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About The Film

A robbery gone wrong sends two men down drastically different paths. Shaul, recently released from prison, winds up in wartorn Southern Israel, and does not get the welcome home he expected. While his ex-partner, Nissan, a newly Orthodox rabbi, seeks absolution for his tremendous guilt during the Ten Days of Atonement between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The popular comedy writer/performers Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon (MAKTUB, Opening Night SJFF 2018) can now add feature-film directing to their credits with this zany, crime-caper, buddy comedy set in the south of Israel near the Gaza border.


Director Bio

Co-director/writers/actors Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon are passionate and prolific storytellers. In the last 10 years together, they wrote over 280 television episodes for seven Israeli TV series as co-creators, co-writers, and co-stars. The collaborators are best known for ASFUR, SCARRED, and the Israeli blockbuster MAKTUB (SJFF 2017 Opening Night Film). Amir also appeared in Steven Spielberg's MUNICH (2005).

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Film Details:

Original Title: (Mechila מחילה)
Director
: Guy Amir, Hanan Savyon
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew
Running Time: 104m
Year: 2019
Genre: Drama/Comedy

Subjects:

  • Crime Drama
  • Atonement
  • High Holidays
  • Forgiveness
  • Regret

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About The Film

Fresh off their El Al flight from the Soviet Union in 1990, Victor and Raya Frenkel try to navigate life, love, and making a living in their new home of Israel. With decades of experience as Russia's premier film-dubbing artists, the Frenkels must find new, creative, and quirky outlets for their highly specific talents. Their fish-out-of-water journey of survival and belonging overflows with heartache, hope, and humor.


Director Bio

Evgeny Ruman was born in the USSR in 1979, and immigrated to Israel at age 11. A graduate of the Tel Aviv University School of Film, he created the 50-episode daily drama series Between the Lines, the first Israeli television series in Russian. His first full-length feature IGOR AND THE CRANES' JOURNEY premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, won Honorary Mention at the Haifa Festival, Best Director at the Minsk Festival, and the Jury's Award at the Chicago Children's Film Festival. His second film THE MAN IN THE WALL premiered at the 2015 Rotterdam International Film Festival and was nominated for several Ophir Awards and premiered at the Jerusalem Festival. Ruman has also edited several films, including FIVE HOURS IN PARIS, directed by Leon Prodovsky, winner of the 2009 Haifa Festival, and PUTIN'S OLYMPICS, a documentary directed by Alex Gentlev, which won the German "Emmy" award in 2014.

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Film Details:

Original Title: Kolot Reka'a 
Director: Evgeny Ruman
Country: Israel
Language: Russian, Hebrew w/English subtitles
Running Time: 88m
Year: 2019
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Subjects:

  • Immigration
  • Russians in Israel
  • Relationships
  • Romance

Rating/Warning: PG-13 (language)

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About The Film

Converting to Judaism isn't something to be taken lightly—but that doesn't mean it can't be funny. This winsome and surprisingly tender documentary follows comedian H. Alan Scott through his stumbling but sincere adult bar mitzvah preparations. Raised Mormon, Scott came out as gay, became a stand-up comedian in New York, and survived cancer. Along the way, he gravitated to Judaism and eventually converted. Now, at age 34, he is planning an epic Golden Girls-themed celebration—and trying to figure out his place in the world. With a charming charismatic twinkle, and droll self-deprecation, Scott seeks counsel from his rabbi in Los Angeles, ex-LDS Jewish converts in New York, and his family back in Missouri. Interviews with prominent Jewish comedians like Judy Gold, clips from his stand-up gigs, and a trip to Israel for Tel Aviv Pride augment the inherent humor of a novel spiritual journey in this sincere, frank, and very funny inquiry into the complexities of chosen identity.

Special Event: Closing Comedy + Reception

An evening of stand-up, cinema, and champagne. Comedian H. Alan Scott appears onstage then on screen. Scott will perform a stand-up set and do Q&A, followed by a Closing Night Silver Sendoff toast and reception.


Special Guest:

Scott guest  H. Alan Scott is a writer/comedian/producer and tonight's film subject. His work has been published on VICE, Fusion, Esquire, Newsweek, Nerdist, MTV, and OUT. He's contributed to Jim Henson's No, You Shut Up on Fusion, TV Land's Younger, and BBC's Danger Mouse. He co-hosts the "Out on the Lanai: The Golden Girls Podcast"; and "You're Making it Worse" on Dan Harmon's Starburns Audio Network. He's appeared on MTV, Fusion, CNN, ABC, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Ellen. IMDB

Director Bio

Aliza Rosen is a Los Angeles-based television and film producer and director known for co-creating and producing the investigative docuseries THE CASE OF: JONBENET RAMSEY (2016) and THE CASE OF CAYLEE ANTHONY (2018).

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Film Details:

Director: Aliza Rosen
Country: USA
Language: English
Running Time: 85m
Year: 2019
Genre: Documentary
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Subjects:

  • Religion
  • Mormon
  • Conversion
  • Comedy/Humor
  • Family- Relationships
  • LGBTQ
  • Jewish Journey

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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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EVER AGAIN? 

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