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February 23, 2018  RSS feed
Culture

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Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival Schedule

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21

Opening Night
Bye Bye Germany

Bryan Glazer Family JCC
Cocktail hour 6 p.m.,
Theater opens 7 p.m.

Bye Bye Germany is an award-winning film that has been screened across the U.S. and internationally in more than 50 film festivals. The film stars Moritz Bleibtreu, who plays a defiant Holocaust survivor looking to strike it rich in postwar Frankfurt by selling bed linens door-to-door to make money to immigrate to America. But the smooth-talker meets his match when an attractive U.S. officer interrogates him about his wartime past. The film is a brisk drama tempered with bittersweet humor.

Opening night admission: $36 per person.

THURSDAY, MARCH 22

Hillsborough County
And Then She Arrived

Villagio Cinema of Carrollwood,
11 a.m.

Dan Freilich is 30 and has everything he could ever hope for and then some: the perfect job at his father’s law firm, the perfect loving family and the perfect girlfriend. But a chance encounter with a waitress in Jerusalem makes him realize something was missing after all – true love. And Then She Arrived is the new charming romantic comedy from Israeli director Roee Florentin (TBJFF 2017 Mr. Predictable), with guest appearances from Einat Sarouf and Orna Banai, stars of the film The Women’s Balcony (TBJFF 2017).

Admission: $10

Bombshell:
The Hedy Lamarr Story

Villagio Cinema of Carrollwood,
1 p.m.

Bombshell goes behind the public persona of a deeply misunderstood Hollywood starlet to reveal the thwarted ambitions of a brilliant inventor. An Austrian Jewish émigré who fled her Nazi sympathizer husband, she pursued a future in show business while patenting a secret WWII communications system that is the foundation of today’s wireless technology. Lamarr narrates her trailblazing story through never-before-heard audio recordings, augmented by interviews with surviving family, friends and luminaries.

Admission: $10

Sammy Davis Jr.:
I’ve Gotta Be Me

AMC Classic Centro Ybor, 5 p.m.

A rousing tribute to the iconic song-and-dance man in all his complexities and contradictions, Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me remembers the entertainer who blazed a trail across the shifting tides and flashpoints of 20th century America.

Admission: $10

Heather Booth:
Changing the World

Bryan Glazer Family JCC, Theater 1,
6:30 p.m.

Heather Booth, a renowned organizer and activist, began her remarkable career at the height of the Civil Rights movement. Looking at Booth’s life, work and personal relationship with respected leaders such as Julian Bond and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the film explores the most pivotal moments in progressive movements that altered our history over the last 50 years.

Heather Booth will lead an open discussion immediately after film.

Admission: $10

Longing
Bryan Glazer Family JCC,
Theater 2, 8 p.m.

A middle-aged bachelor’s world is upended when he learns he has lost a son he didn’t know existed, in the affecting Israeli tragicomedy Longing. The bombshell propels Ariel on a surreal journey into the unknown, as he travels to the boy’s gravesite and seaside home, desperate to know more. Through a series of eccentric encounters and winding revelations, Ariel goes out on an emotional limb, belatedly discovering fatherly love and devotion, as well as personal catharsis about his own troubled childhood.

Admission: $10

Pinellas County
The Last Suit

Largo Central Park
Performing Arts Center,
7 p.m.

Eighty-eight-year-old Holocaust survivor Abraham Bursztein (Miguel Ángel Solá) is about to be put out to pasture by his children, who have booked him into a retirement home. Refusing to bow to family pressure, he sets off on an adventure from which he doesn’t expect to return. Abraham decides that the moment has come to fulfill a promise and seek out an old friend.

A dessert reception will follow the movie.

Sponsored in partnership with Federation of Jewish Men’s Club and Men of Reform Judaism.

Admission: $10

FRIDAY, MARCH 23

Hillsborough County
The Cakemaker

Villagio Cinema of Carrollwood,
1:30 p.m.

The emotionally distant Tomas (Tim Kalkhof) leads a lonely life as a Berlin coffee shop pastry chef, until starting a passionate tryst with Oren (Roy Miller), a married Israeli businessman. When his lover is killed, Tomas seeks solace in Oren’s hometown, Jerusalem, taking a job at a struggling café run by his dead lover’s unsuspecting wife Anat (Sarah Adler). As business flourishes with Tomas’kitchen talents, the bereaved pair forges a bond that blurs lines of nationality, religion and sexuality.

Cake and coffee will be offered after the film.

Admission: $10

Budapest Noir

AMC Classic Centro Ybor 10,
5 p.m.

A hard-boiled reporter investigates the brutal murder of a prostitute, leading him into the dark underworld of 1930s pre-Nazi Hungary, in the stylish thriller Budapest Noir. When the young Jewish woman is found beaten to death, no one is interested in solving the bizarre crime, except for Zsigmond Gordon (Krisztián Kolovratnik), who feels things are not what they seem. The murky clues eventually lead to a shadowy world of pornographers and brothels, crime syndicates and communist cells, and the highest echelons of power, just as Hungary’s fascist-leaning government prepares to align with Hitler.

Admission: $10

Pinellas County
And Then She Arrived

AMC Classic Palm Harbor 10,
11 a.m.
See synopsis above
Admission: $10

Budapest Noir

AMC Classic Palm Harbor 10,
4 p.m.
See synopsis above
Admission: $10

SATURDAY, MARCH 24

Hillsborough County
The Testament

AMC Classic Centro Ybor 10,
7:30 p.m.

Investigating the cover-up of a wartime massacre of Jews in Austria, Holocaust researcher Yoel Halberstam (Ori Pfeffer) stumbles upon highly classified evidence that suggests his mother (Rivka Gur) is not the woman she claims to be, a thunderbolt that undermines everything that defines him. Yoel secretly pursues the lead, risking everything – career, wife and son, even his own beliefs – to solve the historical mystery about his identity. The Testament was Best Film winner at the Haifa International Film Festival.

Admission: $10

Pinellas County
In Between

AMC Sundial 20, 7:30 p.m.

Three independent young Palestinian gal pals choose a life of freedom in the heart of Israel while straining under societal expectations, in this taboo-breaking dramedy. Fighting for the right to live on their own terms, with very singular personalities, the women share a Tel Aviv apartment away from their home villages. Struggling to be true to themselves while finding the right romantic partners, the developing sisterhood negotiates being Arab-Israeli in a predominantly Jewish society.

Admission: $10

An Israeli Love Story
AMC Sundial 20, 9:30 p.m.

The year is 1947. Eighteen-year-old Margalit lives in a settlement in northern Israel. One day she meets 24-year-old Eli Ben Zvi. She tries to get close to him, but things don’t go so smoothly. He has a girlfriend and is busy with the dramatic events preceding the birth of Israel. Slowly the barriers come down, Eli discovers Margalit and they move in together. They set up a date for their wedding, but Israel’s harsh reality intervenes.

Admission: $10

SUNDAY, MARCH 25
Hillsborough County

Scandal in Ivansk

Glazer JCC, Theater 1
10:45 a.m.

In the small Polish town of Ivansk, most of the Jews were killed by the Nazis, and the headstones in the Jewish cemetery were plundered for construction purposes. A group of descendants of Ivansk Jews restore the town’s cemetery, retrieving what headstones they can. When they commission a plaque that includes the word “collaborator,” a national scandal is unleashed. This eyeopening documentary strives to understand why much of the nation won’t accept “collaborator” to describe Polish people who aided the Nazis and benefited from the genocide of Jews.

Admission: $10

Dreaming of a
Jewish Christmas

Glazer JCC, Theater 2,
1:30 p.m.

In an irony of ironies, it was Jewish immigrant outsiders – Irving Berlin, Mel Tormé and many others – who redefined Christmas as a secular and inclusive cultural phenomenon. Penning such yuletide classics as “White Christmas,” “Let It Snow” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” these artists amplified the spirit of the holidays through musical merriment. A panoply of performers delivers renditions of these beloved melodies, amusingly set in a Chinese restaurant, while musicologists, religious leaders, comedians and others add insights into the contradictory and poignant relationship American Jews have with “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (also written by a Jew).

Admission: $10.

Kosher Chinese buffet lunch before the film, noon to 1 p.m. Cost: $12. Tickets for lunch must be bought in advance.

Itzhak
Glazer JCC, Theater 1
2:30 p.m.

Itzhak examines the life and glorious music of Israeli-born Itzhak Perlman, widely considered the greatest living violinist. Archival materials and performance clips, including a breakthrough appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show at age 13, combined with behind-the-scenes moments of the venerated artist. Perlman’s musical discipline contrasts with an intimate view of his home life, as a modern Jewish family embraces its heritage in a changing world.

Admission: $10

Heading Home:
The Tale of Team Israel

Glazer JCC, Theater 2, 4 p.m. Heading Home charts the under dog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of defeat, Team Israel finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017, eligible to play in the prestigious international tournament. Their line-up included several Jewish American major league players, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, and never having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where they are greeted as heroes, to Seoul where they must debunk their has-been, wannabe reputations.

A Q&A with special guests from Team Israel and Israel Baseball including Arizona Diamondbacks scout (and architect of Team Israel’s roster) Alex Jacobs after the movie. The Q&A will be moderated by Jonathan Mayo, MLB. com’s draft and prospect expert.

Admission: $5 for kids, $10 for adults

The People vs. Fritz Bauer

Glazer JCC, Theater 1, 6 p.m.

Its economy flourishing in the postwar 1950s, Germany grows increasingly apathetic about confronting its recent past. Against this backdrop, the implacable Attorney General Fritz Bauer (Burghart Klaubner) is committed to holding leaders of the Third Reich to account. He is stymied at every turn by authorities with Nazi ties, now in top government positions. While slandered in the court of public opinion by foes seeking to silence him, the tenacious Bauer pursues a forbidden alliance with Israeli spy agency Mossad to apprehend Holocaust mastermind Adolph Eichmann.

This film is being held in partnership with the Florida Holocaust Museum, where the exhibition, Operation Finale, about Eichmann’s capture and trial, is currently on display.

Admission: $10

About the TBJFF

Many of the films are expected to sell-out this year, so pre-purchase of festival tickets is suggested at www.tbjff.org. For more information about the films, see the ad on Pages 10-11 or go to the website.

The 2018 festival is co-produced by Tampa sponsored by the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs, Bank United, Herman Forbes Charitable Trust and Sara and David Scher. To become a corporate sponsor or patron of the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival, call (813) 769-4725 or visit the website.


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