What: Louisville Jewish Film Festival
When: February 8 through March 3
Where: Village 8 Theatres; Other locations include Baxter Theatre, Bellarmine University, Speed Cinema at the Speed Art Museum and the Louisville Science Center’s 4-story digital theatre
Price: $10 in advance; $12.50 at the door; $5 student tickets.
More details: For the full list of films and descriptions, screening locations, price and ticket information for the 2020 Louisville Jewish Film Festival, visit www.jewishlouisville.org/filmfestival.
“While these films document Jewish history, contemporary issues, or stories told through a Jewish lens, these award-winning films are just good films enjoyed by everyone,” says Marsha Bornstein, Louisville Jewish Film Festival Director. “Our schedule this year offers light entertainment (Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles, featuring local performers), thought-provoking films (Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive), and historical documentaries (Carl Laemmle). There will be receptions and speakers following some of the films. This year we are excited to have Dani Menkin back in Louisville. He is the filmmaker of Picture of His Life.”
Among the films selected for the 22nd film festival are international and national award winners, many of which were huge successes at other Jewish Film Festivals. Three films to note for the Festival include, Shoelaces, Tel Aviv on Fire” (trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdQQa42URJw)and Picture of His Life.
Shoelaces is a drama about a complicated relationship between a man and his exuberant, special-needs son he abandoned when young, that he now must care for. This film was nominated for eight Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film and won many audience awards at film festivals.
Tel Aviv on Fire is a drama/comedy of a failing Palestinian writer living in Jerusalem, who is “persuaded” by an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) officer, as he enters the daily checkpoint to Ramallah, to change the plot of his soap opera to make the officer’s wife happy.
Picture of His Life is a documentary of the life of Amos Nachoum, a world-famous Israeli underwater and wildlife photographer. This beautifully cinematic film tells the story of his early life and his past experiences that influenced his career. Film maker Dani Menkin will speak at the showing of the film in the 4-story theatre at Kentucky Science Center.
For further Festival info, contact Marsha Bornstein at [email protected].