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Sunday, August 1, 3pm, Little Theatre
CAMERA OBSCURA
Director: Maria Victoria Menis, Argentina/France, 2008, 85 min., Spanish/Yiddish w/ subtitles, Narrative
Illuminating questions of beauty and self-image through a feminine lens, Camera Obscura is the enchanting and inventive story of a homely woman who recedes into obscurity among a colony of Argentine Jewish immigrants. Born on the docks of a Buenos Aires harbor at the end of the 19th century and rejected by her mother, Gertrudis escapes her ugly duckling adolescence through flights of fancy. Eventually married off to an older, wealthy Jewish rancher and raising a loving family, she appears to have found happiness. When a worldly French portrait photographer is invited to take a family portrait, his surrealist visions reveal the camera-shy Gertrudis in a new light. Artfully blending live action, animation and still photography, Camera Obscura is a lyrical, inventive film from Argentine director Maria Victoria Menis, who has you rooting for Gertrudis from the start.

Nominated for 8 Argentine Film Critics Association Awards, including Best Film.

JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival

JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, August 1, 6pm, Little Theatre
FOR MY FATHER (Sof Shavua B'Tel Aviv)
Director: Dror Zahavi, Israel, 2007, 102 min., Hebrew/Arabic w/ subtitles, Narrative
Tarek, a young Palestinian sent on a suicide mission inside Israel to redeem his family's honor, is given a second chance when the bomb's switch fails to detonate on his explosive vest. Stranded in Tel Aviv for 48 hours as repairs are being made, Tarek develops deep and profound connections with three Israelis. Among them is beautiful Keren who is estranged from her Orthodox family. An unlikely love between born enemies blooms by weekend's end when Tarek must make the decision of his life.

Nominated for seven Israeli Academy Awards.
Warning: Mature Content
"Transcendent!...the most powerful and moving film I can ever remember seeing." The Huffington Post

JCC Rochester Film Festival

JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, August 1, 8:30pm, Little Theatre
PROTECTOR (Protektor)
Director: Marek Najbrt, Czech Republic/Germany, 2009, 100 min., Czech w/ subtitles, Narrative
The Czech Republic's official entry for 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Protektor is a sexy, stylish psycho-thriller about a Prague journalist and his part-Jewish wife Hana, (Jana Plodková), a famous film star, whose lives are ravaged by the outbreak of WWII and Nazi Germany's occupation of Czechoslovakia. Hana's Jewish heritage precipitates her fall from the height of her career to the bottom of the social ladder. Conditions worsen as restrictions on Jews are systematically increased. An assassination and a chance encounter on a bicycle bring their malingering marriage to a crisis. The retro noir style, evocative of 1930s cinema, is enhanced by gorgeous period design and an avant-garde score.

Winner, Best Picture, Czech Lions Award
Warning: Sexual content/Nudity
Generously underwritten by HARTER SECREST

JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival

JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival
(no English subtitles)