WinterFest 2018

February 10 – 11, 2018 at the Vogue Theatre and Alamo Drafthouse

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Welcome to WinterFest 2018, the Jewish Film Institute's weekend-long showcase of exciting and transcendent Jewish films from around the world. To browse the lineup and purchase individual program tickets, scroll down or click here

Tickets and passes can be purchased online 24/7 or by contacting the Box Office at boxoffice@jfi.org or (415) 621-0523. 

Films

Operation Wedding

Operation Wedding

Leningrad, 1970. A group of young Jewish dissidents who were denied exit visas, plot to hijack an empty plane and escape the USSR. Caught by the KGB a few steps from boarding, they were sentenced to years in the gulag and two were sentenced to death; they never got on a plane. 45 years later, filmmaker Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov reveals the compelling story of her parents, leaders of the group, "heroes" in the West but "terrorists" in Russia.

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Saturday February 10, 2018
12:00 p.m.
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West of the Jordan River

West of the Jordan River

Amos Gitai (Rabin, Free Zone) returns to the occupied territories for the first time since his 1982 documentary Field Diary. West of the Jordan River describes the efforts of citizens, Israelis and Palestinians, who are trying to overcome the consequences of occupation.

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Saturday February 10, 2018
1:30 p.m.
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Seeing Allred

Seeing Allred

To some, Gloria Allred is a money-grubbing, shrill feminist prone to tawdry theatrics; to others she’s the most effective and fearless women’s rights attorney in America. In Roberta Grossman and Sophie Sartain's (Hava Nagila: The Movie) intimate, warts-and-all documentary, one thing is certain: Allred’s 40-year devotion to asserting, protecting, and expanding the rights of women is unwavering and her influence unassailable.

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Saturday February 10, 2018
3:30 p.m.
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Humor Me

Humor Me

This heartfelt father-son comedy starring Elliott Gould, Jemaine Clement and Ingrid Michaelson follows a struggling playwright who is forced to move in with his joke-telling dad in a New Jersey retirement community and learns, as his father often says, "life's going to happen, whether you smile or not.”

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Saturday February 10, 2018
6:05 p.m.
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Shelter

Shelter

Naomi Rimon, a Mossad agent, is sent on an easy mission: to protect Mona, a Lebanese collaborator, in a safe house in Hamburg, Germany, for two weeks. But there are no easy missions in this world, certainly not in the world of espionage and intrigue.

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Saturday February 10, 2018
8:40 p.m.
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Itzhak

Itzhak

From Shubert to Strauss, Bach to… Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s transcendent violin playing evokes the depth of the human experience. This enchanting documentary details the virtuoso’s own struggles as a polio survivor and Jewish émigré, and reminds us why art is vital to life.

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Sunday February 11, 2018
11:20 a.m.
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Arthur Miller: Writer

Arthur Miller: Writer

Arthur Miller: Writer is an intimate portrait of one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century told from the unique perspective of his daughter, Rebecca Miller, who filmed interviews with her father over decades. Coupled with a wealth of personal archival material, the film provides new insights into Miller’s life as an artist and explores his character in all its complexity.

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Sunday February 11, 2018
1:25 p.m.
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Foxtrot

Foxtrot

In Samuel Maoz's award-winning, acclaimed narrative feature, Michael and Dafna are devastated when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life's unfathomable twists, which rival the surreal military experiences of his son.

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Sunday February 11, 2018
3:35 p.m.
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An Act of Defiance

An Act of Defiance

This riveting historical drama focuses on the life of Bram Fischer (exceptionally played by Peter Paul Muller), the courageous South African lawyer who risked his career to defend Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters during the incendiary times of apartheid.

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Sunday February 11, 2018
6:00 p.m.
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Abe and Phil's Last Poker Game (with a tribute to Martin Landau)

Abe and Phil's Last Poker Game (with a tribute to Martin Landau)

Dr. Abe Mandelbaum (Martin Landau) moves into a nursing home and strikes up a friendship with Phil Nicoletti (Paul Sorvino), a notorious gambler and womanizer. Their bond soon gets put to the test when they meet a nurse who thinks that her biological father lives in the home.

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Sunday February 11, 2018
8:35 p.m.
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WinterFest Passes

The WinterFest Weekend Pass is good for admission to all shows at both the Vogue Theatre and Alamo Drafthouse, February 10 - 11, 2018. 

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