The 21st Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg

 January 18, 2014 – January 26, 2014

*of Blessed Memory
Film Festival


The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film celebrates and supports International Jewish film and filmmakers, presenting the newest and best films worldwide. The Festival brings together community and provides entertainment and education through various film genres.
Date/Time
The Zigzag Kid
Directed by Vincent Bal (Based on the novel by David Grossman)
2012|Netherlands| 95 minutes
English Dutch French with subtitlesNono wants to be like his father – the best police inspector in the world – but he constantly gets in trouble. Two days before his Bar Mitzvah, he is sent away to his uncle Sjmoel, who is supposed to get him back on track. During the train ride Nono gets one last chance to prove himself… Together with master-burglar Felix Glick – an old adversary of his father – he stops the train and enters a world of disguises,chases, and meets Zohara, a mysterious woman whose secrets will change Nono’s life forever.
*appropriate for children 12 and older.
Opening Night Film and Party sponsored by Patricia and Avraham Ashkenazi
Elegantly catered by Village Caterers
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Misa’s Fugue
Students and faculty are free with valid ID.
Directed by Sean Gaston
Written by Sean Gaston and Jennifer Goss
2012|United States|97 minutesMisa’s Fugue is the true story Frank “Misa” Grunwald’s journey through Prague, Terezin, Auschwitz, Mauthausen, Melk, and Gunskirchen as a victim of Nazi oppression. While exposed to some of the most horrific events of the Holocaust, Frank Grunwald was able to endure the atrocities of genocide through a love for art and music that his childhood in Prague had instilled in him. His story of suffering, loss, and self-discovery is from the perspective of a child who had lived with these tragic memories for more than half of a century. Fleetwood, PA area high schoolers collaborated to create this documentary.Shown in partnership with the Holocaust Commission of the UJFT. The Director, Writer, a local liberator of Gunskirchen (Bill Jucksch ),and Frank “Misa” Grunwald himself will be our guests after this screening for a post film discussion.
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Sophie’s Choice
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
1982|United States|150 minutesSophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live in Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo, the movie’s narrator, a young American writer new to New York City. But the happiness of Sophie and Nathan is endangered by her ghosts and his obsessions. Mal Vincent, Entertainment Editor of the Virginian Pilot, will speak before the movie.Reception elegantly Catered by Village Caterers
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All In
Students and faculty are free with valid ID.2012|Argentina|113 minutes
Spanish with subtitlesThis romantic comedy is the story of Uriel, a professional gambler, single father, and Don Juan of the first rank. With his luck running at cards and with the ladies, Uriel decides to take the plunge and embark on a new life of freedom—he gets a vasectomy. Just as everything in his life seems to be coming together perfectly, Gloria, his old pre-marriage flame, returns to Buenos Aires after years abroad to turn his life on its head.
Punk Jews
Directed by Jesse Zook Mann
2012|United States|60 minutesPunk Jews explores an emerging movement of provocateurs and committed Jews who are asking, each in his or her own way, what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century. Jewish artists, activists and musicians from diverse backgrounds and communities are defying norms and expressing their Jewish identities in unconventional ways. In the process, they are challenging stereotypes and breaking down barriers.
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Poisoned
Directed by Didi Lubetzky
2011| Israel|45 Minutes
Hebrew with subtitles
In this refreshing horror-comedy from Israel, it is Passover on the military base of an elite IDF unit, and this night will definitely be different from all other nights. When vaccines are delivered to the base, the mysterious substance injected into the fighters turns them into flesh-eating zombies.
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Event in Partnership with the Young Adult Division of the UJFT | Reservation Required: tickets only available in advance. Call 757-321-2338.Please arrive by 6:15 if you want to order dinner. Kosher meal available upon request by contacting mgoldberg@simonfamilyjcc.org to reserve a meal.

In The Shadow
Students and faculty are free with valid ID.Directed by David Ondricek
2012|| Czech Republic|97 minutes
Czech | Polish | GermanIn the former Czechoslovakia, 1950s, police captain Hakl investigates a jewelry robbery. An opened safe deposit leads to a known burglar. What seems an easy case soon starts to tangle. When he is called off the case, he continues on his own. The investigation leads him onto thin ice. Can he beat a stronger enemy and save his family and his own life?

Reception elegantly catered by TCC Culinary Arts Students.
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Kidon
Directed by Emmanuel Naccache
2013|Israel|97 minutes
English, French, Hebrew (with subtitles)Kidon, which translates as The Spear, is a comedic take on real life events; namely, the killing in Dubai in 2010 of Hamas operative al-Mabhouh. Dubai police blamed Israel’s spy agency Mossad for the hit but were never able to prove their suspicions and the crime has remained unsolved. In this movie version of events, supermodel Bar Refaeli plays a sly seductress who lures al-Mabhouh into a trap laid for him by his assassins.
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Sturgeon Queens
FREE Screening
Directed by Julie Cohen
2014|United States|45 minutesFour generations of a Jewish immigrant family create Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives. Produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the store, this documentary features an extensive interview with two of the original daughters for whom the store was named, now 100 and 92 years old, and interviews with prominent enthusiasts of the store including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin, and 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer. The filmmakers bring together six colorful longtime fans of the store, in their 80s and 90s, who sit around a table of fish reading the script in the style of a Passover Seder.
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Follow Me
Directed by Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot
2012|Israel|84 minutesTwo story arcs tragically and heroically connect: the first is the dramatic Entebbe hijack and rescue, 8 days when a nation held its breath and executed a military miracle that redefined Israel’s call “Never Again!” The second is the remarkable life story of Jonathan Netanyahu, a young soldier who struggled to find the balance between the people and the Nation he loved. This film is about Jonathan’s life, and what led these two dramatic story arcs to intersect on that fateful day. Shown in partnership with the Community Relations Council of the UJFT
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For additional information, contact Michele Goldberg, Director of Cultural Arts at 757-321-2341

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