SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The JCC of Central New Jersey has announced the schedule for annual Jewish Film Festival, which will take place this year at AMC Mountainside, 1021 Route 22, Mountainside.
The festival begins on Wednesday, October 16, and concludes on Tuesday, November 12. The featured films are:
Love in Suspenders
Wednesday, October 16 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Jorge Weller
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles
Running Time: 102 minutes
The encounter between two people with such different personalities, such as Tammy and Beno, has to result in a nightmare…but love has its own rules. So it happens that Tammy, a 64-year-old widow who constantly deals with the memory of her loving late husband, meets Beno, a 70-year-old sarcastic lone wolf widower – and the two fall in love. From their first unfortunate encounter, when Tammy hits Beno with her car until they unite in front of the altar, Tammy and Beno experience all sorts of emotional, funny struggles. They get closer, break up, get back together and fight again, until ultimately their love wins out. (This presentation is underwritten by Evalyn Dunn Gallery.)
Back to Berlin
Wednesday, October 23 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Catherine Lurie
Language: English, Hebrew with English subtitles
Running Time: 79 minutes
In 2015, the European Maccabi Games were held in Germany for the first time since World War II, at the Waldbühne Stadium, site of Hitler’s infamous 1936 Berlin Olympics. The film follows 11 Israeli motor-bikers carrying the Maccabi torch from Tel Aviv to Berlin, retracing the route of early 1930s riders who set out from the British Mandate of Palestine to spread the word about the first Maccabi Games throughout Europe. Each destination holds a chilling resonance for the riders as they share how their families perished or managed to survive. Seven are descendants of Holocaust survivors, two are actual survivors and two are grandsons of original 1930s Maccabi Riders.
Nominated for Best Documentary and Best Director of a Feature Documentary (Catherine Lurie), International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, Berlin 2018
The Other Story
Monday, October 28 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Avi Nesher
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles
Running Time: 117 minutes
Complications arise when a dysfunctional Israeli family tries to lure their willful daughter away from Orthodox Judaism, in The Other Story, acclaimed filmmaker Avi Nesher's compassionate and empowering ensemble drama. Renouncing the hedonism of her Jerusalem youth, obstinate young Anat (Joy Rieger) devotes herself to a pure life and the study of Torah. Her upcoming marriage to a raunchy pop star-turned-devoted Hasid, Shahar (Nathan Goshen), is the final straw, as her divorced secular parents (Yuval Segal and Maya Dagan) and grandfather (Sasson Gabai) scheme to foil the nuptials. Amid rising tensions and shifting alliances, no one has a monopoly on virtue, as multi-layered plots converge with unexpected consequences. Sensitively exploring the religious-secular divide, this universal tale of broken relationships and forgiveness masterfully weaves its many threads with poignant, gently humorous performances by a stellar cast. (This presentation was underwritten by Citrin Cooperman.)
Monday, November 4 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Marcus H. Rosenmüller
Running Time: 120 minutes
The Keeper tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann, a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon. His signing causes outrage to thousands of fans, many of them Jewish. What proved decisive was a remarkable open letter to the press from Manchester’s communal rabbi, Alexander Altmann, asking for Trautmann to be given a chance. Bert’s love for Margaret, an Englishwoman, carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test. (This presentation was underwritten by Gitterman Wealth Management/Elias and Susan Rauch.)
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles
Tuesday, November 12 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Max Lewkowicz
Running Time: 92 minutes
The story of Broadway sensation, Fiddler on the Roof and its phenomenal impact around the world. Join Sheldon Harnick, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joel Grey and many others, as director Max Lewkowicz chronicles the play’s backstory, from its 1960s New York roots, when "tradition" was on the wane and civil rights were evolving. Most revealing is the story of the play’s global impact, where audiences all over the world for the last half-century have claimed Tevye’s story as their own, from suburban middle schools in Nebraska to grand state theatres in Japan. Also featuring interviews with Harold Prince, Jerry Bock, Chaim Topol, Harvey Fierstein, Fran Lebowitz, Calvin Trillin, and Nathan Englander, as well as archival footage of original director-choreographer Jerome Robbins and star Zero Mostel. (This presentation was underwritten by Doris Buttery and family.)
$12 JCC Member/Senior 62+/Student
$14 General Public
At the Door
$15 General Admission (for all ages)
1 ticket for each film
$55 JCC Member/Senior 62+/Student
$65 General Public
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Made possible by funds from the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.