Houston Jewish Film Festival

Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021

Houston, TX 77001

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Celebrating 17 Years of the Best Jewish and Israeli Films

New promising, entertaining and exceptional award-winning films are featured in this annual festival, which brings Jewish lives and stories to the big screen. With venues across town, the Festival, now in its 17th year, shines the spotlight on Jewish and Israeli culture, art and history.



Screening includes Q&A with Director Talya Lavie
Directed by Talya Lavie
Israel, 2020, 90 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles

Most newlyweds barely make it through the door of their hotel room before crashing from exhaustion, but these two end up spending their first night as a married couple journeying through the streets of Jerusalem. The root of their adventure? The groom’s ex-girlfriend sent him a ring as a wedding gift, which the bride is determined to return without delay. Written and directed by Israeli filmmaker Talya Lavie, who also made Zero Motivation, this hilarious film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The J is pleased to announce that opening night is underwritten by the newly established Margolis Family Endowment. We want to thank and recognize Judy and Rodney Margolis, Rosalyn and Barry Margolis, and Judy and Ken Margolis for their support and generosity.

Black Mercedes

Directed by Janusz Majewski
Poland, 2019, 123 minutes
German, Polish with English subtitles

In this gripping crime drama set in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation, a woman is murdered. But who is the woman? Is she the wife of a noted attorney and law professor or someone else? Is her husband something more than an attorney and professor? Who is the criminal investigator? Is he to be trusted to determine the truth? Nothing is what it seems. In the film noir tradition, Black Mercedes will keep you guessing and engrossed until its shocking conclusion.

Holy Silence

Directed by Steven Pressman
USA, 2020, 72 minutes

As Pope Pius XII, former Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, and Vatican Secretary of State, made deals with Hitler and Mussolini; he stayed silent about the Jews’ plight. Nevertheless, some consider him a saint who actually hid and protected Jews; others a sinner who did nothing. This documentary examines the history of his reign during the Nazi era and what could have been done to stop the murder of the six million. What is the truth? Recently, the Vatican opened its Archives regarding Pius XII’s reign so perhaps the truth will soon be revealed. 

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