Brooklyn Israel Film Festival: January 24, 26, and 27
Welcome to the ninth annual Brooklyn Israel Film Festival at Kane Street, a major venue for some of the newest and best films coming out of Israel today. This year’s films explore diverse voices and themes with a common thread: All three reveal fascinating and previously untold stories about Jewish immigrants from Europe, exploring their impact on Israel and Israel’s impact on their lives. Join us for three nights of award-winning, thought-provoking films plus discussions with film experts, January 24th, 26th and 27th, 2013.
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Thursday, January 24th, 8:00 PM
In his award-winning, emotionally riveting documentary, “The Flat,” Arnon Goldfinger follows the hints his grandparents left behind to investigate long-buried family secrets and unravel the mystery of their painful past. The result is a moving family portrait and an insightful look at the ways different generations deal with the memory of the Holocaust. Join us for an opening reception at 7:15 with hors d’oerves & drinks. After-film discussion with Prof. Geoffrey S. Cahn, an expert in post-Holocaust reconciliation.
Winner, Best Documentary, 2011 Israeli Academy Awards; Winner, Best Editing, 2012 Tribeca Film Festival; Winner, Best Director of Documentary, 2012 Jerusalem Film Festival. New York Times Critics Choice. Hebrew, German and English with English subtitles, 2011, 97 mins.
“One of the best movies of the year. It plays like a great mystery – and it is. This is what a documentary should be – smart, moving, profound and unpredictable – in other words, what we look for in a great film.” Michael Moore
In Poland, brothers Tadek, age 10, and Andrzej, age 14, have no idea that their mother is secretly a Jewish Holocaust survivor. When they join a gang that beats up Jews for fun, their mother decides to move them to Israel — but to soften the blow tells Tadek they are headed for Australia. Told from Tadek’s point of view, this feature film portrays the family’s struggle to understand their Jewish identity and build a life in Israel. This movie is appropriate for mature children age 12 and above.
Winner, Audience Award, 2011Jerusalem Film Festival.
Hebrew and Polish with English subtitles, 2011, 96 mins.
“A powerful and immensely appealing film that not only engages with difficult topics…but also gives voice to characters not usually heard in Israeli cultural discourse.” Jewish Daily Forward
Sunday, January 27th, 7:00 PM
Orchestra of Exiles
From Academy Award-nominated director Josh Aronson, Orchestra of Exiles reveals the dramatic story of Bronislaw Huberman, the celebrated Polish violinist who rescued some of the world’s greatest musicians from Nazi Germany and then created one of the world’s greatest orchestras, the Palestine Symphony Orchestra, which would become the Israeli Philharmonic. This powerful documentary features Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta, Pinchas Zukerman, Joshua Bell and others. Q & A with director Josh Aronson.
English, 2012, 85 mins.
“Orchestra of Exiles” demonstrates the very concrete way in which culture is preserved and maintained, with transmission and human survival becoming intertwined realities.” The New York Times
Tickets purchased online will be picked up at the festival’s Will Call table. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door. The festival is held at Kane Street Synagogue at 236 Kane Street off of Court Street in Cobble Hill. Tickets are non-refundable.
On-line Ticket Sales has now ended. Tickets will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to show time, at 7:00 PM tonight and Saturday night, and at 6:00 PM Sunday.
Ticket prices are $12 per ticket for one or two tickets; $30 for the entire festival. Pick up tickets purchased online at the Will Call table.