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About the Film:

In a rural Hungarian town, on the eve of a wedding, two Orthodox Jewish men arrive bearing mysterious cargo. No one in town recognizes them, but their arrival triggers collective fear and guilt as the townsfolk face their complicity in expelling Jews from their town just months before. Stark, absorbing, and gorgeously filmed in black and white, 1945 is a critic and audience favorite, snagging awards at the San Francisco, Washington, Berlin, and Miami Jewish Film Festivals.

1945 poster

Film Details:

Director: Ferenc Török
Country: Hungary
Language: Hungarian w/ subtitles
Running Time: 91m
Year: 2017
Genre: Drama
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Subjects:

  • Holocaust
  • French Jews
  • Family relationships
  • World War II
  • Origins research

Rating/Warning: PG-13 (violence, nudity)

Sponsor:

Rose Ann and Charles Finkel

About the Film:

Enjoying the nightlife of 1943 Copenhagen, jazz guitarist Arne Itkin (David Dencik) is seemingly immune to the hardships of war, as the Danish government opts for a compliant relationship with Nazi Germany. He is initially skeptical when his terrified wife Miriam (Danica Curcic) hears rumors of the round-up and deportation of Danish Jews. An overnight raid, however, forces the couple to flee their home with their five-year-old son. Aided by a church pastor and members of the underground resistance, they set out for a fishing village where refugees await passage to Sweden by boat. But the allegiance and motives of the fishermen is not always clear. Based on true events, the well-paced and tightly edited ACROSS THE WATERS is directed and co-written by Nicolo Donato, whose own grandfather was among the courageous Danish fishermen to ferry war refugees to safety.

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Original Title: Fuglene over sundet
Director
: Nicolo Donato
Country: Denmark
Language: Danisih w/subtitles
Running Time: 95m
Year: 2016
Genre: Drama
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Subjects:

  • WWII
  • Holocaust
  • Family Stories

Rating/Warning: PG-13 (violence, war)

About the Film:

South Africa, 1963. Ten men in Nelson Mandela’s inner circle—some black, some Jewish—are arrested for conspiring to commit sabotage against the apartheid state and its government. They face a possible death sentence for conspiracy in a corrupt and grossly unjust political system. Bram Fischer (exceptionally played by Peter Paul Muller), their courageous and sympathetic lawyer, risks his career and freedom to defend these men, while attempting to hide the fact that he, too, frequented the farm where they convened and plotted. Dutch filmmaker Jean van de Velde (THE SILENT ARMY) captures a dark period in South Africa's recent history, skillfully balancing a nail-biting political thriller with spectacular courtroom intrigue while paying tribute to the legendary figures that fought to end segregation and corruption in their country.

An-Act-of-Defiance poster

Film Details:

Director: Jean van de Velde
Country: Netherlands
Language: English, Afrikaans w/subtitles
Running Time: 123m
Year: 2016
Genre: Drama
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Subjects

  • South African Jews
  • Apartheid
  • International Politics

Rating/Warning: PG-13 (violence)

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Shy Berlin baker Thomas (Tim Kalkhof) sets up house with his part-time boyfriend Oren, a married Israeli businessman who visits Germany monthly. When Oren is killed in a car accident a devastated Thomas journeys to Jerusalem, seeking closure. Though a fish out of water, he infiltrates Oren’s life and that of his unsuspecting widow Anat (Sarah Adler, JELLYFISH (Meduzot), SJFF 2008) and her young son, working a menial kitchen job in her struggling café, which he revives with his popular cakes and cookies. Desire, grief, religion, and the quest for absolution produce a potent recipe that heats up as their collaboration takes unexpected turns. How long can Thomas keep his secret from Oren’s family? Gorgeous camera shots of delicious pastries are set to a sparse piano score in director Ofir Raul Graizer’s graceful and nuanced feature debut.  

The Cakemaker poster

Film Details:

Director: Ophir Raul Graizer
Country: Germany/Israel
Language: English, German, and Hebrew w/subtitles
Running Time: 104m
Year: 2017
Genre: Drama
IMDB

Subjects:

  • LGBTQ
  • Romance
  • German/Israel Relations
  • Foodies

Rating/Warning: R (sex, nudity)

 

Sponsors:

Corporate Sponsors: Eye Society - BellevueTami Grayevsky | Windermere
Community Partners: Congregation Tikvah Chadashah: Puget Sound's GLBT Chavurah, Kol HaNeshamah: A Progressive Synagogue Community
Community Outreach Partners: Three Dollar Bill Cinema | TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival

About the Film:

Nursing memories of the great, doomed love of his life, aging Leo Gursky reflects on his harrowing journey from Polish shtetl to New York City years ago. Across town, a teenager discovers a mysterious book and is inexorably driven to find its origins. The fate of these seemingly disparate souls link and intertwine. A rich tapestry spanning time and space, THE HISTORY OF LOVE asks if true, great love is possible. Sir Derek Jacobi and Elliott Gould spearhead a stellar international cast in this film adaptation Nicole Krauss’s best-selling novel.

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History of Love poster

Film Details:

Original Title: L'histoire de l'amour
Director
: Radu Mihaileanu
Country: France/Belgium/Canada/Romania
Language: English and Yiddish w/subtitles
Running Time: 134m
Year: 2016
Genre: Drama
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Subjects

  • Holocaust
  • WWII
  • Romance
  • Movie based on a book

Rating/Warning: PG (language, war)

Sponsors:

Janice Kaplan-Klein and Leslie Klein
Corporate Sponsor: Mercer Island Accountants

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When young Margalit (Adi Bielski) meets kibbutznik Eli (Avrahim Aviv Alush, THE WOMEN’S BALCONY, SJFF 2017) on a bus in rural 1947 Palestine, she’s love-struck. Eager to make an impression on Eli—a member of the elite Palmach pre-independence fighting force and the son of Israel’s future president—she starts helping him smuggle European refugees into the country. However, she is reluctant to give up her creative life as drama student and theater devotee, and to make the necessary sacrifices in this momentous, turbulent time. Based on the true story of theater director and actress Pnina Gary, AN ISRAELI LOVE STORY’s mix of idealism, romance, and tragedy has poignant power as Israel’s harsh realities overcome the young lovers.

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Israeli Love Story Poster

Film Details:

Original Title: Sipur ahava eretz-Israeli
Director
: Dan Wolman
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew w/subtitles
Running Time: 93m
Year: 2017
Genre: Drama/Thriller
IMDB

Subjects:

  • Israel War of Independence
  • Romance

Rating/Warning: PG-13

Sponsors:

Margo and Jacob Engelstein
Community Partner:  Israeli American Council | Seattle (IAC)

About the Film:

In one conversation, everything changes for successful, self-centered businessman Ariel Bloch (veteran Israeli actor and comedian Shai Avivi in a rare serious role). When Ariel's college girlfriend (Assi Levy, WEDDING DOLL, 2015; AVIVA, MY LOVE, SJFF 2008) reveals that she was pregnant when she and Ariel separated 20 years earlier, Ariel is unwittingly transformed from unattached bachelor to father. He visits his son's favorite haunts and is, in turn, haunted by the son he could have had and the choices he could have made. A beautifully constructed, inside-out probing of grief, fatherhood, yearning, and transformation. Awarded Best Screenplay at the Israeli Academy Awards (Ophirs) and at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

Plays with: HOLES (short)

LONGING-poster

Film Details:

Original Title: Ga'agua
Director
: Savid Gabizon
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew w/subtitles
Running Time: 100m
Year: 2017
Genre: Drama
IMDB

Subjects:

  • Parenting
  • Familiy Relationships
  • Fatherhood

Rating/Warning: R (adult themes)

Sponsor:

Community Partner: Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest

About the Film:

Award-winning festival favorite Eran Riklis (SYRIAN BRIDE, SJFF 2006; LEMON TREE, SJFF 2008; HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER, SJFF 2011; A BORROWED IDENTITY, SJFF 2015) returns with this suspenseful, neo-noir show-stopper. One-time top Mossad agent Naomi is dispatched to Germany by her commander (Lior Ashkenazi) to protect a Lebanese collaborator recovering from facial reconstruction surgery that will protect her identity. Over the course of two weeks in the Hamburg safe house, an uneasy relationship between the two women develops into an unexpected bond over personal tragedies, while the threat levels rise outside. Part espionage novel, part psychological thriller, SHELTER takes you in.

Nominated for two Ophir Awards, including Best Actress (Neta Riskin) and Best Music by the director’s son, Jonathan Riklis, a jazz musician, who also composed, arranged and produced the original score for “A Borrowed Identity.” 

shelter poster

Film Details:

Original Title: Mistor
Director
: Eran Riklis
Country: Germany/Israel/France
Language: English, Hebrew, German w/subtitles
Running Time: 93m
Year: 2017
Genre: Drama/Thriller
IMDB

Subjects:

  • Mossad agents
  • Middle East conflict
  • France/French language
  • Spy drama

Rating/Warning: PG-13 (violence, language)

 

Sponsor:

Marilyn and Wayne Weissman

About the Film:

Yoel, a meticulous historian, is in the midst of a widely covered legal battle with a family of influential industrialists on whose land he claims a brutal massacre of Jews took place toward the end of WWII. They are planning to build a real estate project there, but Yoel suspects their aim is to bury and pave over the affair for good. While investigating, he uncovers classified testimony from his mother, a survivor, in which in which she confesses to shocking secrets from her past. Despite his unshakeable commitment to the truth, Yoel conducts a double-investigation, both personal and scientific, even at the expense of ruining his relationships and professional life. He is trapped between silence and denial in this mysterious, high stakes thriller.

Winner, Best Film, 2017 Haifa International Film Festival. Official Selection, 2017 Venice Film Festival. 

The Testament poster

Film Details:

Director: Amichai Greenberg
Country: Austria/Israel
Language: Hebrew and German w/subtitles
Running Time: 93m
Year: 2017
Genre: Drama/Thriller
IMDB

Subjects:

  • Holocaust Research
  • Family Relationships

Rating/Warning: PG-13 (violence, adult themes)

Sponsor:

Glazer's Camera

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It’s no wonder that this legal thriller has been optioned for an American remake. Israel’s hot, new television series is reminiscent of HBO’s The Night After in its gripping portrayal of a well-meaning family ensnared in modern-day Israel’s underworld. Micah Alkobi is a rising-star judge preparing to run for a powerful public office when he learns that his troubled teenage son was involved in a hit-and-run accident. Turns out, the injured motorcyclist is the son of a notoriously violent Israeli crime family boss. As the plot unfolds, the series’ title, Your Honor (Kvodo), takes on a double meaning, as the judge discovers just how many laws he’s willing to break in order to shield his son from mortal harm. While the series centers around Alkobi’s Breaking Bad-like transformation, some of the best scenes involve the women who confront him: his mother-in-law, a young legal protégé drawn into the case; and a police detective who begins to suspect him. Winner of the Grand Prix at France’s prestigious Festival Series Mania. 

your-honor poster

Program Details:

Original Title: Kvodo
Director: Roni Ninio
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew w/subtitles
Running Time: 130m
Year: 2017
Genre: TV Drama - Season 1, Episodes 1 - 4
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Subjects:

  • TV Series
  • Politics

Rating/Warning: R (violence)

Sponsor:

Law Office of William D. Hochberg

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