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Films & Schedules - Jewish

THE FAREWELL PARTY

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 6:30 PM (Moreland Theater)
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Mon, Feb 9, 2015
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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THE FAREWELL PARTY

DIRECTOR: TAL GRANIT, SHARON MAYMON - ISRAEL

The question “Who has the right to play God?” is at the center of this comedic tale of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who construct a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help a terminally ill pal. With a dream cast of septuagenarian talent, a finely honed visual sense, and superbly ironic comic timing and dialogue, this compassionate film doesn’t belabor the ethics of assisted suicide but instead treats this tricky topic with rare sensitivity. “A provocative issue is addressed with wisdom, sensitivity, and a welcome strain of humor. Anyone ever touched by the inexorable...

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FELIX & MEIRA

Fri, Feb 6, 2015
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 8, 2015
at 1 PM (Cinema 21)
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FELIX & MEIRA

DIRECTOR: MAXIME GIROUX - CANADA

Winner of the Audience Best Canadian Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival, Felix & Meira is set in Montreal’s Mile End neighborhood, characterized by a mixture of hipsters and Hasidism, which coexists amicably but independently. When Meira, an Orthodox Jewish wife and mother with an undercurrent of rebelliousness, meets Félix, a middle-aged atheist-loner adrift grieving the recent death of his estranged father, Félix hopes her religious devotion will provide insight into his loss. Though she rebuffs him at first, a mutual, slow-blooming affair takes shape that will present Meira with a difficult fork in the road: remain within the...

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GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM

Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Feb 12, 2015
at 5:30 PM (Cinema 21)
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GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM

DIRECTOR: RONIT ELKABETZ, SHLOMI ELKABETZ - ISRAEL

“Gett” is Hebrew for a divorce decree—something that is very difficult to get in Israel, where rabbinical courts hold jurisdiction and mutual consent is required. This riveting drama follows the five-year struggle of Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) to break from her loveless marriage to husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian). A powerful examination of the roles of men and women in a religious society. Gett, the winner of two Israeli Film Awards including Best Film and Best Supporting Actor, is an absurdist journey into the enigmas of a couple and a society caught between tradition and modernity. This year’s Israeli submission...

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MR. KAPLAN

Sat, Feb 7, 2015
at 5 PM (Roseway Theater)
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Tue, Feb 10, 2015
at 5:45 PM (Fox Tower)
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MR. KAPLAN

DIRECTOR: ÁLVARO BRECHNER - URUGUAY

Jacob Kaplan lives an ordinary life in Uruguay. Like many of his other Jewish friends, Jacob fled Europe for South America during World War II. But now turning 76, he’s become grumpy and fed up with his life, community, and his family’s lack of interest in its own heritage. When a quiet, elderly German raises Mr. Kaplan’s suspicions of being a runaway Nazi, he ignores his family’s concerns and secretly recruits Contreras, a former police officer, to help him investigate. Together, they try to repeat the historic capture of Adolf Eichmann by unmasking and kidnapping the German and secretly taking...

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