Arts & Entertainment

JCC Hosts 11th Annual NJ Jewish Film Festival at Westfield's Rialto Theater, Begins April 19


SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The JCC will host the 11th Annual Jewish Film Festival of Central NJ at the Rialto Theater 250 East Broad St., Westfield, beginning on Tuesday, April 19.

Dough (Country: United Kingdom, 2014)
Tuesday, April 19 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: John Goldschmidt
Language: English
Running Time: 94 minutes

In the British comedy/drama Dough, Jonathan Pryce stars as an old Jewish baker whose faltering business is inadvertently saved by his young Muslim apprentice. The apprentice tries to help him save the bakery after he accidentally drops cannabis in the dough. It is a warmhearted and humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places. It has laugh-out-loud lines for all ages.

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Underwritten by Doris Buttery and Family. To watch the Dough trailer, click here

A Borrowed Identity (Country: Israel, 2014)
Tuesday, April 26 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Eran Riklis
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles
Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Based on Sayed Kashua’s book, Dancing Arabs, A Borrowed Identity tells the story of Eyad, a gifted Palestinian Israeli boy, who is given the chance to go to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. As he desperately tries to fit in with his Jewish schoolmates and within Israeli society, Eyad develops a friendship with another outsider, Jonathan, a boy suffering from muscular dystrophy. He gradually becomes part of the home that Jonathan shares with his mother. When Eyad’s romantic relationship with a Jewish girl is uncovered, he will have to make a decision that will change his life forever.

Underwritten by Women’s Philanthropy Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. To watch the trailer, click here

The Last Mentsch (Country: Germany, 2014)
Monday, May 2 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Pierre-Henry Salfati
Language: German with English subtitles
Running Time: 93 minutes

Born as Menachem Teitelbaum, Marcus Schwarz (Mario Adorf) escaped Auschwitz, only to exterminate his Jewishness. With no family, no Jewish friends or synagogue, Marcus, a hardened old man, does an effective job of creating a new non-Jewish identity. But when faced with his own mortality, Marcus must come to terms with his past. The rabbis refuse his appeal to be buried in a Jewish cemetery in Cologne. Determined to re-establish his ancestry, Marcus enlists the help of Gül, a brash chain-smoking Turkish woman with a troubled history of her own. The unlikely duo take a road trip to a small village on the Hungarian-Romanian border – a journey that irrevocably changes them both.

To watch The Last Mentsch trailer, click here

Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem (Country: USA, 2014)
Wednesday, May 11 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: John Lollos
Language: English
Running Time: 75 Minutes

Russian author Sholom Aleichem created a litany of characters and stories that have brilliantly kept Yiddish culture alive. The foremost interpreter of this work is Theodore Bikel, a performer whose career includes countless screen and stage roles. He breathes new life into these late 19th- and early 20th-century tales of Eastern European shtetl life. With humor and pathos, he animates the role of Aleichem’s Tevye, the Milkman; he reenacts other classic yarns of Yiddishkeit and reminisces on his own extraordinary life story. Narrated by actor Alan Alda, the film is full of warmth, wisdom, laughter and tears as it spills forth a fountain brimming with Yiddish heritage.

Film provided by the National Center for Jewish Film. To watch the trailer, click here

Remember (Country: Canada, 2015)
Tuesday, May 17 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Atom Egoyan
Language: English
Running Time: 95 Minutes

Zev (Christopher Plummer) escaped from Germany to the U.S. at the end of the World War II. Now a 90-year-old widower approaching the end of a happy and fruitful second life, Zev is falling prey to dementia, but he has one thing left to accomplish before his faculties desert him. With help from his friend Max (Martin Landau), a fellow resident at his nursing home and Auschwitz survivor, Zev has drawn up a list of addresses: at each house lives a man named Rudy Kurlander – one of whom was an SS officer at Auschwitz who evaded justice by emigrating under the name of one of his victims. Zev’s plan is to visit each one in turn, find the former Nazi and execute him.  This movie also features Dean Norris, DEA agent Hank Schrader of the hit series Breaking Bad.

Underwritten by Gitterman & Associates Wealth Management, LLC/ Elias and Sue Rauch.  To watch the Remember trailer, click here

Ticket Pricing (Advance):
$12 JCC Member/Senior 62+/Student
$14 General Public

Ticket Pricing - at the Door:
$15 General Admission (for all ages)

Series Subscriber (5 films)
$55 Member/Senior 62+/Student
$65 General Public

Jewish Community Center of Central New Jersey is located at 1391 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains, NJ, (908) 889-8800. 

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