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12th Annual JCC Film Festival will feature 11 extraordinary Jewish films

Posted on 05 September 2008 by admin

Purchase a Film Festival Series at $85

Tickets may be purchased online at www.jccdallas.org, at the JCC front desk or by calling 214-739-2737.

Tickets will be sold at the theater one hour prior to show time.

Doors open 20 minutes prior to show time. Festival sponsors are admitted 30 minutes in advance. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. Programs subject to change.

Support for this festival is provided by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.


Special Opening Night Presentation, Followed By Dessert Reception

SIXTY SIX

DALLAS PREMIERE

Comedy / Drama — 93 minutes

United Kingdom 2006

In English

Shy, awkward Bernie Reubens is counting on his bar mitzvah to be the defining moment of his young life. The Hebrew is learned, the hall is reserved and the guests have all committed to attend. What can go wrong? Nothing, unless by some miracle England makes it to the World Cup Final game to be played in town on the same day. But that could never happen. Could it? Featuring Helena Bonham Carter (“Sweeney Todd”) and Eddie Marsan (“The Illusionist”) and directed by Paul Weiland (”Made of Honor”).

SATURDAY, SEPT. 6, 9 p.m.

Studio Movie Grill, Dallas

Tickets in advance $14 / door $16

“If you turn your eyes away from us, even for a moment, we will cease to exist.”

REFUSENIK

DALLAS PREMIERE

Documentary — 120 minutes
United States 2007

In English, Russian and Hebrew (with English subtitles)

What began as a fledgling gathering of students and housewives 40 years ago grew into a human rights movement that eventually freed 1-1/2 million Soviet Jews and cracked the seemingly impenetrable wall of Soviet communism. One of the proudest chapters in Jewish history, the story of the refuseniks is the story of the importance of Jewish solidarity and the state of Israel, and a reminder of the great responsibilities that come with living in a free society.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 7, 7 p.m.
JCC, Zale Auditorium, Dallas

Tickets in advance $10 / door $12

Nominated for 8 Israeli Academy Awards!

THE SECRETS

(Sadot, Ha-)

DALLAS PREMIERE

Drama — 120 minutes

France / Israel 2007
In Hebrew and French (with English subtitles)

Naomi, a young Israeli woman, flees her repressive home life to study at a midrasha in the ancient kabbalistic town of Safed. But the order and clarity she seeks is shattered when a mitzvot assignment forces her to help an indigent French woman with a mysterious past. If she provides the help the woman desperately needs, Naomi is violating school rules — if she does not, is she violating G-d’s laws? Starring Ania Bukstein (“The Schwartz Dynasty”) and legendary French actress Fanny Ardant. (Adult situations, some nudity)

TUESDAY, SEPT. 9, 8 p.m.

Angelika Film Centre, Plano

Tickets in advance $10 / door $12

BAD FAITH
(Mauvaise foi)

DALLAS PREMIERE

Comedy — 88 minutes

France 2006
In French with English subtitles

They live, they love and now she’s pregnant. So why not get married? Great idea — but who gets to tell the parents? Hers are assimilated French Jews. His are Arab Muslim immigrants! “Bad Faith” fearlessly tackles the impossible themes of intermarriage, cultural conflict and religious prejudice — and does it with a smile. Starring the beautiful Cécile De France (Étoile d’Or “Best Actress” winner) and written by, directed by and starring Cannes “Best Actor” award winner Roshdy Zem (“Go, See and Become”).

THURSDAY, SEPT. 11, 7 p.m.

Studio Movie Grill, Dallas

Tickets in advance $10 / door $12

Nominated “Best Foreign Language Film” 2008 U,S, Academy Awards.

Winner of 4 Israeli Academy Awards — 10 Nominations!

BEAUFORT

DALLAS PREMIERE

Drama — 125 minutes

Israel 2007
In Hebrew with English subtitles

A 22-year-old Israeli outpost commander and his troops risk all to occupy a fortress inside the Lebanon border, only to be told to pack up and destroy the very place they have just devoted their lives to defending. Based on the sensational 2006 novel of the same name, and in a league with classic war stories like “All Quiet on the Western Front” or “La Grande Illusion,” “Beaufort” lays bare the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes heartbreaking, and sometimes senseless sacrifices of war.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 13, 9 p.m.

Angelika Film Center, Plano

Tickets in advance $10 / door $12

AFTERNOON DOUBLE FEATURE

IT’S NOT IN HEAVEN (the comedy of Yisrael Campbell)

DALLAS PREMIERE

43 minutes

Israel 2005
In English

“Is it hot in here, or am I the only one dressed for Poland in the 17th century?” Side-splitting stand-up comedy and commentary from the man who converted to Judaism not once, not twice, but three times!

STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME

DALLAS PREMIERE

94 minutes

USA 2007
In English and Dutch (with English subtitles)

In 1943 Jack Polak was smitten by the beautiful Ina Soep. But he was already married to Manja. Suddenly all three were whisked to a concentration camp and forced to live in the same barracks. Though Manja was unhappy in the marriage, she forbid Jack to see Ina. So Jack and Ina sustained their romance, and their survival in the camps, through secret love letters. “I’m a very special Holocaust survivor. I was in the camps with my wife and my girlfriend; and believe me, it wasn’t easy.” — Jack Polak

Tickets in advance $15 / door $17

Winner “Best Documentary” — Israeli Academy Awards!

THE CHAMPAGNE SPY
(Meragel Ha-Shampaniya)

DALLAS PREMIERE

90 minutes

Israel/Germany — 2007
In Hebrew and German (with English subtitles)

In the early 1960s, generals, Cabinet members and others in the Egyptian high life knew Wolfgang Lotz as a wealthy German horse breeder with a lovely society wife and an engaging habit of sending champagne and other lavish gifts to well-placed friends. To the astonishment of everyone Lotz was disclosed in 1965 to be an Israeli spy with another family in Europe. Jailed and put on trial, Lotz and his “other” wife made headlines in the Middle East and Europe as everyone wondered, ‘Who is the real Wolfgang Lotz?”

Tickets in advance $10 / door $12

SUNDAY, SEPT. 14

It’s Not In Heaven — 3 p.m.
Steal a Pencil For Me — 4 p.m.

Champagne Spy — 7 p.m.

JCC, Zale Auditorium, Dallas

THE GALILEE ESKIMOS
(Eskimosim ba Galil)

DALLAS PREMIERE

Comedy/Drama — 96 minutes

Israel 2007
In Hebrew with English subtitles

Confined to their retirement quarters, the now-elderly founding members of a Galilee kibbutz spend their days in peace and among friends. Then they discover that the kibbutz is bankrupt and the young working families have looted and abandoned the property before the bank can shut it down. Faced with no food, water, utilities or assistance, the elders rediscover the energy and conviction of their youth as they band together to save the home they worked so hard to build.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 7 p.m.

Studio Movie Grill, Dallas
Tickets in advance $10 / door $12

Winner “Best Film” & “Best Actress” Cinekid Film Awards 2007!

MAX MINSKY AND ME
(Max Minsky und ich)

DALLAS PREMIERE
Comedy — 94 minutes

Germany 2007
In German with English subtitles

Nelly Sue Edelmeister is a skinny, brainy 13-year-old living in Berlin with her American Jewish mother and German Christian father. When a school basketball championship offers her the chance to meet fellow astronomy fan and heartthrob Edouard, prince of Luxembourg, Nelly turns to school basketball ace and resident juvenile delinquent Max Minsky for help. Based upon the popular award-winning coming-of-age novel, “Prince William, Maximillian Minsky and Me.”

THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 8 p.m.

Angelika Film Center, Plano
Tickets in advance $10 / door $12

Winner “Special Grand Jury Prize” Montreal Film Festival!

NOODLE

DALLAS PREMIERE
Drama — 90 minutes

Israel 2007
In Hebrew with English subtitles

Miri, a lonely El Al flight attendant, becomes the unintended guardian of her Chinese immigrant maid’s son when the young woman runs out for an errand and never returns. Faced with the impossible task of reuniting the boy with his mother, Miri presses on through bureaucratic obstacles, disapproving family members, unyielding immigration laws and the risk of criminal charges if she is discovered. “Noodle” is a heartwarming film about an ordinary woman thrust into extraordinary circumstances.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 23, 7 p.m.

Studio Movie Grill, Dallas
Tickets in advance $10 / door $12

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