2014 Brooklyn Israel Film Festival: January 23, 25 and 26

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On January 23, 25 and 26, the Brooklyn Israel Film Festival at Kane Street Synagogue marks its 10th anniversary presenting some of the most exciting new films coming out of Israel.  The 2014 Festival features three nights of award-winning, thought-provoking films and discussions with film experts plus a 10th anniversary opening night reception.

Relationships are at the core of the 2014 films: between a grandson and his 96-year-old grandmother, between a closeted Palestinian student and his openly gay Israeli lover, and between a young ultra-Orthodox woman and her widowed brother-in-law.

NEW: The film festival has added a documentary about Ariel Sharon, to be shown on January 26th at 4pm. See below for details.

$12 per film; $30 for entire series. You can still buy tickets at the door one hour before the film begins, even though on-line tickets sales have ended. If you have previously purchased tickets on-line, they will be available at the Will Call desk. Tickets are non-refundable.

Thursday, January 23rd at 8PM

LIFE IN STILLS

Exciting, funny and touching documentary about the journey of Miriam Weissenstein (age 96) and her grandson Ben to save the legendary “Photo House” and its nearly one million negatives documenting Israel’s defining moments.

After-film Q&A Skype interview with director Tamar Tal. Please join us for a special 10th anniversary opening night reception at 7:15PM.

Winner, Best Documentary, Israeli Academy Awards 2012; Winner, Best Film, DocAviv Film Festival 2011.  Hebrew and German with English subtitles, 2011, 58 mins.

“Unique and moving, a great film” – Haaretz

Tickets available at the door.

Saturday, January 25th at 8PM

OUT IN THE DARK

By turns an intimate love story, an espionage thriller and a dramatic exploration of contemporary issues, Roy, an Israeli lawyer with a bright future, falls in love with Nimer, an ambitious Palestinian student. How much are they willing to risk for each other?  After-film Q&A with producer Lihu Roter. For mature audiences only.

Best Picture, Haifa International Film Festival 2012; Toronto International Film Festival Official Entry. Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles, 2012, 96 mins.

 ”Out in the Dark is gripping” - New York Times. 

Tickets available at the door.


 

Sunday, January 26th at 4PM

SHARON

Ariel Sharon left behind a legacy of achievement and controversy. Who was Ariel Sharon? How did his historic decision to evacuate the settlements in Gaza and Samaria in 2005 come about? What were its ramifications? In this compelling film, made in the years prior to Sharon’s devastating stroke, director Dror Moreh (The Gatekeepers) accompanies the Head of State with his camera in an attempt to get to the heart of the puzzle that was Sharon in his later years.

Tickets available at the door.


 

Sunday, January 26th at 7PM

FILL THE VOID

When her sister dies in childbirth, 18-year-old Shira is pressured to marry her widowed brother-in-law. Directed and written by Rama Burshtein, an Orthodox Israeli woman, the film offers a sensitive, intimate glimpse into the cloistered world of an ultra-Orthodox family in Israel today.

Best Film, Israeli Academy Awards 2012; New York Times Critic’s Pick; Entertainment Weekly Must List.  In Hebrew with English subtitles, 2012, 90 mins.

“The deeper drama of  FILL THE VOID has to do with self-knowledge . . . that makes the film both accessible and thrilling.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Tickets available at the door.


 

Buy Tickets

$12 per film; $30 for entire series.  You can still buy tickets at the door one hour before the film begins, even though on-line tickets sales have ended. If you have previously purchased tickets on-line, they will be available at the Will Call desk. Tickets are non-refundable.

The festival is held at Kane Street Synagogue at 236 Kane Street off of Court Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

For the latest information, go to facebook.com/brooklynIFF or this webpage.

 

Festival Sponsors:
A Wider BridgeAroma, Brit Ye’ud,
Pride Caterers - “Unparalleled Kosher Events”AromaScotto’s Wine Cellar
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Media Sponsor:
The Forward
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Community Supporter:
KESHET
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We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Consulate of Israel, whose assistance has been critical to the Brooklyn Israel Film Festival since its beginning.

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