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2018 East Bay International Jewish Film Festival



    Documentary / USA / 2018 / Biography, Historical, Music / 100 mins
    SNEAK PREVIEW! Sammy Davis, Jr.’s electrifying talent as a singer, dancer and actor is showcased in this must-see biopic that explores not only his relationship with the famed Rat Pack, but also the prejudice he faced as a black man. Through film clips and interviews with Frank Sinatra, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Harry Belafonte and Jerry Lewis, we learn about the controversial challenges Davis faced, including the backlash he experienced after he hugged Nixon during the 1972 presidential race and the pressure exerted on him to end his interracial romance with actress Kim Novak.
    Sammy Davis, Jr.

    Orinda Theatre
    Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 7:30pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    Sammy Davis, Jr.

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018 12:10pm Tickets may be available at the door

    Sammy Davis, Jr.

    Vine Cinema & Alehouse
    Thursday, Mar. 15, 2018 7:30pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


    Feature / Israel, France / 2016 / Drama / 103 mins
    CONTRA COSTA PREMIERE! Director Maysaloun Hamoud and producer Shlomi Elkabetz (brother of the late actress Ronit Elkabetz) have created a heartfelt drama marked by sterling performances and astute observations. It sensitively captures the challenges faced by three 20-something Israeli Arab women living in cosmopolitan Tel Aviv who must balance tradition and modernity in their daily lives. Nour is a Muslim computer science student whose ultra-conservative fiancé doesn’t approve of her living with two non-traditional roommates. Laila is a sharp-edged lawyer who wears leather jackets, chain smokes and enjoys an easy camaraderie with her Jewish colleagues. Salma works as a DJ, fearful that her devout Christian parents will discover that she is gay. By the film’s conclusion, you’ll root for these three memorable women.
    In Between

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 7:30pm Tickets may be available at the door

    In Between

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Monday, Mar. 5, 2018 12:45pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


    Documentary / USA / 2017 / Biography, Historical / 84 mins
    CONTRA COSTA PREMIERE! The Viennese-born Hedwig Kiesler (1914-2000) was considered the world’s most glamorous woman. Reborn in Hollywood as actress Hedy Lamarr, she became the inspiration for Disney’s cartoon character Snow White and appeared in the much-censored 1933 film Ecstasy. As this riveting documentary reveals, Lamarr was also a secret genius and “Wonder Woman,” whose scientific inventions eventually led to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS technology.
    Bombshell: Hedy Lamarr

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018 9:30am Tickets may be available at the door


    Feature / Italy / 2017 / Comedy / 98 mins
    CONTRA COSTA PREMIERE! Although divorced, Elia, a Jewish psychoanalyst, still lives next door to his former wife whom he still loves. After a check-up, his doctor prescribes physical activity to lose a few extra kilos. This is how he chances upon Claudia, a young (and very spirited) personal trainer who is determined to remake him into the man she thinks he should be. A delightful comedy with a heart!
    Let Yourself Go

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018 11:45am Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


    Documentary / USA / 2015 / Biography, Historical / 94 mins
    CONTRA COSTA PREMIERE! While most movie fans won’t recognize the names Harold and Lillian Michelson, storyboard artist Harold and film researcher Lillian made invaluable contributions to films by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski and other award-winning directors. Through film clips and candid interviews with Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, and Francis Ford Coppola, we discover why they were nicknamed “Hollywood’s secret weapons.” A charmer!
    Harold & Lillian

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018 2:20pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


    Documentary / USA, Canada / 2016 / Biography / 90 mins
    A smart, hip documentary that portrays the up and down and then up again story of fashionista (and Project Runway judge) Zac Posen who’s sent models down the runway since he was just 19. Soon afterwards, he was skewered by the press and saw his fame plummet. While as a child he stole kippot from his grandparents’ synagogue to design ball gowns for dolls, as an adult he has dressed Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lopez, Uma Thurman, Glenn Close, Naomi Watts and other A-list celebrities.
    House of Z

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018 2:35pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


    Feature / Israel / 2016 / Drama / 80 mins
    EAST BAY PREMIERE! When a terrorist attack occurs in Haifa, the victims and the perpetrator are brought to the same hospital. Relatives of the wounded demand that the doctors treat their loved ones before the terrorist, although he requires more immediate medical intervention. This intense, complex drama was nominated for 11 Israeli Academy Awards, winning for its director and lead actor.
    Wounded Land

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018 5:10pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


    Feature / Australia / 2017 / Drama, Mystery, Social Issues / 105 mins
    EAST BAY PREMIERE! 1969, Australia. Set in an insular, small town, this coming-of-age story follows Charlie Bucktin, a sweet, bookish 14 year-old, as he discovers secrets that his neighbors would prefer to remain hidden. One night, Jasper Jones entrusts him with another secret. The older teen fears that his Aboriginal heritage will make him the number one suspect in his girlfriend’s murder. In trying to find the real killer, Charlie must penetrate the town’s blind racism. Starring Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense).
    Jasper Jones

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018 7:30pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    Jasper Jones

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018 1:30pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


    Feature / Israel / 2017 / Comedy / 100 mins
    SNEAK PREVIEW! In Maktub, which was Israel’s #1 comedy for 2017, two petty criminals survive a terrorist attack. Thankful for being alive, they decide to atone for their sins by secretly helping people who have left their requests between the sacred stones of the Western Wall.

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Monday, Mar. 5, 2018 10:00am Buy Tickets Buy Tickets


    Documentary / USA / 2016 / Music / 95 mins
    Mention the names Hal Prince and Stephen Sondheim together, and an image of an award-winning musical comes to mind. But one of their collaborations, Merrily We Roll Along, closed after only sixteen performances. This revealing, behind-the-scenes documentary draws back the curtain on the aspiring young performers who thought that this play would bring them stardom. Featuring interviews with Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Jason Alexander and Mandy Patinkin.
    Best Worst Thing

    Century 16 Theatres Pleasant Hill
    Monday, Mar. 5, 2018 10:15am Buy Tickets Buy Tickets