July 12

Amor

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Wednesday, July 12, 11am, JCC Hart Theater

AMOR

Director: Raphaël Rebibo, France, Israel, 2016, 86, Hebrew, narrative

Like its title, Amor asks the viewer to consider the true nature of love. After wandering for three years in Europe, Daniel, an abstract artist, returns home to his small farming village in Israel. No one is sure why he has returned or how long he will stay, and Daniel isn’t talking. Meanwhile, we meet the Frizer family whose beautiful daughter Lila, a former dancer, is now paralyzed and wants to end her life. Those who love her refuse, protesting that religious law prohibits euthanasia. This lyrical and beautifully shot story explores the depths of love and how memories are simultaneously both fragile and fleeting, but sometimes all that we have.

Wednesday, July 12, 11am, JCC Hart Theater

Keep Quiet

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Wednesday, July 12, 1:30pm, JCC Hart Theater

KEEP QUIET

Director: Joseph Martin, Sam Blair, Hungary, U.K., 2016, 93, English, Hungarian, documentary

Csanad Szegedi’s story is remarkable; as the vice-president of Jobbik, Hungary’s far-right extremist party, Szegedi regularly espoused anti-Semitic rhetoric. He was a founder of the Hungarian Guard, a now-banned militia inspired by the Arrow Cross, a pro-Nazi party complicit in the murder of thousands of Jews during WWII. Then comes a startling revelation which upends his life: Szegedi’s maternal grandparents were revealed to be Jewish and his beloved grandmother hid her faith fearing persecution. Keep Quiet openly explores Szegedi’s three-year journey as he is guided by Rabbi Boruch Oberlander, to discover his newfound heritage, and the religion it is based on, forcing him to confront the painful truths of his family’s past, and most importantly, his own horrific wrong-doing. But is this astonishing transformation a process of genuine reparation and spiritual awakening, or is he simply a desperate man who, having failed to suppress the truth, has nowhere else to turn?

Wednesday, July 12, 1:30pm, JCC Hart Theater

One Week and a Day

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Wednesday, July 12, 6pm, Little Theatre

ONE WEEK AND A DAY

Director: Asaph Polonsky, Israel, 2016, 98, Hebrew, narrative

Getting stoned and playing air guitar with your next door neighbors’ twenty-something son are two activities not commonly associated with the Jewish mourning period. Yet, nothing makes sense after the death of one’s own child. This incredibly tactful tragic comedy is about a middle-aged couple figuring out what to do next and how to begin their lives over again after sitting Shiva for their 25-year-old son, Ronnie. Eyal finds himself grasping for whatever will distract him from returning to the real world, while Vicky remains focused on the path set before her.

Wednesday, July 12, 6pm, Little Theatre

Let Yourself Go

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Wednesday, July 12, 8:30pm, Little Theatre

LET YOURSELF GO

Director: Francesco Amato, Italy, 2017, 99, Italian, narrative

A distinguished psychoanalyst lives on the same apartment floor as his ex-wife, with whom he is still in love. He is a highly disciplined analyst of people and their behaviors. In addition, he is self-serious, inwardly focused, and plainly disdainful of all activity and pursuits except for those of the mind. He has little patience for physical exertion of any kind, a splendid irony considering his patients include some of the greatest sportsmen in Italy. After a series of health problems, his physician puts him on a strict gym regimen which leads him to a personal trainer who is obsessed with the cult of the body, and represents to him his diametrical opposite in just about every way.

Wednesday, July 12, 8:30pm, Little Theatre

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