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 PM Opening Night reception (two reception tickets required) / 7:30 PM Film followed by Q & A and performance by Michael Bernardi (film ticket required) Special guest appearance by Reg Huston and Alisa Fineman.

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 / USA / 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 PM Reception (one reception ticket required) / 3 PM Film (no ticket required) / 4:15 PM Program (special program 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 / USA / Director: Lance K. Shultz / 60 minutes / English / PG-13

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020: "The Keeper"

Lighthouse Cinemas, Pacific Grove / 7 PM Film (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 English woman carries him through winning over his harshest opponents, but it may not be enough as fate twists against him.

Drama / USA & 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 PM Film followed by talkback with Rabbi Dovid & Binie Holtzberg (film ticket required)

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 / USA / Director: Paula Eiselt / 85 minutes / English / PG-13

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Saturday, March 14, 2020: "Budapest Noir"

Congregation Beth Israel, 5716 Carmel Valley Road/ 6:30 PM Wine & Food Reception (one reception ticket required) / 7:30 PM Film followed by Q & A with Director Éva Gardós (one film ticket required)

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 1930s Hungary in this stylish thriller.

Narrative / Hungary / Director: Éva Gardós / 95 minutes / Hungarian with English subtitles / R

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

Congregation Beth Israel, 5716 Carmel Valley Road / 3 PM Film followed by panel discussion (film ticket required) / Wine and food reception follows Q & A (one reception 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 PM Film (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: Q & A with Filmmakers Tiffany Shlain, Ken Goldberg, and Michael Horwitz

Congregation Beth Israel / 7 PM films and Q & A with Tiffany Shlain, Ken Goldberg, and Michael Horwitz / Book-signing by Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg.

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 filmmakers will follow. Book signing with Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020: "Shoelaces"

Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel / 7 PM Film (film ticket required) / 8:30 PM Wine and dessert reception (one 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 PM Closing Night reception (2 reception tickets required) / 6:45 PM Film followed by talkback with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum and Abdel Seck (film ticket required)

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 / USA / Director: Fernando Grostein Andrade / 85 minutes / English

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Special Events and Guests

March 7, 2020

Opening Night Reception / Q & A and Entertainment by Michael Bernardi, Broadway actor. Special Guest Appearance by Reg Huston and Alisa Fineman.

Carmel High School Center for the Performing Arts / Opening Night Reception 6:30 PM. (two reception tickets required). Film 7:30 PM, followed by program

March 8, 2020

Reception / Violins of Hope presentation and performance by Cookie Segelstein

Carmel High School Center for the Performing Arts / 2 PM Reception (one reception ticket required) / 3 PM Film (no ticket required) / 4:15 PM Program (special program ticket required) 

 

March 12, 2020

Talkback with Rabbi Dovid and Binie Holzberg

Congregation Beth Israel / 7 PM Film and talkback with local Chabad Rabbi Dovid Holtzberg & Binie Holtzberg (film ticket required)

 

March 14, 2020

Reception and Q & A with Director Éva Gardós

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, McCone Building,  Irvine Auditorium / 6:30 PM Wine & Food Reception (one reception ticket required) / 7:30 PM Film and Q & A with Director Éva Gardós (film ticket required) 

March 15, 2020

Panel Discussion with Local Clergy and Reception

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, McCone Building, Irvine Auditorium / 3 PM Film and panel discussion with Reverend Elaine Gehrmann, Father Jerry Maher, and Rabbi Jeff Schulman (film ticket required) / Wine & Food Reception following panel (one reception ticket required)

March 19, 2020

Renowned Filmmakers Tiffany Shlain, Ken Goldberg, and Michael Horwitz Discuss Shorts Films

Congregation Beth Israel / 7 PM (film ticket required) / Q & A with award-winning filmmakers Tiffany Shlain, Ken Goldberg, and Michael Horwitz

March 21, 2020

Wine and Dessert Reception

Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel / 7 PM Film (film ticket required) / 8:30 PM Wine and dessert reception (one reception ticket required)

March 22, 2020

Closing Night Food Reception and Talkback with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum and Abdel Seck

Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel / 5:30 PM Closing Night reception (2 reception tickets required) / 6:45 PM Film and talkback with Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum, Congregation Beth Israel, and Abdel Steck, President of the Islamic Society of Monterey County  (film ticket required)

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