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FILMS & SCHEDULE                                July 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 31    August 1 | 2  View entire schedule »

OPENING DAY
Sunday, July 25, 2pm, Dryden Theatre
SURRENDER
Director: Edward Sloman, US, 1927, 77 min., Silent, Narrative
After a marvelous reception in 2009 with the silent film His People, RJFF is pleased to offer another delightful silent film with live piano accompaniment by...    more »

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Sunday, July 25, 4:30pm, Dryden Theatre
MARY AND MAX
Director: Adam Elliot, Australia, 2009, 92 min., English, Narrative
The opening night selection of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Mary and Max is a clayography feature film from Academy Award® winning writer/director Adam ...    more »

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OPENING NIGHT
Sunday, July 25, 7:30pm, Dryden Theatre
A MATTER OF SIZE (Sippur Gadol)
Directors: Erez Tadmor, Sharon Maymon, France/Germany/Israel, 2009, 90 min., Hebrew /Japanese w/ subtitles, Narrative
A Matter of Size is the hit Israeli comedy that has been playing to packed houses and rapturous laughter at... more »

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Monday, July 26, 6:15pm, Little Theatre
SAVIORS IN THE NIGHT (Unter Bauerm)
Director: Ludi Boeken, Germany, 2009, 95 min., German/French/English w/ subtitles, Narrative
The riveting, real-life drama of a Jewish family who found refuge with Westphalian farmers during WWII, Saviors in the Night is a powerful, ...    more »

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Monday, July 26, 9pm, Little Theatre
EYES WIDE OPEN (Einaym Pkuhot)
Director: Haim Tabakman, France/Germany/Israel, 2009, 91 min., Hebrew/Yiddish with subtitles, Narrative
Aaron (stage veteran Zohar Strauss), a respected butcher and a family man in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem, leads a conservative life of community State...    more »

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Tuesday, July 27, 2pm, JCC Hart Theatre
KILLING KASZTNER: The Jew Who Dealt with the Nazis
Director: Gaylen Ross, US, 2008, 120 min., English/Hebrew w/ subtitles, Documentary
True stories rarely contain a historic mystery, a courtroom drama, a political murder and a family saga, but all can be found in the documentary Killing ...    more »

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Tuesday, July 27, 6:30pm, Little Theatre
NORA'S WILL (Cinco Dias Sin Nora)
Director: Mariana Chenillo, Mexico, 90 min., Spanish w/ English subtitles, Narrative
Nora had a plan. It would bring her grumpy ex-husband José and the rest of their dysfunctional family together for a magnificent Passover feast. But there is a ...    more »

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Tuesday, July 27, 9pm, Little Theatre
THE BEETLE (Ha'chipusheet)
Director: Yishai Orian, Israel, 2008, 70 min., English/Hebrew/Arabic w/ subtitles, Documentary
Director Yishai Orian's wife, pregnant with their first child, insists he scrap his beloved VW Beetle for a safe family car. Yishai's comic struggles...    more »

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PRECEEDED BY:
GEFILTE FISH
Director: Shelly Kling, Israel, 2008, 10 min., Hebrew w/ subtitles, Short Narrative
Three generations of women share personal methods of making gefilte fish and, in the process,their opinions of tradition and its role in contemporary society....    more »

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Wednesday, July 28, 6:15pm, Little Theatre
ANITA
Director: Marcos Carnevale, Argentina, 2009, 104 min., Spanish w/ subtitles, Narrative
Renowned filmmaker Marcos Carnevale tells the story of a terrorist bombing in Buenos Aires that upends the life of a girl with Down syndrome and propels her...    more »

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Wednesday, July 28, 9pm, Little Theatre
ZRUBAVEL
Director: Shmuel Beru, Israel/US, 2008, 72 min., Hebrew/Amharic w/ subtitles, Narrative
A family of Ethiopian émigrés is torn between love for their homeland and assimilation within Israeli culture in Zrubavel, the first feature-length film ...    more »

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PRECEEDED BY:
PINCHAS
Director: Pini Tagver, Israel, 2008, 30 min., Hebrew/Russian w/ subtitles, Narrative
Nine-year-old Pinchas lives in poverty and loneliness with his Russian immigrant mother, who works the night shift and sleeps during the day. When the boy is...    more »

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Thursday, July 29, 2pm, JCC Hart Theatre
ELI & BEN
Director: Ori Ravid, Israel, 2009, 91 min., Hebrew w/ subtitles, Narrative
An Israeli boy wrestles with real-life ethical dilemmas and his love for his father in Eli & Ben, a bittersweet coming-of-age drama that will win the ...    more »

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Thursday, July 29, 6:15pm, Little Theatre
BERLIN '36
Director: Kaspar Heidelbach, Germany, 2009, 100 min., German w/ subtitles
nspired by the true story of Jewish high jumper Gretel Bergmann, Berlin '36 replays a remarkable piece of forgotten Olympic history. Bergmann (award-winning ...    more »

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PRECEEDED BY:
TOYLAND (Spielzeugland)
Director: Jochen Alexander Freydank, Germany, 2009, 14 min., German w/ subtitles, Short Narrative
To shield her son from the horrors of the Holocaust, a mother tries to make him believe that their Jewish neighbors are going on a journey...    more »

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Thursday, July 29, 9pm, Little Theatre
THE LONERS (Ha'Bodedim)
Director: Renen Schorr, Israel, 2009, 92 min., Hebrew/Russian w/ subtitles, Narrative
Inspired by true events that took place in an Israeli military prison in 1997, The Loners tells of two Russian-speaking immigrants who serve in the army and...    more »

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Saturday, July 31, 6:30pm, Dryden Theatre
WHO DO YOU LOVE
Director: Jerry Zacks, US, 2008, 90 min., Narrative
The Chess brothers changed the face of modern music by popularizing such extraordinary blues and rock talents as Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley....    more »

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Saturday, July 31, 9pm, Dryden Theatre
AJAMI
Director: Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, Israel, 2009, 120 min., Hebrew/Arabic w/ subtitles, Narrative
Co-directed by a Palestinian and an Israeli, the powerful crime drama Ajami is set on the streets of Jaffa's Ajami neighborhood, a melting pot of cultures and...    more »

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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...    more »

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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...    more »

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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...    more »

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CLOSING NIGHT
Monday, August 2, 7pm, Dryden Theatre (A Special Advance Screening)
THE KLEZMATICS: On Holy Ground
Director: Erik Greenberg Anjou, US, 2010, 108 min., Documentary
For more than 20 years the Klezmatics have been at the vanguard of the international klezmer revival. The Grammy Award-winning group's innovative, lower Manhattan sensibilities...    more »

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Friday, October 15 (Limited 1 or 2 week run.)
A FILM UNFINISHED
Director: Yael Hersonski, Germany/Israel, 2009, 87 min., German/Hebrew/Polish/Yiddish w/ English subtitles, Documentary
At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film, having sat undisturbed in an East German archive...  more »

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