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Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival

Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival

 

The 17th annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival presents vibrant stories, bold conversations, and new perspectives through a contemporary Jewish lens. Join us as we illuminate the expansive scope and rich texture of Jewish life, culture, and global identity.

The NVJFF Festival is screened at Angelika Film Center & Cafe' at Mosaic in Fairfax, VA. Pre-Festival Events are hosted throughout Northern Virginia and listed below. 

 

FESTIVAL PASS     
An all-inclusive festival experience for one great price! Includes one screening of each film at Angelika including Opening and Closing Nights. Does not include Pre-Festival events.
 $90 ends March 14
$140 Regular Price


FESTIVAL FOUR    
Four tickets to festival screenings. See four films, or use all four for one films, the choice is yours.  Your Festival Four Pass will be available for pickup at the NVJFF Will Call table when attending your first film. Will Call table opens 45 minutes before show time. Does not include Opening or Closing Night, or Pre-Festival events.
$40 Festival Four

To download a complete Program Lineup click here

 



OPENING NIGHT
Thursday, March 23, 7:30 pm



ETOILE
Nitzan Lahav, Liat Raviv, Lee Ben Waiss | Israel | 2014 | 9 min. | Documentary Animation | Hebrew with English subtitles

 A poignant animated short film that addresses Moroccan Jewish History during the 1960s. Etoile is an 11-year-old Jewish girl who lives with her family and her dog Rex in Casablanca, Morocco. Amid rising racial tensions and hostility spurred by the Yom Kippur War, her family decides to leave Morocco for good.


THE MIDNIGHT ORCHESTRA
Jérôme Cohen-Olivar | Morocco | 2015| 114 min. | Drama | Arabic with English subtitles

 Told with humor and heart and filled with colorful characters, The Midnight Orchestra is a beautifully told, bittersweet story about Michael, the son of a famous Jewish musician, who returns to his childhood hometown of Casablanca to see his estranged and ailing father. Eventually tasked with giving his father a proper burial, Michael embarks on a quest to reunite the members of his father’s once renowned orchestra. Along the way, lifelong bonds are formed and Michael rediscovers his roots and family history. 

Welcoming remarks by Idris Driss Alaoui, Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco  

Sponsored by Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, Anita & Stephen Dienstfrey and the Atlantic Settlement Group ( Richard Oppenheim)

Trailer: ETOILE  
Trailer: THE MIDNIGHT ORCHESTRA


 

CLOSING NIGHT
Sunday, April 2, 7:30 pm


THE 90 MINUTE WAR
Eyal Halfon | Germany/Israel | 2016 | 90 min. | Comedy | Israel and Arabic with English subtitles

At last, a solution to the conflict in the Middle East: a soccer match between Israelis and Palestinians. The winners get to stay, the other has to leave – and no whining! This outlandish satire brilliantly encapsulates the frustrating complexity of a seemingly endless conflict, and lampoons the stubbornness of both the Israelis and Palestinians and the naivety of the international community.

Sponsored by Judie Weiss

 

Trailer: THE 90 MINUTE WAR  


 

Films listed in alphabetical order

 
ABULELE
Jonathan Geva | Israel | 2015 | 90 min. | Adventure/Family | Hebrew with English subtitles
Sunday, March 26, 1:30 pm

 Adam feels all alone in the world – his parents are always busy and the kids at school tease him. But everything changes the day he meets “Abulele,” an ancient furry monster that legend warns to be extremely dangerous. To Adam’s surprise, Abulele turns out to be a friendly giant, and an unexpected bond forms. Their friendship must be kept a secret however, as a Special Forces unit has been deployed to catch all of the monsters haunting Jerusalem! Adam must do everything he can to save his friend.

Special ticket price for this film:
$8 General Admission
$5 Under 15


Trailer: ABULELE


 

 

 
AKA NADIA
Tova Asher | Israel/UK | 2016 | 115 min. | Drama | English, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles
Sunday, April 2, 1:00 pm

Maya Goldwasser is a mother, a successful choreographer, and the wife of an Israeli official of the Ministry of Justice. But Maya was born as Nadia, to a Palestinian family. After getting involved with Nimer, a PLO activist, in her youth, Nadia had to abandon her roots and secretly take up a new identity as an Israeli Jew. When Nimer reappears, Nadia is forced to confront her past.


Trailer: AKA NADIA


 


BREAKFAST AT INA’S
Mercedes Kane | USA | 2015 | 50 min. | Documentary | English
Friday, March 24, 10:30 am

Ina Pinkney is a Chicago legend of the tastiest kind. Known around town as the “Breakfast Queen,” Ina transformed her passion into a joy that extends into an entire city, and beyond. This charming documentary gives us a glimpse into Ina’s extraordinary life and entrepreneurial spirit, and chronicles the final days of a restaurant as uniquely individual as its founder.

Complimentary coffee, courtesy of Angelika Film Center

Special Guest: Ina Pinkney, “ The Breakfast Queen.”
Following the film and discussion, enjoy breakfast with Ina at Ted’s Bulletin in Mosaic. Copies of Ina’s cookbook, Ina's Kitchen: Memories and Recipes from the Breakfast Queen, will be available for purchase on-site. 


Trailer: BREAKFAST AT INA’S


 

 


DIRTY WOLVES
Simón Casal de Miguel | Spain | 2015 | 105 min. | Drama/Thriller | Spanish with English subtitles
Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 pm

Inspired by true events, this pulse-pounding thriller depicts a little-known episode of WW2 history. In 1942 Nazi Germany has taken control over a large mining network in rural Spain, harvesting strategic metal to feed their war machine. Two sisters, Candela and Manuela, become actively involved in the resistance, helping the Allies prevent the metal from reaching German factories and guiding Jews across the border to Portugal.


Trailer: DIRTY WOLVES


 

 
FEVER AT DAWN
Péter Gárdos | Hungary, Sweden, Israel | 2016 | 110 min. | Drama | Hungarian with English subtitles
Saturday, March 25, 7:30 pm

A passionate and unexpected love affair emerges between two Hungarian survivors recuperating in 1945 Sweden. Based on the true story of writer/director Péter Gárdos’ parents, Fever at Dawn tells the tale of 25-year-old Miklos, destined to find love despite his rapidly declining health. He acquires the names of 117 Hungarian women also recovering in Sweden, and writes a letter to each of them in his beautiful cursive hand. One of these women, he is sure, will become his wife.


Trailer: FEVER AT DAWN


 



GERMANS & JEWS
Janina Quint | Germany | 2016 | 76 min. | Documentary | English
Sunday, March 26, 1:30 pm

German society has undergone a dramatic transformation since the end of the World War II – from being silent about the Holocaust to facing it head on. This fascinating documentary explores a changing society, from one generation to the next. Through personal stories and conversations between Jewish and non-Jewish Germans, and Israelis that now flock to cultural centers such as Berlin, a nuanced story of reconciliation emerges.

Special Panel: Anne C. Schenderlein, Research Fellow, German Historical Institute, Dr. Ulrike Schneider, assistant professor of German-Jewish Literature at the University of Potsdam, and Mark Roth, NVJFF Committee Member

Underwritten in part by the Embassy of Germany in Washington D.C.


Trailer: GERMANS & JEWS


 

 
THE LAST LAUGH
Ferne Pearlstein | USA | 2016 | 89 Min | Documentary | English
Tuesday, March 28, 7:30 pm

The Holocaust would seem to be an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy. But history shows that even the victims of the Nazi concentration camps themselves used humor as a means of survival and resistance. Through interviews with prominent figures such as Mel Brooks and Sarah Silverman, and an Auschwitz survivor, Renee Firestone, this provocative documentary questions where we draw the line in a society that prizes free speech.


Trailer: THE LAST LAUGH


 

 
THE LAW
Christian Faure | France | 2015 | 90 min. | Drama | French with English subtitles
Friday, March 24, 1:15 pm

Monday, March 27, 7:30 pm

This taut courtroom drama recounts the true story of Simone Veil, France’s tenacious health minister under Valéry Giscard d'Estaing who led a groundbreaking campaign to legalize abortion in 1974. In the face of fierce resistance and scathing personal and anti-Semetic attacks, Veil continued to intensify her efforts to upend society’s dangerous misconceptions about abortion and a woman’s right to choose. 

Sponsored by Dara and Joshua Greene


Trailer: THE LAW


 

 

 
THE LAST BAND IN LEBANON
Itzik Kricheli, Ben Bachar| Israel | 2016 | 99 min. | Comedy | Hebrew with English subtitlesSunday, March 26, 7 pm

This upbeat, offbeat comedy follows three reserve soldiers, members of a military rock band, stuck behind enemy lines. Waking up to discover that the IDF has withdrawn from Lebanon, the three find themselves stranded behind enemy lines, and must find their way back home using a guitar as their only weapon.

Sponsored by Deborah and David Yaffe

Trailer: THE LAST BAND IN LEBANON


 

 
MR. PREDICTABLE
Roee Florentin | Israel | 2016 | 103 min. | Comedy | Hebrew with English subtitles
Saturday, April 1, 7:30 pm

Adi Levi – the perfect father, husband, and son – thinks he may not have long to live so he decides, finally, to start enjoying himself. The problem is that he doesn’t know how. A chance encounter with Natalya – a stunning, free-spirited dog walker – soon turns into a crash course on how to live life to fullest, and fall in love. A charming and funny new romcom from Israel, that will make you look at your lives anew.

 
Trailer: MR. PREDICTABLE


 

 
NORMAN LEAR:  JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU
Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady | USA | 2016 | 92 min. | Documentary | English
Friday, March 31, 1:15 pm

A tribute to a fabulously funny and influential figure in TV history. Norman Lear, created, wrote and/or produced iconic 1970s TV sitcoms, including “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” and more. These shows were groundbreaking – through humor, Norman Lear took on many serious political and social issues, including the Vietnam War, racial prejudice, sexism and homophobia.

Sponsored by Maureen and Bob Shapiro

Special ticket price for this film:
$9 General Admission
$7 65+, Active Military, Under 30


Trailer: NORMAN LEAR:  JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU


 

 
THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER
Lars Kraume | Germany | 2015 | 105 min. | Drama | German with English subtitles Sunday, March 26, 3:30 pm (Special Guest, Eli Rosenbaum)

Thursday, March 30, 7:30 pm

Gripping and suspenseful, The People vs. Fritz Bauer recounts the untold story behind the historic capture of SS lieutenant colonel, Adolf Eichmann. This riveting drama pays homage to the defining life’s work of Attorney General, Fritz Bauer, who fought to expose the crimes of the Third Reich in 1957 Germany. Due to his distrust of the German Justice System, Bauer risked treason by colluding with the secretive Israeli Mossad to hunt down the elusive Nazi war criminal.

Special Guest Speaker: Eli Rosenbaum  
For more than two decades, Eli Rosenbaum has led the U.S. Justice Department in investigative and prosecutorial efforts in Nazi cases. Even though only a small percentage of Holocaust perpetrators came to the US after World War II, Rosenbaum’s unit has prosecuted and won more cases against Nazi criminals than all of the other governments of the world combined

Sponsored by Janet Horwitz and the Embassy of Germany in Washington D.C.

 
Trailer: THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER


 

SHORT FILMS: A PORTRAIT OF ISRAEL
Sunday, April 2, 4 pm

 




DEAR GOD

Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv | Israel | 2014 | 13 min. | Short/Drama | Hebrew with English subtitles

 'Dear God' depicts a romantic Jerusalem, told through the eyes of Aaron, a simple man who guards the historic Wailing Wall. After witnessing a beautiful mysterious woman placing notes in the wall’s cracks, Aaron decides to fulfill her deepest wishes.

 Trailer: DEAR GOD

AN AVERAGE STORY
Yaniv Segalovich | Israel | 2015 | 18 min. | Short/Comedy | Hebrew with English subtitles

The Central Bureau of Statistics has just informed Avi Cohen that he is the most average man in Israel. After becoming an instant celebrity and a national icon overnight, Avi’s life is turned upside down. But will his fame last?

 Trailer: AN AVERAGE STORY 

SI MINOR
Itai Shlemberg | Israel | 2015 | 22 min. | Short/Documentary | Hebrew with English subtitles

Avishai, an Israeli soldier on lookout duty in Nablus, is torn between his passion for music, and the danger of getting involved with a musical Palestinian family.

Trailer: SI MINOR 

WOMEN IN SINK
Iris Zaki | Israel | 2015 | 36 min. | Short/Documentary | Hebrew with English subtitles

In a little hair salon owned by a Christian-Arab in Haifa, Israel, a camera installed over the washing-basin records candid conversations with Arab and Jewish women, revealing a diversity of ethnic backgrounds and viewpoints on politics, history and love.

Trailer: WOMEN IN SINK



PRE-FESTIVAL EVENTS

Experience must-see films and crowd favorites from past Festivals. Please note: these films (except for Norman Lear: Another Version of You) will not be screened during the Festival itself (March 23 - April 2).

Special Offer for Attendees: $2 off Opening Night and Closing Night Tickets will be available for purchase on-site at all pre-festival events.

MUST-SEE FILMS


FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK
Adam Nimoy | USA | 2016 | 111 min. | Documentary | English

A loving tribute to the life and legacy of Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed everyone’s favorite Vulcan, Mr. Spock, in the blockbuster Star Trek TV series and film franchise. In real life, Nimoy was an active member of the Jewish community who could speak and read Yiddish. Filmmaker Adam Nimoy tells the story of his father’s unlikely rise from working-class Jewish roots to pop culture icon.

Trailer: FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK

Tuesday, March 14, 10:30 am
Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation | 1441 Wiehle Ave, Reston, VA
$9/ $7 J members and NVHC synagogue members | Purchase at the door

Wednesday, March 22, 10:30 am  
Beth El Hebrew Congregation | 3830 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, VA
Tickets: $9/ $7 J member and Beth El synagogue member
Purchase online at jccnv.org/nvjff or at the JCCNV Front Desk | Code: #8132

Tuesday, March 21, 7:30 pm
Reston Community Center | 2310 Colts Neck Rd, Reston, VA
Free Admission



NORMAN LEAR:  JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU
Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady | USA | 2016 | 92 min. | Documentary | English

A tribute to a fabulously funny and influential figure in TV history. Norman Lear, created, wrote and/or produced numerous highly-acclaimed and popular 1970s TV sitcoms, including “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” and more. These shows were groundbreaking – through humor, Norman Lear took on many serious political and social issues of the day, including the Vietnam War, racial prejudice, sexism and homophobia.

Trailer: NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU

Monday, March 20, 10:30 am
Lansdowne Woods Clubhouse | 19375 Magnolia Grove Square, Leesburg, VA 
Tickets: $9/ $7 J members, members of any synagogue, and Lansdowne residents
Purchase at the door or the JCCNV Front Desk | Code: #8135

Friday, March 31, 1:15 pm (At Angelika during the festival)
Tickets: Online at jccnv.org/nvjff or at the door



THE LAST MENTSCH
Pierre-Henry Salfati | Germany, Switzerland, France | 2014 | 93 min. | Drama | German, Hungarian, Hebrew, Yiddish with English subtitles

A profound case study of a man grappling with his Jewish identity. Marcus Schwartz, an Auschwitz survivor, has spent a lifetime concealing his Jewish heritage. Now faced with his own mortality, he suddenly decides he must be buried in a Jewish cemetery, but has no proof of his heritage. Marcus enlists the help a young Turkish woman to make the long drive to his hometown, setting out on a journey that will change both their lives.

Trailer: THE LAST MENTSCH

Sunday, March 19, 6pm

Beth El Hebrew Congregation | 3830 Seminary Rd., Alexandria, VA
Tickets: $10 | Purchase at the door or by calling the Beth El Office, 703.370.9400



KIDON
A 2015 NVJFF Favorite
Emmanuel Naccache | France, Israel | 2014 | 89 min. | Comedy | Hebrew and French with English subtitles

A popcorn movie fantasy about a terrorist group leader who was knocked off in a Dubai hotel room, this comedy spy thriller’s Ocean’s Eleven-style plot twists involve a Mossad team caught red handed on security cameras. The bigger problem: the Mossad knows nothing about the mission!

Trailer: KIDON

Saturday, March 18, 8:30 pm  
Congregation Beth Emeth | 12523 Lawyers Rd, Herndon, VA 20171
Free Admission

 



IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE
A 2016 NVJFF Favorite
Roger Sherman | USA | 2016 | 97 min. | Documentary/Food | English and Hebrew with English subtitles

Michael Solomonov, the James Beard award-winning chef/owner of Zahav in Philadelphia, profiles chefs, home cooks, farmers, and cheese makers drawn from the more than 100 cultures that make up Israel today. Audiences will discover an eclectic cuisine that mirrors the current state of the Israeli people: secular, outward looking, and innovative.

Trailer: IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE

Saturday, March 18, 8pm
Congregation Olam Tikvah | 3800 Glenbrook Rd, Fairfax, VA 22031
Tickets: $5 students / $8 adults by March 16 / $10 at the door 
Purchase online at jccnv.org/nvjff or call the Olam Tikvah Office, 703.425.1880

 


THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS
 
PRESENTING PARTNER 
Angelika Film Center and Café
 
PRODUCER 
Embassy of Israel in Washington D.C.
 
SCREENING SPONSORS 
Anita & Stephen Dienstfrey
Atlantic Settlement Group, LLC
Congregation Adat Reyim
Tamara & Ed Faggen
Dara & Joshua Greene
Janet Horwitz
Embassy of Germany, Washington D.C.
Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco
Temple Rodef Shalom
Maureen & Bob Shapiro
Judie Weiss
Deborah & David Yaffe
Rochelle and David Zohn 

DIRECTORS 
Beth El Hebrew Congregation
Congregation Beth Emeth
Audrey Goldstein
Hadassah of Northern Virginia
Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation
Congregation Olam Tikvah
 
ILLUSTRATORS
Congregation Etz Hayim
Joan Ehrlich and Robert Deigh
Roz Engels
Phyllis Hendler
Lilianne & Alan Merbaum

NVJFF Preview Event Partners
Beth El Hebrew Congregation
Congregation Beth Emeth
Congregation Olam Tikvah
Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation
Reston Community Center
 
 *Sponsors and Partners listed as of 2/21/2017


LEADERSHIP
 
NVJFF Staff 
Cultural Arts Director, Sarah Berry
Anton Merbaum, Arts Engagement Coordinator
 
NVJFF Committee Co-chairs
Stephen Dienstfrey
Ronnie Oppenheim 
 
Committee
Tex Blair
Anita Dienstfrey
Sidney Formal
Na’ama Gold
Audrey Goldstein
Marcia Gordon
Joshua Greene
Janet Horwitz
Marc Kremer
Debbie Lesser
Lilianne Milgrom
Mark & Melinda Roth
Sigi Saadia
BJ Shiff
Tony Sides
Robin Thompson
Judie Weiss
Deborah Yaffe



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Contact NVJFF
Sarah M. Berry, Cultural Arts Director | 703.537.3075
Anton Merbaum, Arts Engagement Coordinator | 703.537.3076
Box Office email: [email protected]
Box Office phone: 703.537.3000

 

 

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Sarah M. Berry
703.537.3075
[email protected]

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Anton Merbaum
703.537.3076
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