Jewish film fest fea­tures Os­car nom­i­nees

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Ran­dall King

EV­ERY film fes­ti­val has a mix of in­gre­di­ents, which means ev­ery film fes­ti­val has a dis­tinc­tive flavour. Hence, the 2012 edi­tion of the Win­nipeg Jewish Film Fes­ti­val tastes like... pres­tige.

The 10th edi­tion of the an­nual fes­ti­val fea­tures no less than three Os­carnom­i­nated 2011 films — In Dark­ness and Foot­note were nom­i­nated in the best for­eign lan­guage fea­ture cat­e­gory and the short film Strangers No More won in the best doc­u­men­tary short sub­ject cat­e­gory. The lat­ter film is about a public school in Tel Aviv where chil­dren from 48 dif­fer­ent coun­tries come to­gether to learn.

It’s an ex­am­ple of how, cu­mu­la­tively, all 14 fes­ti­val films rep­re­sent “not only the Jewish ex­pe­ri­ence, but the hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence,” says fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Ta­mar Barr. “The films are about in­ter­gen­er­a­tional con­flict, com­ing of age and love lost and found.”

Two of the fes­ti­val’s fea­ture films — In Dark­ness (May 5 at 8 p.m.) and In Heaven Un­der­ground (Mon­day, at 7:30 p.m.) have al­ready shown in Win­nipeg the­atres, but Barr says that the fes­ti­val has be­come so pop­u­lar — at­ten­dance num­bers came in at 1,700 last year — cinema lovers of­ten wait for the fes­ti­val to see films that may show up in main­stream re­lease.

“Some of the films are al­ready sold out and we haven’t even started,” Barr says, re­fer­ring to tonight’s open­ing-night film Restora­tion, the story of the tu­mul­tuous re­la­tion­ship be­tween a mas­ter car­pen­ter, his son and an ec­cen­tric new ap­pren­tice, and Sun­day night’s screen­ing of Foot­note (7:30 p.m.), an­other fa­ther-son tale of the epic ri­valry be­tween two Tal­mu­dic schol­ars.

Of course, some­times the less pres­ti­gious movies might be the ones most en­joyed. Asked to choose a film with sleeper po­ten­tial, Barr picks My Australia (Tues­day, May 8 at 7:30 p.m.), a Pol­ish drama about a 10-year-old anti-semitic boy who learns his mother was a sur­vivor of the War­saw ghetto.

The fes­ti­val of­fers sin­gle ticket, pack­ages of five movies ($35 for JCC mem­bers and $45 for non-mem­bers) and fes­ti­val passes for all films ($80 for mem­bers and $100 for non-mem­bers).

For fes­ti­val in­for­ma­tion, visit on­line at www. radyjcc.com or call 477-7510. April 28-May 10 Ber­ney Theatre, Rady Jewish Com­mu­nity Cen­tre

$8.50-10.50, www.radyjcc.com

The Flat (top photo) is a doc­u­men­tary about per­sonal and po­lit­i­cal se­crets con­tained in a Tel Aviv build­ing. The film screens Wed­nes­day at 7:30 p.m. Above, a scene from Eich­mann’s End, which screens at 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day.

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