Carmel Jewish Film Festival 2020 Films

Saturday, March 7, 2020: "Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles"

Carmel High School Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel / 6:30 p.m. Opening Night reception (two reception tickets required) / 7:30 p.m. film (ticket required) followed by program (included with film ticket)

The origin story behind one of Broadway's most beloved musicals, Fiddler on The Roof, and its creative roots in early 1960s New York, when "tradition" was on the wane as gender roles, sexuality, race relations and religion were evolving.

Documentary / United States / Director: Max Lewkowicz / 90 minutes / English / PG

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Sunday, March 8, 2020: "Violins of Hope"

Carmel High School Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel / 2 p.m. reception (ticket required) / 3 p.m. film (no ticket required) / 4:15 p.m. program (ticket required) / 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception (ticket required)

Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust, narrated by Academy Award-winner Adrien Brody, is a documentary featuring Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein and his efforts to restore violins recovered from the Holocaust. Some were played by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps; others belonged to the Klezmer musical culture, which was all but destroyed by the Nazis. From their amazing stories and Weinstein's mission to collect and restore the instruments comes the inspiration for this one-hour documentary.

Documentary / U.S.A. / Director: Lance K. Shultz / 60 minutes / English / PG-13

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020: "The Keeper"

Lighthouse Cinemas, Pacific Grove / 7 p.m. film (ticket required)

The true story of a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, becomes a soccer icon. His love for an Englishwoman carries him through winning over his harshest opponents, but it may not be enough as fate twists against him.

Drama / U.S.A. & Germany / Director: Marcus Rosenmuller / 119 minutes / English & German / PG-13

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Thursday, March 12, 2020: "93 Queen"

Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel / 7:00 p.m. film (ticket required) followed by Q & A with Rabbi Dovid & Binie Holtzberg (included with film ticket)

Set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, 93 Queen follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are smashing the patriarchy in their community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City. With unprecedented — and insider — access, 93 Queen offers up a unique portrayal of a group of empowered women who are taking matters into their own hands to change their own community from within.

Documentary / U.S.A. / Director: Paula Eiselt / 85 minutes / English / PG-13

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Saturday, March 14, 2020: "Budapest Noir"

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Irvine Auditorium / 6:30 p.m. reception (ticket required) / 7:30 p.m. film (ticket required), Q & A with Director Eva Gardos follows film (included with film ticket)

A scrappy reporter investigates the brutal murder of a femme fatale, found dead with a Jewish prayer book, leading him into the dark crime underworld of 1930’s Hungary in this stylish thriller.

Narrative / Hungary / Director: Eva Gardos / 95 minutes / Hungarian with English subtitles / R

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Sunday, March 15, 2020: "The Accountant of Auschwitz"

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Irvine Auditorium / 3:00 p.m. film (ticket required), panel discussion follows film (included with ticket) / wine and cheese reception following Q & A (ticket required)

The Accountant of Auschwitz reconstructs the controversial war crimes trial of one of the last living perpetrators of the Holocaust. But bringing war criminals to justice asks fundamental moral questions with few simple answers.

Documentary / Canada / Director: Matthew Shoychet / 80 minutes / German with English subtitles / PG-13

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020: "Tel Aviv on Fire"

Lighthouse Cinemas, Pacific Grove / 7 p.m. film (ticket required)

In this comedy, Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise - until the soldier and the show’s financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle.

Feature, Comedy, Satire / Luxembourg, Belgium, Israel, France / Director: Sameh Zoabi / 97 minutes / Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

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Thursday, March 19, 2020: "Night of Shorts"

Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel / 7 p.m. film (ticket required)

A special evening focusing on the art of the Short Film. From drama to comedy to documentary, these films will engage the mind and provide food for thought. A discussion with filmmaker will follow.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020: "Shoelaces"

Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel / 7:00 p.m. film (ticket required) / 8:30 p.m. wine and dessert reception (ticket required)

This heartwarming story of a complicated relationship between a special needs adult son who wants to donate a kidney to his aging, ailing father who abandoned him as a child because of his disabilities.

Narrative Comedy / Israel / Director: Jacob Goldwasser / 90 minutes / Hebrew with English subtitles / PG

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Sunday, March 22, 2020: "Abe"

Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel / 5:30 p.m. Closing Night reception (2 reception tickets required) / 6:45 p.m. film (ticket required), panel discussion follows film (include with film ticket)

The son of an Israeli mother and a Palestinian father learns the art of cooking while searching for his identity amid one of the longest-running conflicts on the planet.

Dramedy / U.S.A. / Director: Fernando Grostein Andrade / 85 minutes / English

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Special Events and Guests

March 7, 2020

Opening Night Reception (two reception tickets required)

Carmel High School Center for the Performing Arts / 6:30 p.m.

March 8, 2020

Pre-film and Post-film Receptions / Violins of Hope presentation and performance by Cookie Segelstein

Carmel High School Center for the Performing Arts / 2 p.m. pre-reception (ticket required) / 3 p.m. film (no ticket required) / 4:15 p.m. program (ticket required) / 5:30 post-reception (ticket required)

 

March 12, 2020

Q & A with Rabbi Dovid and Binie Holzberg

Congregation Beth Israel / 7 p.m. film (ticket required) / Q & A with local Chabad Rabbi and his wife will follow film (included with ticket)

 

March 14, 2020

Reception and Q & A with Director Eva Gardos

Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey, Irvine Auditorium / 6:30 p.m. reception (ticket required) / 7:30 p.m. film (ticket required) / Q & A with Director Eva Gardos follows film (included with film)

March 15, 2020

Panel Discussion

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Irvine Auditorium / 3 p.m. film (ticket required) / panel discussion follows film (included with film)

March 21, 2020

Wine and Dessert Reception

Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel / 7 p.m. film (ticket required) / 8:30 p.m. wine and dessert reception (ticket required)

March 22, 2020

Closing Night Reception

Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel / 5:30 p.m. closing night reception (2 reception tickets required) / 6:45 p.m. film (ticket required) / discussion follows film with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum, Congregation Beth Israel, and Abdel Steck, President of the Islamic Society at Monterey County (included with film ticket)

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