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Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival 2021

The Adventures of Saul Bellow

Dir.: Asaf Galay
| 83 minutes

The winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, three National Book Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, Saul Bellow transformed modern literature. He illuminated twentieth-century American life through philosophical depth and a wild sense of humor. The Adventures of Saul Bellow is the first-ever documentary about him.

Alegría

Dir.: Violeta Salama
| 119 minutes

Alegría’s life takes a radical turn when she finds out that her orthodox Jewish brother wants his daughter’s wedding to take place in Melilla. With some help, she will explore her own roots while helping her niece find herself as a woman in a very conservative male environment. 

As Is

Dir.: Ariel Talpalar
| 76 minutes

March 2020. COVID-19 is at its peak. The ultra-Orthodox Sasson family live in a tiny apartment in Safed and find themselves in unchartered territory. The new imposed reality threatens Gili’s core values, testing his relationship his family, his faith, and the continuation of life itself.

Black Book

Dir.: Guillaume Ribot
| 92 minutes

The Black Book, drafted during World War II, gathered unique historical testimonies, in an effort to document Nazi crimes against Jews in the USSR. This documentary provides a detailed account of the book’s tragic destiny shedding new light upon the Holocaust and Stalinism.  

Charlotte

Dir.: Eric Warin, Tahir Rana
| 92 minutes

An animated drama that tells the true story of artist Charlotte Salomon. Fiercely imaginative and deeply gifted, she dreams of becoming an artist and embarks on the monumental adventure of painting her life story and creating a timeless masterpiece.

Displaced

Dir.: Sharon Ryba-Kahn
| 87 minutes

Sharon, a third generation Shoah survivor, has always had a conflicted relationship with Germany. When her estranged father Moritz contacts her again after seven years, it becomes an impetus for her to reconstruct her father’s family history. 

Evolution

Dir.: Kornel Mundruczo
| 97 minutes

Acclaimed filmmaking team Kornél Mundruczó and Kata Wéber (Pieces of a Woman) present a powerful drama tracing three generations of a Jewish family - told in three parts - unable to process their past in a society still coping with the wounds of its history. 

Gainsbourg, toute une vie

Dir.: Stéphane Benhamou, Sylvain Bergère
| 72 minutes

Through the unpublished accounts of his close family, including insightful interviews with Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg, as well as exceptional archival materials, this film offers a sensitive and intimate portrait of the inimitable artist and invites us to discover Serge Gainsbourg as he truly was.

Game Changers

Dir.: Noam Sobovitz
| 56 minutes

How did a football match between enemies become a turning point in history? 25 years after the Holocaust, against insurmountable emotional and political barriers and threats of terror, Israel national team and German Borussia Munchegladbach met in a match whose importance marked the beginning of the normalization between Israel and Germany. 

Jews for Sale

Dir.: Radu Gabrea
| 71 minutes

Based on documents and astonishing testimonials, this film reveals the incredible story of sale of the Jews of Romania to the State of Israel, from WW2 until 1989, reaching its climax during the reign of Nicoale Ceauşescu. Conversation and Film Screening

The Lehman Trilogy

Dir.: Sam Mendes
| 230 minutes

The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening. Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons, and grandsons. This critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play was filmed live in London’s West End in 2019.

Lies My Father Told Me

Dir.: Ján Kadár
| 102 minutes

Set in Montreal’s Jewish ghetto in the 1920s, Lies My Father Told Me is a nostalgic portrait of Canadian immigrant life. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ján Kadár, the film hinges on the relationship between a boy and his grandfather. Presented in a beautifully restored new digital copy.

The Meaning of Hitler

Dir.: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
| 93 minutes

Using the eponymous 1978 bestseller by Sebastian Haffner as its frame, The Meaning of Hitler is a provocative interrogation of our culture’s fascination with Hitler and Nazism set against the backdrop of the current rise of white supremacy, the normalization of antisemitism, and the weaponization of history. 

Paul Newman, Behind Blue Eyes

Dir.: Pierre François-Gaudry
| 52 minutes

His beauty, intelligence, and of course, color of his eyes, followed Paul Newman throughout his life. Annoyed by incessant references to his physique, the actor consistently challenged Hollywood, taking on serious roles in political and civic discourse. 

Persian Lessons

Dir.: Vadim Perelman
| 128 minutes

A young Belgian, is arrested by the SS alongside other Jews and sent to a concentration camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian. This lie temporarily saves him, but then he is assigned a seemingly untenable mission....

Rabbi Maak (May God Be with You)

Dir.: Cléo Cohen
| 80 minutes

“I often wonder whether I have to choose between being French, Jewish, or Arab. I visit my four grandparents, Jews from Algeria and Tunisia. I want to discuss the meaning of these seemingly contradictory legacies.” A deeply personal gaze upon colonialism, antisemitism, and Jewish Arab identity.

A Radiant Girl

Dir.: Sandrine Kiberlain
| 98 minutes

Paris, summer 1942. Irene is a young, bubbly, 19-year-old Jewish girl, living her youthful life without a care in the world. Nothing can break her spirit, not even the growing threat that the Nazi occupation, but she does not know that time may be running out.

Rashbi’s Secret

Dir.: Shirly Chechik
| 73 minutes

Many of us are not familiar with the site of the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yohai in Meiron, and do not understand the essence of the faith that causes hundreds of thousands of people to visit the tomb every year. Rashbi’s Secret presents a poetic and intimate reflection of this special place.

The Red Star

Dir.: Gabriel Lichtmann
| 72 minutes

Laila Salama is a mystery. Daughter of an MI6 spy, Rommel's lover, she took part in the operation to capture Adolf Eichmann in Argentina, she was also the perfect wife and mother. While putting the puzzle together, Gabriel Lichtmann uncovers a secret which has remained hidden for years.

Rose

Dir.: Aurélie Saada
| 102 minutes

After dedicating her life to her family, 78-year-old Rose suddenly finds herself alone, dethroned as the matriarch of a tribe which no longer seems to need her. A poetic and highly personal portrait of a woman who decides to take control of her own destiny.