Jew­ish Film Fes­ti­val show­cases di­verse lineup

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - Local - By Ser­gio Car­mona Flor­ida Jew­ish Jour­nal scar­[email protected]­sen­tinel. com FLOR­IDA’S LOT­TERY

A to­tal of 35 films from around the world will be screened dur­ing the 29th an­nual Don­ald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jew­ish Film Fes­ti­val which takes place from Jan. 20-Feb. 12.

The films will be screened at four dif­fer­ent cin­e­mas in Palm Beach County — AMC Ci­tyPlace 20 in West Palm Beach, Cine­mark 14 in Boyn­ton Beach, Cinepo­lis in Jupiter and Cobb The­atres in Palm Beach Gar­dens — through­out the film fes­ti­val, which is pre­sented by the Man­del Jew­ish Com­mu­nity Cen­ter of the Palm Beaches. Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Ellen Wed­ner noted that the in­ter­na­tional films cho­sen to be part of the fes­ti­val rep­re­sent a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent gen­res show­cas­ing his­tory, cul­ture and tra­di­tions.

“They are ex­traor­di­nar­ily di­verse and very en­gag­ing. You don’t have to be Jew­ish to be thor­oughly en­ter­tained and en­thralled, you just have to ap­pre­ci­ate and en­joy good films.”

Wed­ner also noted, “Our hope as al­ways is that peo­ple have a unique ex­pe­ri­ence and learn some­thing new about the Jew­ish cul­ture, tra­di­tion or his­tory, and nat­u­rally we want them to en­joy good in­ter­na­tional films that they might not have the op­por­tu­nity to see oth­er­wise.”

The fes­ti­val opens with the U.S. South­east pre­miere of “Papa,” which is about an adopted son search­ing for his bi­o­log­i­cal par­ents and fea­tures an all-star cast that in­cludes David Proval, An­nMar­gret, Frankie Avalon, Mis­cha Bar­ton, Daryl Han­nah, Michael Mad­sen, Vin­cent Pastore, Eric Roberts and Paul Sorvino. Proval has been in­vited to at­tend the screen­ing, along with film di­rec­tor and writer Dan Is­raely. Pro­vol hopes the au­di­ence can take away a true sense of what fam­ily is about from view­ing the film.

“We’re mov­ing so fast as a so­ci­ety, and I think the fam­ily unit right now is strug­gling to stay alive and be­com­ing frag­mented as peo­ple are liv­ing all over the coun­try and all over the world right now, so I think peo­ple can en­joy this cel­e­bra­tion of fam­ily, which is what this movie is about.”

The film fes­ti­val will close with the South­east U.S. pre­miere of “Prose­cut­ing Evil: The Ex­tra­or­di­nary World of Ben Ferencz” and awards pre­sen­ta­tion. The film is a doc­u­men­tary on Ferencz, the last sur­viv­ing Nurem­berg Tri­als prose­cu­tor, whose fight for jus­tice for vic­tims of atroc­ity crimes con­tin­ues to­day.

Barry Avrich, the film’s di­rec­tor, said, “My goal for the film is to reach as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble with Ben Ferencz’ mes­sages of law over war, and tol­er­ance in the world.”

An­other film screen­ing in this fes­ti­val is the world pre­miere of “Golda’s Bal­cony, The Film,” which will in­clude a spe­cial ap­pear­ance by the movie’s star, the award-win­ning stage­screen-TV ac­tress To­vah Feld­shuh. The film presents a rare, multi-cam­era shoot of the orig­i­nal run of the play, “Golda’s Bal­cony,” which fol­lows the tra­jec­tory of the life of Golda Meir, who served as the fourth prime min­is­ter of Is­rael. The play, writ­ten by Wil­liam Gib­son, mostly fo­cuses on the pe­riod sur­round­ing the 1973 Yom Kip­pur Was when Is­rael was at­tacked by Egypt and Syria.

An­other screen­ing is the Flor­ida pre­miere of “Henri Dau­man: Look­ing Up,” a doc­u­men­tary about Dau­man, an or­phaned Holo­caust sur­vivor who cre­ated a new life for him­self in New York City and be­came one of the preem­i­nent pho­tog­ra­phers of the 20th cen­tury whose images in­cluded the Kennedys and Bud­dhist monks in Viet­nam.

“It’s re­ally a story of sur­vival and of a phoenix com­ing out of the ashes of war and suc­ceed­ing in re­build­ing a fam­ily and a ca­reer,” Dau­man said re­gard­ing his life story.

Visit palm­beach­jew­ish­ or call 877-318-0071 to pur­chase tick­ets or for more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing the full lineup of films and sched­ule for the fes­ti­val. Ac­cord­ing to the fes­ti­val, ad­vance pur­chase helps guar­an­tee a seat. Call 561-712-5235 to join the Film So­ci­ety. (mid­day): 5-9 (evening): Num­bers were not avail­able at press time (mid­day): 0-1-0 (evening): Num­bers were not avail­able at press time (mid­day): 8-0-5-8 (evening): Num­bers were not avail­able at press time (mid­day): 8-0-5-6-2 (evening): Num­bers were not avail­able at press time Fan­tasy 5: 2-8-24-25-30 Lotto: 8-9-15-42-46-48 Xtra: 3

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