Monday, Mar 15, 2021 at 7:00am
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Welcome to the 9th Annual Boulder Jewish Film Festival!
Film Festival will be entirely virtual. Films can be streamed at your convenience. Join us for our talkback series with directors, producers, actors, and experts throughout the Festival.
Aulcie - 75 minutes
Aulcie Perry takes center court in Dani Menkin’s follow-up to On the Map, depicting the unlikely victory by fledgling Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 1977 European Basketball Championship. Here he focuses on the Israeli team’s improbable hero, tracing the African-American athlete’s life following the upset victory that enhanced Israel’s world image and boosted Israeli sports. Aulcie ended up staying in Israel, converting, and marrying a supermodel. But his remarkable and inspiring journey doesn’t end there.
Weapons of the Spirit - remastered 30th anniversary edition - 93 minutes
This 1989 instant classic explored the "conspiracy of goodness" that took place in and around Le Chambon-Sur-Lignon-a Protestant stronghold in Catholic France-where some 5,000 Jews were sheltered during Nazi occupation by some 5,000 Christians. Pierre himself was born here in 1944 but grew up in New York, where his parents put the past behind them. As an adult filmmaker, he returned to pay tribute to the remarkable life-saving mountain village by creating this award-winning memoir, initiating a life-long dedication to Holocaust education and memorialization.
Yiddish: The Mother Tongue - 56 minutes
As Pierre Sauvage began to explore his newly discovered Jewish identity as a young filmmaker, he began his journey of discovery with a lively celebration of the mama-loshen (mother tongue). Soon Sauvage would turn his attention to his own origin story, and train his lens on the subject that would become his life’s work: morality and the Holocaust. This 1979 Emmy Award-winning exploration proved prescient, released just before the Yiddish renaissance that revived a language and reinvigorated a people and culture.
Picture of His Life - 72 minutes
Dani Menkin’s portrait of a rugged individualist whose passion verges on obsession is a thrilling cinematic experience. Fearlessly adventurous, Amos Nachoum is one of the greatest underwater photographers of all time. At the age of 65, he has one last chance to fulfill his lifelong quest to be the first human to photograph polar bears while swimming with them without protection - as he has done with anacondas, giant leopard seals, great white sharks, orcas, and crocodiles. While he is on this daring journey to the Canadian high Arctic, the stoic sportsman and uncompromising artist must also confront a painful memory.
Not Idly By: Peter Bergson, America, and the Holocaust - 59 minutes
This shocking documentary pays tribute to the remarkable efforts by a group of mostly Palestinian Jews who labored mightily to make the rescue of the Jews of Europe a priority for American Jews and for the American government. An ardent Zionist and self-appointed political advocate for the millions being slaughtered in Europe, Bergson met with great resistance, leaving a painful legacy. Best known for the Bergson Group's provocative ad campaign, the 1943 Ben Hecht-Kurt Weill pageant "We Will Never Die" that toured the US and the rabbis’ march that same year, Bergson sadly remains an unsung hero to the Jewish people.
We Were There: Christians and the Holocaust - 57 minutes
Mostly shot in 1982 and edited decades later, this unsettling documentary performs a delicate balancing act, examining through their testimony the Christian motivations and deeds of four notable Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, while contrasting their determined rescue of Jews with an overarching ethical Christian failure forcefully conveyed by an American clergyman. The disparity is jolting and amounts to a probing assessment, like much of Sauvage’s work, of personal and collective responsibility.
Winter Journey - 90 minutes
Famed classical music radio host Martin Goldsmith brings to life his acclaimed memoir (The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany), which forms the basis for this imagined encounter between the author and his deceased father – played by the sublime German actor Bruno Ganz in his final performance before his death in February 2020. Goldsmith flirts with memory and history as co-screenwriter of this personal reckoning, examining what happened to his musician parents before they escaped from Germany in 1941, and exploring the moral quandary they faced as artists, German citizens, and Jews.
Here We Are - 92 minutes
Beloved Israeli actor Shai Avivi stars as Aharon, a gentle soul who has devoted his life to raising his autistic teenage son Uri. They live together in harmony, enjoying a special bond until their sheltered existence is threatened, and Aharon takes drastic measures to protect his son. But the father doesn’t always know best, and Aharon must face the terrible mixture of pride and fear all parents experience as their children test their wings.
Those Who Remained - 98 minutes
A profoundly human story of connection in a fractured world, this tenderly told tale of trauma, healing, and the fragility of the human heart focuses on the bond that forms between two Holocaust survivors. Set during post-war Hungary’s brutal years of communism, the beautifully realized drama deals with the painful aftermath of a horror that refuses to end. Reminiscent of The Lives of Others in its theme and restrained power, the story of tragic misunderstanding proves hauntingly intense, elucidating the mysteries of the heart.
Thou Shalt Not Hate - 96 minutes
Alessandro Gassmann (son of famed Jewish Italian actor Vittorio Gassman) stars as a Jewish Italian surgeon and child of Holocaust survivors whose quiet life is disrupted when he stumbles upon an accident and rushes to treat the victim. But when the good doctor discovers a Nazi tattoo on the man’s chest, he quickly abandons him. Plagued by remorse, he seeks out the Nazi’s children and forms an uneasy bond with the eldest daughter. Mauro Mancini’s incisive personal drama about one man’s ethical dilemma lays bare the legacy of Nazi ideology and racial hatred in Italy today.
On Broadway - 82 minutes
Directed by Academy-Award nominee Oren Jacoby, this spirited celebration of the Great White Way takes us on a backstage tour guided by Broadway’s greatest stars - from Mandy Patinkin to Lin Manuel Miranda. We merrily tag along on Broadway’s bumpy ride through the last few decades - witnessing innovations, a new emphasis on inclusion, and a continuing balancing act between art and commerce. High-kicking highlights of hit shows make this tribute to a beloved American institution currently in crisis immensely enjoyable.
Born In Jerusalem and Still Alive - 83 minutes
A thirty-something Jerusalem native is driven to become a tour guide in this darkly humorous exploration of the effects of trauma on the Israeli psyche, providing a prickly, personal perspective on the reality of daily life in the Holy Land. Our sincere if troubled guide tenderly cares for his aging father as he embarks on his own odd course of healing. A deadpan mixture of black comedy, romance, and psychology, the life-affirming film hinges on the offbeat appeal of its writer/director/star Yossi Atia, a filmmaker and performance artist known for a series of provocative, satirical short films that have screened around the world.
Honeymood - 90 minutes
Israeli writer/director Talya Lavie struck an edgy twenty-something chord with her 2014 female-centric debut, Zero Motivation, which won the Tribeca Film Festival Founder’s Award for best narrative feature and the Nora Ephron Prize. Lavie returns with this quirky comic drama about a bride and groom whose wedding night turns into an oddball odyssey through the streets of Jerusalem. At times bordering on the farcical, Honeymood surprises with flashes of insight into modern marriage.
4:00pm: Thou Shalt Not Hate
Join the festival’s founding director and former film critic Kathryn Bernheimer, along with guest speakers, for conversation that helps illuminate the viewing
experience. Always a highlight of the festival, our talkbacks provide an opportunity to share your thoughts and reactions as we come together as a community to explore Jewish life as revealed through the magic of cinema.
7:00pm: Yiddish: The Mother Tongue
Pierre Sauvage and special guest speakers discuss his 1979 Emmy Award winning exploration of the Mamaloshen, “Yiddish: The Mother Tongue,” created just as Yiddish was about to enjoy a renaissance that continues to this day.
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Pierre Sauvage Retrospective Passes - $75/household
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