Seret DC: A Celebration of Contemporary Israeli Cinema
The WJFF is proud to announce its Fall lineup, featuring Seret DC: A Celebration of Contemporary Israeli Cinema.
Seret DC – an 8-film Israeli cinema series running October 5-9 – will highlight some of Israel’s top films from the past year, from stoner comedy to action-packed TV drama, at the Edlavitch DCJCC. Find a full Festival lineup here. In addition to Seret DC, the WJFF will present regular weekly screenings from September through December as part of its Fall Season.
The Tenth Man
Tuesday, September 6, 7:30pm
Award-winning director Daniel Burman returns with The Tenth Man, a sharply-observed comedy that takes on the intricacies of identity, home and family.
After years away, Ariel is summoned by his distant father Usher to his childhood home in the bustling Jewish quarter of Buenos Aires, known as El Once. During Purim, Ariel seeks to reconnect with his dad, who runs a Jewish charity. Usher is regarded as a big macher in the close-knit community, but was frequently absent from his son’s life.
The Singing Abortionist
Tuesday, September 13, 7:30pm
Holocaust survivor. Womanizer. Pro-choice crusader. Dr. Henry Morgentaler is often referred to as the most loved and hated man in Canada. The Singing Abortionist is the deconstruction of the man behind the cause.
A rebel at heart, Henry called a press conference in the ‘70s to announce that he had performed 7,000 illegal abortions. To take it even further, he performed an abortion, live on television, on Mother’s Day, in 1972. Why would a man who had barely escaped Nazi Germany put himself back in a position to be imprisoned?
Followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Dara Bratt.
5 to 7
Tuesday, September 20, 7:30pm
Outside the Manhattan St. Regis Hotel, an aspiring young novelist (Anton Yelchin) first meets Arielle (Bérénice Marlohe), the sophisticated wife of a French Diplomat. Though she’s older, married, and the mother of two, Brian can’t help but be drawn to her and the two begin a cinq-a-sept affair.
It’s a clash with his traditional values and his parents (Frank Langella and Glenn Close) can barely handle the news, but Brian couldn’t be more smitten. As the two fall deeper in love, Brian begins to wish for more.
SERET DC (October 5 – 9) : Full Seret DC Lineup at the end of this list.
Touch of an Angel
Tuesday, October 25, 7:30pm
A lyrical and emotionally powerful documentary that brings to life the testimony and reminiscence of Henryk Schonker—a Jew from the town of Oswiecim, later renamed Auschwitz. In 1939, his father was the chairman of the Jewish community, whose task was to organize the Bureau of Emigration of Jews to Palestine, at the behest of the German military authorities.
This opportunity for legal immigration poses a crucial but most difficult question: had Western countries been willing to accept Jewish refugees, how many could have been saved?
Tuesday, November 1, 7:30pm
Academy Award nominee Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood) offers a mind-blowing musical journey to Jodhpur, India. Last spring, the Maharaja of Jodhpur hosted acclaimed Israeli composer/poet Shye Ben Tzur and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood. With a group of India’s finest musicians, they built a makeshift studio, and over the following three weeks, made joyous music together.
A cross-cultural meeting point between the mystical Islam of Sufi, Qawwali, and devotional poetries in Urdu, Hebrew and Hindi—and an extraordinary visual and sensory experience that will capture your imagination.
Time to Say Goodbye
Tuesday, November 22, 7:30pm
A lovesick German boy faces the aftermath of his parent’s split—and a slice of his manhood—in the laugh-out-loud coming-of-age comedy Time to Say Goodbye.
Simon is a 12-year-old kid going through a lot. Since his parent’s divorce, he bounces between them much like a ping-pong ball. Complicating matters, the family is religiously divided. Newly-observant father Frank insists that his squeamish son sacrifice his foreskin before his Bar Mitzvah, while liberal-minded mom Hannah is fed up with the pious posturing of her ex-husband.
Meanwhile, Simon falls head over heels in love with the new rabbi, Rebecca, who is, unfortunately, twenty years his senior.
Tuesday, November 29, 7:30pm
Israel 1995. With the peace process in full swing, Cali meets with her sisters in order to sell their childhood home: a piece of paradise in Atlit. They start quarrelling and old tensions resurface. Their parents insist on having their say: four years after their deaths, they randomly appear to fix the electricity, offer marriage counselling and generally weaken their daughters’ resolve regarding the house.
On the 4th of November, Yitzhak Rabin’s sudden assassination causes the sisters to further question their motives. What will become of this house in a country where the future holds no promise of peace?
Germans & Jews
Tuesday, December 6, 7:30pm
Today, Europe’s fastest growing Jewish population is in Berlin. Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, assuming the position of moral leader of Europe as they embrace hundreds of thousands of refugees. This development couldn’t have been imagined in 1945.
Through personal stories, Germans & Jews explores Germany’s transformation as a society from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. Unexpectedly, a nuanced story of reconciliation emerges. What began as a private conversation between the two filmmakers and friends grew into a cultural exchange among many, which is at once uncomfortable and provocative, unexpected and enlightening.
Tuesday, December 13, 7:30pm
In 1943, the Jews of Greater Bulgaria are forced to adhere to Germany’s rule. The friendship of teenagers Moni (a Jewish kid from Sofia) and Giogio (the son of the Commissar for Jewish Affairs’ chauffeur) is tested when they both fall in love with Shelly, a beautiful 17-year-old Jewish girl from Greece.
Bulgaria’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this is a touching story of teenage love and friendship unfolding against the horrors of war.
SERET DC (October 5 – 9)
Opening Night: One Week and a Day
Wednesday, October 5, 6:45pm
When Eyal finishes sitting shiva (the traditional Jewish week of mourning) for his late son, his wife Vicky urges him to return to their daily routine. Instead, he gets high with a young neighbor and sets out to discover that there are still things in his life worth living for. World premiered at the 2016 Cannes Critics Week.
Saturday, October 8, 3:00pm | Sunday, October 9, 12:30pm
In this heartfelt family film, Adam, a young boy grieving from the loss of his brother, discovers a mythical furry beast (an Abulele) living in his building. But when Adam realizes that it is not the Abulele but the humans who are the real monsters, he risks everything to save his friendly giant.
Thursday, October 6, 8:20pm | Saturday, October 8, 8:30pm
Nadia is a 20-year-old Arab girl who has a love affair with Nimer, a PLO activist. They move to England, where Nimer is caught by the authorities. Nadia manages to secure an Israeli passport belonging to a Jewish Israeli girl and begins a new life in disguise. When Nimer reappears, her long buried past comes knocking at her door.
Wednesday, October 5, 8:45pm | Sunday, October 9, 2:30pm
A nuclear showdown between Israel and Iran wouldn’t normally make for high comedy. But Dror Shaul manages to raise this weighty premise to high levels of absurdity in his farcical comedy, Atomic Falafel. A ragged cast of Israeli and Iranian ne’er-do-wells quickly finds themselves pawns and in a bizarre military plot cooked up by buffoonish defense and intelligence operatives.
Thursday, October 6, 6:45pm | Saturday, October 8, 5:00pm
Since the late 1980s, the IDF has operated special undercover units called Mista’arvim. They learn to speak perfect Arabic, pray at Mosques, and assimilate themselves into Palestinian communities. Fauda—one of Israel’s highest-rated television series of all time—depicts the lives and families of both these undercover soldiers and the operatives they hunt.
Sunday, October 9, 4:20pm
Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th Street NW
Ohad Naharin has directed Israel’s most accomplished dance company—Batsheva—since 1990. But it’s Ohad’s belief that dance should be accessible to everyone that leads to the film’s most cathartic moments, as the choreographer leads a room of ordinary people of all ages, shapes, and sizes through his Gaga-movement workshops.
Event and Ticket Link: http://www.wjff.org/films/mrgaga/
Saturday, October 8, 6:45pm
Adar’s relationship with her mom and stepfather is unconventional and intimate. While her mom is at work, Adar’s close relationship with her unemployed stepfather takes a dark turn involving role-playing games that turn fantasy into violation. As Adar’s home life turns increasingly intrusive, she begins to search for help outside.
Closing Night: Sandstorm
Sunday, October 9, 6:20pm
Two Bedouin women, a teenager and her mother, dare to defy polygamist marital traditions in southern Israel, in this exploration of the complex relationships among women in male-dominated societies, and their revolutionary potential for change.
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