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Festival Notebook: Jerusalem Keeps Its Cool Amid Rocket Attacks

14 July 2014 12:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

I was still on the road to Jerusalem  — where I had been invited to serve as a member of the documentary jury at this year’s Jerusalem Film Festival —  last Thursday, when the first air raid siren sounded. “Can you hear it?” asked the driver charged with transporting me and two other American journalists from the Tel Aviv airport as he rolled down the window. Apparently, protocol in these situations is to pull over, exit the vehicle, and lie down on the ground. But our driver proceeded apace, noting with delight that there was now much less traffic on the highway.

Israelis seem sanguine about the rocket attacks. But the festival saw some guests cancel and the opening night gala had to be rescheduled. Otherwise the festival’s opening weekend went off without any visible hitches. To be sure, the mood has been occasionally tense: on Saturday afternoon, during an »

- Scott Foundas

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2nd Annual Israel Film Center Festival: Patrick Stewart, Cranes, and Surviving the Holocaust

11 June 2014 11:31 AM, PDT | | See recent CultureCatch news »

Thanks to Manhattan’s favorite cultural philanthropist, Carole Zabar  -- you know her rugelach -- a second year of the Israel Film Center Festival will be unspooling at various venues around the city, but mainly at The Jewish Community Center on the Upper West Side from June 12th through June 19th.

A highlight of the fest is Yael Reuveny’s engrossing three-generation exploration of her family’s post-Holocaust existence, Farewell, Herr Schwarz, a paean to those trying to come to terms with the past.

Michla Schwarz, Yael’s grandmother, was the lone member of her family to survive the Holocaust, or so she thought. Immigrating to Israel, she married, raised a family, and died emotionally scarred with an unyielding hatred for everything German. Her daughter Etty, who remembered her mother screaming at night and being emotionally distant, is also enveloped in this decades-old enmity.

But one day just before Michla’s death, »

- Brandon Judell

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