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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 Rochester's own Philip Carli. One of the few American silent feature films to deal with life in a European shtetl, Surrender is filled with details of village life and Jewish customs. Based on the book "Lea Lyon" by Alexander Brody, the film's story unfolds on the eve of WWI in an Austrian village where the Chief Rabbi's daughter Lea, encounters Prince Constantine, a Russian officer. Lea's passion for the Prince and her concern for the lives of the villagers conflict with her father's views. In this plot-twisting melodrama about political and personal passions, it can be hard to separate the heros from the traitors.

Generously underwritten by Debby and Elliot Landsman.
Live piano accompaniment by Philip Carli.

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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 Elliot featuring the voice talents of Toni Collette (Mary) and Rochester's own Philip Seymour Hoffman (Max). Spanning 20 years and two continents, Mary and Max explores the relationship of an unusual set of pen-pals, Mary Dinkle a chubby, lonely 8 year-old living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, and Max Horovitz an obese, 44 year-old Jewish man living with Asperger syndrome in the chaos of New York City. As Mary and Max chronicles Mary's trip from adolescence to adulthood, and Max's passage from middle to old age, it explores a bond that survives much more than the ups and downs of an average friendship. Winner of the Crystal Bear, Berlin International Film Festival 2009.

Community Partner: Reel Mind Film Festival
Generously underwritten by Marcia and Gary Stern.

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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 film festivals around the world. Nominated for 13 Israeli Academy Awards including Best Picture, the film is "ludicrously funny" (Variety) and "hilarious" (MTV). With echoes of The Full Monty in both its blue-collar setting and its themes, A Matter of Size is a tender and funny look at an overweight chef and his three friends from the small Israeli city of Ramle as they abandon their weight-loss group and decide instead to pursue sumo wrestling. The result is a simultaneously sweet, funny, touching and relatable story of self-acceptance and determination. A feel-good favorite of the festival circuit, A Matter of Size has already been picked up for a Hollywood remake by the Weinstein brothers.

Generously underwritten by Friendlys.
Film followed by the 10th Anniversary Opening Night Party with Friendly's ice cream for all!
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