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VIRTUAL STREAMING WINDOW: June 20, 7:00 pm through June 22, 7:00 pm (48 hours) https://mcusercontent.com/1d64cbcae222199003c4b87f8/images/e90f241a-f59d-4162-bf60-2cb2ddbe4d9f.jpg

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.


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.

crescendo poster

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)

 Sponsors:

VIRTUAL STREAMING WINDOW: June 25, 8:30 pm  through June 27, 8:30 pm (48 hours)https://mcusercontent.com/1d64cbcae222199003c4b87f8/images/e90f241a-f59d-4162-bf60-2cb2ddbe4d9f.jpg

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.

incitement poster

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

VIRTUAL STREAMING WINDOW: June 24, 7:00 pm through June 26, 7:00 pm (48 hours)https://mcusercontent.com/1d64cbcae222199003c4b87f8/images/e90f241a-f59d-4162-bf60-2cb2ddbe4d9f.jpg

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.

leona poster

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

VIRTUAL STREAMING WINDOW: June 27, 7:00 pm through June 29, 7:00 pm (48 hours)https://mcusercontent.com/1d64cbcae222199003c4b87f8/images/e90f241a-f59d-4162-bf60-2cb2ddbe4d9f.jpg

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).

the keeper poster

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)

 Sponsors:

VIRTUAL STREAMING WINDOW: June 30, 8:30 pm through July 2, 8:30 pm (48 hours) https://mcusercontent.com/1d64cbcae222199003c4b87f8/images/e90f241a-f59d-4162-bf60-2cb2ddbe4d9f.jpg

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.

Special Event (via Zoom)

VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR: Cocktail-Making + Conversation,  Thurs, July 2 at 5pm

Belly up to the festival's virtual bar (a.k.a. your home bar) with Brooklyn mixologist Aaron Goldfarb and author of Gather Around Cocktails. Aaron will teach Zoom participants how to make tonight's signature "Silver Shalom" cocktail for our "it's 5 pm in Seattle" sendoff. Aaron will answer questions and talk about "Jewish spirits." Gather 'round for a conversation + cocktail making, before watching our final film feelin' good!

SILVER SHALOM COCKTAIL RECIPE (a.k.a. G-d's Last Word)
A take-off on The Last Word, a gin-based cocktail popularized in modern times at Seattle's Zig Zag Cafe, this variant swaps in Aperol instead of Maraschino liqueur.

3/4 ounce gin (the Seattle-based Big Gin is a good option)
3/4 ounce green Chartreuse
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
3/4 ounce Aperol (feel free to use any red bitter liqueur you prefer)

Add ingredients to shaker with ice. Shake and strain into chilled couple or cocktail glass. No garnish.

Aaron Goldfarb Portrait web Aaron Goldfarb's most recent book is Gather Around Cocktails:  Drinks to Celebrate Usual and Unusual Holidays, featuring cocktail recipes for Jewish holidays such as Hanukkah, Purim, and Passover. His 2018 book Hacking Whiskey:  Smoking, Blending, Fat-Washing, and Other Whiskey Experiments was a Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards finalist. He has written 3 novels, a short story collection, and a book of essays. He lives in Brooklyn with his family and writes for Esquire, PUNCH, VinePair, and Whisky Advocate among others. 

 


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).

shalom taiwan poster

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 

NOW STREAMING! June 21, 7pm - June 23, 7pm (48 hr viewing window)

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. 

those who remained poster

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

 Sponsors:

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