* photo via Blumenthal, diretcor Seth Fisher 

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If you’re looking to do something different this weekend, consider exploring Jewish culture at Cinemas Palme D’Or via a film festival!  We are looking forward to catching a couple films because we can almost guarantee they will be well done, just going off the trailers and track records of other Jewish filmmakers in the industry.  If you know it will be good, educational and affordable – why not?

Read the information below for more info.  Make sure to click the tabs for Trailers and to Purchase tickets.

Visit http://celebrationofjewishfilm.com!

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The hopes and dreams of the Jewish people are beautifully captured with film. From the devastating power of “Schindler’s List” to the timeless joy of “Fiddler on the Roof,” film has told countless indelible stories of Jewish life. Cinémas Palme d’Or is committed to bringing you a spring filled with the very best from Jewish film festivals around the world. Thank you for 10 years of loyal support, and enjoy our Celebration of Jewish Film!

Join Us for our Celebration of Jewish Film

FOR A FULL SCHEDULE, VISIT CELEBRATIONOFJEWISHFILM.COM

Opening This Friday (March 14) AFTERMATH
Held over for a second week: BETHLEHEM
March 21: THE JEWISH CARDINAL
March 28: RE-EMERGING: THE JEWS OF NIGERIA
April 4: THE ZIG ZAG KID
April 11: BLUMENTHAL
April 18: POLICEMAN
April 25: AKA DOC POMUS
May 2: DANCING IN JAFFA
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BETHLEHEM

Featured Film: BETHLEHEM

Director: Yuval Adler
Premiering March 7

BETHLEHEM tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. Shuttling back and forth between conflicting points of view, the film is a raw portrayal of characters torn apart by competing loyalties and impossible moral dilemmas, giving an unparalleled glimpse into the dark and fascinating world of human intelligence.

Aftermath

Director: Władysław Pasikowski

Starting March 14

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. Franek discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community, and constantly receives various threats.

The Jewish Cardinal

Director: Ilan Duran Cohen

Starting March 21

THE JEWISH CARDINAL tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. When Carmelite nuns settle down to build a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities – and may be forced at last to choose his side.

Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria

Director: Jeff Lieberman

Starting March 28

“RE-EMERGING: The Jews of Nigeria” is a journey into the heart of Igboland and into the lives and culture of the Igbo people. The film introduces the world to the many synagogues that dot the land, and a handful of passionate, committed, and diverse characters — each striving to fulfill their historical legacy with few resources and unbeknownst to most of the world.


The Zig-Zag Kid

Director: Vincent Bal

Starting April 4

Nono wants to be like his father – the best police inspector in the world – but he constantly gets in trouble. Two days before his Bar Mitzvah, he is sent away to his uncle Sjmoel, who is supposed to get him back on track. However, during the train ride Nono gets one last chance to prove himself… Together with master-burglar Felix Glick – an old acquaintance of his father – he stops the train and enters a world of disguises, chases, French chansons and Zohara, a mysterious woman whose secrets will change Nono’s life forever.

Blumenthal

Director: Seth Fisher

Starting April 11

Celebrated playwright, Harold Blumenthal, has passed away after succumbing to cardiac arrest while laughing at his own joke. Now, Harold’s estranged and jealous brother, Saul, must confront his personal hang-ups to deliver himself from an epic bout of constipation. Meanwhile, Saul’s wife Cheryl and son Ethan must grapple with their own personal obstacles through a set of circumstances so improbably ironic they might as well have been lifted from one of Harold’s plays.

Policeman

Director: Nadav Lapid

Starting April 18

A fantastic new Israeli movie which received praising reviews at Locarno Festival 2011. A policeman in an elite counter-terrorism unit is thrown into an identity chaos, when he needs to face a hostage situation created by a marxist revolutionary group that strives for a new social order.


Aka Doc Pomus

Directors: William Hechter & Peter Miller

Starting April 25

“Save the Last Dance For Me” and “This Magic Moment” are only two of over 1,000 songs written by Jerome Felder, better known as Doc Pomus. This biographical documentary tells the story of one of the great founders of rock n’ roll who took the pop music scene by storm in the late 1950’s and 1960’s. He wrote, or co-wrote, many of Elvis Presley’s hits, as well as turning out material for the Drifters, the Coasters, Ray Charles and even Andy Williams.

Dancing in Jaffa

Director: Hilla Medalia

Starting May 2

Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulain stars in this charming documentary that offers a unique perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Three diverse Jaffa-based schools host Dulain’s Dancing Classrooms program. Ballroom basics are taught to an ethnically mixed group of children, the most passionate members of which are trained for a citywide competition. What results is a sweet and incredibly moving tale filled with moments of truth, poignancy and hope.

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