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Jewish Film Festival: Manchester, November 2014

Cornerhouse

Sun 9 Nov 4pm Sturgeon Queens + Q&A tbc

USA 2014 | Dir Julie Cohen | 50 mins | UK PREMIERE

Irresistible portrait of the famed New York Lower East Side lox and herring emporium, Russ And Daughters, 100 years old this year, and embarking on its first in-house diner!

Featuring two of the original daughters for whom the store was named, now 100 and 92 years old, and interviews by prominent enthusiasts including actress Maggie Gyllenhaal and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bade Ginsburg, this is a celebration of New York Jewish cuisine at its tastiest! 

Tue 18 November 6.30pm

Bethlehem +Q&A with lead actor Tsahi Halevi
Israel/ Belgium/France 2013 | Dir Yuval Adler | 99 mins

‘Tightly wound clock-ticking thriller’ Variety Venice Film Festival winner. A Cain and Abel-like relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant plays out to devastating effect.

 

Cineworld Parrs Wood

Opening Night Gala
Thurs 6th Nov 8.30pm
The Art Dealer

France 2014 | Dir. Francois Margolin | approx 90 mins

A stylish and compelling Parisian drama in the form of a modern day detective story, which takes on the sensitive issue of art stolen during the Second World War. The plucky and inevitably beautiful young journalist, Esther Stegman, uncovers a web of betrayal and complicity as she investigates a story that has been carefully buried for decades by those closest to her. Director Francois Margolin lends the lightest of touches to this dark story, with sumptuous and beautifully shot backdrops of Paris and ravishing music to match.

Sat 8th Nov 8.30pm
24 Days

France 2014 | Dir Alexandre Arcady | 110 mins

”A white-knuckle dramatization” Hollywood Reporter Sticking dangerously close to the real-life incident that inspired it, 24 Days (24 Jours: La Verite sur l’affaire Ilan Halimi) offers up a white-knuckle dramatization of the nearly month-long kidnapping and torture of 23-year-old Ilan Halimi, whose traumatic ordeal at the hands of the “Gang of Barbarians” prompted a massive police manhunt and, eventually, a national outcry against anti-Semitism in France. A powerful and timely film by one of France’s most celebrated filmmakers.

Thurs 13th Nov 8pm
Above and Beyond

USA 2014 | Dir Roberta Grossman | 90 mins (approx)

In 1948, a group of World War II pilots volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of “Machal” – volunteers from abroad – this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth; they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force. Above And Beyond is their story.

Sat 15th Nov 8.30pm
Magic Men

Israel 2013 | Dirs Guy Nattiv, Erez Tadmor | 100 mins

The memory of the Holocaust, a journey in search of family origins, a religious conversion, Greece and its beautiful scenery, rap music, magic, a bit of Zorba, a Greek whore with a heart of gold – all of these meet in “Magic Men” and blend into a work whose every scene will fill us with emotion. Profound and, at times, comic, this is a father and son drama that fuses Hassidic rap, magic tricks and sexual favours - on a road trip from Israel to Greece.

Sun 16th Nov 4.30pm
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films

Israel/ USA 2014 | Dir Hilla Medalia | 86 mins

Dazzling Cannes documentary about Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yorum Globus, who arrived in Hollywood in the early 1980s and changed the movie world forever with their infamous Cannon Films. Hiring everyone from Sylvester Stallone to Norman Mailer, Cannon Films quickly became the biggest independent film company.Their epic climb was followed by an epic fall. The film features extraordinary vintage Go-Go footage.

Thurs 20th Nov 7.30pm
Friends from France

France 2013 | Anne Weil &Philippe Kotlarski | 101 mins

Set in the USSR in 1979, the film follows a young engaged couple on a vacation to Odessa. Or at least that is their cover story. In fact they are Jewish cousins, on a secret mission to help ‘refuseniks’, Jews persecuted by the Soviet regime for wanting to leave the country. Together they explore the dangerous world of Breshnev’s Russia, where it’s dangerous to trust anyone. More than a glimpse into a troubling and overlooked place and time, Friends from France also develops into a love story that takes a detour into unexpected territory. A hit at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Sun 23rd Nov 7pm
Kidon

Israel 2013 | Dir Emmanuel Naccache | 97 mins | Cast: Bar Rafaeli, Sasson Gabai

Comedy thriller starring a who’s who of actors including Bar Rafaeli and Sasson Gabai. The assassination of a Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in 2010 was blamed on Mossad, but was the agency framed by a group of small-time criminals? That is the premise of this fast-moving spy caper.

Menorah Synagogue

Tue 11th Nov
Hanna’s Journey

Germany/Israel 2013 I dir Julia von Heinz I 100 mins

Unexpected romantic complications arise when a young German student, Hanna, travels to Israel to further her career. When an Israeli colleague starts goading her with Holocaust jokes and cynical comments on German history, tensions rise but so do romantic interests…. Based on the Theresa Bäuerlein novel, Hanna’s Journey is a provocative and engaging examination of the after-effects of the Holocaust on third-generation Germans and Israelis. It also features beautiful camerawork by award-winning cinematographer Daniela Knapp, who contrasts the hot, chaotic bustle of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem with the wintry symmetry of Berlin.

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