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Film Festival and Jewish Community present Jewish Film Festival Nov. 2-6


Best of Jewish cinema presented in 5-day mini festival at Mary D. Fisher Theatre

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to team up with the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley to present the second annual Sedona Jewish Film Festival Nov. 2-6 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
The program will feature the best of Jewish cinema, including 10 award-winning films representing six foreign countries and the United States. The five-day event will include both narrative and documentary features.    

PARIS-MANHATTAN — Opening Night Film
Preceded by the award-winning short film “Woody Before Allen"
Showing: Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Narrative Feature • 77 min

France • Directed by Sophie Lellouche
A beautiful but loveless thirty-something’s obsession with Woody Allen is put to the test by a gallant Frenchman in this delightful romantic comedy and surefire crowd-pleaser. Under constant pressure to marry from her increasingly anxious Jewish parents, flaxen-haired Alice (an adorable Alice Taglioni) fills prescriptions alongside her father at their family-owned pharmacy. Rather than dating, she seeks refuge in the world of Woody Allen, engaging in imaginary conversations and surrounding herself with images of the iconic filmmaker, continually quoting his trademark witty Woody-cisms, and even prescribing her customers DVDs of his movies to help alleviate their ailments. Will a chance encounter with handsome Victor (the effortlessly debonair Patrick Bruel) finally bring her a winning suitor and happy ending? Playfully poking fun at the ongoing French love affair with the New York auteur, “Paris-Manhattan” affectionately references a slew of indelible movie moments in a breezy and jazz-infused package from writer-director Sophie Lellouche.

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Documentary Short • 14 min

France/Russia/Germany/USA • Directed by Masha Vasyukova
Woody Before Allen is an adventurous meditation on past and present, on two former Konigsbergs — a man and a city that no longer use the same name: one is a Russian city that was renamed Kaliningrad, another a renowned film director who changed his name to Woody Allen. To commemorate the bizarre connection between these two former Konigsbergs, Masha Vasyukova, a native of the city, makes it her mission to put a statue in Kaliningrad to honor Woody Allen.

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Showing: Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2:30 p.m.
(includes a Q&A with filmmaker Roberta Grossman)

Documentary Feature • 75 min
USA/Ukraine/Israel • Directed by Roberta Grossman
It's to music what the bagel is to food – a Jewish staple that has transcended its origins and become a worldwide hit. Bob Dylan sang it. Elvis, too. And that’s only the beginning when it comes to Hava Nagila. Follow the infectious party song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the cul-desacs of America in this hilarious and surprisingly deep film. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Leonard Nimoy, Regina Spektor and more, Hava Nagila (The Movie) takes viewers from Ukraine and Israel to the Catskills, Greenwich Village, Hollywood – and even Bollywood – using the song as a springboard to explore Jewish history and identity and to spotlight the cross-cultural connections that can only be achieved through music.  

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Live from New York's 92nd Street Y
Piers Morgan with Dr. Gail Saltz
Sunday, Nov. 3rd • 5:30 PM

What kind of a guy thrives in the rough-and tumble world of British tabloids, the primetime performances of “America’s Got Talent” and the high-profile drama of a nightly broadcast on CNN? Piers Morgan is what kind of guy. Hear about his surprising career, his passionate campaign against gun control and his new book (based on his diary), Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God and George Clooney as he talks with Dr. Gail Saltz, psychiatrist and “Today Show” contributor.

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Showing: Sunday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Narrative Feature • 95 min
Netherlands/Begium • Directed by Vincent Bal
A witty, spirited and action-packed adventure about an almost-thirteen-year-old boy named Nono, his world of confusions, fears and fantasies. Nono longs to be a good detective like his father, a famous police inspector, but his wild nature constantly gets him into trouble.  Gaby, his father's secretary, cherishes Nono and recognizes his anguish, which comes from his lack of knowledge about his mother, who died when he was little. Two days before his Bar Mitzvah, he is sent off to his uncle's to be disciplined yet again. Once on the train, the over-imaginative boy discovers one last chance to prove himself. Together with charming international thief Felix Glick, an old acquaintance of his father's, he travels to the French Riviera and enters a world of disguises and crazy pursuits, crossing paths with the famous singer Lola Ciperola (played by Isabella Rossellini) and Zohara, a mysterious woman whose secrets will forever change Nono's life. Based on the beloved novel by David Grossman, The Zigzag Kid uses wit and humor to explore the most fundamental questions of good and evil and to speak directly to adults and teenagers.

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Showing: Monday, Nov. 4 at 4:00 p.m.

Documentary Feature • 60 min
Israel/Germany • Directed by Tamar Tal
In “Life In Stills,” Miriam Weissenstein, age 96, never imagined that she would be facing a new chapter in her life. But when "The Photo House" – her late husband Rudi’s life’s work – was destined for demolition, even this opinionated and uncompromising woman knew she needed help. Under the cloud of a family tragedy, a special relationship is forged between Miriam and her grandson, Ben, as they join forces to save the shop and its nearly one million negatives that document Israel’s defining moments. Despite the generation gap and many conflicts, Ben and Miriam embark on a heart-wrenching journey, comprising many humorous and touching moments – a journey that requires a lot of love, courage, and compassion.

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Documentary Short • 29 min
Israel/Canada • Directed by Bernard Dichek
Ever wonder about the distant place where your parents grew up? What does it look like today? What are the people like? When the son of Holocaust survivors travels to his parents' hometown in Eastern Europe, the stories he heard as a child come alive in unexpected ways. It is all beautifully portrayed in “The Kalusz I Thought I Knew.” In this first-person narrative, filmmaker Bernard Dichek explores the hometown in Poland that his father never returned to after surviving the war. But stories about Kalusz filled the filmmaker’s childhood. And after his father’s death, Dichek decides to search for his ancestral house. He meets Tanya, a young Jewish woman who knows a little about the town's Jewish history, and his search becomes her search. A cast of comic and tragic characters — a beer production manager, a rabbi, Ukrainian farmers and a fisherman's children –provide clues about the past.


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Live from New York's 92nd Street Y
Alan Dershowitz and Jeffrey Toobin
Monday, Nov. 4th • 6:00 PM

You know that Alan Dershowitz, the preeminent defense lawyer in America today, has had an impact on the lives of storied clients like O. J. Simpson, Claus von Bülow, Bill Clinton, Julian Assange, Jeffrey MacDonald, Patty Hearst, Mike Tyson, and many more. But who has affected Dershowitz himself? The attorney and author is now Taking the Stand in a new memoir and on 92Y’s stage. Jeffrey Toobin, author (The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court), New Yorker writer and CNN analyst, interviews Dershowitz. Thane Rosenbaum, the John Whelan Distinguished Lecturer in Law at Fordham Law School, director the Forum on Law, Culture & Society, will moderate.
Professor Alan M. Dershowitz is Brooklyn native who has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights,” “the best-known criminal lawyer in the world,” “the top lawyer of last resort,” “America’s most public Jewish defender” and “Israel’s single most visible defender – the Jewish state’s lead attorney in the court of public opinion.”

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ALL IN (La suerte en tus manos)
Showing: Monday, Nov. 4 at 8:00 p.m.

ALL IN (La suerte en tus manos)
Narrative Feature • 110 min
Argentina/Spain • Directed by Daniel Burman
In the romantic comedy “All In,” professional poker player Uriel has been on a real hot streak — with the ladies — since his marriage fizzled out. Happy with developing his online gambling business, being single, and raising his two sweet kids, Uriel takes a gamble on a new life of freedom. Just as he is about to do so, he runs into his old pre-marriage flame, Gloria, newly arrived in Buenos Aires after years abroad — which may change his course of action. Starring the great Valeria Bertuccelli and Oscar-winning songwriter Jorge Drexler, this romantic comedy from Daniel Burman unfolds in the acclaimed director’s signature style: poignant, natural, and bitingly funny.

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Showing: Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 4:00 p.m.

Narrative Feature • 101 min
Croatia • Directed by Branko Ivanda
A powerful, true story of two 13-year-old girls: Lea Deutsch — known as the Croatian Shirley Temple, and her dancing partner, Darija Gasteiger. Selling out theatres and praised by critics hailing from both Croatia and Europe, the dancing duo comes face to face with the political realities of World War II. During the Nazi persecution of Jews and the later German nationals’ flight from Communists, a dramatic friendship is born through entertainment and dance, but also anxiety.

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Showing: Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7:00 p.m.
(followed by discussion)

Documentary Feature • 115 minutes
USA • Directed by Richard Trank
Based on the best-selling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, “The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers” takes the audience inside the offices of Israel’s Prime Ministers through the eyes of an insider, Yehuda Avner, who served as a chief aide, English language note-taker, and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres. The film focuses on Ambassador Avner’s years working with Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir and then US Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin and reveals new details about the Six-Day War, the development of Israel’s close strategic relationship with the United States, the fight against terrorism, the Yom Kippur War and its aftermath.


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Showing: Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 4:00 p.m.
(followed by a panel discussion)

Narrative Feature • 104 min.
Poland • Directed by Wladyslaw Pasikowski
A gripping thriller, “Aftermath” tells the story of two brothers: Jozek and Franek, who discover a terrible secret and are forced to revise their perception of their father, their entire family, their neighbors, and the history of their nation. Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer, are brothers from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 80’s, and cut all ties with his family.  Only when Jozek’s wife arrives in the US, without explanation, does Franek finally return to his homeland. The brothers are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue and eventually uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family and their hometown.

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DORFMAN IN LOVE — Closing night film
Showing: Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7:00 p.m.
(followed by a Q&A with filmmaker/writer Wendy Kout)

Narrative Feature • 92 min
USA • Directed by Brad Leong
Deb Dorfman (Sara Rue), 27 and single in Los Angeles, has had it with serving people. Among those placing demands are her widowed, irascible father, Burt (Elliott Gould), with whom she lives in the San Fernando Valley; her unhappily married brother, Daniel (Jonathan Chase), who employs her; and her hunky Web journalist friend Jay (Johann Urb), whom she secretly pines for and whose loft she has volunteered to house-sit and decorate while he’s away for a week. But no one is taking care of her. That loft makeover brings an opportunity for change, and Deb runs with it, with help from Cookie, an attractive single artist on the same floor. Will Deb break free to live her own life and forgive her Dad? Over the course of one crazy week, brave Deb Dorfman will discover true love by having learned to love herself.

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The Sedona Jewish Film Festival is sponsored by the Cultural Committee of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley; The Gold Team: Andy and Cindy Golding of Century 21-Sexton Realty; and Purple People, Inc. and Dog Eats Hat Productions, Tami Pivnick and Susan Broude.
Tickets for each show are $12 general admission, or $9 for Film Festival members.

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To order tickets by phone and for more information, please call 928-282-1177.

Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.

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