The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival, in association with The United Jewish Appeal of Wilmington, presents the 4th Annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival. Commencing April 23, 2017, the festival spans three weeks, three days each week, from April 23 to 25, May 2 to 4 and May 7 to 9. All showings are in the historic Thalian Hall Main Stage.
The festival will feature award-winning international films across genres—dramas, documentaries, a comedy-drama and shorts, including a 2017 Oscar nomination. Festival attendees will be entertained and gain insight through the diversity of the Jewish experience as shown in a wide variety of films from across the globe. The selected films are from Israel, France, Canada, Hungary, Germany and the United States. The dates coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day and Israeli Independence Day, which enables us to fulfill our educational and entertainment missions.
The Festival Sunday screenings show at 3 PM, followed by buffet receptions catered by A Thyme Savor. Festival weeknight screenings are at 7 PM, followed by dessert and coffee. Audiences will have ample opportunity to share their thoughts while socializing at the receptions.
Individual ticket prices for Sunday events are:
•$17 plus fee and tax including buffet reception by A Thyme Savor after film
- Students with valid ID & Active Military – $10, plus fee and tax
Ticket prices for weekday events (Monday through Thursday) are:
•$10 plus fee and tax including dessert and coffee after film
•Students with valid ID and Active Military – $7, plus fee and tax
Individual Tickets must be purchased at the Thalian Hall website, www.thalianhall.org, or to avoid an extra fee, by calling the Thalian Hall Box Office at (910) 632-2285.
The price of an All-Festival Pass is $100, with all other fees waived, including receptions. If purchased before April 9, the price is $90. The pass is only available at http://www.wilmingtonjff.org/purchase-festival-passes
WEEK 1: April 23, 24, 25, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 3pm (Erev Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Memorial Day begins at sundown) Buffet reception by A Thyme Savor follows film.
“DENIAL” (2016, USA, 110 min., DRAMA Starring Rachel Weisz, Director: Mick Jackson).
Based on a true story, when university professor Deborah E. Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) includes World War II historian David Irving in a book about Holocaust deniers, Irving accuses her of libel and sparks a legal battle for historical truth. With the burden of proof placed on the accused, Lipstadt and her legal team fight to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Based on the book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.
Monday, April 24, 7pm Dessert reception follows films.
“FLORY’S FLAME” (2014, USA, 58 min. DOCUMENTARY Director: Curt Fissel)
Flory Jagoda, a legendary ninety-year-old musician and Sephardic National Heritage Fellow, shares her powerful and inspiring life story. Her narrative is interwoven with original songs that she performed with fellow musicians at her September 2013 Celebration Concert at the US Library of Congress.
“A HEARTBEAT AWAY” (2016, Israel, Hebrew, Swahili, with English subtitles, 55 min. DOCUMENTARY Director: Tal Barda)
An Israeli pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Akiva Tamir, is sent to Africa to perform lifesaving operations in Tanzania, where children with serious heart conditions die daily. Dr. Tamir and his team examine hundreds of children, but only a handful can receive the treatment which will save their lives. This is a riveting human story of science and faith, hope and despair, life and death. At its center are the human doctors who have been thrust into the position of near gods in the midst of Africa. It is also the story of one special child, for whom Dr. Tamir gives his all in hopes of saving him against almost impossible odds.
Tuesday, April 25, 7pm Dessert reception follows film.
“24 DAYS” (2014 France, French with English subtitles, 110 min., DRAMA Director: Alexandres Arcady)
The true story of the 2006 kidnapping in Paris of Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old cell phone salesman from an observant Jewish Family. The film depicts the harrowing 24 days which followed during which the family received ransom demands and more than 700 threatening phone calls from the kidnappers. The film recreates these events and is a chilling commentary on growing anti-Semitism in France and in our contemporary world.
WEEK 2: May 2, 3, 4, 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 7pm Dessert reception follows film.
“FEVER AT DAWN” (2015, Hungary, Hungarian with English subtitles, 110 min. DRAMA Director: Peter Gardos)
A true story. In 1945, after having been freed from a concentration camp, the 25-year-old Hungarian man, Miklós is being treated at a Swedish hospital. The doctors diagnose him with a severe lung disease and tell him that he has no more than six months to live. But he refuses to give up, wants to find a wife with whom he can start a new life, and sends letters to 117 Hungarian girls who are also being treated in Sweden. One of the girls is 19-year-old Lili, who likes Miklós’s letter and they start corresponding. Based on the novel: Fever at Dawn.
Wednesday, May 3, 7pm Dessert reception follows film.
“REMEMBER” (2015, Canada, 94 min, DRAMA, With Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau, Director: Atom Egoyan)
Two elderly Holocaust survivors meet in an assisted-living home. One sends the other on a mission to kill the Auschwitz guard who murdered their families. The assassin treks around the country, on the cusp of dementia, before the shocking surprise he finds at his fourth and final target. A good old-fashioned, edge-of-your-seat whodunit story.
Thursday, May 4, 7pm Dessert reception follows film.
“THE WOMEN’S BALCONY” (2016, Israel, Hebrew with English subtitles, 99 min COMEDY-DRAMA Director: Emil Ben-Shimon)
This warm story takes place in Jerusalem and begins with a bar mitzvah. It is about a community of lively and relaxed Sephardic Jews who enjoy coming together as a community. When the women’s balcony in the synagogue collapses, a charismatic orthodox rabbi enters the scene and divides the men and women. In both funny and dramatic moments, the women prove their strength.
WEEK 3: May 7, 8, 9, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 3pm Buffet reception by A Thyme Savor follows film.
“PHOENIX” (2014, Germany, German with English subtitles, 98 minutes, DRAMA Director: Christian Petzold)
This is the story of Nelly Lenz, a Holocaust survivor and Jewish cabaret singer, who returns to Berlin after the war. Nelly has undergone facial reconstruction surgery for damage from a bullet wound. She reconnects with her husband who, however, does not recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly undertakes a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves is the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. Evoking the shadows and haunted mood of post-War Berlin, “Phoenix” weaves a tale of a nation’s tragedy and a woman’s search for answers as it builds to an unforgettable climax in silence.
Monday, May 8, 7pm Dessert reception follows film.
“FANNY’S JOURNEY” (2016, France/Belgium, French with English subtitles, 94 min. DRAMA, Director: Lola Doillon)
Based on a true story, this is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, the story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and lets herself fear no one. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive, the caretakers desperately organize the departure of a group of children to Switzerland. When they are suddenly left on their own in the middle of the journey, these 11 children, led by Fanny, do the impossible and reach the Swiss border to freedom.
Tuesday, May 9, 7pm Dessert reception follows films.
“JOE’S VIOLIN” (2016, USA, 24 min, DOCUMENTARY Director: Kahane Cooperman)
***2017 ACADEMY AWARD® Nominee for Documentary Short Subject***
In this intimate personal story, an elderly Holocaust survivor donates the violin he bought in a displaced persons camp after the war, to a New York City public school. The story of the instrument lives on as the violin, and Joe himself, come to touch the new, young generation, and a very special girl.
“IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE” (2016, USA, 110 min., DOCUMENTARY Director: Roger M. Sherman)
A Jewish-American chef seeks the essence of Israeli food by traveling the country, meeting and sharing meals with some of its incredibly varied people. The film takes place in restaurants, home kitchens, wineries, and more, and gives us a portrait of Israel through food. The food itself and the sounds of cooking are mouthwatering as travel and conversation unfold the culinary mosaic of dozens of cultures – and the hot food scene – that is Israel.
For more information please visit www.wilmingtonjewishfilmfestival.org
Peggy Pancoe Rosoff