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The Annual Central Florida Jewish Film Festival is a cinematic celebration of Jewish life, culture, and history. Using the power of film to inform, educate, and most of all entertain, the festival challenges conventional perspectives on issues facing all of us. This program is part of Enzian’s cultural festival circuit and is co-presented with The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando.

 

22nd Annual Jewish Film Festival

November 14 – 16, 2020

Festival Pass (All 6 programs): $60

Individual Programs: $12


ASIA

Israel, 2020, 85 MIN, Directed by Ruthy Pribar, In Hebrew and Russian with English Subtitles

Nominated for a whopping 13 Israeli Oscars and winner of Best Actress, Best Cinematography, and the Nora Ephron Award for Director at Tribeca 2020, this touching and beautifully acted drama is about the unusual directions love can take in a mother-daughter relationship.  Despite living together, mid-30s nurse, Asia (Alena Yiv), and teenage daughter, Vika (Emmy nominee Shira Haas, Unorthodox), barely interact. But when Vika begins struggling with a degenerative illness, Asia must become the mother her daughter so desperately needs.

As far as intimate dramas go, ‘Asia’ is really top notch. Never content to go for an easy emotional beat, every single moment feels real.” – Joey Magidson, AWARDSCIRCUIT.COM


AULCIE

USA/Israel, 2020, 75 MIN, Directed by Dani Menkin, In English and Hebrew with English Subtitles

The Opening Night Film of the NY Jewish Film Festival, and Audience Award winner of San Diego Int’l FF, Aulcie tells the riveting story of a legendary athlete.  In 1976, Aulcie Perry was playing basketball in Harlem when a scout from Maccabi Tel Aviv spotted and signed him.  A year later he led the team to their first European Championship, converted to Judaism, and become an Israeli citizen.  But his rise to fame was precipitous, and personal demons almost derailed his life.

A fine documentary.” – Peter Keough, BOSTON GLOBE


BREAKING BREAD

USA/Israel, 2020, 85 MIN, Directed by Beth Elise Hawk, In English and Hebrew with English Subtitles

Founded by Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel - the first Muslim Arab to win Israel's MasterChef - the A-sham Arabic Food Festival depicts social change through food. At the festival, Jewish and Arab Israeli chefs collaborate on mouthwatering dishes, working together to transform traditional recipes. Celebrating their unique cultural heritages and their common love of cooking, the chefs prove that there is no room for religion and politics in the kitchen.  Winner—Best Culinary Film, Napa Valley Film Festival.

Fascinating…a film that talks about food, peace, and people…” – Jessica Steinberg, TIMES OF ISRAEL


THE CROSSING

Norway, 2020, 90 MIN, Directed by Johanne Helgeland, In Norwegian with English Subtitles

You are never too small to make a big difference.  This WWII-set Norwegian family drama tells the story of the adventurous 10-year-old Gerda and her brother Otto, whose parents are arrested right before Christmas in 1942. Now left on their own, the siblings discover that two Jewish children, Sarah and Daniel, are hidden in a secret cupboard in their basement, and make the dangerous decision to help them flee from the Nazis and cross the border to reunite them with their parents in neutral Sweden.

Inspiring…a deeply moving and suspenseful film that appeals to the entire family.” – Elsa Keslassy, VARIETY


SHIVA BABY

USA/Canada, 2020, 77 MIN, Directed by Emma Seligman, In English

Winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Screenplay at Outfest, and nominated for the Grand Jury Award at SXSW, this brilliant new comedy practically redefines the word “awkward.”  When a young woman is forced to juggle her ex-girlfriend, older lover/sugar daddy, and pushy parents at the same emotionally fraught Jewish funeral gathering, her secrets and shames are unearthed.

Astounding! A wildly funny romp (with) an extraordinary cast…a hilarious symphony of tension and humiliation-based comedy.” – Kristy Puchko, THE PLAYLIST

Preceded by:

THE SHABBOS GOY

USA, 2019, 7 MIN, Directed by Talia Osteen

God literally forbids she turn off a vibrator gone rogue, so an Orthodox Jew sets out on a quest to find someone who can.  Winner! Audience Award - Best Short Film - 2020 Florida Film Festival, and Best Narrative Short – San Francisco Jewish FF.


THOSE WHO REMAINED

Hungary, 2019, 83 MIN, Directed by Barnabas Toth, In Hungarian with English Subtitles

Winner of 4 Hungarian Oscars including Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Actor, and Hungary’s official entry for the 2020 Academy Awards, this wistful and touching period piece is the lyrical story of the healing power of love in the midst of conflict, loss, and trauma.  Having survived the camps, 42-year-old Aldo lives a solitary life as doctor in Budapest. 16-year-old Klara lives reluctantly with her great-aunt, holding on to hope that her parents will return. When she meets Aldo, the two find something in each other that has been absent in their lives.

A revelation! Explores the achingly tender connection between two Holocaust survivors…an exquisite, poignantly performed tale.” – Alissa Simon, VARIETY

Preceded by:

RESEMBLANCE

USA, 2019, 15 MIN, Directed by Kevin James O’Neill

Dirk Kramer plays piano for the residents of a memory care facility.  One day he figures out how he can utilize his talents as an actor to better serve the community of Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. Winner! Best Short Film - Monaco Int’l Film Festival.


 

Thank you to this year's CFJFF sponsors!

 

Dolores Indek

Adam Littman

Harold and Rosalind Kaplan

Henrietta and Marc Katzen

Susie and Eddie Kleiman

Jodi and David Krinker

Sheryl and Julian Meiten

Ellen and Simon Snyder

Jeffrey Weiss

 


This festival is produced by Enzian Theater and the Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando as part of the Cultural Festival Circuit and is supported by United Arts of Central Florida with funds from the United Arts Campaign and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, plus the following generous sponsors: Jeffrey Weiss - Garganese Weiss D’Agresta and Salzman; Harold and Rosalind Kaplan; Dolores Indek; Sheryl and Julian Meiten; Henrietta and Marc Katzen; Ellen and Simon Snyder; Jodi and David Krinker; Susie and Ed Kleiman and Adam Littman.

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