Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2018

Mar. 13–29, 2018

This year we feature 41 engaging, thought-provoking, and entertaining films—a robust mix of documentaries and narratives, along with all 10 episodes of The Writer, one of the latest in Israel’s brilliant streak of dramas made for TV.

The festival kicks off with Itzhak, a cinematic, joyful documentary portrait of the extraordinary artist and man Itzhak Perlman.

Among the films from Israel this year, we have Eitan Anner’s emotionally complex A Quiet Heart and Amichai Greenberg’s The Testament, a provocative drama based on a true story. And, Fauda fans, take note: We’re hosting a sneak preview of the first three episodes of Season 2 of the hit TV series, before it hits Netflix!

Continuing to feature wonderful new films from around the globe, we’re showing, from Hungary, Ferenc Török’s 1945, a complex and highly lauded portrait of a society trying to come to terms with the horrors they’ve experienced; and Nabil Ayouch’s (Horses of God) timely, engrossing narrative Razzia, which explores the forbidden desires and fragile dreams of five Moroccans living in Casablanca today. The festival centerpiece is GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II, which tells the truly remarkable story of 550,000 servicemen and women. And this year we’ve tried to schedule more screenings of some of the films that are certain to be extremely popular, such as the fabulous new documentary Bombshell, about the surprising life of Hedy Lamar.

All this plus a very special showcase of the work of iconic actor Alan Arkin!

Please plan to join us—and our wonderful slate of guests—throughout the festival.

—Bruni Burres, festival programmer

Itzhak Mar. 13–28 Filmmaker Alison Chernick (Matthew Barney: No Restraint) takes us on an intimate cinematic journey through the life of Itzhak Perlman,…
Restoring Tomorrow Mar. 14–29 “Spectacular! A wakeup call for a generation.” (The Times of Israel) Director Aaron Wolf’s personal journey of rediscovery dovetails with…
Bobbi Jene Mar. 14–29 “Pulses with erotic energy and artistic spirit.” (POV Magazine) A star with Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company—and one of the great…
The Testament Mar. 14–28 Austria, present day. Yoel (Ori Pfeffer, USA Network’s Dig), a renowned Holocaust researcher, is in the middle of a controversial…
Bye Bye Germany Mar. 14–27 “An unusual story told with gusto, enlivened by an enjoyable performance from Moritz Bleibtreu as a joker whose way with…
The Invisibles Mar. 14–29 Claus Räfle’s emotionally gripping The Invisibles premiered to critical and public acclaim at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Set in…
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story Mar. 14–26 “With all due respect, so far as movies are concerned, the Jewish ‘Wonder Woman’ of 2017 is not Gal Gadot…
An Israeli Love Story Mar. 15–28 “Dan Wolman’s new film avoids melodrama and sentimentality, and reinforces his stature as the most important independent filmmaker in Israeli…
In the Land of Pomegranates Mar. 15–26 “If an honest dialogue is the initial step toward reconciliation, what we are given here could stand as a model.…
Monsieur Mayonnaise Mar. 15–22 “An eye-catching, engrossing romp.” (Variety) Philippe Mora, an Australian pop artist and cult-horror filmmaker, plays a kind of film noir…
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me Mar. 15–28 “This delightful and entertaining documentary looks at the life and career of a musical star you thought you knew. It…
Glengarry Glen Ross Mar. 15–22 Celebrating Alan Arkin Alan Wolf Arkin was born on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, into a family of Ukrainian and…
The Last Laugh Mar. 16   A hit from last year’s festival returns for one night only—with filmmaker! They say that comedy is tragedy plus…
Let Yourself Go Mar. 16–24 “The references to films by Woody Allen seem obvious, but young documentary maker turned fictional filmmaker Francesco Amato manages to…
Wait Until Dark Mar. 16–19 Celebrating Alan Arkin Alan Wolf Arkin was born on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, into a family of Ukrainian and…
Wrestling Jerusalem Mar. 16–29 “A work of deep but unsentimental optimism.” (The Hollywood Reporter) Aaron Davidman’s Wrestling Jerusalem—which toured North America as a one-man…
Beneath the Silence Mar. 16–18 When Menashe returned from the Six-Day War, he was a changed man. His former commanders and fellow soldiers explain that…
Fauda Season 2 Mar. 16–24 “The grittiest, tightest, most lived-in thrillers come from Israel, and Fauda…is the current standard-bearer.” (New York Times) A sneak preview…
Red Trees Mar. 16–26 “Not just a story of survival, it is a statement about the values of a family that were not only…
1945 Mar. 16–27 “Ferenc Torok’s lean, suggestive Hungarian feature, 1945, shot in gorgeous, high-contrast black-and-white, is a Holocaust film built, consciously or not,…
Mr. & Mrs. Adelman Mar. 17–24 Mr. & Mrs. Adelman is a poignant comedy-drama that follows Victor and Sarah’s love and marriage—its sweet and bitter chapters…
The Writer: Program 1 Mar. 17–22 “Beautiful, like only a unique one-time thing can be.‎” (Haaretz) After Fauda and False Flag, get ready to binge-watch your…
The Two of Us Mar. 17–28 “A lovely, sentimental reminiscence of childhood in wartime.” (New York Times) The re-release of one of the most beloved Jewish-themed…
Siege (Matzor) Mar. 17–20 “Gila Almagor in Tofano’s Siege is one of the first characters of the ‘modern’ war widows to appear on Israeli…
A Quiet Heart Mar. 18–28 “A tense, slow-burn drama about the evils of intolerance that builds into a gripping suspense thriller.” (The Hollywood Reporter) A…
The Writer: Program 2 Mar. 18–23 “Beautiful, like only a unique one-time thing can be.‎” (Haaretz) After Fauda and False Flag, get ready to binge-watch your…
Across the Waters Mar. 18–23 “Director Nicolo Donato…masterfully ratchets up the tension, heightening the suspense until the very last frame.” (Film Society of Lincoln Center)…
The In-Laws Mar. 18–26 Celebrating Alan Arkin Alan Wolf Arkin was born on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, into a family of Ukrainian and…
Present/Absent Mar. 19 A work-in-progress screening with inaugural Woman Filmmaker-in-Residence from Israel, Rozeen Bisharat. Rozeen Bisharat’s stunning new documentary follows two women: Theresa…
Heather Booth: Changing the World Mar. 19–29 “Exactly the kind of sophisticated and inspiring story we need in these troubling times. Go see this film…a remarkable documentary.”…
One of Us Mar. 20–24 “A rare window into a highly insular community that is often misunderstood, or tacitly sanctioned for fear of stoking anti-Semitism.”…
Little Miss Sunshine Mar. 20–24 Celebrating Alan Arkin Alan Wolf Arkin was born on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, into a family of Ukrainian and…
Muhi: Generally Temporary Mar. 21–23 “The words “Israeli-Palestinian conflict” are often wielded broadly, in ways that ignore its impact on daily lives. Anyone unfamiliar with…
Strangers at Home Mar. 21–28 Strangers at Home shares the voices of young French students, many of them first-, second-, or third-generation immigrants of African…
The Writer: Program 3 Mar. 21–24 “Beautiful, like only a unique one-time thing can be.‎” (Haaretz) After Fauda and False Flag, get ready to binge-watch your…
GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II Mar. 22–25 Accomplished director Lisa Ades (Miss America) tells the profound and rousing story of 550,000 brave men and women who were…
Between Worlds Mar. 25–26 “An intriguing film about an unexpected friendship…an eloquent appeal for tolerance.” (Thinking Cinema) Bina and Meir, a religious couple from…
Little Murders Mar. 25 Celebrating Alan Arkin Alan Wolf Arkin was born on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, into a family of Ukrainian and…
Razzia Mar. 27–29 “A gut punch…. Ayouch brushes aside all nostalgia and exoticism to reveal a city on the verge of a major…
Persona Non Grata Mar. 27–29 “With attention to detail and sweeping, luscious cinematography, [this] is a previously little-known story worth knowing and a film worth…

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