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New York Jewish Film Festival

January 8-23, 2014
New York, USA

What’s It All About?

The New York Jewish Film Festival is a pre-eminent showcase of world cinema and explores the Jewish experience, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Jewish Museum. This year’s edition includes world, US, and New York premieres of films from around the globe, plus a number of ‘beyond the screen’ programmes including a symposium, a master class and exhibitions of the posters and title sequences of the great Saul Bass (graphic designer and Academy Award winning filmmaker).

Watch Out For!

Opening Film

Friends From France

The US Premiere of Anne Weil and Philippe Kotlarksi’s Friends From France will open the festival. The film is set against the backdrop of the Cold War in 1979, in which young French cousins join an organised tour to Odessa, visiting monuments and museums by day, but slipping away into the underground world of ‘refuseniks’ – Jews persecuted by the Soviet regime – by night.

The festival will expand its Beyond the Screen programme this year. Acclaimed filmmaker Amos Gitai (Kippur), whose new film Ana Arabia is included in the festival, will take part in a Master Class on filmmaking on January 19.

In addition, the festival will spotlight the work of artist Yael Bartana and feature the posters and title sequences of designer Saul Bass.

German filmmaker, playwright, author, and photographer, Wim Wenders will also be a part of this 16-day festival, selecting Paris, Texas, to screen on the occasion of its 30th anniversary along with two other films.

Films under the US Premiere are:

• Ain’t Misbehavin’

• For A Woman

• Regina

• Binding

• Ukraine Brides: 13 Years Later

• When Jews Were Funny

• Mamele

The films showcased under the New York Premiere include:

• Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came To Dingle

• The Congress

• Cupcakes

• The Jewish Cardinal

• Rita Jahan Foruz

• Rue Mandar

• The Strange Case Of Wilhelm Reich

• Up The Wrong Tree

• The Women Pioneers

Closing Film


The New York Premiere of Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida, which looks at the life of Anna, an orphan brought up in a convent in Poland, will close the fest.


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