July 16

Ben-Gurion, Epilogue

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Sunday, July 16, 11am, Dryden Theatre

BEN-GURION: EPILOGUE

Director: Yariv Mozer, France, Israel, 2016, 70, English, Hebrew, documentary

In never before seen footage, the then 82-year-old former prime minister in his final years after leaving office is interviewed at his secluded desert home over the course of several days in 1968. An introspective David Ben-Gurion reflects on the loss of his wife, his personal health and political legacy, and his hopes for Middle East peace. Languishing for decades, the reels of silent footage were inadvertently uncovered in the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive in Jerusalem, with the corresponding soundtrack later found in the Ben-Gurion Archives in the Negev. The restored interview is interwoven with newsreels and other archival materials, including images of the unassuming elder statesman’s charmingly simple kibbutz life taking daily strolls and working the farmlands. Offering hindsight on the Zionist enterprise, Ben-Gurion: Epilogue is a work of undeniable historical significance with prophetic implications for Israel’s future.

Sunday, July 16, 11am, Dryden Theatre

Second Time Around, The

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Sunday, July 16, 1pm, Dryden Theatre

THE SECOND TIME AROUND

Director: Leon Marr, Canada, 2016, 107, English, narrative

Two senior citizens discover it’s never too late to fall in love, in this unabashedly sentimental romance. An independent, vivacious, opera-loving widow Katherine finds herself in an assisted living facility with a broken hip. Determined to make a quick recovery and get back on her feet, she puts on a brave face and tries to ingratiate herself with the other residents, a quirky mix of characters. She seems unable, however, to soften the heart of Isaac Shapiro, a cranky and cynical Polish immigrant still raw from the death of his wife years earlier. Over time, a shared love of music slowly thaws their relationship and sows the seeds of a blossoming romance. Together they will face family upheaval and unforeseen illness while embarking on an unexpected, tentative, but ultimately welcome journey into the future. Featuring career-capping performances by two veteran lead actors (Linda Thorson of The Avengers and two-time Emmy Award winner Stuart Margolin of the Rockford Files) this is a heartfelt film of second chances and the restorative power of love.

Sunday, July 16, 1pm, Dryden Theatre

Children of Chance, The

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Sunday, July 16, 5pm, Dryden Theatre

THE CHILDREN OF CHANCE

Director: Malik Chibane, France, 2015, 95, French, narrative

In this tender coming-of-age drama based on a true story, a Jewish boy finds friendship, camaraderie and safety in the shelter of a children’s hospital in Nazi-occupied France. In a lucky misfortune, young Maurice narrowly escapes a round-up of Jews in Paris, after breaking his leg in a dust-up with bullies. Whisked away in an ambulance, he watches helplessly as his family is arrested by French police. While treated for his injury, Maurice is diagnosed with tuberculosis and committed to a long-term-treatment facility in the suburb of Garches. Isolated from the outside world, he forms a close bond with the other boys of the ward. As the war intensifies, the hospital staff resorts to drastic measures to keep the children safe.

Sunday, July 16, 5pm, Dryden Theatre

Shalom Italia

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Sunday, July 16, 7:30pm, Dryden Theatre

SHALOM ITALIA

Director: Tamar Tal Anati, Israel, Germany, 2016, 70, Hebrew, Italian, documentary

Three Italian Jewish brothers set off on a journey through Tuscany, in search of a cave where they hid as children to escape the Nazis. Their quest, full of humor, food and Tuscan landscapes, straddles the boundary between fact and myth, and the result of which is a profound portrait of memory and history.

Sunday, July 16, 7:30pm, Dryden Theatre

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