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Mandell JCC Presents Hartford Jewish Film Festival March 13-23, 2010

Thirty films of comedy, romance, family, action, history, and sports will share the spotlight with live music and a children’s opera when the 14th Annual Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival raises the curtain at seven Greater Hartford theaters March 13 – 23, 2010, announced Mark Slitt and Ruthan Wein, Festival co-chairs.

Connecticut’s largest showcase of Jewish and Israeli films is presented by the Mandell Jewish Community Center with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and new partners, the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies and The Hartt School, University of Hartford.

New this year are Family Flicks, with an animated folk tale paired with a live children’s opera, “Reel Talk” post-film panels and Senior Screen. On closing night March 23, 70 musicians from The Hartt School will bring back the almost-lost art of the silent film era when they perform an original student-composed score accompanying a vintage Jewish silent film. The blossoming of Israel’s cinema industry is highlighted in ten Israeli entries spanning dramas and feel-good features, daring documentaries, and experimental short films. Almost all of the films, which hail from Argentina,
Canada, France, Israel, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States, are Hartford or Connecticut premieres.

“Butter the popcorn and be prepared to chuckle, sniffle, applaud, howl, gasp, and be dazzled this March”, said Harriet J. Dobin, festival Director. “The Mandell JCC’s Hartford Jewish Film Festival and our partners are widening the lens in 2010, with thirty brilliant films, seventy musicians, a live children’s opera, new events for families and seniors, guest film directors and subjects, parties and post-film panels. Welcome to movie heaven for New England film-lovers!”
West Hartford’s Wilde Auditorium at the University of Hartford and Hebrew Health Care join five venues including the Aetna Theater at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, (Hartford); Beth El Temple, Criterion Cinema at Blue Back Square and the Mandell JCC, (West Hartford) and K & G Theaters, Bloomfield 8, (Bloomfield). “Tribute: Observations on Survival and Spirit – Lessons from the Holocaust”, sponsored by the Kirstein Family Fund for Holocaust Education at
the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, returns for a second season with eight original dramatic short films.

Opening Night Saturday, March 13, 2010 at the Aetna Theater, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art features the Hartford premiere of Hello Goodbye, reuniting French stars Fanny Ardant and Gerard Depardieu, who are hilariously lost and found in the Promised Land. Journey into deafness and the silent world of a remote Bedouin tribe in Voices from El Sayed and travel back in time with Hungry Hearts, a 1922 silent Jewish classic.  Close Harmony and From Shtetl To Swing present a rich musical treat. Cheer on Jewish hoopsters in The First Basket and Israeli
Sumo wrestlers in A Matter of Size. Strap in for a thrill ride with Nazi-hunting Israeli spies in The Debt. Families and children will enjoy Something From Nothing, an animated Jewish folk tale followed by a live English/Yiddish children’s opera based on this PJ Library book favorite.

Witness World War II heroism in Pride, Honor & Courage: Jewish Women Remember World War II, profiling more than a dozen Hartford women who served their country. Refusenik recalls the courageous Soviet Jews and historic moments behind the headlines of our generation’s greatest liberation movement. Meet the Hartford granddaughters and see the amazing true story of a Polish Catholic woman who hid 16 Jewish neighbors from the Nazis in No. 4 Street of Our Lady.  Saviors in the Night reveals the unknown selflessness of German farmers who risked it all to save their Jewish friends.  South American Jewish life shapes two Argentinean entries, Letters for Jenny and La Camera Obscura, spanning the centuries with touching love stories and poignant family dramas.

A ballroom dance class in Love and Dance and the political scandal of Eli and Ben help two Israeli teens come of age. The politics and problems of Israel and her neighbors are interpreted in two powerful, award-winning films, Lemon Tree and For My Father. A modern-day Jerusalem heroine finds her biblical namesake’s temptations shockingly real in Bruriah.

Blond, blue-eyed baby Leah, a rookie war correspondent and a troubled violinist are some of the characters introduced in the eight original dramatic short Holocaust films featured at Tribute – Observations on Survival and Spirit – Lessons from the Holocaust. (from Press Book 14th Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival)

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