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STG + SJFF Present a "Silent Movie Mondays: Special Edition"

Featuring an original live score performed by composer/world-renowned klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and celebrated composer/pianist Donald Sosin, with special guest clarinetist Laura DeLuca.

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ATTN 8-Pack Purchasers: To redeem for tickets, you MUST call the SJFF ticket hotline (206.388.0833) to reserve your will call ticket(s) or come to the SJFF Box Office. On the day-of-show, the SJFF box office will be located at The Paramount Theatre Lobby. Will call tickets only. No print-at-home or mobile tickets. You cannot redeem online. Please RSVP to redeem to avoid delays at the door. Will call physical tickets only. Do not go to the STG box office!

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About The Film

A silent precursor to THE JAZZ SINGER, this German film, directed by E.A. Dupont, tells the story of the son of an Orthodox rabbi from a poor shtetl who breaks with family tradition and leaves to become an actor. The film will be accompanied by an original live score, performed by violinist/composer Alicia Svigals (a founding member of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics), pianist/composer Donald Sosin, and special guest clarinetist Laura de Luca from Music of Remembrance. Digitally restored film from the Deutsche Kinemathek (Berlin). Live performance made possible by underwriting from the Sunrise Foundation for Education and the Arts.

Following the film, join composers/musicians Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin, and film scholar Cynthia Walk of the Sunrise Foundation for Education and the Arts, for a CineClub community conversation in The Paramount Bar. 

Download this PDF with in-depth infomation about the film and score.

SJFF Pass + 8-Pack purchases are valid for the show. 8-Pack ticket(s) must be redeemed: by emailing boxoffice@sjcc.org, by calling the box office 206-388-0833, or at the box office day-of-show. Individual tickets are purchased through STG. Please note that additional fees apply to STG online purchases throug Ticketmaster, and are not charged when you visit STG in person. STG offices are a walkup service only and do not sell tickets by phone or have access to information on ticket availability by phone. FAQ can be found on STG website.  

 

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Violinist/composer Alicia Svigals is the world’s leading klezmer fiddler and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics. She has worked with violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, playwrights Tony Kushner and Eve Ensler, poet Allen Ginsburg, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Debbie Friedman and Chava Albershteyn. Svigals was awarded a Foundation for Jewish Culture commission for her original score to the 1918 film The Yellow Ticket, and is a MacDowell fellow.

 Sosin web Pianist/composer Donald Sosin is well known to Seattle audiences from his many performances at SIFF and Kenyon Hall. Since 1971, he has performed his scores for silent films (often with his wife, singer/lyricist/percussionist Joanna Seaton) at Lincoln Center, MoMA, BAM, the National Gallery; many college campuses including Yale, Harvard, Cornell and Brown, and major film festivals in New York, San Francisco, Telluride, Hollywood, Pordenone, Bologna, Shanghai, Bangkok, Berlin, Vienna, Moscow, and Jecheon, South Korea. His score for The Ancient Law, co-written with violinist Alicia Svigals, was released on DVD/BluRay in 2018 by Flicker Alley.
 DeLuca web Laura DeLuca joined the Seattle Symphony in 1986 following her education at Northwestern university where she studied with the celebrated clarinetist, Robert Marcellus. She is also a co-founding member of Seattle Chamber Players, a contemporary music ensemble formed in 1989 boasting nearly one hundred commissioned works. Music has been a passport to the world, performing in historic concert halls in Europe, Russia, China and South America. Closer to home, Laura regularly performs with Music of Remembrance, Icicle Creek series, and has soloed with Seattle Symphony, Seattle Youth Symphony, Cascade and Rainier Symphonies.

Director Bio

E.A. Dupont was a renowned columnist in Germany when he entered the motion picture industry as a screenwriter in 1917. Known as a pioneer of the German film industry, as a director, he was an outstanding proponent of the German expressionist style and one of the forces behind the development of sound film. As so many other film artists from Germany, Dupont, a Jew, was forced to abandon his homeland in 1933 with the rise of Hitler.  After a stint in Great Britain, he made films in Hollywood.  Most agree that his peak period was the silent and early sound era. At one point, the American trade journal Film Daily listed him as a nominee for one of the ten best film directors.  He had an up and down career.  His most well-known films are classics today: VARIETY (1925), MOULIN ROUGE (1928), and PICCADILLY (1929).

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Film Details:

Original Title: Das alte Gesetz
Director
: E.A. Dupont
Country: Germany
Language: German
Running Time: 128m
Year: 1923
Genre: Silent Drama

 

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About The Film

As part of a peace summit, a world-famous German conductor (Peter Simonischek; THE INTERPRETER, SJFF 2019) creates an orchestra of specially chosen Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians. But can music overcome the feelings of mistrust and suspicion striking chords and shrill notes onstage and off? It takes all the conductor's skill and resources—and divulging his own tragic story—to overcome the discord and teach them how to achieve harmony, leading to a tense and emotional finale. Academy Award-nominated director Dror Zahavi has united an impressive supporting cast of Israeli and Palestinian non-actors playing the students into a convincing ensemble, who fight, argue, laugh, and make music together in this dramatic, humanist hymn about forgiveness, reconciliation, and the astounding power of music.

Winner of the 2019 Audience Prize at the Festival of German Film.

Special Guest

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Introduction and performacne by Bram Schenck, principal clarinetist Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and member of the National Youth Orchestra, which brings the brightest young players from across the country to Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute.


Director Bio

Dror Zahavi is an Israeli film director and screenwriter. He has directed more than twenty-five films and television shows since 1992. FOR MY FATHER (2008) screened at the 30th Moscow International Film Festival.

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Film Details:

Director: Dror Zahavi
Country: Germany, Israel, Italy
Language: Language
Running Time: 112m
Year: 2019
Genre: Drama

Subjects:

  • Israeli-Arab conflict
  • Palestinians
  • Peace process
  • Reconciliation
  • Music
  • Youth Orchestra
  • Coming of Age

Rating/Warning: PG-13 (violence, sex, brief pot use, language)

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About The Film

This psychological thriller chronicles the year leading to the assassination of Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995. A rare look into the radicalized mind of an assassin, the film examines the forces that acted on Yigal Amir, from his personal quest to become a hero in the eyes of his peers, to feelings of rejection from a love interest, to the intense polarization of politicians and religious leaders reacting to Rabin's efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict once and for all. The film is a cautionary tale about what happens when leaders incite politics of violence and hate.

Festivals and Awards

  • 2019 Ophir (Israeli Film Academy) Award winner of Best Film and Best Casting
  • Israel's Oscar Submission to the 2020 Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film

Director Bio

Yaron Zilberman is a director and writer, known previously for WATERMARKS (SJFF 2004), about a Jewish women's swimming team from Vienna before WWII, and A LATE QUARTET (2012), starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walker, Catherine Keener, and Israeli actor Mark Ivanir. Zilberman was born in Haifa, Israel, and later moved to the United States in his twenties.

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Film Details:

Original Title: Yamim Noraim
Director
: Yaron Zilberman
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles
Running Time: 123
Year: 2019
Genre: Thriller

Subjects:

  • History
  • Israeli Politics
  • Extremism
  • Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Rabin assassination

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

 Sponsors:

  • Moshe Dunie

About The Film

Ariela, a young Syrian Jewish woman from Mexico City, must navigate the long-standing traditions of her family and fears backlash to her forbidden romance. A promising, independent-minded artist who signs her public murals "Leona" (lion in Hebrew); she is compelled by her community to find an appropriate life partner but falls for an unexpected suitor. Her newfound relationship forces her to confront the deeply ingrained cultural and religious values her family holds dear in this coming-of-age romance and woman-centered arthouse film.


Director Bio

Isaac Cherem is a Mexico City native who graduated from the Los Angeles Film School in 2011. He founded the production company Fosforescente. LEONA (2018) is his directorial debut.

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Film Details:

Director: Isaac Cherem
Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish w/English subtitles
Running Time
Year: 2018
Genre: Drama

Subjects:

  • Romance
  • Family-relationships
  • Interfaith Relationships
  • Coming-of-Age
  • Latino
  • Mexico
  • Spanish Language

Rating/Warning: R (Adult theme, sex, nudity)

 Sponsors:

  • Lela and Harley Franco
  • Ellen Rose Kret

About The Film

A Dutch Jewish officer played by Claes Bang, the star of 2017 Cannes Palme d'Or winner THE SQUARE (another movie set in the art world), is charged with prosecuting war criminals, and zeroes in on one mysterious figure, an ambitious and eccentric Dutch artist and art dealer named Han van Meegeren (superbly played by Guy Pearce). He is accused of selling a precious and valuable Vermeer painting and collaborating with the Nazis, but there is more to the picture than meets the eye. Consumed by his own greed and insecurity, things spin out of control. Ridley Scott helped to produce this drama with a twist based on a true story of an art forgery that rocked the Nazi high command during and after World War II.


Director Bio

First-time film director Dan Friedkin was born in San Diego and holds a master's degree in finance from Rice University. He has produced and executive produced many award-winning films, including HOT SUMMER NIGHTS (2017), THE SQUARE (2017), ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD (2017), THE MULE (2018), and THE FESTIVAL SELECTION DESTROYER (2018)

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Film Details:

Director: Dan Friedkin
Country: USA
Language: English
Running Time: 117m
Year: 2019
Genre: Narrative

Subjects:

  • Vermeer
  • Art, Art Dealer, Art Collecting
  • Nazis
  • WWII
  • Forgery

Rating/Warning: PG

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About The Film

This biographical drama tells the remarkable life story of Bert Trautmann, a German soldier, English prisoner of war, and legendary footballer who raised the bar for soccer goalkeeping and tested the country's willingness to forgive. This epic film opens during WWII, as the Luftwaffe bombs England, and Trautmann, a paratrooper for the Third Reich, is captured along the Eastern front. Transported to England, he begins to reexamine his allegiances when he is forced to watch films of recently freed concentration camp survivors. When he is put to work in a nearby town, he reluctantly plays goalkeeper for the local Manchester City Football Club then falls in love with the coach's daughter. But just when the movie risks descending into a predictable love story, the tale takes several shocking turns. Trautmann’s signing causes outrage among thousands of Manchester fans, many of them Jewish. But support comes from an unexpected direction: Holocaust survivor, Rabbi Altmann, a Manchester fan who fled the Nazis. Ultimately, the film does not shy away from the complicated nature of Trautmann’s story. On the contrary, as a central part of its appeal, it raises tough questions about forgiveness, forgetting and the power of sports to (re)unite.


Director Bio

Marcus H. Rosenmuller is a German director and screenwriter previously for DIE PERLMUTTERFARBE (2009), GRAVE DECISIONS (2006), and HIT AND RUN (2000).

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Film Details:

Original Title: Trautmann
Director
: Marcus H. Rosenmüller
Country: UK, Germany
Language: Language
Running Time: 120m
Year: 2019
Genre: Narrative, Drama

Subjects:

  • Holocaust Forgiveness
  • WWII
  • Sports
  • Biography
  • Historical
  • Soccer/Football
  • Goalkeeping
  • POW/Prisoner of War
  • England

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

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About The Film

A heartwarming, joyous, and uplifting dramedy about the misadventures of a Buenos Aires rabbi who borrowed large sums of money to help his synagogue continue to serve the needy. Now years later, the unpaid debt has finally caught up with him, as a moneylender demands full repayment or he will seize the synagogue property. As a last-ditch, desperate attempt, he travels to Taiwan in search of unlikely donors to secure the synagogue's debts that will save his community. What follows is a journey that leads to unexpected financing and transcendence—a story that imparts the values of community spirit, family, and hope.


Director Bio

Walter Tejblum is an Argentina-based director, producer. Previous films include: LA FIDELIDAD (2016), MALKA, UNA CHICA DE LA ZWI MIGDAL (2014), and A YEAR WITHOUT LOVE (2005).

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Film Details:

Director: Walter Tejblum
Country: Argentina
Language: Spanish w/English subtitles
Running Time: 85m
Year: 2019
Genre: Drama

Subjects:

  • Family relationships
  • Community
  • Fundraising
  • Argentina
  • Taiwan

Rating/Warning: PG 

About The Film

Having survived the concentration camps, 16-year-old Klara lives with her great-aunt and is desperate to believe her father and mother are still alive. When she meets Aldo, a 42-year-old Holocaust survivor and doctor in Budapest, they discover something they thought had vanished: hope and healing. As the Soviet Empire rises to power in post-war Hungary, their father-daughter relationship causes the suspicious community to notify the authorities, their powerful discovery they have someone to live for is threatened.


Director Bio

Twice shortlisted for an Oscar, Barnabás Tóth is an independent director, writer, and producer from Budapest, Hungary, best known for the film CHUCHOTAGE Chuchotage (2018) as well as a dozen short films, notably MY GUIDE (2013). THOSE WHO REMAINED was Hungary’s Official Selection to this year’s Oscars, and was short-listed for Best International Narrative Film.  Tóth graduated from the Budapust Film School in 2003. 

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Film Details:

Original Title: Aqueles Que Ficaram
Director
: Barnabás Tóth
Country: Hungary
Language: Hungarian w/English subtitles
Running Time: 83m
Year: 2019
Genre: Drama

Subjects:

  • Coming-of-Age
  • Survivor
  • Holocaust
  • Post-War Reconstruction

Rating/Warning: PG-13

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About The Shorts Program: Ever Forget?

INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNERS AND NEW DISCOVERIES
Curated by Warren Etheredge

Memory can be a blessing; it can also be a burden. For Jews, it's a preoccupation. Memories can be indelible, yet memory is our most fragile, capricious, and unreliable of faculties. After the Holocaust, "never forget" became a rallying cry. Sometimes, forgetting and recovering memories can be a cry for help or healing. In this curated series of seven shorts films (selected from over 112 entries), memories lost and found, real and virtual, experienced and adopted, chosen and imposed, fading and rehabilitated, are explored. The philosopher George Santayana famously said, "those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it," but is there also a price for remembering?


Guest Bio

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Warren Etheredge, SJFF Short Film Curator, is the artistic director/co-founder at the Walla Walla Movie Crush shorts cinema festival and co-founder of TheFilmSchool. He is a frequent interviewer and cultural conversationalist moderating many SJCC spoken-word and chef talk programs.

Watch some of Warren's best interviews streaming in their entirety on our SJCC On Demand page (i.e., intrviews with Yotam Ottolenghi, Nigella Lawson, and more)

 

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NAZI VR

Director: David Freid
Country: Germany, USA
Language: German w/English subtitles
Running Time: 17m
Year: 2019
Genre: Documentary Short
About the Short: What may be the last WWII Nazi trial in Germany was also the first to use virtual reality in the courtroom.

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NO BAD ENDINGS

Director: Ziv Hermelin-Shadar
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles
Running Time: 12m
Year: 2019
Genre: Narrative Short
About the Short: What happens when stubborn Holocaust survivor refuses to attend her kibbutz’s Holocaust Memorial Day?

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THE IRON GRANDMOTHER

Director: Emily Sheskin
Country: USA, Israel
Language: Hebrew w/English subtities
Running Time: 8m
Year: 2019
Genre: Documentary Short
About the Short: Orna Ben-Ami is a 65-year-old iron-welding artist and grandmother who dreams of making the world a better place for refugees worldwide with her art.

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TERROR

Original Title: Pigua, פיגואה
Director
: Yonatan Shehoah
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles
Running Time: 8m
Year: 2018
Genre: Narrative Short
About the Short: Suffering from PTSD after being wounded in a terrorist attack, a butcher finds himself thrown together with his Arab co-workers when multiple terror attacks hit Jerusalem again.

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LOST AND FOUND

Director: Ofer Winter, Shimon Engel 
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles 
Running Time: 4m
Year: 2019
Genre: Animated Short
About the Short: A young boy gets lost in a busy shopping mall, foreshadowing the story of his falling as a soldier in the Israel-Lebanon War of 1982.

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HOW TO SWIM

Original Title: Ech Leschot, לשוט אני
Director: Ofer Winter, Shimon Engel 
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles 
Running Time: 4m
Year: 2018
Genre: Narrative Short 
About the Short: Abigail is very pregnant, but something is missing. Terrified about the imminent birth, she kidnaps an unsuspecting stranger to comfort her for one afternoon.

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BUTTERFLIES

Original Title: Parparim, פרפרים
Director: Yona Rozenkier 
Country: France, Israel 
Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles
Running Time: 8m
Year: 2019
Genre: Narrative Short
About the Short: A family from an Israeli kibbutz takes their ailing patriarch on an impromptu ride, maybe his last, on a lazy Sunday in this warm and moving snapshot of the natural phenomenon and the ephemerality of memory.

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