in 1964. Electrifying performance excerpts, some alongside Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, and star-studded interviews highlight the deserved respect for this entertainment legend. 

 

WEEK TWO:  3:30 p.m.  SUN/WED

FANNY’S JOURNEY FANNY’S JOURNEY
Belgium, France. 2016. 94 minutes.
French w/subtitles. Narrative drama

A poignant and suspenseful coming-of-age drama based on the true story of then 13-year old Fanny Ben-Ami.   Separated from her parents in Nazi-occupied Paris, Fanny is sent to a boarding school. Her safe haven ends, and the fate of several Jewish orphans is entrusted to her fearless leadership.  Joined by an ensemble of talented child actors, the film movingly follows the children’s perilous trek through the French countryside to reach the Swiss border.   An audience favorite at several Jewish film festivals.

 

WEEK THREE:  3:30 p.m. SUN/WED

MR. PREDICTABLEMR. PREDICTABLE
Israel. 2016. 103 min. Hebrew, w/English subtitles. Narrative.

A light hearted, feel-good comedy featuring award winning performances together with a very cute canine supporting cast.
Adi is simply a man too nice for this own good.  From this unpromising beginning, he discovers his strong inner self. Filmed against a backdrop of Tel Aviv’s parks and suburbs, this dog friendly film is an enjoyable treat.

 

 

WEEK FOUR:  3:30 p.m. SUN/WED

HARMONIAHARMONIA
Israel. 2016. 98 min.  Arabic, Hebrew w/subtitles.  Narrative drama.

This award-winning film is based on a contemporary adaptation of the biblical story from Genesis of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar.  Set in a philharmonic orchestra in today’s Jerusalem, the orchestra’s conductor, Abraham, and his wife, Sarah, a harpist , have no children but accept help from a horn player, Hagar.  Two rival prodigies are born, one Jewish and one Arab, leading to a clash of cultures.  A dynamic musical score and orchestral performances heighten the drama.  Nominated for five Israeli Academy awards and a Jerusalem International Film Festival winner for its Jewish heritage theme and cinematography.

 

WEEK FIVE:  3:30 p.m. SUN/WED

ACROSS THE WATERSACROSS THE WATERS
Denmark. 2016. 95 min. Danish w/subtitles. Narrative drama.

Unsure of whom they can trust, a Jewish musician and his family make a frantic escape from Nazi-occupied Denmark.  The threat of the Gestapo and Danish collaborators  is always at their heels.  Based on true events, the film is directed and co-written by Nicolo Donato, whose own grandfather was among the courageous Danish fishermen to ferry Jews to safety.  But will this family succeed as they confront the evil which will now determine their survival. A moving, gripping tale of defiance and the enduring spirit of the Jewish family. 

 

WEEK SIX:  3:30 p.m. SUN/WED  Double Feature

BREAKFAST AT INA’SBREAKFAST AT INA’S
USA. 2015. 50 min.  English. 

An affectionate homage to a beloved Chicago restaurant and its magnetic namesake.  Ina Pinkney.  A progressive entrepreneur, she was known for her compassion, quality standards, sheer willpower, and the restaurant’s delicious comfort food.  As she retires , Ina recalls her personal story as customers bid her an emotional farewell.  Winner of audience awards for Best Documentary at many film festivals. 

 

 

THE LAST BLINTZTHE LAST BLINTZ
USA. 2015. 25 min. English

At 3:15 p.m. on December 21, 2014, Frances Edelstein took a bite of the last blintz eaten at Café Edison, a New York City Times Square landmark forced to close after 34 years in business.  The film shows the final few months that the Café was open, after been told of their impending eviction.  The film strikes a plaintive note that will affect how people react to the closing of popular businesses.

 

 

WEEK SEVEN:  3:30 p.m. SUN/WED

MY HERO BROTHERMY HERO BROTHER
Israel, India. 2016. 77 min. Hebrew w/English subtitles. Documentary

A remarkable story of a group of young people from Israel with Down syndrome who embark on a demanding two-week trek through the Indian Himalayas accompanied by their brothers and sisters. The difficult trails and poignant relationships portrayed are set against the richly colorful backdrop of India.   New understandings of people with disabilities and their families are deepened in viewing the honest and direct emotional expressions of unconditional love.   Winner of many Best Documentary and Audience Choice Awards at film festivals.

 

WEEK EIGHT:  3:30 p.m. SUN/WED

19451945
Hungary. 2016. 91 min. Hungarian w/English subtitles. Narrative drama.

Two Orthodox Jews, father and son, arrive at a train station in a rural Hungarian village on a sweltering summer August day in 1945.  They bring with them two large mysterious boxes labeled “frangrances” Soon the townspeople begin a fearful reckoning of their recent past. A difficult post-war topic is presented:  how did the villagers profit from the deportation of their Jewish neighbors by the Nazis.  Filmed in striking black and white cinematography, this highly acclaimed film features a superb ensemble cast in a most eloquent drama.

 

 

WEEK NINE:  3:30 p.m. SUN/WED

HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORYHAROLD AND LILLIAN:  A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY
USA. 2015. 94 min.  English. Documentary

A fascinating and entertaining account of the romantic and creative partnership of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film researcher  Lillian Michelson, two unsung heroes of Hollywood’s  Golden Age. They worked on hundreds of renowned films including The Ten Commandments, The Birds, The Graduate, Fiddler On The Roof, and many more.  Candid conversations with movie celebrities and especially Lillian, and film clips chronicle their remarkable marriage and extraordinary careers through six decades of movie-making history.