5th Annual Boulder Jewish Film Festival
39 Pounds of Love
Friday, March 10, 2 pm in the Boe
Directed by Dani Menkin
In Hebrew with English subtitles/70 minutes/2005
Dani Menkin’s inspiring first documentary introduces us to an extraordinary man and his remarkable friends, who set upon a life-changing road journey.
Is That You?
Friday, March 10, 4 pm in the Boe
Directed by Dani Menkin
In English/70 minutes/2016
An amiable odd-couple road movie with soul, Dani Menkin’s debut feature is set in America, where an Israeli seeks his lost chance at love.
A Heartbeat Away
Saturday, March 11, 7:30 pm
Directed by Tal Barda, Noam Pinchas
In Hebrew with English subtitles/54 minutes/2015
An Israeli pediatric cardiologist travels to Tanzania to perform life-saving operations in this riveting documentary about science, faith and tikkun olam.
The Last Laugh
Sunday, March 12, 1 pm
Friday, March 17, 4 pm*
Comics Panel following the Friday screening
Directed by Ferne Pearlstein
In English/88 minutes/2016
Is humor incompatible with the Holocaust? The answers are as diverse as the people interviewed – including some seriously funny comics.
For the Love of Spock
Sunday, March 12, 6:30 pm in the Gordon Gamm
Directed by Adam Nimoy
In English/111 minutes/2016
The late, lamented Leonard Nimoy recalls a long and prosperous life before the camera. Not just for Trekkies!
Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown
Sunday, March 12, 4 pm in the Boe
Directed by Gregory Monro
In English/61 minutes/2016
The iconic comic will still do anything for a laugh. He can’t help it.
Monday, March 13, 3:30 pm in the Boe
Directed Sam Blair, Joseph Martin
In Hungarian with English subtitles/90 minutes/2016
An anti-Semitic far-right politician in Hungary begins an astonishing transformation after discovering he’s Jewish.
Monday, March 13, 7 pm in the Boe
Tuesday, March 14, 1 pm in the Boe
Directed by Atom Agoyan
In English/94 minutes/2015
In this stunning psychological thriller starring the equally brilliant Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau, two elderly Holocaust survivors – one with Alzheimers – are bent on revenge.
Tuesday, March 14, 4 pm in the Gordon Gamm
Directed by Nitzan Gilady
In Hebrew with English subtitles/82 minutes/2015
A mentally challenged young woman dreams of her wedding day in this delightful but probing drama that looks past labels with a rare lack of sentimentality.
Hummus: The Movie
Tuesday, March 14, 7 pm in the Gordon Gamm
Followed by reception
Directed by Oren Rosenfeld
In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles/70 minutes/2016
The staff of life in the Middle East is more than mere nourishment, it’s a fine art and an expression of unity in a troubled region.
A Grain of Truth
Wednesday, March 15, 3 pm in the Boe
Directed by Borys Lankosz
In Polish with English subtitles/112 minutes/2016
A maverick prosecutor investigates a string of ritual killings rooted in Poland’s anti-Semitic past in this taut detective thriller.
Fever at Dawn
Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 pm in the Boe
Thursday, March 16, 1 pm in the Boe
Directed by Peter Gardos
In Hungarian with English subtitles/110 minutes/ 2016
True love is an act of determination in post-Holocaust Sweden in this bittersweet drama based on the writer/director’s own parents’ story.
Thursday, March 16, 4:30 pm in the Gordon Gamm
Directed by Leah Warshawski
In English/93 minutes/2016
A diminutive Holocaust survivor proves courage has no size and compassion knows no age in this stirring tribute to the indomitable human spirit.
Thursday, March 16, 5 pm in the Boe
Directed by David Wachsmann
In Hebrew with English subtitles/50 minutes/2016
An Israeli high school teacher establishes a running team for young African refugees that helps them take the first steps toward a better future.
My Hero Brother
Thursday, March 16, 7 pm in the Gordon Gamm
Directed by Yonatan Nir
In Hebrew with English subtitles/78 minutes/2016
Young adults with Downs Syndrome trek the Himalayas with their siblings on a challenging journey of discovery.
BEST JEWISH SHORTS
Saturday, March 18, 7:30 pm in the Boe
“Billsville” - An elderly Jewish artist who lives on the margins and on his own terms, seeks to illuminate the world and his synagogue. (19 minutes)
“Joe’s Violin” - An elderly Holocaust survivor donates his violin to a disadvantaged young student, impacting both of their lives. (20 minutes)
“The Man Who Shot Hollywood” - Jack Pashkovsky was a photographer who practiced his art anonymously, and by the time he was finished, had compiled the best collection of celebrity photographs never seen. (12 minutes)
“The Last Blintz” - The closing of the The Cafe Edison (aka The Polish Tea Room), the Broadway diner immortalized in Neil Simon's 45 Seconds from Broadway, is not just a story about another famous show business haunt shutting its doors, it is the fading away of a piece of an American past. (40 minutes)
The Tenth Man
Sunday, March 19, noon in the Boe
Directed by Daniel Burman
In Spanish with English subtitles/80 minutes/2016
This Argentinian family drama focuses on a son’s struggle to understand and forgive his father’s seeming neglect.
Sunday, March 19, 2:15 pm in the Boe
Directed by Simon Casel
In Spanish with English subtitles/105 minutes/2016
Two sisters in rural Spain take different paths to resist the Nazis in this gripping dramatic thriller, inspired by real events, featuring strong performances and beautiful cinematography.
Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana
Sunday, March 19, 5 pm in the Gordon Gamm
Directed by Judy Kreith and Robin Truesdale
In Spanish and English with subtitles/45 minutes/2016
Local filmmakers Judy Kreith and Robin Truesdale trace the remarkable story of Jews fleeing the Holocaust who found shelter and set up a diamond polishing business in Cuba.
Sunday, March 19, 6:30 pm in the Gordon Gamm
Directed by Damian Szifron
In Spanish with English subtitles/122 minutes/2015
This Academy Award-nominated anthology from Argentinian Jewish director Damián Szifron is the blackest of comedies, a wild ride through the extremities of human behavior.