The 16th annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival, powered by the JCCNV, will screen 14 contemporary Jewish-themed and/or Israeli-made feature films that explore identity and place in the world. Opening night on April 7 features the new British comedy Dough; other films to be screened are À la Vie, A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt, Belle and Sebastian, Bulgarian Rhapsody, In Search of Israeli Cuisine, Laugh Lines, Raise the Roof, Rosenwald, Sabena Hijacking-My Version, Suicide, Time to Say Goodbye, To Life, and Wedding Doll. The schedule, descriptions and programs are posted on this site.
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|Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival Schedule|
|Thursday, April 7||7:30pm||Dough + program||94 min||Comedy|
|Friday, April 8||11:00am||Raise the Roof||85 min||Documentary|
|1:00pm||Bulgarian Rhapsody||108 min||Drama|
|Saturday, April 9||7:00pm||Laugh Lines <||94 min||Comedy/Drama|
|8:45pm||Suicide <||132 min||Action Thriller|
|Sunday, April 10||11:00am||A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt||90 min||Documentary|
|1:00pm||À la Vie||104 min||Drama|
|3:00pm||Time to Say Goodbye||82 min||Comedy|
|4:45pm||Sabena Hijacking < + program||98 min||Documentary|
|7:15pm||To Life||86 min||Drama|
|Monday, April 11||7:30pm||Rosenwald + program||100 min||Documentary|
|Tuesday, April 12||7:30pm||Sabena Hijacking < + program||98 min||Documentary|
|Wednesday, April 13||7:30pm||Wedding Doll < + program||82 min||Drama|
|Thursday, April 14||7:30pm||Suicide <||132 min||Action Thriller|
|Friday, April 15||10:30am||In Search of Israeli Cuisine||85 min||Documentary|
|1:30pm||A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt||90 min||Documentary|
|Saturday, April 16||7:00pm||Time to Say Goodbye||82 min||Comedy|
|8:45pm||To Life||86 min||Drama|
|Sunday, April 17||11:00am||Bulgarian Rhapsody||108 min||Drama|
|1:00pm||Laugh Lines <||94 min||Comedy/Drama|
|3:00pm||Belle and Sebastian||99 min||Family|
|4:45pm||Raise the Roof + program||85 min||Documentary|
|7:15pm||À la Vie + Raffle Drawing||104 min||Drama|
< Israeli-made films are underwritten in part by The Embassy of Israel
Special announcement: Very excited to announce that DGS Delicatessen/Mosaic is partnering with the Film Festival from April 7-17. If you eat at DGS during those dates, 10% of your food and beverage ticket will be donated back to the J’s film programs (Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival and ReelAbilities Film Festival: Northern Virginia). Show either your ticket reservation form or your ticket stub and ask for the 10% to benefit the J. Nosh often!!!
À la Vie
Three women who met in Auschwitz reunite 15 years later during a seaside holiday.
Sunday, April 10, 1pm | Sunday, April 17, 7:15pm (Closing event)
A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt
The story of Berlin brushmaker Otto Weidt’s cunning rescue of his blind and deaf Jewish employees from the Nazis, all while he himself was almost completely blind. A powerful docu-drama of a little known story of love, devotion, and selflessness.
Sunday, April 10, 11am | Friday, April 15, 1:30pm
Belle and Sebastian
A six-year-old boy and his dog look to foil a Nazi effort to capture French Resistance fighters. "A well-crafted outdoor adventure in the old school Disney tradition." - The Hollywood Reporter
Sunday, April 17, 3pm
Bulgaria’s recent submission to the Academy Awards is a visually stunning tale of first love and friendship set in the summer of 1943.
Friday, April 8, 1pm | Sunday, April 17, 11am
Jonathan Pryce stars as an old Jewish baker whose faltering business is inadvertently saved by his young Muslim apprentice.
Thursday, April 7, 7:30pm (Opening event) + Program
In Search of Israeli Cuisine
Celebrity chef-restaurateur Michael Solomonov zigzags Israel’s dynamic food scene well beyond falafel and hummus, to savor a food revolution and present a diverse portrait of the Israeli people told through the language of food.
Friday, April 15, 10:30am
As an older woman's life nears the end, she and her granddaughter are granted a final chance at a reprieve.
Saturday, April 9, 7pm | Sunday, April 17, 1pm
Raise the Roof
Inspired by images of magnificent wooden synagogues in 18th century Poland—the last of which were destroyed by the Nazis—artists Rick and Laura Brown set out to reconstruct a replica of the stunning, mural-covered Gwozdziec synagogue.
Friday, April 8, 11am | Sunday, April 17, 4:45pm + Program
Chicago philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant peddler, rose to head Sears and then partnered with Booker T. Washington to build 5,400 Southern schools in African American communities in the early 1900s during the Jim Crow era.
Monday, April 11, 7:30pm + Program
Sabena Hijacking – My Version
Striking reenactments and harrowing testimonies combine to riveting effect in this true story of a terrorist siege that forever shaped the Jewish State.
Sunday, April 10, 4:45pm+ Program | Tuesday, April 12, 7:30pm + Program
This action thriller follows a young, successful lawyer, that in a course of a one day has to commit the perfect crime in order to save her family from a psychotic loan-shark.
Saturday, April 9, 8:45pm | Thursday, April 14, 7:30pm
Time to Say Goodbye (Simon sagt 'Auf Wiedersehen' zu seiner Vorhaut)
A lovesick German-Jewish boy faces the aftermath of losing his dysfunctional family—and a bit of his manhood—in this laugh-out-loud tale of pubescent awkwardness.
Sunday, April 10, 3pm | Saturday, April 16, 7:00pm
To Life! (Auf das Leben)
This uplifting, drama-romance tells of the growing bond between two disparate souls, an aging Polish-born cabaret singer and a young German man with a secret.
Sunday, April 10, 7:15pm | Saturday, April 16, 8:45pm
Wedding Doll (Hatuna MeNiyar)
Hagit, a young woman with a mild mental disability, works in a toilet-paper factory and lives with her nurturing and protective single mother. Hagit prides herself on her independence but also dreams vividly—and daily—about marriage.
Wednesday, April 13, 7:30pm + Program
NVJFF Bonus Event
Cinematheque Israel at the JCCNV
An ongoing film and discussion series about shifting perspectives on Israeli life. Led by Na’ama Gold, JCCNV–JAFI Shiri Rahamim Shlichut Program. Single tickets: $9
Tuesday, April 19, 7pm
The film delicately weaves together the stories of four men in crisis, moving between scathing realism and subtle irony, and deals with the uncomfortable realities of 21st century life in Israel. Program: Home Away from Home. Share your thoughts about the film and Israel over a cup of coffee at our ‘Café Dilemma.’
Dan Kirsch, Cultural Arts Director and Film Festival Director | 703.537.3075
Anton Merbaum, Arts Engagement Coordinator | 703.537.3076
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Box Office phone: 703.537.3000
Film submissions for the March 2017 Festival
Film submissions for the next festival start June 1, 2016 and end October 31, 2016. All films are considered that have at least 50% or more Jewish content or are Israeli-made. Films must be recent (2015, 2016, 2017). Please send email to Dan Kirsch, Cultural Arts Director (and Film Fest Director), with the following information:
- Country of origin, year of release, running time, languages/subtitles
- Brief description of film (100-120 words)
- Link to film website
- Please note if film will have (or has had) a theatrical run, will have (or has had) a PBS showing, will have (or has had) screenings in the DC Metro region prior to March 1, 2017
- Vimeo link and password (must have permission to view for at least 30-60 days). Film will be previewed by 8-14 committee members.
- Submitter's contact information
Our committee will make a decision about our schedule in mid-December 2016, and will finalize all contracts by mid-January 2017. We only screen 10-14 films annually, and we rarely screen shorts.