The 4th Annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival begins this Sunday, April 23. The films are screening at Thalian Hall's Mainstage. Listen above to hear Peggy Pancoe Rossoff & Debbie Smith talk about the festival and some of the films. Individual tickets and Festival Passes are available online and at the door. Here is the schedule:
- Sunday, April 23, 3pm (Erev Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Memorial Day begins at sundown) Buffet reception follows film.
“DENIAL” (2016, USA, 110 min., DRAMA Starring Rachel Weisz, Director: Mick Jackson).
The true story of the legal battle waged in London by an American professor against a Holocaust-denier. The case became a trial of the reality of the Holocaust itself.
- Monday, April 24, 7pm Dessert reception follows films.
“FLORY’S FLAME” (2014, USA, 58 min. DOCUMENTARY Director: Curt Fissel)
A legendary ninety-year-old musician and Sephardic National Heritage Fellow, shares her powerful and inspiring life story. Playing with “A HEARTBEAT AWAY” (2016, Israel, Hebrew, Swahili, with English subtitles, 55 min. DOCUMENTARY Director: Tal Barda)
An Israeli pediatric cardiologist travels to Tanzania to perform life-saving operations in this riveting documentary about science, faith and tikkun olam.
- Tuesday, 25 April, 7pm Dessert reception follows film. “24 DAYS” (2014 France, French with English subtitles, 110 min., DRAMA Director: Alexandres Arcady)
The true story of the 2006 kidnapping of the son of an observant Jewish family in Paris. The film depicts the harrowing 24 days which follows with ransom demands and threats from the kidnappers. The film is an important and chilling (or use the word timely) commentary on growing anti-Semitism in France and in our contemporary world. Adult Content.
- Tuesday, May 2, 7pm Dessert reception follow film. “FEVER AT DAWN” (2015, Hungary, Hungarian with English subtitles, 110 min. DRAMA Director: Peter Gardos)
A true story. In 1945, after having been freed from a concentration camp, the 25-year-old Hungarian man, Miklós is being treated at a Swedish hospital. The doctors diagnose him with a severe lung disease and tell him that he has no more than six months to live. But he refuses to give up, wants to find a wife with whom he can start a new life, and sends letters to 117 Hungarian girls who are also being treated in Sweden. One of the girls is 19-year-old Lili, who likes Miklós's letter, and they start corresponding. Based on the novel: Fever at Dawn.
- Wednesday, May 3, 7pm Dessert reception follows film. “REMEMBER” (2015, Canada, 94 min, DRAMA, With Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau, Director: Atom Egoyan)
With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person responsible for the death of his family.
- Thursday, May 4, 7pm Dessert reception follows film.
“THE WOMEN’S BALCONY” (2016, Israel, Hebrew with English subtitles, 99 min COMEDY-DRAMA Director: Emil Ben-Shimon)
An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gendered rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.
- Sunday, May 7, 3pm Buffet reception by A Thyme Savor follows film.“PHOENIX” (2014, German, German with English subtitles, 98 min. DRAMA Director Christian Petzold)
A disfigured Holocaust survivor sets out to determine if the man she loved betrayed her trust.
- Monday, May 8, 7pm Dessert reception follows film.“FANNY’S JOURNEY” (2016, France/Belgium, French with English subtitles, 94 min. DRAMA, Director: Lola Doillon)
A true story. A resourceful young girl leads 11 orphans through Nazi-occupied France in this coming-of-age, family friendly drama bristling with suspense and poignancy. Based on Fanny Ben-Ami’s autobiographical novel.
- Tuesday, 9 May, 7pm Dessert reception follows films. “JOE’S VIOLIN” (2016, USA, 24 min, DOCUMENTARY Director: Kahane Cooperman). 2017 ACADEMY AWARD Nominee for Documentary Short Subject.
A 91-year-old Holocaust survivor donates his violin to an instrument drive, changing the life of a 12-year-old schoolgirl from the Bronx and unexpectedly, his own.
Playing with “IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUSINE” (2016, USA, 110 min., DOCUMENTARY Director: Roger M. Sherman)
A documentary about food in Israel....puts a face on the culture of Israel, profiling chefs, home cooks, vintners, and cheese-makers drawn from the more than one hundred cultures that make up Israel today – Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze. A rich and human story of the people emerges.