New York Jewish Film Festival 2014

January 8 - 23, 2014

2014′s edition of the New York Jewish Film Festival includes world, U.S., and New York premieres of films from around the globe, plus a number of “beyond the screen” programs including a symposium, a master class, and exhibitions of the posters and title sequences of the great Saul Bass.

The New York Jewish Film Festival is a preeminent showcase for world cinema exploring the Jewish experience, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Jewish Museum. 2014′s edition includes world, U.S., and New York premieres of films from around the globe, plus a number of “beyond the screen” programs including a symposium, a master class, and exhibitions of the posters and title sequences of the great Saul Bass.

The 2014 New York Jewish Film Festival was selected by Rachel Chanoff, Independent Curator; Marcela Goglio, Programming Associate, Film Society of Lincoln Center; Jaron Gandelman, Curatorial Assistant for Media, the Jewish Museum and Coordinator, The New York Jewish Film Festival; Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, the Jewish Museum and Curator for Special Programs, The New York Jewish Film Festival; Dennis Lim, Director of Cinematheque Programming, Film Society of Lincoln Center; and Aviva Weintraub, Associate Curator, the Jewish Museum and Director, The New York Jewish Film Festival.

Nicola Galliner, Berlin JFF; Stuart Hands, Toronto JFF; Eliza Heitzman, Intern; Annette Insdorf, Columbia University; Judy Ironside, UK Jewish Film; Marlene Josephs, Volunteer; Aviva Kempner; Lexi Leban, Jay Rosenblatt, Owen Levin, San Francisco JFF; Linda Lipson, Volunteer; Ira Resnick, Motion Picture Arts Gallery; Sharon Rivo, Lisa Rivo, National Center for Jewish Film; Ilya Tovbis, Washington JFF; Isaac Zablocki, JCC in Manhattan.
The New York Jewish Film Festival is made possible by the Martin and Doris Payson Fund for Film and Media. Major support is provided through public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; The Liman Foundation; and Mimi and Barry Alperin. Additional support is provided by the Polish Cultural Institute New York; and the Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York.

Films and Special Programs

Explore films and programs:

Ain't Misbehavin' (Un Voyageur)

Marcel Ophüls | 2013 | 106 mins

U.S. Premiere

Wed, Jan 08 | 12:30 PM
Wed, Jan 08 | 6 PM

Marcel Ophüls returns to filmmaking with this personal stroll through cinema history, touching on his own work and that of his father, the great Max Ophüls, who fled to Hollywood following the Nazis’ rise to power.

Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came to Dingle

Maurice Linnane | 2012 | UK | 59 minutes

Tue, Jan 14 | 3 PM
Wed, Jan 15 | 6 PM

This charming and unexpected snapshot of singer Amy Winehouse shows her unplugged set at a tiny church in a remote Irish town and a relaxed chat with the late singer about her music and influences.

Ana Arabia

Amos Gitai | 2013 Israel/France | Hebrew & Arabic with English subtitles | 81 minutes

NYC Premiere

Sat, Jan 18 | 9:20 PM
Mon, Jan 20 | 8:15 PM

Filmed in one virtuosic sequence shot, the latest from acclaimed director Amos Gitai depicts a small community of Jews and Arabs living together near Jaffa in a forgotten enclave surrounded by mass public housing.

Anatomy of a Murder

Otto Preminger | 1959 | 160 mins

Sun, Jan 12 | 9 PM

Michigan small-town prosecutor turned lackadaisical attorney Paul Biegler (James Stewart) defends Lieutenant Manion (Ben Gazzara), jailed for killing his wife's assailant. Biegler enters an insanity defense, and claims Manion’s wife Laura (Lee Remick) was raped by an innkeeper and that Manion had lost all memory of the event. In one of the first Hollywood films to address sex and rape in graphic terms, and one of the liveliest courtroom dramas ever made, Stewart delivers a stirring performance. Based on the novel by the Robert Traver with a musical score by composer Duke Ellington.

Before the Revolution

Dan Shadur | 2013 Israel | Hebrew with English subtitles | 60 minutes

New York Premiere

Mon, Jan 20 | 6 PM
Tue, Jan 21 | 3 PM

Before the Revolution explores the special relationship Tehran’s Israeli community had with the Shah’s dictatorship before their “Iranian Paradise” turned into hell.


Yuval Adler | 2013 Israel | Hebrew with English subtitles | 100 minutes

Sneak Preview!

Sun, Jan 12 | 6:15 PM
Mon, Jan 13 | 12:30 PM

Israel’s submission for the Foreign Language Oscar tells the story of the unlikely bond between Razi, an Israeli secret service officer, and Sanfur, a teenage Palestinian informant.

Cupcakes (Bananot)

Bananot | Eytan Fox | 2013 Israel | Hebrew, French & English with English subtitles | 90 minutes

Unfortunately, director Eytan Fox will no longer attend the January 13 screening.

Mon, Jan 13 | 3:15 PM
Thu, Jan 16 | 8:30 PM

A motley group of friends in 1970s Tel Aviv write a song to cheer up one of their ranks and find themselves on an unexpected trip when it is secretly submitted as Israel’s entry to a Eurovision-style contest.


Otto Preminger | 1960 USA | 208 minutes

Sun, Jan 19 | 8:15 PM

The epic film based on the celebrated Leon Uris novel stars Paul Newman as Ari Ben Canaan, who smuggles 600 Jewish refugees from the island of Cyprus to British Mandate Palestine aboard a stolen cargo vessel. Screening as part of "Focus on Otto Preminger."

First Lesson in Love

Tomer Werechson | Israel | 2012 | 8m

Tue, Jan 14 | 4 PM
Wed, Jan 15 | 7 PM

Worlds collide when a young girl meets a street musician at a Jerusalem train station.

For a Woman (Pour une Femme)

Diane Kurys | 2013 France | French with English subtitles | 110 minutes

U.S. Premiere!

Wed, Jan 15 | 12:30 PM
Sun, Jan 19 | 5:15 PM

Inspired by her own family history, Diane Kurys’s handsome drama moves between post-WWII France and the 1980s, where a novelist explores the past through recently-discovered letters and photos.

Friends from France (Les Interdits)

Anne Weil, Philippe Kotlarski | 2013 | French, English, Russian & Hebrew with English subtitles | 100 minutes

Opening Night & U.S. Premiere

Wed, Jan 08 | 3:15 PM
Wed, Jan 08 | 8:45 PM

Soko (Augustine, RDV ‘13) delivers a spellbinding performance in this story of French cousins in 1979 Odessa who spend their days seeing sights and their nights in the underground world of the refuseniks.

Guest Selects: Wim Wenders

Nir Bergman | 2002 Israel | Hebrew with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 82 M

Wed, Jan 15 | 8:15 PM

The debut feature from the writer of the hit Israeli TV show In Treatment is a sensitive drama about a family rendered dysfunctional by the sudden death of the husband and father. Screening as part of "Guest Selects: Wim Wenders."


Pawel Pawlikowski | 2013 | Poland | Polish with English subtitles | 80 minutes

Closing Night & New York Premiere

Thu, Jan 23 | 3:45 PM
Thu, Jan 23 | 9 PM

In this stunning black and white drama from Pawel Pawlikowski, an orphan brought up in a Polish convent makes a startling discovery when she visits her only living relative on the eve of taking her vows.

Lonely Planet

Edan Zeira | 2012 Israel/Russia | Hebrew & Russian with English subtitles | 86 minutes

Thu, Jan 09 | 1 PM
Thu, Jan 09 | 6 PM

A film crew embarks on a quest via trans-Siberian rail to find the legendary Mischka, who spent three years of his childhood hiding among wolves in the vast Belarus forests during WWII.


Joseph Green, Konrad Tom | 1938 Poland | Yiddish with English subtitles | 97 M

U.S. Premiere of Restored Version

Sun, Jan 12 | 3:15 PM

This early Yiddish “talkie” set in interwar Poland stars musical queen Molly Picon as mamele, a dutiful daughter with little time for herself until she discovers a handsome violinist across the courtyard.

Master Class: Amos Gitai

120 M

Sun, Jan 19 | 2 PM

Join us for an in-depth conversation on filmmaking with award-winning director Amos Gitai, whose new film, Ana Arabia, is included in the festival’s Main Slate, conducted by former Film Society Director of Programming Richard Peña.

New Israeli Shorts

Various | 2012 Israel | Hebrew with English subtitles | 87 minutes

Free Screening

Sat, Jan 18 | 6:30 PM

Four short films let us experience summertime romance in mid-winter. The selection includes First Days (dir. Ohad Regev, 2012, 15m), GentleDog (dir. David Shadi, 2012, 10m) Summer Vacation (dirs. Tal Granit & Sharon Maymon, 2012, 22m) and Aya (dirs. Mihal Brezis & Oded Binun, 2012, 40m), starring Sarah Adler.

Oded the Wanderer

Oded Hanoded | Chaim Halachmi | 1932 Palestine | Silent with Hebrew & English intertitles | 61 minutes

Live piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin!

Sun, Jan 19 | 12:30 PM

Two silent films, one the first feature made in pre-state Israel, the other a magnificent tidbit from pioneer filmmaker George Méliès, bring to screen the Wandering Jew of legend.

Paris, Texas

Wim Wenders | 1984 West Germany/France/UK/USA | Format: 35mm | 145 minutes

Tue, Jan 14 | 6 PM

This unique road movie follows the mysterious, uncommunicative drifter Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) as he emerges from the desert and tries to reconnect with his young son, his wife (Nastassja Kinski), and his own memory. Screening as part of "Guest Selects: Wim Wenders."

Phase IV

Saul Bass | 1974 USA | Format: 35mm + DCP (Ending) | 93 minutes

Midnight Movie

Sat, Jan 18 | 11:45 PM

Hyper-intelligent ants take over an Arizona farm town in Saul Bass’s only feature film—a visually striking curiosity that, originally a box office flop, garnered cult status a year after its release. Screening as part of "Looking at Saul Bass."

Professor Mamlock

Herbert Rappaport, Adolf Minkin | 1938 U.S.S.R. | Russian with English subtitles | 100 minutes

Free Screening

Mon, Jan 20 | 3 PM

One of the first films to directly tackle Nazi anti-Semitism, Professor Mamlock tells with brutal honesty the story of a Jewish doctor who becomes a victim of the Nazis’ rise to power in 1930s Germany.


Diana Groó | 2013 Hungary | 63 minutes

U.S. Premiere

Mon, Jan 13 | 6 PM
Wed, Jan 15 | 3:30 PM

Rachel Weisz narrates this artful archival footage documentary that brings to life the story of Regina Jonas, who, in 1935 Berlin, made history by becoming the first woman ordained as a rabbi.

Rita Jahan Foruz

Ayal Goldberg | 2013 Israel | Hebrew, Farsi & English with English subtitles | 75 minutes

New York Premiere

Thu, Jan 16 | 3:30 PM
Sun, Jan 19 | 3 PM

In the face of political tension, Persian-born Israeli superstar Rita Jahan Foruz records her first album in Farsi and receives a warm response that demonstrates music’s unique power to unify.

Rue Mandar (Where We Grew Up)

Idit Cébula | 2012 France | French with English subtitles | 95 minutes

New York Premiere!

Thu, Jan 23 | 1 PM
Thu, Jan 23 | 6:15 PM

Three siblings debate the fate of their childhood home after their mother’s death, causing memories, rivalries and insecurities to bubble to the surface, in this warm dramedy about family dysfunction.

Run Boy Run

Pepe Danquart | 2013 Germany/France/Poland | German and Polish with English subtitles | 100 minutes

U.S Premiere

Tue, Jan 14 | 9:30 PM

Run Boy Run tells the true story of a nine year old who escapes from the Warsaw ghetto in 1942 and learns to survive in the nearby woods until the end of the war. Screening as part of "Guest Selects: Wim Wenders."