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July 25, 2018

93Queen

USA English SFJFF 2018
July 25
Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Borough Park, Brooklyn is home to the country’s largest ultraorthodox Jewish community, one guided by conservative principles, including those dictating that women never engage in physical contact with non-familial men. Yet, in medical emergencies, it is the men of Hatzolah Emergency Medical Service who care for women. A mother of six, a lawyer and a tornado-like force, Rachel “Ruchie” Freier and her crew of dutiful yet revolutionary women are ready to change this.

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Chasing Portraits

USA English SFJFF 2018
July 25
CineArts
3000 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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First-time Bay Area filmmaker Elizabeth Rynecki takes us along on a quest to find her Polish-Jewish great-grandfather Moshe Rynecki’s lost artworks. The art disappeared after he was deported to the Warsaw Ghetto and perished at Majdanek. His more than 800 paintings and sculptures portrayed scenes of everyday Jewish life, and although her family was able to save some of it, Elizabeth knew there were many more pieces out there.

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Commandments

Israel Hebrew SFJFF 2018
July 25
Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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After heisting a priceless mezuzah, wily thief Amram needs a place to hide, a place no one would ever suspect. He lands in just the spot in a company of Orthodox Jews undergoing basic training for the Israeli army. Our anti-hero (or is it hero?) must now earn the trust of his comrades and pass basic training, all the while keeping his secret past hidden, as well as the stolen loot.

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Jews in Shorts: Documentaries

July 25
Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Truth can be found in the oddest places. This year’s collection of documentary shorts finds moments of epiphany whether it be in a fast food restaurant, performing in a death metal band, in a truck loaded with Israeli bananas traveling to Gaza, unexpected success in a Crown Heights ultra-Orthodox community, or contemplating loss while gazing at a sugar maple tree in Atlanta.

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Murer–Anatomy of a Trial

Austria Luxembourg English German Hebrew Yiddish SFJFF 2018
July 25
CineArts
3000 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Vilnius was once known as the “Jerusalem of the North,” but by 1943 its vibrant Jewish community had been decimated from 80,000 before the war to only 600 survivors. Based on records from the 1963 ten-day trial of SS officer Franz Murer, known as the “Butcher from Vilnius,” this transfixing courtroom drama restages the vivid testimonies, World Jewish Congress conspiracy theories and unruly behind-the-scenes machinations of the case with an aptly titled “anatomical” intensity.

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The Oslo Diaries

Canada Israel Hebrew SFJFF 2018
July 25
Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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EAST BAY OPENING NIGHT. In 1992, with Israeli-Palestinian relations at a low and official communication suspended, an unlikely group of negotiators—two Israeli professors and three PLO members—met secretly in Norway. Faced with a Palestinian uprising in the West Bank, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin needed a new direction. The political drama with all its intrigue, suspicion and discord is told through the actual diaries of the negotiators and the long-discarded footage of the actual Oslo negotiations.

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To Dust

USA English SFJFF 2018
July 25
Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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CENTERPIECE NARRATIVE. A Hasidic cantor (Géza Röhrig) and an under-equipped biology professor (Matthew Broderick) become blasphemously obsessed with the process of a human body’s decay. What follows are illicit dives into anatomy textbooks, outlandish homemade experiments, a road trip to a body farm, and the ever-lurking prospect of dybbuk possession. Röhrig and Broderick are an unholy match made in deadpan heaven as they embark on this increasingly literal journey into the underground.

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The Waldheim Waltz

Austria German SFJFF 2018
July 25
CineArts
3000 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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CENTERPIECE DOCUMENTARY. In 1986 former United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim launched an election bid to become Austria’s president. But revelations suddenly surfaced that Waldheim had been a German army officer suspiciously close to Nazi wartime atrocities in the Balkans. A stunning chronicle of the heated race and its foreshadow of populist, right-wing demagogues from Donald Trump to Austria’s Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache.

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When Heroes Fly

Israel Hebrew SFJFF 2018
July 25
CineArts
3000 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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A group of soldiers was hours from home after fighting in the 2006 Lebanon War when a chance encounter ended one of their lives. Eleven years later the four remaining soldiers band together to rescue a family member abducted by a Colombian cartel. A big winner at Canneseries, TV series pilot When Heroes Fly offers a unique glimpse into how young men and women return to society after the devastation of mind and spirit.

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