Second Annual Saint John Jewish Film Festival Starts Tomorrow

jewishfilmfestThe Saint John Jewish Historical Museum is holding the second annual Saint John Jewish Film Festival from October 18 to October 22, 2015. The films to be shown will be primarily prize winning films that have been featured in prestigious film festivals around the world. The proceeds from the film festival will support the work of the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum to preserve the Jewish history of Saint John.

These films will include every genre including comedy, tragedy, documentary, biographical and historical. They will have a broad appeal and be entertaining while drawing on the Jewish experience.

The films will be screened at the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum, 91 Leinster Street. Tickets can be purchased for $10 per film at the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum and the Imperial Theatre box office.

The line up for the Saint John Jewish Film Festival is as follows :

Sunday October 18th – Mr. Kaplan — 2:00 pm

Directed by Alvaro Brechner, Uruguay, 2014 – At 76, Mr. Kaplan has a severe existential crisis. As he begins to question his worth, he comes across a strange case when his grand-daughter mentions a German man who runs a café near the beach. Convinced that he has found an escaped “Nazi”, Mr. Kaplan teams up with a slacker to kidnap the German. English sub-titles

Sunday October 18th – 24 Days — 7:00 pm

Directed by Alesandre Arcady, France 2014 – When Ilan Halimi is kidnapped for ransom because he is Jewish and supposedly rich, his family and the police start a race against time to save him from the tortures of the “gang of barbarians”. English subtitles

Monday October 19th – Above and Beyond – 7:00 pm

Directed by Roberta Grossman, USA 2014 – In 1948, a group of World War II pilots volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. This ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force.

Tuesday October 20th – Run Boy Run – 7:00 pm

Directed by Pepe Danquert, Germany/France 2014 – Srulik, an eight-year old boy, flees from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. He attempts to survive, at first alone in the forest, and then as a Christian orphan named Jurek on a Polish farm. Throughout his ordeal, his Jewish identity is in danger of being lost. English sub-titles

Wednesday October 21st – The Art Dealer – 7:00 pm

Directed by François Margolin, France 2014 – A stylish Parisian thriller set in the murky world on Nazi-looted art. A young journalist finds herself caught up in a web of betrayal as she uncovers a story that has been carefully buried for decades. English subtitles

Thursday October 22nd – Quality Balls : The David Steinberg Story / Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion – 7:00 pm

Directed by Barry Avrish, USA 2013 – An overview of the long and varied career of comic David Steinberg features interviews with Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld and others.

Directed by Shimmy Marcus, UK 2013 – A spirited, sever year old, growing up in Dublin in the 1970s, can’t wait to make her Holy Communion. The only problem is – she’s the wrong religion.

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