18th Annual Jewish Film Festival
Films by Date
Sunday, May 8 | Monday, May 9 | Tuesday, May 10 | Wednesday, May 11 | Thursday, May 12 | Friday, May 13 | Sunday, May 15 | Monday, May 16 | Tuesday, May 17 | Wednesday, May 18 | Thursday, May 19
Films by Title
Apples from the Desert | Belle and Sebastian | A Borrowed Identity | Bulgarian Rhapsody | Café Nagler | Chagall-Malevich | Deli Man | Dough | The Farewell Party | Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem | Imber's Left Hand | In Search of Israeli Cuisine (Patron Night) | The Kind Words | The Last Mentsch | Manpower | The Midnight Orchestra | Morgenthau | Mr. Kaplan | My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes | Once in a Lifetime | Phoenix | The Polgár Variant | The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers | Rabin in His Own Words | Raise the Roof | Rock in the Red Zone | Rosenwald (Flint only) | Sabena Hijacking - My Version | 10% My Child | To Life! | Tuviansky
Each of these events features a little something extra that goes beyond just the movie.
Patron Night - Monday, May 9 | 10% My Child - Wednesday, May 11 | Film Fest in the D - Thursday, May 12 | Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem - Sunday, May 15 | Once in a Lifetime - Monday, May 16 | My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes - Wednesday, May 18
Café in the J
film festival lineup
Co-sponsored by Linda Stephen Hayman, Jewish Historical Society of Michigan, Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit
Film Fest in the D! - "Deli Man"
Thursday, May 12 | Hygrade Deli | $10 | Register online at werepair.org/detroit
Sponsored by Judith & Irwin Elson
Co-sponsored by Hadassah Greater Detroit, Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring
2 p.m. - CAFÉ NAGLER (Sneak Preview)
(Israel, 2015, 59 minutes, Hebrew, English, German with Hebrew, English subtitles)
Co-sponsored by Terry & Martin Hollander
Sponsored by Barbara & Douglas Bloom
Co-sponsored by Cis Maisel Kellman
*Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival, 2014
*Winner - Best Actress, Seattle International Film Festival, 2015
This film tells the spicy, sweet and bold story of the Israeli people - through food! Profiling chefs, home cooks, farmers, vintners and cheese makers drawn from Israel's more than 100 cultures - Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze - a rich, complex and human story emerges.
*Audience Award - Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, 2016
Co-sponsored by Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University, Henry & Delia Meyers Library and Media Center/Joan & Robert Jampel
Sponsored by Leo & Betty Goldstein Family Foundation, ZOA
Sponsored by Carol & Ronald Fogel
Co-sponsored by Pet Nosan, Allyn Ravitz & Charles R. Schmitter
*Nominated - Best Documentary Film, Israeli Academy Awards, 2015
Co-sponsored by Lee & Paul Blizman, Ameinu Detroit
*Winner - Best Documentary, Haifa International Film Festival, 2015
Co-sponsored by Karen & Jerry Kaufman
*Winner - Best Independent Film, Israeli Academy Awards, 2015
Following the film, please join us for a talk-back with Rabbi Tamara Kolton.
2 p.m. - THE POLGÁR VARIANT
(Israel, Hungary, USA, 2014, 68 minutes, Hebrew, Hungarian, English with English subtitles)
Sponsored by Patricia & Stephen (z"l) Sharf
5 p.m. - ROCK IN THE RED ZONE
(Israel, USA, 2014, 87 minutes, Hebrew, English with English subtitles)
Co-sponsored by Barbara Saperstein, StandWithUs - Michigan
Co-sponsored by Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit, National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Detroit Section, WISDOM (Women's Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in Metro Detroit), Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring
*Four nominations to the Israeli Film Academy Awards, 2014
Noon - BULGARIAN RHAPSODY
(Bulgaria, Israel, 2014, 108 minutes, Bulgarian, German, Ladino with English subtitles)
Sponsored by Elaine & Michael Serling
Co-sponsored by The Rosenberg Group - Private Wealth Management
*Official submission of Bulgaria - Best Foreign Language Film, 87th Academy Awards, 2015
Co-sponsored by C.H.A.I.M. - Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in Michigan, Hidden Children/Child Survivors of Michigan
Sponsored by Andi & Larry Wolfe
Co-sponsored by the JCC's 65th Annual Jewish Book Fair
*Winner - Audience Choice Awards, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, 2015
*Winner - Films4Families Youth Jury Award, Seattle International Film Festival, 2014
5 p.m. - GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM
(Israel, France, Germany, 2014, 115 minutes, Hebrew, French, Arabic with English subtitles)
Sponsored by Barbara & Michael Kratchman
*Winner - Best Film, Award of the Israeli Film Academy, 2014
*Winner - Best Supporting Actor, Award of the Israeli Film Academy, 2014
*Winner - Silver Hugo, Best Screenplay, Chicago International Film Festival, 2014
*Winner - Golden Starfish Award Narrative Feature & Outstanding Achievement in Acting, Ronit Elkabetz, Hamptons International Film Festival, 2014
*Winner - Best Israeli Feature, Best Actor, Audience Award, Jerusalem Film Festival, 2014
*Winner - Founder's Prize, Special Award, Traverse City Film Festival, 2015
Following the film, please join us for a talk-back with Rabbi Aaron Bergman.
Co-sponsored by B'nai B'rith International, Great Lakes Region
Yehezkel and his wife Levana are seniors living quiet lives at a Jerusalem retirement home. They are astonished when their dear friend Max turns to Yehezkel, an amateur inventor, with a request: could he build a machine that will help Max, who is facing a certain and difficult death, end his suffering? "The Farewell Party" is the rare film that manages to treat an extremely sensitive issue with humor, compassion and insight.
*Winner - Best Actor, Ze'ev Revach, Award of the Israeli Film Academy, 2014
*Winner - Best Cinematography, Award of the Israeli Film Academy, 2014
*Winner - NU Image Award, Best Actress, Levana Finkelstein, Haifa International Film Festival, 2014
*Winner - Brian Award & People's Choice Award, Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon, Venice Film Festival, 2014
Co-sponsored by Janice Charach Gallery
A love story between two artists faced with one’s death and how art and love transform this tragedy into the brightest affirmation of life. Imber’s switch to painting left handed and the black humor with which he dances with his dying is a celebration of life and community.
*Winner - Best Documentary, Boston Jewish Film Festival, 2014
*Winner - Best Film, Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival, 2014
*Winner - Best Film, New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival, 2015
*Winner - Best Documentary, Hartford Jewish Film Festival, 2016
Co-sponsored by Sophie Pearlstein, Temple Israel
*Winner - Audience Award, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2015
*Winner - Micki Moore Award for Best Narrative Film, Toronto Jewish Film Festival, 2015
*Winner - Best Narrative Feature, St. Louis International Film Festival, 2015
Following the film, please join us for a talk-back with Rabbi Josh Bennett.
Film provided by the National Center for Jewish Film
To purchase tickets, please call 810.767.5922.
"Rosenwald" is the incredible true story of the son of an immigrant peddler who never finished high school, who was in financial ruin before he truned 24 - yet who became the head of one of the nation's largest retailers and was one of the country's greatest philanthropists.
Co-sponsored by Lenore & Sheldon Leemon, Lynn & Harvey Rubin
A story of love and reconciliation, "Apples from the Desert" focuses on Rebecca Abarbanel, who lives in Jerusalem where she is the only daughter of an Orthodox Sephardic family. When his daughter begins to rebel, Rebecca's father arranges a marriage to a widower with five children. But Rebecca is already in love with someone else.
*Winner - Special Jury Award, San Diego Jewish Film Festival, 2015
*Winner - Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, 2015
*Winner - BEVIE Award for Best Feature, Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, 2015
*Winner - Global Vision Award, Cinquest Film Festival, 2015
Following the film, please join us for a talk-back with Israeli educator Nira Lev.
Sponsored by Sheri & David Jaffa
Co-sponsored by Sallyjo & H. Barry Levine
"Tuviansky" is an astonishing true account of an Israel Defense Forces captain who, in the course of just four hours, was arrested, tried, sentenced and executed for treason - only to be exonerated one year later.
Sponsored by Raymond & Atara Zimmerman Philanthropic Fund
Co-sponsored by Esther & Neal Zalenko
Noam Kaplan's moving film tells the story of four men in crisis while painting a portrait of a complex society addressing questions about belonging, exile, home and family.
8 p.m. - THE LAST MENTSCH
(Germany, Switzerland, France, 2016, 93 minutes, German, Hungarian, Hebrew, English, Yiddish with English subtitles)
Sponsored by Bluma & Robert (z"l) Schechter
Co-sponsored by Heidi & Jeff Budaj
Marcus Schwarz escaped Auschwitz with his life - only to exterminate his Jewishness. Without family, a synagogue or a single Jewish friend, the hardened old man has so effectively created a new identity that rabbis refuse his appeal to be buried in a Jewish cemetery in Cologne. Determined to return to his birthplace and establish his ancestry, Marcus enlists the help of a brash Turkish woman with a troubled history of her own.
Sponsored by Natalie & Manny Charach
Co-sponsored by Merton Segal
5 p.m. - MY ITALIAN SECRET: THE FORGOTTEN HEROES
(Italy, France, Israel, USA, 2014, 91 minutes, English, Italian with English subtitles)
Co-sponsored by Federation's Adult Jewish Learning Department, Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus, the JCC's SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment), the Voice/Vision Archive & the Mardigian Library at the University of Michigan - Dearborn
*Offiical Selection, Hamptons International Film Festival, 2014
*Official Selection, Rome International Film Festival, 2014
Following "My Italian Secret", please join us for a conversation with Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Oren Jacoby.
Co-sponsored by Glenn/Oak/South Chapter of ORT America
Presented in loving memory of Maxwell and Renah Bardenstein
Co-sponsored by Sholem Aleichem Institute
5 p.m. - THE MIDNIGHT ORCHESTRA
(Morocco, 2015, 100 minutes, Arabic, English, French with English subtitles)
Co-sponsored by The Berman Center for the Performing Arts, Dr. Gary & Sharon Oppenheim
Michael Abitbol was a child when he left his home in Casablanca amid the tensions of the Yom Kippur War. Now, after years of buried memories, he has decided to come back to visit. Perhaps the trip will help him understand the legacy of his late father, a once-famous Moroccan musician from whom he is estranged.
*Winner - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Montréal World Film Festival, 2015
Co-sponsored by Pam & Eugene Lumberg, Laurel Swartz & Eric Lumberg
*Nominated for 12 Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, 2015