Houston Jewish Film Festival 2014

Arts and Entertainment

February 19, 2014

From: Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, March 8, 2014

8:00 PM: OPENING NIGHT Bethlehem - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Yuval Adler
Israel/Germany/Belgium, 2013, 99 min
Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles

Bethlehem tells the story of the unlikely bond between Razi, an Israeli secret service officer, and his Palestinian informant Sanfur, the younger brother of a senior Palestinian militant. Razi recruited him when he was just 15, and developed a very close, almost fatherly relationship with him.

Cost:
Member/Patron/FilmBuff/Stu/SR     $8.00
Public     $10.00

Sunday, March 9, 2014

2:00 PM: Putzel- Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Directed by Jason Chaet
USA, 2012, 88 min
English

New York's Upper West Side provides the setting for this quirky comedy described by one critic as "a lost Woody Allen movie from the 70s, strangely transplanted into the 21st century." Thirty-something Walter nicknamed Putzel - aspires to take over Himmelstein's, his family's smoked fish emporium, when his Uncle Sid retires.

Cost:
Adult - $10
Member & Senior 65+ - $8

3:00 PM: Teen Screening: The Other Son - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Lorraine Levy
France, 2011, 105 min
Hebrew, Arabic, French with English subtitles

When Joseph, the 18-year-old son of a high ranking Israeli officer in Tel Aviv, reports for his physical prior to national service, his blood test shockingly indicates he is not his parents' biological son. Further investigation reveals he was accidentally switched at birth with Yassin, a Palestinian raised in Gaza.

Cost: Free

4:00 PM: Eric A. Goldman: The American Jewish Story through Cinema- Museum of Fine Arts Houston
The American Jewish Story through Cinema
Book Signing Follows Author's Talk

In an industry strongly influenced by Jewish filmmakers, the complex and evolving nature of the American Jewish condition has had considerable impact on American cinema and, in particular, how Jews are reflected on the screen. By analyzing select mainstream films from the beginning of the sound era until today, this groundbreaking study uses the medium of cinema to provide an understanding of the American Jewish experience over the last century.

Cost: Free

6:00 PM: The Wonders- Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Directed by Avi Nesher
Israel, 2013, 112 min
Hebrew with English subtitles

Ariel Navon is a bartender, art-school dropout, and cartoonist. Late one night, he sees a strange blue light coming from an abandoned Jerusalem apartment. His investigation reveals that in the apartment is the modern day prophet, the missing Rabbi Knafo, whose followers believe, is on speed dial to God.

Cost:
Adult - $10
Member & Senior 65+ - $8

Monday, March 10, 2014

5:00 PM: The Jewish Cardinal- Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Directed by Ilan Duran Cohen
France, 2012, 90 min
French with English subtitles

This compelling historical drama chronicles the life of Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger (1926-2007), a son of Polish-Jewish immigrants who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew after joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope John Paul II  in 1981. 

7:30 PM: For a Woman- Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Directed by Diane Kurys
France, 2012, 110 min
French with English subtitles

After her mother's death, Anne (Sylvie Testud) is convinced to look closer at the life of her parents. The young couple met in the concentration camps during World War II, later moving to France to start their new life together.

Cost:
Adult - $10
Member & Senior 65+ - $8

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

5:00 PM: The Real Inglorious Bastards - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Min Sook Lee
Canada, 2012, 51 min
English, German with English subtitles

"The truth is way stranger than fiction," muses one interviewee in this unbelievable true account that Quentin Tarantino's mega-hit was based on. As teenagers, Hans Winberg and Fred Meyer fled Nazi Germany. Both loved their adopted country, spoke German and hated the Nazis.

Cost: $5

7:30 PM: Zaytoun - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Eran Riklis
United Kingdom, 2012, 110 min
Hebrew, Arabic, English with English subtitles

From Eran Riklis, award-winning director of Lemon Tree, comes Zaytoun, a film about an unlikely friendship that develops  between Yoni, an Israeli combat pilot shot down over Beirut during the 1982 Lebanese Civil War, and Fahed, a young Palestinian boy from a refugee family who is one of Yoni's captors.

Cost:
Member/Patron/Film Buff/Stu/Sr     $8.00
Public     $10.00

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

7:30 PM: Founders' Night Gloomy Sunday - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Rolf Schübel
Germany/Hungary, 2001, 112 min
German with English subtitles

Gloomy Sunday was a favorite at the  First Annual Jewish Film Festival, so it is only fitting to repeat its showing as a tribute to the founders of the Festival, Doreen Joffe and Sharon Kagan. Budapest, 1930s. Laxzlo runs a restaurant; he loves the hostess, Ilona. Both are marginally Jewish. Andreas, the piano player also loves Ilona and has composed a haunting song for her entitled "Gloomy Sunday." To complicate matters further, a German businessman, Hans, is smitten with Ilona, who rejects him. War breaks out. Hans is now a Nazi in charge of the final solution in Hungary.

Cost:
Member/Patron/Film Buff/Stu/Sr     $8.00
Public     $10.00

Thursday, March 13, 2014

1:00 PM: Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love - Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Directed by Dori Berinstein
United Kingdom, 2013, 85 min
English

A musical prodigy accepted to Juilliard at age six, Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012) defied classical expectations, redirecting his talents to musical theatre and pop music. By age 31, he achieved unprecedented success with smash hits including "The Way We Were," and scores for The Sting and A Chorus Line.

Cost:
Adult - $10
Member & Senior 65+ - $8

5:00 PM: Hunting Elephants - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Reshef Levi
Israel, 2013, 107 min
Hebrew with English subtitles

In this Israeli comedy, 12 year-old Yonatan is dealt a blow when his father, a bank security guard, dies of a heart attack while on duty.  The bank manager denies his father's pension.  It looks like Yonatan and his mother will lose their home.

Cost: $5

7:30 PM: Closed Season - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Franziska Schlotterer
Germany/Israel, 2012, 104 min
English, German with English subtitles

Wartime makes strange bedfellows. Fritz, a German farmer residing in a remote area of the Black Forest, agrees to hide Avi from the Nazis. The offer, however, comes with strings: Avi must work on the farm and attempt to father a child with Fritz's wife Emma.

Cost:
Member/Patron/Film Buff/Stu/Sr     $8.00
Public     $10.00

Friday, March 14, 2014

1:00 PM: The Sturgeon Queens With Lunch and a Movie for 60+ - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Julie Cohen
USA, 2013, 45 min
English

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg! The New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin! 60 Minutes correspondence Morley Safer!

What do they all have in common? They all eat at the Lower East Side lox emporium Russ and Daughters, now in its fourth generation under management by the same family.

Cost:
ERJCC Senior Member     $8.00
Senior     $10.00

Saturday, March 15, 2014

6:00 PM: Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love - Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Directed by Dori Berinstein
United Kingdom, 2013, 85 min
English

A musical prodigy accepted to Juilliard at age six, Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012) defied classical expectations, redirecting his talents to musical theatre and pop music. By age 31, he achieved unprecedented success with smash hits including "The Way We Were," and scores for The Sting and A Chorus Line.

8:00 PM: For a Woman- Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Directed by Diane Kurys
France, 2012, 110 min
French with English subtitles

After her mother's death, Anne (Sylvie Testud) is convinced to look closer at the life of her parents. The young couple met in the concentration camps during World War II, later moving to France to start their new life together.

Cost:
Adult - $10
Member & Senior 65+ - $8

Sunday, March 16, 2014

5:00 PM: The Jewish Cardinal- Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Directed by Ilan Duran Cohen
France, 2012, 90 min
French with English subtitles

This compelling historical drama chronicles the life of Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger (1926-2007), a son of Polish-Jewish immigrants who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew after joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope John Paul II  in 1981.

Cost:
Adult - $10
Member & Senior 65+ - $8

5:30 PM & 8:00 PM: Suskind - Holocaust Museum Houston
Directed by Rudolf Van Den Berg
Netherlands, 2012, 118 min
Dutch with English subtitles

This riveting drama based on true events tells the story of Walter Suskind's courageous actions during WWII. To obtain protection for himself and his family, Suskind pursues a post with the Jewish Council. But it involves the unimaginable task of having to decide which Jews are to be sent to the labor camps in Germany. When he discovers what really awaits his fellow Jews, he is horrified to be part of this heinous plan.

Monday, March 17, 2014

5:00 PM: Brave Miss World - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Cecilia Peck
Israel/Italy/South Africa/United States, 2013, 92 min
English, Hebrew, Italian with English subtitles

At 18, Linor Abargil was crowned Miss Israel. Six weeks prior to the Miss World contest, Linor was modeling in Italy when an Israeli travel agent brutally raped her. She called her mother, went to the police and to a hospital in Rome.

Cost: $5

7:30 PM: Like Brothers - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Hugo Gelin
France, 2012, 101 min
French with English subtitles

Charlie is dead and the lives of the three men who loved her are in disarray. The three Frenchmen have nothing in common except for their love of her.

Cost:
ERJCC Mem/POA/Film Buff/Stu/Sr     $8.00
Public $10.00

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

5:00 PM: Rewriting History - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Marc Radomsky and Danny Ben-Moshe
Australia, 2012, 55 min
English

Ninety five percent of Lithunia's Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. Yet, the ultra-nationalist Lithuanian government is determined to rewrite history, investigating those who fought with the partisans and accusing them of war crimes. It is a government that wants to change the way the Holocaust is perceived, not only in Lithuania but world-wide.

7:30 PM: Women's Night - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center

Wherever You Go
Directed by Rony Sasson Angel
Israel, 2012, 40 min
Hebrew with English subtitles

Zohara, an Israeli woman cut off from her Orthodox family, decides to attend her sister's wedding and reconnect with her family. En route, she stops for a desperate Bedouin woman attempting to escape from a forced marriage. Though they come from different worlds, both share the same desire: to be themselves.

Aya
Directed by Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnum
Israel, 2012, 40 min
English

While waiting for someone at the airport, Aya is mistaken as the assigned driver for Overby, a Dane visiting Israel to judge the Rubenstein Piano Competition. She does not immediately reveal the truth and proceeds to drive Overby to Jerusalem, developing a tension filled rapport with him. 

Cost:
ERJCC Mem/POA/Film Buff/Stu/Sr     $8.00
Public $10.00

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

5:00 PM: Dancing in Jaffa - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Hilla Medalia
USA/Israel, 2013, 84 min
Hebrew, Arabic, English with English subtitles

In this documentary, Pierre Dulaine, a well-known ballroom dancer originally from Jaffa, returns home to establish dancing classes in several Jaffa schools, specifically pairing Jewish and Palestinian children. This inspiring documentary follows several children as they slowly overcome their fears: first, of dancing with a member of the opposite sex (a difficult proposition in any culture at the awkward age of 11), and later, of dancing with someone who comes from a very different background. We watch Pierre transform their lives, confirming his beliefs that dance can overcome hatred and provide the first steps towards real change. 

Cost: $5

7:30 PM: Aftermath - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Wladyslaw Pasikowski
Netherlands/Poland/Russia/Slovakia, 2012, 104 min
Polish with English subtitles

Inspired by mass murders of Jews by residents of small Polish towns during the Holocaust, Aftermath tells the story of two brothers of a fictional town years after the war has ended. Franek upon his return home after 20 years discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community, and constantly receives various threats. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue.

Cost:
ERJCC Mem/POA/Film Buff/Stu/Sr     $8.00
Public $10.00

7:30 PM: Get Cultured - Nouveau Antique Art Bar
Short Film Night

Sight
Directed by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo
Israel, 2012, 7 min
English

In this short futuristic film, we find out what it means to live in a virtual reality, where everything from the art hanging on the walls to the reactions of the date sitting across the table are displayed in a contact lens-like device for our eyes only.

GentledogGentledog
Directed by David Shadi
Israel, 2012, 10 min
Hebrew with English subtitles

A guy thinks he is going to spend the night with his new date, but finds out that first he will have to intellectually defeat her big talking dog.

To Kill a BumblebeeTo Kill a Bumble Bee
Directed by Tal Granit & Sharon Maymon
Israel, 2009, 7 min
Hebrew with English subtitles

Canaan kills a bee, but it's not the last thing he will kill today. How far would you go to defend the world you build for yourself? This is a tragicomic reflection about life, friendship and the power of fear.

The Building AcrossThe Building Across
Directed by Jonathan Avrahami & Nir Saar
Israel, 2012, 5 min
Hebrew with English subtitles

Ayelet and Doron, a young couple from Tel-Aviv spends another regular night at home, when all of a sudden a new couple appears in the empty apartment across from them. Out of boredom they start watching but the situation turns into something they didn't expect.

Elijah the ProphetElijah the Prophet
Directed by James Cooper
Canada, 2013, 9 min
English

Elijah the Prophet tells the comedic story of Elijah, the pious, chummy and alcoholic prophet, whose yearly antics have graced Jewish households for ages as part of the Passover celebration. Unfortunately, not everyone understands that drunk driving for him is a divine right, which soon gets him in trouble with the law

Cost: Young Adults - $10.00

Thursday, March 20, 2014

5:00 PM: Wagner's Jews - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Hilan Warshaw
USA, 2013, 55 min
English

Opera composerRichard Wagner was notorious for his anti-Semitic writings. What is little known, however, is that many of his close personal relationships were with Jews, including a rabbi's son who conducted the premier of Parsifal, a pianist who lived with the Wagner family, and the teenaged piano prodigy Carl Tausig.

Cost: $5

7:30 PM: Wunderkinder - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Marcus O. Rosenmüller
Germany, 2011, 96 min
German with English subtitles

In this German film, two Ukranian Jewish children and the daughter of a wealthy German brewer living in the Ukraine in 1941 form a deep friendship initially based on their musical talents and mutual love of music. As they grow closer, their friendship deepens as they explore the world around them.

Cost:
ERJCC Mem/POA/Film Buff/Stu/Sr     $8.00
Public $10.00

Friday, March 21, 2014

1:00 PM: The Real Inglorious Bastards - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Min Sook Lee
Canada, 2012, 51 min
English, German with English subtitles

"The truth is way stranger than fiction," muses one interviewee in this unbelievable true account that Quentin Tarantino's mega-hit was based on. As teenagers, Hans Winberg and Fred Meyer fled Nazi Germany.  Both loved their adopted country, spoke German and hated the Nazis.

Cost:
ERJCC Mem/POA/Film Buff/Stu/Sr     $8.00
Public $10.00

Saturday, March 22, 2014

6:00 PM: Hunting Elephants - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Reshef Levi
Israel, 2013, 107 min
Hebrew with English subtitles

In this Israeli comedy, 12 year-old Yonatan is dealt a blow when his father, a bank security guard, dies of a heart attack while on duty. The bank manager denies his father's pension. It looks like Yonatan and his mother will lose their home.

Cost: Public - $10

8:30 PM: The Attack - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Ziad Doueiri
France, 2013, 102 min
Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles

Amin is a successful Palestinian surgeon living in Tel Aviv with his wife Siham, fully integrated into Israeli society, and the winner of an award for his medical accomplishments. On the night of the awards ceremony, Amin is summoned to his hospital to attend to victims of a suicide bombing - or so he thinks.

Cost:
ERJCC Mem/POA/Film Buff/Stu/Sr     $8.00
Public $10.00

Sunday, March 23, 2014

11:00 AM: CLOSING DAY - An American Tail - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Don Bluth
USA, 1986, 80 min
English

An American Tail, the first animated feature presented by Steven Spielberg, tells the story of Fievel Mousekewitz and his Russian-Jewish mouse family's escape from their homeland in the late 1800s. Boarding a boat headed for America, Fievel gets separated from his mom and dad.

Cost: Free

1:00 PM: The Jester - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Joseph Green & Jan Nowina-Przybylski
Poland, 1937, 90 min
Yiddish with new English subtitles

This recently restored Polish musical comedy filmed in the outskirts of Warsaw, premiered in Warsaw in 1937 and opened three months later in New York. Featuring a wanderer, a poor shoemaker's daughter and a circus performer, The Jester provides a look into the vanished world of Eastern European Jewry. Many of the crew and actors were murdered during the Holocaust.

4:00 PM: Glickman - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by James L. Freedman
USA, 2012, 83 min
English

Marty Glickman spent his career calling games for the Yankees, Dodgers, Knicks, Jets, Rangers, Mets, and other teams. He was a sportscaster's sportscaster and a broadcasting institution. Prior to his broadcasting career, however, Glickman was an Olympian, scheduled to run the 4x100 meter relay at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He was removed from the event to mollify Hitler.

7:30 PM: The Zigzag Kid - Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Directed by Vincent Bal
Netherlands/Belguim, 2013, 95 min
Dutch, French, English with English subtitles

Based on the beloved novel of the same name by Israeli writer David Grossman, this coming of age detective story follows the adventures of Nono, a thirteen year old boy with a wild imagination who wants to be like his father, the best police detective in the world.

Cost:
ERJCC Mem/POA/Film Buff/Stu/Sr     $8.00
Public $10.00

Date: March 8 - 23, 2014

Locations:
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd. Houston, TX 77096

Nouveau Antique Art Bar, 2913 Main Street Houston, TX 77002

Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. Houston, TX 77005

Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline St Houston, Texas 77004