Houston Jewish Film Festival 2016

Arts and Entertainment

January 13, 2016

From: Houston Jewish Film Festival

Schedule of Films:

March 5, 2016

8:00 PM: Opening Night  - The Man in the Wall

Directed by Evgeny Ruman
Israel, 2015, 92 min
Hebrew with English subtitles
Houston Premiere
Thriller

Location: Evelyn Rubenstein JCC

March 6, 2016

1:00 PM: Afternoon of Shorts

Ave Maria
Directed by Basil Khalil
France, Germany, Palestine, 2015, 15 min

Kapunka
Directed by Tal Greenberg
Israel, 2015, 12 min

Ischler
Directed by Attila Hartung
Hungary, 2014, 16 min

Lookout
Directed by Noa Gusakov
Israel, 2014, 18 min

YidLife Crisis
Directed by Eli Batalion & Jamie Elman
Canada, 2014, 5 min each

Lost Paradise
Directed by Oded Binnun & Mihal Brezis
France/Israel, 2009, 10 min

Dear God
Directed by Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv
Israel, 2014, 13 min

4:00 PM: Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists

Directed by Leah Wolchok
USA, 2015, 83 min
English
Houston Premiere
Documentary

7:30 PM: The Kind Words (Hamilim Hatovot)

Directed by Christian Petzold
Germany, 2015, 99 min
German with English subtitles
Drama

Location: Evelyn Rubenstein JCC

March 7, 2016

5:00 PM: Phoenix

Directed by Shemi Zarhin
Israel/Canada, 2015, 118 min
Hebrew with English subtitles
Houston Premiere
Drama

7:30 PM: Apples from the Desert (Tapuchim Min Hamidbar)

Directed by Arik Lubetzky and Matti Harari
Israel, 2014, 87 min
Hebrew with English subtitles
Houston Premiere
Drama

Location: Evelyn Rubenstein JCC 

March 8, 2016

5:00 PM & 7:30 PM: A Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did

Directed by David Evans
United Kingdom, 2015, 92 min
English
Houston Premiere
Documentary

Location: Holocaust Museum Houston

March 9, 2016

7:30 PM: Everything Is Illuminated

Directed by Liev Schreiber
Country, 2005, 106 min
English
Drama

Location: Evelyn Rubenstein JCC

March 10, 2016

5:00 PM: Rosenwald

Directed by Aviva Kempner
United States, 2014, 90 min
English
Documentary

7:30 PM: Fire Birds

Directed by Amir Wolf
Israel, 2015, 112 min
Hebrew with English subtitles
Houston Premiere
Drama

Location: Evelyn Rubenstein JCC

March 11, 2016

1:00 PM: The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Directed by Shaul Betser and Asaf Galay
Israel, 2014, 72 min
Houston Premiere
Documentary

Location: Evelyn Rubenstein JCC

March 12, 2016

6:00 PM: Remember

Directed by Atom Egoyan
Canada/Germany, 2015, 95 min
Language
Houston Premiere
Thriller

8:00 PM: Serial (Bad) Weddings (Qu'est-Ce Qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu?)

Directed by Philippe de Chauveron
France, 2014, 97 min
French with English subtitles
Comedy

Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

March 13, 2016

1:00 PM: Carvalho's Journey

Introduced by Malcolm Daniel, Curator in Charge, MFAH Department of Photography and Special Projects and a Specialist in Nineteen Century Photography

Directed by Steve Rivo
USA, 2015, 85 min
English
Houston Premiere
Documentary

3:00 PM: Mountain

Directed by Yaelle Kayam
Denmark/Israel, 2015, 83 min
Hebrew with English subtitles
Houston Premiere
Drama

6:00 PM: Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists

Directed by Leah Wolchok
USA, 2015, 83 min
English
Houston Premiere
Documentary

Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

March 14, 2016

5:00 PM: To Life!

Directed by Uwe Janson
German, 2016, 86 min
German with English subtitles
Houston Premiere
Drama

7:30 PM: Bulgarian Rhapsody

Directed by Ivan Nichev
Bulgaria/Israel, 2014, 108 min
Bulgarian, German, Ladino
with English subtitles
Houston Premiere
Drama

Location: Evelyn Rubenstein JCC

March 15, 2016

5:00 PM: The Man in the Wall

Directed by Evgeny Ruman
Israel, 2015, 92 min
Hebrew with English subtitles
Houston Premiere
Thriller

7:30 PM: Baba Joon

Directed by Yuval Delshad
Israel, 2015, 91 min
Farsi, Hebrew
with English subtitles
Houston Premiere
Drama

Location: Evelyn Rubenstein JCC

March 16, 2016

5:00 PM: 10% My Child

Directed by Uri Bar-on
Israel, 2014, 84 min
Hebrew with English subtitles
Houston Premiere
Comedy

6:30 PM: Women's Night Dinner

7:30 PM: A La Vie (To Life)

Directed by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann
France, 2014, 104 min
French with English subtitles
Houston Premiere
Drama

Location: Evelyn Rubenstein JCC

March 17, 2016

1:00 PM: Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem

Directed by John Lollos
USA, 2014, 90 min
English
Houston Premiere
Documentary

Location: Evelyn Rubenstein JCC

March 19, 2016

6:00 PM: Mr. Kaplan (Esperando a Míster Kaplan)

Directed by Álvaro Brechner
Germany, Uruguay, 2014, 98 min
Spanish with English subtitles
Houston Premiere
Comedy/Drama

Seventy-six year old Jacob Kaplan believes he hasn't achieved anything in life compared, for example, to Winston Churchill. He feels his life is now restricted: he is retired, has lost his driver's license, is on a no salt diet, and his hearing may be failing. Jacob wants to do something for which he will be remembered.

Hearing a news report that an 85-year old war criminal is in the neighborhood, Jacob and his accomplice, a former police officer, begin a search for the alleged Nazi. His search, however, turns up some surprising results in this sweetly comic film.

8:45 PM: A Borrowed Identity

Directed by Eran Riklis
Israel, 2014, 105 min
Hebrew with English subtitles
Houston Premiere
Drama

From award-winning filmmaker Eran Riklis (Lemon Tree; Syrian Bride) comes his latest entry, A Borrowed Identity. Eyad, son of an Arab fruit picker whose university career in Jerusalem ended due to his arrest for political activity, is a gifted boy from an Arab village.

He earns entry into a prestigious Jerusalem boarding school; his Hebrew is awkward, he lacks cultural knowledge natural to his Israeli classmates, and he is isolated until he is befriended by two of his classmates. Slowly, Eyad sheds his identity as an outsider, makes compromises, and struggles to find his place in the world.

Location: Evelyn Rubenstein JCC

March 20, 2016

11:00 AM: A Place In Heaven (Makom Be-Gan Eden)

Directed by Yossi Madmoni
Israel, 2013, 117 min
Hebrew with English subtitles
Houston Premiere
Drama

An odd precept in Jewish law permits a person to sell his place in heaven. But would you strike such a bargain for a month's worth of omelets? Bambi, a brave, heroic, secular Israeli army officer who recently returned from battle, does just that when he enters into a contract with a religious cook.

Years later, when Bambi is on his deathbed, alone and embittered, his ultra-Orthodox estranged son, Nimrod, tries to repurchase his father's place in heaven in this film about father/son relationships, fate, faith, family, salvation, military expediency and the inevitable political fallout.

2:00 PM: Mamele

Directed by Joseph Green
and Konrad Tom
Poland, 1938, 97 min
Yiddish with New English subtitles
Drama

Molly Picon stars as Havche ("Mamele") in this Cinderella-like musical comedy/drama. No one in the family appreciates her: neither her ne'er do well father, her two sisters, nor her three brothers.

She cooks, cleans, washes, sews, rescues her siblings from disaster, and engages in a little matchmaking, a regular scullery maid in this 1938 restored Polish/Yiddish film.

And she shines when she sings many of the old Yiddish favorites along with her Prince Charming, a violinist who lives across the courtyard. This picture of pre-war Poland is not to be missed, replete with gangsters, night clubs, sukkahs and a view of a lost world.

4:00 PM: The Green Prince  (Hanasich Hayarok)

Directed by Nadav Schirman
Germany/Israel/UK, 2014, 99 min
Hebrew with English subtitles
Houston Premiere
Documentary

This documentary, based on Mosab Hassan Yousef's memoir, Son of Hamas, relates the story of Yousef's collaboration with the Shin Bet over a 10-year period. As the son of a Hamas leader, he was given the code name "the green prince."

Juxtaposing Yousef's story with that of his Shin Bet handler, Gonen Ben Yitzhak, compels the audience to examine the decisions each man made, the dangers resulting from those decisions, and their psychological effect. It is the story of two adversaries embroiled in the clash of history, spy and spymaster, each of whom ultimately places his trust in the other.

7:30 PM: Closing Night - Is That You? - SOLD OUT (Haeem Ze Ata?)

Directed by Dani Menkin
USA/Israel, 2014, 84 min
English, Hebrew with English subtitles
Houston Premiere
Drama

Director Dani Menkin in Attendance

Ronnie, a 60-year old Israeli film projectionist, has been fired. He travels to the U.S. to visit his brother, owner of a used car lot.

But Ronnie has a quest: he wants to find Rachel, his lost love. Thus begins the ultimate road trip. On his journey, he meets Myla, a young filmmaker making a documentary on regrets; Ronnie is a perfect case study, so Myla decides to join him in his search.

The two encounter a variety of colorful characters, including an opera-singing cop and a pot smoking grandma willing to talk about their lives in this gentle comedy directed by Dani Menkin (Dolphin Boy) about the road not taken.

Fest Date: March 5 - 20, 2016

Locations:
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center (JCC), 5601 S. Braeswood, Houston, TX
Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), 1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX
Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH), 5401 Caroline St, Houston, TX

Individual Tickets
$8 Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Member/Patron of the Arts/MFAH Film Buff/MFAH Member/HMH Member/Students/Seniors 60+
$10 Public

For More Information - http://www.erjcchouston.org/arts/jewish-film-festival/