Dir. Ester Amrami
(85min, Germany, 2014) Narrative
When Jörg goes out of town for a few days, Noa takes the opportunity to spontaneously fly back to Israel, determined this trip will do her good! Her lovable but dysfunctional family can’t keep old conflicts from arising, however, and soon her homeland begins to feel just like the Berlin she sought to escape.
APPLES FROM THE DESERT
Dir. Arik Lubetzky, Matti Harari
(90min, Israel, 2014) Narrative
Rebecca Abravanel is the only daughter of an Orthodox family living in Jerusalem. Unhappy with her strict upbringing, Rebecca secretly opens herself to the secular world, with unexpected consequences – both for her family and herself.
AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS
Dir. Louis Malle
(105min, France, 1987) Narrative
A heartbreaking story of friendship and loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie — until a secret is revealed. Based on events from writer-director Louis Malle’s own childhood.
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN
Dir. Nicolas Vanier
(104min, France, 2014) Narrative
Sebastian, lonely and dreaming of the day his mother will return from America, befriends “the beast” the local farmers are convinced is killing their sheep – an enormous yet gentle sheepdog who quickly becomes the boy’s best friend. Recommended for ages 10+
BREAKING HOME TIES
Dir. Frank N. Seltzer and George K. Rowlands
(78min, USA, 1922) Narrative
Thinking he has killed his friend Paul in a jealous rage, David Bergmann flees pre-revolutionary Russia for New York. While there, he becomes a successful lawyer and woos smart, independent Rose, the boss’ daughter. With live original score!
Dir. Eran Riklis
(104min, Israel/Germany/France, 2014) Narrative
First love, school bullies, British New Wave … and SCUD missiles. This bittersweet 80s coming-of-age drama from the director of The Syrian Bride and Lemon Tree adapts two autobiographical novels by popular Israeli-Arab writer Sayed Kashua.
Dir. Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor
(13min, Israel, 2014) Narrative Short
Dear God depicts a romantic Jerusalem, told through the eyes of Aaron, a simple man who guards the historic Wailing Wall. One day a beautiful, mysterious woman puts a note in one of the holy drones, and Aaron decides to fulfill her deepest wish, while learning that love is all about communication.
THE DECENT ONE
Dir. Vanessa Lapa
(94min, Israel/Austria/Germany, 2014) Documentary
Through previously undiscovered private letters, photos and diariest hat were found in Heinrich Himmler’s home in 1945, The Decent One gives unique, and at times uncomfortable, access to the life and mind of the merciless “Architect of the Final Solution.”
Dir. Erik Greenberg Anjou
(90min, USA, 2014) Documentary
In Houston, Texas, third-generation deli man Ziggy Gruber has built arguably the finest delicatessen restaurant in U.S. history – building on the contributions of iconic delis such as Katz’s, 2nd Avenue Deli, Nate ‘n Al, Carnegie, and the Stage.
DIVIDED WE FALL
Dir. Jan Hrebejk
(117min, Czech Republic, 2000) Narrative
Set in a small Czech town under German occupation, Jan Hrebejk’s Oscar nominated film explores “not only the banality of evil, but also the banality of goodness, and the ridiculousness, as well as the tragedy, of their collision.”
THE DOVE FLYER
Dir. Nissim Dayan
(108min, Israel, 2014) Narrative
Based on the autobiographical blockbuster novel by Eli Amir, this sweeping epic recalls a lost and cherished time when over 125,000 Jews lived in Iraq. We follow the teenage Kabi as he navigates the final years of the community’s existence in Iraq, before their expulsion and resettlement to 1950s Israel.
THE FAREWELL PARTY
Dir. Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon
(93min, Israel, 2014) Narrative
A group at a Jerusalem retirement home builds a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help their terminally ill friend. When rumors of the machine begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, the creators are faced with an emotional dilemma.
Dir. Leah Tonic
(13min, Israel, 2014) Narrative Short
Sheri, a free-spirited 21-year old, has her own apartment, an older boyfriend, and works in a bar to make her living. One morning, a surprise phone call brings her face to face with her past, making it impossible to hide from it any longer.