Hester Street (New 4K Restoration!)
Dir. Joan Micklin Silver | 89 min
EnglishYiddish with English subtitles
Among the great cinematic portraits of Jewish life in America, Joan Micklin Silver’s debut feature is anchored by her own screenplay (adapted from Abraham Cahan’s 1896 novella Yekl: A Tale of the New York Ghetto) and an unforgettable, Oscar-nominated performance by Carol Kane (2015 WJFF Visionary Award honoree).
Kane stars as Gitl, one half of an Eastern European Jewish couple alongside Yankel (Steven Keats). Upon arriving in New York’s Lower East Side in the late 19th century, Gitl finds that Yankel, who’d come over to America before her and their young son Yossele, has acclimated to their new country fairly well—but he has also begun an affair with a dancer, and Gitl finds herself in an unenviable situation in a strange new place.
Hester Street meticulously reconstructs this bygone haven for Jewish immigrants to masterfully paint one woman’s journey to assimilation and her arrival at the crossroads of tradition and modernity. A Cohen Media Group release. Restored in 4K in 2020 from the 35mm original negative by Cohen Film Collection at DuArt Media Services.
–Note adapted from the New York Film Festival
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Saturday, October 28:10 PM Cafritz Hall
Sunday, October 33:40 PM Cafritz Hall
Tuesday, October 57:30 PM Cafritz Hall
Friday, October 81:00 PM Cafritz Hall Matinee
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- An entrancing experience ― Kenneth Turan, Washington Post
- Profoundly moving and beautiful ― -Rex Reed, Daily News
- A portrait of Eastern European Jewish life in America that historians have praised for its accuracy of detail and sensitivity to the challenges immigrants faced during their acculturation process.” ― National Film Registry, Library of Congress
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