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Friday, March 7

Joe Papp in Five Acts  10:00 a.m.
USA, 2012, 84 minutes, English
Born Joseph Papirofsky in Brooklyn, Papp was a street-wise artistic entrepreneur who made theatre accessible to the public. He introduced interracial casting to the American stage, produced Hair and A Chorus Line, and created free Shakespeare in the Park. His tumultuous personal history is told by a “Who’s Who” of stage and screen, including Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Kevin Kline, and James Earl Jones.

Century 16 | $8


Lola  12:10 p.m.
Israel, 2013, 57 minutes, Hebrew/subtitles - Adult themes
Contra Costa Premiere! Galia Pardo lives happily and quietly with her husband and four children in a small town where she is well-known as a singer in the local choir. One day, she makes a dramatic decision and opens a sex shop. How are the town’s allegedly conservative residents going to accept the store and its provocative toys? A humorous documentary that presents a new perspective on sex shops … and their owners. Screening with Short Bites: Bris and Details.

Century 16 | $8


Hatufim (Prisoners of War)  2:15 p.m.
Israel, 2010, 110 minutes, Hebrew/subtitles - Adult themes
Contra Costa Premiere! Hatufim, the template upon which the award-winning Homeland TV series is based, tells the gripping (and gritty) story of Nimrod and Uri, two Israeli POWS who return to Israel after 17 years, only to find their post-release lives dramatically changed — a wife remarried, and children nearly grown up. But as Israeli intelligence slowly discovers, Nimrod and Uri share ominous secrets about the third POW who has not returned home.

Century 16 | $11


Saturday, March 8

Carole Chaiken Memorial Screening
The Wonders  7:00 p.m.
Israel, 2013, 112 minutes, Hebrew/subtitles
Bay Area Premiere! An amiable 20-something bartender/graffiti artist. A kidnapped young rabbi who sees the future. A mysterious red-headed femme fatale. A gruff and lonely detective embroiled in a conspiracy. And the city of Jerusalem with its serpentine streets and picturesque homes. This film noir charmer (with touches of romance and comedy) is directed by Avi Nesher (The Secrets, The Matchmaker) and incorporates the stylish elements of Martin Scorsese, the Coen Brothers and Woody Allen. Although the answers to the mystery are not revealed until the end, the road to the film’s conclusion is original and delightfully entertaining. The score is by the internationally renowned hip-hop group HaDag Nachash. Starring Yuval Scharf (Footnote), Adir Miller (a popular stand-up comic), and heartthrob Yehuda Levi (Jagger in Yossi and Jagger).

Century 16 | $11
Co-sponsor: Temple Isaiah.
Underwritten by The Chaiken Family.


Cupcakes  9:45 p.m.
Israel, 2013, 90 minutes, Hebrew/English/subtitles
East Bay Premiere! From Eytan Fox, the director of Yossi and Jagger and Walk on Water, comes this light-hearted musical which has one main goal: to make the audience smile. While six neighbors in a Tel Aviv apartment house decide that they can write a better song than Israel’s offcial entry in an international song contest, they never expect that their composition will actually be selected for the next competition. Will they change their down-to-earth style for a better chance at the title? Will they find love and happiness? Will they win? Sit back and enjoy.

Century 16 | $11
Underwritten by Helen and Peter Loewenstein; Margaret and Stuart Winter.


Sunday, March 9

The Zigzag Kid (Nono, Het Zigzag Kind)  9:30 a.m.
Netherlands/Belgium, 2012, 95 minutes, Dutch/English/French/subtitles
Contra Costa Premiere! 13-year-old Nono wants to be just like his father — the best police inspector in the world. Unfortunately, he is always getting into mischief. Just before Nono’s bar mitzvah, his father decides to send him to his uncle in a final attempt to get him to behave. But on the train ride there, Nono meets master-burglar Felix Glick and is brought into a world of chases, disguises, and a mysterious woman (Isabella Rossellini). This charming and entertaining film is based on a novel by Israeli author David Grossman, and won the 2013 European Film Academy Young Audience Award.

Century 16 | $8
Co-sponsors: Contra Costa Jewish Day School.


Everywhere But Here  11:40 a.m.
Israel, 2013, 40 minutes, Hebrew/Arabic/English/subtitles - Mature themes
A group of successful thirty-somethings returns to Israel from abroad to attend a mutual friend’s wedding. The real drama, however, occurs in encounters in the hallways and elevators of the hotel where they are all staying.

Century 16 | $3
Screening with Short Bites: Sashen’ka I, Sashen’ka II, and Strangers.


The Real Inglorious Bastards  1:30 p.m.
Canada, 2012, 57 minutes, English/German/subtitles
During WWII, America’s newly formed Office of Operation Services (OSS) launched a series of undercover missions, one of the most successful of which was undertaken by two young Jewish refugees from Nazi occupied Europe and a Catholic soldier who followed his conscience and deserted the German Army. Together, these three unlikely comrades parachuted into the Austrian Alps one winter night to strike back at the Third Reich. “What they accomplished,” notes one historian, “was far more courageous and noble than was portrayed in Quentin Tarantino’s film.”

Century 16 | $8
Co-sponsors: East Bay Jewish Teen Foundation, Jewish Federation of the East Bay.
Underwritten by Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and Betsy Fels Pottruck.


Barney Sherman Screening
Glickman  3:10 p.m.
USA, 2013, 83 minutes, English
Track star. Olympian. The “Flatbush Flash.” Marty Glickman, the broadcaster who helped put HBO Sports on the map, delivered amazing play-by-plays that forever changed basketball and football coverage. His inventive use of such words as “the lane,” “swish,” and “the top of the circle” created memorable images in the minds of his innumerable fans. Featuring commentary by Larry King, Jerry Stiller and Bill Bradley and spanning much of American 20th century history, this documentary is a must-see even for non-sports fans.

Century 16 | $11
Co-sponsor: Beth Chaim Congregation.
Underwritten by Marie and Jon Licht; Bette and Stuart Schuster.

This film is dedicated to Barney Sherman who has served our Film Festival with enthusiasm
and dedication for nearly twenty years!


Igor and the Cranes' Journey  4:30 p.m.
Poland/Germany/Israel, 2013, 90 minutes, Hebrew/Russian/subtitles
Eleven year-old Igor and his ornithologist father witness the birth of a crane in the Russian countryside, naming the hatchling “Karl.” Shortly thereafter, Igor learns that his mother is moving them both to Israel. The migration of both Igor and Karl bring challenges. The winter flight of cranes from Russia to nesting grounds in Africa is perilous, and Igor finds it difficult to adjust to a new home and a new language. When Karl is unable to join the other birds on their flight to Africa, Igor and his new friend Vered come up with an amazing plan — building a winter home for the young bird in Israel. PG.

Vine Cinema | $8


When Comedy Went to School  5:15 p.m.
USA, 2013, 77 minutes, English
Laughs galore with this saucy, entertaining documentary featuring Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Larry King, Mort Sahl, Jackie Mason, Jerry Stiller and others. Comedian Robert Klein poses the question … “Why are so many comedians Jewish?” The answer: New York State’s Catskill Mountains where countless young American Jewish comedians honed their craft to perfection.

Century 16 | $11
Co-sponsor: Diablo Valley Hadassah.

Underwritten by Selma and Paul Forkash and Aaron Metals; Beryl and Ivor Silver.


Hunting Elephants  7:15 p.m.
Israel, 2013, 107 minutes, Hebrew/English/subtitles
Bay Area Premiere! Kudos to a very talented, all-star Israeli cast (Yael Abecassis, Sasson Gabbai, Moni Moshonov, Moshe Ivgy) and British actor Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation and X-Men). This light-hearted drama captures what happens when 12 year-old Yonatan seeks revenge after his father (a bank security officer) collapses at work. Due to a technicality, the bank manager, played with sleaze perfection by Ivgy, refuses to pay the grieving family any insurance. What follows is a caper movie where Yonatan’s grandfather (who robbed banks in pre-state Israel) and Stewart take part in a scheme to rob Ivgy’s bank. This crowd-pleaser opened the 2013 Jerusalem Film Festival.

Century 16 | $11
Underwritten by Judy and Marty Aufhauser; Susan and Howard Geifman; Dr. Barry Rotman, MD.


Defiance  7:15 p.m.
USA, 2008, 137 minutes, English/Russian/German - Mature themes and violence.
Based on true events and starring Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber, this stirring epic drama follows the World War II heroism of the Bielski brothers. Escaping from the Nazis as they swept through their hometown in Eastern Europe, the three brothers flee to a forest in Belarus where they create an encampment to shelter other Jewish refugees—young adults capable of resistance against the Third Reich as well as young children and the elderly. The group lives in the forest for several years, building a hospital, a school, and other life-saving services for over 1,200 people. Their descendants now number in the tens of thousands.

Vine Cinema | $11
Co-sponsor: Jewish Partisan Education Foundation.


Monday, March 10

No Place on Earth  10:30 a.m.
USA, 2012, 83 minutes, English
When American cave explorer Chris Nicola first came across the unexpected — a comb, cookware, an old key — seventy feet below the earth in the Ukraine, he wondered what these signs of habitation were doing there. In this gripping documentary, we learn about the five Jewish families (38 men, women and children, ages 2 to 76) who slid down a muddy hole in the ground in 1942. For 511 days, they created their own society where young men ventured into the night to collect food and supplies. The girls and women never left — surviving underground longer than anyone in recorded history.

Century 16 | $8

With Short Bites:  12:30 p.m.

Bris  
Australia, 2010, 15 minutes, English
Octogenarian James calls his son Marcus to his bedside. Now that he’s about to die, he wants to be buried next to his wife in the Orthodox cemetery. But there is one hitch: James isn’t Jewish. What’s a son to do?

Details  
USA, 2013, 5 minutes, English
This wickedly entertaining short was written by Ilan Benjamin, who was an EBIJFF Committee Member when he was a student at Moraga’s Campolindo High School. Benjamin wrote the script for a class at USC where he is studying screenwriting.

Strangers  
Israel, 2004, 7 minutes, Silent
Award-winning filmmakers Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor directed this compelling short (it won “Best Short” at Sundance) about two young men — one a Jew and one an Arab — who are threatened by a skinhead gang.

Century 16 | $3


Ameer Got His Gun  1:40 p.m.
Israel, 2011, 58 minutes, Arabic/Hebrew/subtitles
Contra Costa Premiere! As with thousands of other Israelis each year, Ameer Abu Ria enlists in the Israel Defense Forces when he turns 18. What makes him different from most other Israeli recruits is that he is exempt from army service as he is a Muslim Arab. While he continues to believe that being part of the IDF is the best road to equality in Israeli society, he is considered a traitor by many Arab Israelis, and a potential “fifth column” in the eyes of many Jewish Israelis. This insightful documentary reveals how Ameer navigates the “thin line” between Jewish and Arab societies.

Century 16 | $8


White Panther  3:40 p.m.
Israel, 2013, 89 minutes, Hebrew/Russian/subtitles
Contra Costa Premiere! In this gritty and uncompromising drama, we meet Alex, a young Russian immigrant who lives in a crime-ridden public-housing apartment with his widowed mother and older brother Yevgeny. Alienated from Israeli society, Yevgeny has become a petty thief and the leader of a Russian nationalist gang. When Alex suddenly meets David, a religious Moroccan Jew who runs a boxing gym, he discovers that he can have a different future than his brother’s. But who, in the end, will he follow?

Century 16 | $11


American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making
of San Francisco
  5:45 p.m.
USA, 2013, 57 minutes, English
Contra Costa Premiere! The history of San Francisco comes alive in this fascinating documentary that begins in 1848 and the city’s transformation from a remote seaside village to a bustling town. During the Gold Rush and continuing after the 1906 Earthquake, Jewish immigrants successfully integrated into the city, becoming civic influentials, prominent merchants and political leaders. The Jewish community thrived because San Francisco was a unique place—diverse, accepting, and open to innovation.

Century 16 | $11
Co-sponsor: Congregation B’nai Tikvah.
Underwritten by The Honorable Judy Craddick Maccabee and Howard Maccabee, M.D.; Lili and David Naveh.


In the Shadow  7:30 p.m.
Czech Republic/Slovakia/Poland, 2012, 106 minutes, Czech/German/Polish/subtitles
Set in the dark days of 1953 Prague, this suspenseful detective story evokes an era that was marked by Soviet intervention and the Machiavellian actions of the communist government. Captain Hakl investigates what seems like a typical jewelry store heist. But the powerful secret police, led by Major Zenke, promote another motive for the robbery — the missing gold was stolen to finance the work of “Zionist terrorists.”

Century 16 | $11
Co-sponsor: Congregation B’nai Shalom.
Underwritten by Shira Lubliner, Ph.D. and Efi Lubliner; Linda Tedjakusuma and Howard Bulos.


Tuesday, March 11

Handa Handa 4  10:30 a.m.
Israel, 2012, 59 minutes, Hebrew/Bukharan/subtitles
East Bay Premiere! This charming documentary chronicles several months in the life of Ronen, whose family immigrated to Israel from Bukhara. Ronen and his older brother are successful comics and singers. Less successful is Ronen’s relationship with Orit, whose family also immigrated from the same central Asian country. It is a strict Bukhari tradition that couples must marry after three dates. Since it is now three years since they first started dating, Orit’s parents are demanding that they marry … or break up.

Century 16 | $8

With Short Bites:  12:00 p.m.

Sashen'ka II  
Israel, 2011, 9 minutes, Hebrew/Russian/subtitles
When Shashen’ka misbehaves, his Russian-speaking grandmother is asked to meet with the principal. Sashen’ka quickly agrees to translate.

Lost Paradise  
France/Israel, 2009, 10 minutes, English/subtitles - Nudity
This acclaimed short is a modern day “Garden of Eden” story which reveals how clothes affect perception. Mature themes.

Strangers  
Israel, 2004, 7 minutes, Silent
Award-winning filmmakers Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor directed this compelling short (it won “Best Short” at Sundance) about two young men — one a Jew and one an Arab — who are threatened by a skinhead gang.

Century 16 | $3


Before the Revolution  1:15 p.m.
Israel, 2013, 60 minutes, Hebrew/Farsi/English/subtitles
Contra Costa Premiere! In the ‘60s and ‘70s, thousands of Israelis lived in Iran under the Shah’s rule. Like many foreigners in that country, their everyday lives were far removed from the soon-to-come Islamist revolution. Using rare archival footage, interviews with diplomats, businessmen and their families, director Dan Shadur— whose family was part of the this Israeli community — reveals a new perspective on the revolution that changed the world.

Century 16 | $8


Closed Season  2:50 p.m.
Germany/Israel, 2012, 104 minutes, German/English/subtitles—Adult themes
Contra Costa Premiere! Amidst the vicissitudes of war, Albert — a young Switzerland-bound Jewish man — becomes stranded in the Black Forest. Despite their fears of nearby Nazi patrolmen, Emma and Fritz, a married couple living on a small, remote farm, give him sanctuary. Soon, hidden motivations emerge and the dynamics between the peasant couple and Albert begin to evolve. This emotionally powerful and erotic film presents surprising twists and psychological intrigue.

Century 16 | $11


Epilogue (Hayuta V'Berl)  5:20 p.m.
Israel/France, 2012, 96 minutes, Hebrew/subtitles
Bay Area Premiere! Epilogue, a haunting feature film about the importance of the human spirit, tells the story of Hayuta and Berl who refuse to let go of their dreams to build a just society. As idealistic pioneers in pre-state Israel, they are now distressed by the growing consumerism that they see around them. This impactful drama follows the couple over the course of one life-changing day as they confront those who boast that their country “has moved on.” This film screened at the prestigious Venice Film Festival.

Century 16 | $11


The Dandelions (Du Vent Dans Mes Mollets)
7:30 p.m.
France, 2012, 90 minutes, French/subtitles
Contra Costa Premiere! Isabella Rossellini co-stars in this sweet “dramedy” about sassy, nine year-old Rachel Gladstein and her adoring but overprotective parents. Set in 1989’s provincial France, Rachel’s Tunisian-Jewish mother bestows love through her tasty meatballs, while her handy-man father spends more time with Rachel’s best friend’s single mother than with his own family. Amidst the ups and downs of family life, Rachel seeks a friendship with her eccentric child psychologist (Rossellini).

Century 16 | $11
Co-sponsor: Congregation B’nai Tikvah Sisterhood.
Underwritten by City National Bank, and Sandra and Steven Wolfe, M.D.


Wednesday, March 12

Lone Samaritan  10:30 a.m.
Israel, 2010, 58 minutes, Hebrew/subtitles
Contra Costa Premiere! The 700-person Samaritan community in Israel maintains strict rules against assimilation Thus, this religious sect excommunicates an elderly man after his four adult daughters convert to Judaism. This is a touching documentary that explores universal issues of faith and modernity, the role of women in religion, and the individual’s right to forge an independent identity.

Century 16 | $8
Guest Speaker: Ken Blady


Wherever You Go  12:15 p.m.
Israel, 2013, 40 minutes, Hebrew/Arabic/subtitles
Contra Costa Premiere! Years after she cut herself off from her family, thirty year-old Zohara drives to Jerusalem for her younger sister’s wedding. On her way there, she picks up 20 year-old Neriman, a Bedouin woman who is escaping an arranged marriage.

Century 16 | $3
Screening with Short Bites: Bris and Strangers.


Kidon  2:00 p.m.
Israel/France, 2012, 97 minutes, French/Hebrew/subtitles
Bay Area Premiere! This spy story follows what happens when the assassins of a notorious terrorist are identified as four Israeli intelligence agents. The Mossad, however, knows for sure that the “Dubai 4” are not on its payroll. Soon questions mount up: How did the assassins plan the murder? For whom do they really work? And more importantly — what is their agenda?

Century 16 | $11


The Gordin Cell: Money, Ideology, Coercion and Ego  4:20 p.m.
Israel, 2012, 135 minutes, Hebrew/Russian/subtitles
East Bay Premiere! A knock at the door suddenly turns the placid lives of Michael and Diana Gordin upside-down as Jacob Londin, their former Russian handler, brusquely enters their home. Having not heard from him in many years, the Gordins had hoped that they would never be asked to spy on their adopted country again. Now Londin is back, bearing a message that is hard for them to swallow: he wants their son, an Israeli air force officer, to spy on his unit.

Century 16 | $11


The Third Half  7:30 p.m.
Macedonia, 2012, 113 minutes, Macedonian/German/subtitles
Contra Costa Premiere! While WWII rages around their borders, soccer remains a passion for the citizens of Macedonia (then a part of Yugoslavia). By hiring the legendary German-Jewish coach Rudolph Spitz, the Macedonians hope that he will turn their beleaguered soccer team into a winner. But soon the German occupation begins, and the Nazis try to sabotage the outcome of a championship soccer match. This feature film (Macedonia’s submission for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars) is a life affirming love story as well as a dramatization of true events.

Century 16 | $11
Underwritten by Claudia and Rick Felson; Eve Gordon-Ramek and Henry Ramek;
Destination Wealth Management.


Thursday, March 13

Wagner's Jews  10:30 a.m.
USA/Germany, 2013, 55 minutes, English/German/Hebrew/subtitles
Bay Area Premiere! Although German composer Richard Wagner’s anti-Semitic writings were embraced by the Nazis, he maintained close relationships with his Jewish colleagues and assistants, including piano prodigy Carl Tausig, conductor Hermann Levi, producer Angelo Neumann and pianist Joseph Rubinstein (who lived with Wagner’s family for many years). This provocative documentary also examines the continuing debate over performing Wagner in Israel.

Century 16 | $8
Guest Speaker: Ken Blady


Cupcakes  12:30 p.m.
Israel, 2013, 90 minutes, Hebrew/English/subtitles
From Eytan Fox, the director of Yossi and Jagger and Walk on Water, comes this light-hearted musical which has one main goal: to make the audience smile. While six neighbors in a Tel Aviv apartment house decide that they can write a better song than Israel’s offcial entry in an international song contest, they never expect that their composition will actually be selected for the next competition. Will they change their down-to-earth style for a better chance at the title? Will they find love and happiness? Will they win? Sit back and enjoy.

Century 16 | $8


Lunch  3:00 p.m.
USA, 2012, 78 minutes, English
Contra Costa Premiere! Starring Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Monty Hall, and Gary Owens, Lunch chronicles the get-togethers of these and other comedy legends as they reminisce about their tradecraft. For forty years, these writers — known for their movies and television shows such as MASH, Laugh-In, The Steve Allen Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, My Three Sons, All in the Family, Plaza Suite, Oh, God!, etc. — have gathered every other Wednesday for lunch and witty conversation. These are the fabled guys who made America funny.

Century 16 | $11
Co-sponsor: Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living.


The Attack  5:00 p.m.
France/Lebanon, 2012, 102 minutes, Arabic/Hebrew/subtitles
This nuanced, thoughtful drama asks the question: Do we really know those closest to us? Amin Jaafari is an Israeli Palestinian surgeon assimilated into Tel Aviv society. One day he discovers a dark secret about his wife: the police report that she was a suicide bomber in an attack that left nineteen dead. Amin searches for the truth, convinced of his wife’s innocence.

Century 16 | $11
Underwritten by Beth Harris Hoenninger.


Aftermath  7:30 p.m.
Poland, 2012, 104 minutes, Polish/subtitles - Mature themes. Graphic scenes of violence
Contra Costa Premiere! 2001: When Franek Kalina returns to his hometown in Poland after 20 years of living in Chicago, he discovers that his brother Jozef is being shunned by the townspeople. Soon both brothers are forced to confront the village’s mysterious history and its buried secrets which date back to WWII.

Century 16 | $11
Co-sponsor: Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture.

Underwritten by Pearl and David Furman in memory of her mother Ruth Mruvka Z”L, and Elaine Gerstler and Booker Holton.

Guest Speaker: Shana Penn, Executive Director, Taube Philanthropies; Visiting Scholar, Center for Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union


Fill the Void  7:30 p.m.
Israel, 2013, 90 minutes, Hebrew/subtitles
Fill the Void has been hailed for its emotional intensity and superb acting, with actress Hadas Yaron named “Best Actress” at the prestigious Venice Film Festival. Eighteen year-old Shira Medelman, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox Hassidic family in Tel Aviv, postpones her forthcoming marriage after her 28 year-old sister dies in childbirth. When the widower thinks about leaving the country with his newborn son, Shira’s mother pressures her to wed her brother-in-law. Shira must decide whether to follow her mother’s wish or fulfill her own dreams. This extraordinary film (it won 7 Ophirs, the Israeli equivalent of the Oscar) was directed by Rama Burshtein, the first Orthodox Jewish woman to direct a film meant for viewing outside of her own community.

Vine Cinema | $11


Friday, March 21

Bert Stern: Original Madman  10:30 a.m.
USA, 2013, 90 minutes, English
Contra Costa Premiere! The life of the legendary photographer Bert Stern (1929-2013) mirrors the growing sophistication of advertising. Not only did he turn America onto vodka via his inventive ads for Smirnoff , but he helped modernize celebrity photography. Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn were among the Hollywood beauties he captured on film. This biopic explores the veracity of his iconic remark: “Making love and making photographs are closely connected.”

Orinda Theatre | $8


David Steinberg Has Quality Balls  12:45 p.m.
Canada, 2013, 80 minutes, English
Bay Area Premiere! Canada is known for maple syrup, the Royal Mounted Police, and comedians such as Dan Aykroyd, Jim Carrey, Mort Sahl…and the legendary David Steinberg. Born in Winnipeg, Steinberg attended a yeshiva in Chicago, and then fine-tuned his comedic craft at Second City. This engaging documentary features hilarious footage of his many performances, including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Steinberg has also won fame for directing such TV series as Seinfeld, Mad About You, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Orinda Theatre | $8


The Wonders  2:45 p.m.
Israel, 2013, 112 minutes, Hebrew/subtitles
An amiable 20-something bartender/graffiti artist. A kidnapped young rabbi who sees the future. A mysterious red-headed femme fatale. A gruff and lonely detective embroiled in a conspiracy. And the city of Jerusalem with its serpentine streets and picturesque homes. This film noir charmer (with touches of romance and comedy) is directed by Avi Nesher (The Secrets, The Matchmaker) and incorporates the stylish elements of Martin Scorsese, the Coen Brothers and Woody Allen. Although the answers to the mystery are not revealed until the end, the road to the film’s conclusion is original and delightfully entertaining. The score is by the internationally renowned hip-hop group HaDag Nachash. Starring Yuval Scharf (Footnote), Adir Miller (a popular stand-up comic), and heartthrob Yehuda Levi (Jagger in Yossi and Jagger).

Orinda Theatre | $11


Saturday, March 22

Bethlehem  7:00 p.m.
Israel/Palestinian Authority, 2013, 90 minutes, Hebrew/Arabic/subtitles
Bay Area Premiere! One of Israel’s highest 2013 award winners, Bethlehem received top honors at the prestigious Venice Film Festival, and won “Best Film” at the Ophir Awards (Israel’s Oscar). This edge of your seat drama centers on Razi (a Shin Bet agent) and Sanfur, the young brother of Ibrahim, the local commander of the radical al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade. Compelled to stop a terrorist attack, Razi, who has already turned the 16 year-old into an informant, must use his “father figure” relationship with the young man to capture the older brother. With a screenplay co-authored by Israeli and Palestinian writers, Bethlehem captures the complex reality of Palestinian-Israeli relations.

Orinda Theatre | $11
Underwritten by the Consulate General of Israel; RINA Accountancy Corporation;
Bari Winchell and Family.


S#x Acts  9:15 p.m.
Israel, 2013, 96 minutes, Hebrew/subtitles—Mature themes, nudity
Bay Area Premiere! S#x Acts is a daring, award-winning drama that takes the audience on an intense journey into the life of a 16 year-old girl in Herzliya, an upscale Israeli city. New in town and unstylish, she makes major mistakes in her attempt to be popular with the “in crowd” at her high school … especially with boys who only see her as a means for sexual gratification.

Orinda Theatre | $11


Sunday, March 23

The A Word  10:00 a.m.
Israel, 2010, 105 minutes, Hebrew/subtitles
When Ayelet and Yaniv discover that their five year-old son Omri remembers the words to every song he has ever heard, they boast that he is a musical prodigy. But Yaniv’s sister-in-law, a physician, urges them to see a specialist. The day that Omri is diagnosed with autism marks the family’s challenging and occasionally humorous journey of denial and introspection. While the story of an autistic child is at the heart of this TV series, the drama is also about communication and why it is so difficult for all of us.

Orinda Theatre | $8
Co-sponsors: PJ Library and the Early Childhood Council, Jewish Federation of the East Bay.

Underwritten by Anne and Nathan Petrowsky.


Life in Stills  12:45 p.m.
Israel, 2012, 58 minutes, Hebrew/subtitles
This refreshing, award-winning film showcases the special relationship between Miriam, (a very spunky, charismatic 96 year-old) and her grandson as they fight “city hall.” Miriam and her husband arrived in pre-state Israel in 1921 and together built a Tel Aviv icon — a photography shop which houses hundreds of thousands of photos portraying the history of the country. When the Tel Aviv Municipality tries to evict her, she doesn’t take their demolition notice unchallenged.

Orinda Theatre | $8


Joyce Gross Memorial Screening
Fill the Void  2:20 p.m.
Israel, 2013, 90 minutes, Hebrew/subtitles
Fill the Void has been hailed for its emotional intensity and superb acting, with actress Hadas Yaron named “Best Actress” at the prestigious Venice Film Festival. Eighteen year-old Shira Medelman, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox Hassidic family in Tel Aviv, postpones her forthcoming marriage after her 28 year-old sister dies in childbirth. When the widower thinks about leaving the country with his newborn son, Shira’s mother pressures her to wed her brother-in-law. Shira must decide whether to follow her mother’s wish or fulfill her own dreams. This extraordinary film (it won 7 Israeli Oscars) was directed by Rama Burshtein, the first Orthodox Jewish woman to direct a film meant for viewing outside of her own community.

Orinda Theatre | $11
Underwritten by Max, Coleman and Dana Gross in memory of Joyce Gross Z”L.
Guest Speaker: Ken Blady


Out in the Dark  4:40 p.m.
Israel/USA/Palestinian Authority, 2012, 96 minutes, Hebrew/Arabic/subtitles - Mature themes.
Contra Costa Premiere! This compelling thriller portrays the intense romance between Nimr, a Palestinian graduate student, and Roy, an Israeli lawyer. Nimr is torn between his pride in his Palestinian identity and knowing that his own family would reject him if they learn that he is gay. Ultimately, Nimr is forced to decide between his dreams of his own future life, and the emotional lifeline offered by Roy.

Orinda Theatre | $11
Screening with Lost Paradise.
Co-sponsors: A Wider Bridge and Keshet.


Big Bad Wolves  7:00 p.m.
Israel, 2013, 110 minutes, Hebrew/subtitles
Caution: This film contains scenes of graphic violence.

Bay Area Premiere! Director Quentin Tarantino praised Big Bad Wolves at a 2013 film festival, saying: “Not only is this the best film … this is the best film of the year.” This revenge thriller received 11 Ophir nominations (Israeli Oscars) and created a buzz at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. A mesmerizing, psychological drama starring one of Israel’s favorite actors, Lior Ashkenazi, it follows the off-line interrogation of a serial killer. Part mystery and part black comedy, this bold film gets well deserved accolades for its on-target acting and inventive cinematography. Like the American film Prisoners, it explores what happens when well-intentioned people cross the moral line.

Orinda Theatre | $11
Co-sponsor: EastBayJews., Jewish Federation of the East Bay.
Underwritten by Eileen and Rob Ruby.


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