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Jewish Film Institute Launches VOD Platform of 35 Titles (Exclusive)

Jewish Film Institute Launches VOD Platform of 35 Titles (Exclusive)
The Jewish Film Institute's new VOD platform, Jfi On Demand, includes festival favorites from the Sfjff archives over the past three decades, including "5 Days" by Yoav Shamir, "Aliyah" by Elie Wajeman, "Out in the Dark" by Michael Mayer, "Forgiveness" by Udi Aloni, "Live and Become" by Radu Mihaileanu and more. The 35th edition of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival returns to the Bay Area this year from July 23 to August 9, 2015 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, the CinéArts Theatre in Palo Alto, the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, The California Theatre in Berkeley, and the Lakeside Theater in Oakland. Since 1981, the festival has screened over 1500 films. Read More: Noir City and Jewish Film Festival Compete for San Francisco Cinephiles To view all 35 film titles on Jfi On Demand, visit jewishfilminstitute.org.
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The Concert | Film review

The Romanian-born Franco-Israeli writer-director Radu Mihaileanu made a most affecting picture five years ago called Live and Become, chronicling the life over 20 years of an Ethiopian child passed off by his dying mother as a Jewish refugee during Operation Moses, Mossad's 1984 airlift of persecuted Ethiopian Jews, and reared in Israel and France as a Jew. His latest picture, The Concert, which deals obliquely with a similar situation in reverse, is much less satisfactory. The central character is Andrei Filipov (Aleksei Guskov), a once famous Soviet conductor purged by the Kgb in 1980 for his dangerously decent treatment of Jewish musicians and now a cleaner at the Bolshoi. One day he discovers a fax inviting the Bolshoi orchestra (which he despises) to fill in at a prominent Parisian theatre. He conceals the message and gets together a band of fellow Russian outcasts to fill the date. There's a good comic idea here
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The Infidel | Film review

David Baddiel's story of a Muslim man who discovers he is Jewish unfolds in a series of inventive, often very funny encounters, says Philip French

Ethnic identity and the troubling competition between religious groups have been perennial subjects for both tragedy and comedy, and for the melodramatic and sentimental spaces in between. Now with The Infidel, the author and Jewish stand-up David Baddiel, one of the sharpest and funniest men in Britain, has thrown himself into the fray at a time when the stakes are perhaps higher than ever before. Will he succeed where others have failed and how would his success be measured?

One of the most popular plays of the 1920s, Abie's Irish Rose, about the love affair between young Jewish and Irish New Yorkers, is now remembered largely for a couplet in Rogers and Hart's "Manhattan" ("Our future babies we'll take to Abie's Irish Rose/ I
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More Afm Promo Photos and Synopses For 7 More Movies Including Hellraiser, The Tournament, Earthbound

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The hits from this year’s American Film Market (Afm)* keep on coming. The yearly festival where buyers and sellers do business to bring us all the movies we’ll see in the (hopefully) near future offers plenty of photos and full synopses. You may not have the fat cash to purchase these movies but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their first images and plot details. We’ve got the goods for Hellraiser, Earthbound (Starring Kate Hudson and Gael Garcia Bernal), Nowhere Boy, The Concert, The Tournament, and the animated films Escape from Planet Earth, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil. Check it all out (plus the digital version of the promo poster for Scream 4) after the jump. Please note that I have copied down all synopsis exactly as they were originally written.

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Amreeka: A Palestinian in White Castle and Other Tales of Woe

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Once a year, a movie about an immigrant, with or without a family, appears upon our screens . . . and if you include small indie and foreign releases, make that once a month. The archetypal hero is either impoverished, in need of love, and/or relentlessly experiencing bigotry at the hands of the local populace, the police, and other governmental authorities. (Goodbye Solo (2009), The Visitor (2008), plus Live and Become (2005) are a few of the exemplary examples of this genre.)

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'Father' tops Santa Barbara

'Father' tops Santa Barbara
Christopher Jaymes' In Memory of My Father took the American Spirit Award, given to an indie feature made outside mainstream Hollywood, while Gavin Hoods' Tsotsi was named best international feature at the closing-night awards ceremony of the 21st annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which took place Sunday night. The Santa Barbara Independent Audience Choice for best feature was presented to Christian Carion's Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas). Radu Mihaileanu's Live and Become, centering on the Israeli patriation of the Ethiopian Jewish population, earned a special jury award.

Cesar has 'Beat' of its own: 10 noms

Cesar has 'Beat' of its own: 10 noms
PARIS -- The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Jacques Audiard's remake of James Toback's 1970s cult film Fingers, drummed up 10 nominations for the Cesar Awards, France's top film honors, including best film, director and actor (Romain Duris), organizers said. World War I drama Merry Christmas, France's contender for a foreign-language Oscar nomination, and Gabrielle, Patrice Chereau's adaptation of Joseph Conrad novel The Return, bagged six nominations each on Friday. Merry Christmas will vie for best French film with Beat, the Dardenne brothers' Palme d'Or winner L'enfant (The Child), Radu Mihaileanu's Live and Become and Xavier Beauvois' The Little Lieutenant. Beauvois' cop drama nabbed five nominations, including best film, director and actress, for Nathalie Baye.

Cesar has 'Beat' of its own: 10 noms

Cesar has 'Beat' of its own: 10 noms
PARIS -- The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Jacques Audiard's remake of James Toback's 1970s cult film Fingers, drummed up 10 nominations for the Cesar Awards, France's top film honors, including best film, director and actor (Romain Duris), organizers said. World War I drama Merry Christmas, France's contender for a foreign-language Oscar nomination, and Gabrielle, Patrice Chereau's adaptation of Joseph Conrad novel The Return, bagged six nominations each on Friday. Merry Christmas will vie for best French film with Beat, the Dardenne brothers' Palme d'Or winner L'enfant (The Child), Radu Mihaileanu's Live and Become and Xavier Beauvois' The Little Lieutenant. Beauvois' cop drama nabbed five nominations, including best film, director and actress, for Nathalie Baye.

Hopscotch gets jump on Toronto

Hopscotch gets jump on Toronto
SYDNEY -- Leading Australian independent distributor Hopscotch Films has jumped ahead of its rivals to make a pair of acquisitions in the days leading up to the Toronto International Film Festival, the company announced Monday. The company acquired Australian rights to Sergie Bodrov's Mongol from Beta Entertainment and dance documentary Ballets Russes, which Zeitgeist Films is distributing in the U.S. Hopscotch has previously found success with the acquisition of such hot non-fiction titles as Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, Spellbound and Travelling Birds. Ballets Russes will play at Toronto alongside other Hopscotch releases Mrs. Henderson Presents, Transamerica and Live and Become.

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