2016 CJFF Lineup

FILM INFO & TICKETS

2016 Core Series

 

$115
All Festival Pass

All Festival Pass

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Don’t miss out on a great deal – 12 films for only $115.00 (a $145.00 value).

 

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$25
Film:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:15 PM
Sponsored by:
Charlotte Chapter of Hadassah
Dough

Dough

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Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, Evita, Game of Thrones, Glengarry Glen Ross, Pirates of the Caribbean) stars as an old Jewish baker whose faltering business is inadvertently saved by his young Muslim apprentice in the British dramedy DOUGH.

Widowed and down on his luck, Nat Dayan (Pryce) is desperate to save his London bake shop. His customers are dying off, his sons have no interest in keeping afloat the family business and real estate developer Sam Cotton (Philip Davis) has his own greedy plans for the property.

After his assistant leaves to work for a competitor, Nat reluctantly hires teenager Ayyash (Jerome Holder), a refugee from Darfur. Ayyash helps with the bakery’s daily chores while also selling cannabis on the side to help his struggling mother make ends meet. When he one day accidently drops his stash into the dough, the challah suddenly starts flying off the shelves. An unlikely friendship forms between Nat and Ayyash as business booms.

Directed by John Goldschmidt, DOUGH is a warmhearted and gently humorous story about finding redemption in unexpected places.

Special guest(s) scheduled to appear and there will be a dessert reception following the film.


Director: John Goldschmidt

Languages: English

Run Time: 94 minutes

Drama-Comedy
United Kingdom • 2015

 

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$10
Film:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:15 PM
Sponsored by:
Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte
Community Partner:
Temple Israel & The Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast
Rock in the Red Zone

Rock in the Red Zone

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ROCK IN THE RED ZONE presents an intimate and compelling tale of music and perseverance on the frontlines of a never-ending war.

On the edge of Israel’s Negev Desert, half a mile from Gaza (and directly in the path of thousands of Hamas rockets) is Sderot, a city made up of refugees from wide ranging locales such as Spain, North Africa and the Middle East. This melting pot of diverse cultures became the unlikely setting of inspiration as the people of Sderot found a way to cope with the trauma of being pummeled for 14 years by homemade missiles known as Qassams.

In underground bomb shelters, feelings of frustration, fear and hope have turned into magic – a unique Sderot sound that injects Middle Eastern influences into traditional Westerns beats, creating unique rhythms and a new genre that has transformed Israeli music.

In ROCK IN THE RED ZONE, filmmaker Laura Bialis shows how resilience and the power of artistic creation can transcend even the most challenging circumstances.

Special live musical performance by the film’s star Avi Vaknin is scheduled for after the film.


Director: Laura Bialis

Languages: English & Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 90 minutes

Documentary
Israel • 2015

Press
“Rock in the Red Zone” is the best and most important Israeli documentary I’ve seen in years. Nothing comes close to getting inside the Israeli psyche and soul.” – Yossi Klein Halevi

Awards
Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival – 2015 Best Documentary Audience Award

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$10
Film:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Hebrew Cemetery of Greater Charlotte
Surviving Skokie

Surviving Skokie

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SURVIVING SKOKIE centers on a series of dark days in small-town America that force a resilient group of Holocaust survivors to relive a devastating past. Eli Adler’s deeply personal film follows the journey of his father, Jack, a Polish immigrant and concentration camp survivor who rebuilt his life in Skokie, Illinois. But the quiet existence of hundreds of survivors is rocked to its core in the late ’70s when a neo-Nazi group announces plans to march through town. As the community comes together to confront these hate mongers, long-festering emotional scars and severe memories are uncovered.

SURVIVING SKOKIE combines fascinating historical footage and a penetrating first-person perspective to capture the intimate psychological details of 70 years of persecution and prejudice. The generational journey comes full circle after a poignant trip back to Poland provides a profound opportunity for a son to fully understand his father’s turbulent history.

Jack & Eli Adler are scheduled to appear for a talkback with the audience.


Director: Eli Adler and Blair Gershkow

Languages: English

Run Time: 66 minutes

Documentary
USA • 2015

Awards
Mill Valley Film Festival – 2015 Audience Favorite: Valley of the Docs Gold Award

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$10
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Sponsored by:
Diamonds Direct
Apples from the Desert

Apples from the Desert

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The rebellious teenage daughter of ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents journeys into the secular world in APPLES FROM THE DESERT, an adaptation of the award-winning Israeli play that poignantly explores themes of love and reconciliation.

Rebecca Abravanel (a radiant Moran Rosenblatt) is an only child, living a cloistered existence with her strictly religious Sephardic parents in Jerusalem. Unhappy with the restrictive traditions of home and community, she secretly breaks taboos, attending dance classes where she forms a relationship with secular kibbutznik Dooby (the acting debut of Israeli singer and guitarist Elisha Banai). Suspicious and angry in the face of Rebecca’s growing acts of rebellion, her strict father (Shlomi Koriat) reacts by setting in motion a prearranged marriage to an older widower with children of his own. After Rebecca runs away from home, the family conflict culminates in a moment of truth, forcing them to confront their beliefs and one another.

Nominated for three Israeli Academy Awards, APPLES FROM THE DESERT is a timeless and moving tale of tradition versus modernity.

Complimentary dessert reception sponsored by Diamonds Direct after the film.


Director: Matti Harari and Arik Lubetzky

Languages: Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 87 minutes

Drama
Israel • 2014

Awards
Atlanta JFF – 2015 Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema – 2015 BEVIE Award for Best Feature
Cinquest Film Festival, San Jose – 2015 Global Vision Award Winner
San Diego JFF – 2015 Special Jury Award Winner

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$15
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
11:00 AM
Community Partner:
Create Your Jewish Legacy
Breakfast at Ina's

Breakfast at Ina’s

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Ina Pinkney is a Chicago legend of the tastiest kind. Known around town as the “Breakfast Queen”, she has been feeding Chicagoans for the past 33 years – first, out of a small bakery and then from her beloved breakfast nook in the West Loop. Ina, who survived polio as an infant, now suffers the effects of post-polio syndrome and decided to close the doors of her celebrated establishment at the end of 2013.

An undeniably outstanding chef and businesswoman, Ina is so much more. She’s a community leader, a pioneer, a television personality, but most importantly, she’s the rare sort of person who’s found a way to transform her passion into a joy that extends to an entire city, and beyond.

BREAKFAST AT INA’S gives audiences a glimpse into her extraordinary life, all while chronicling the final days of the restaurant as Ina and her staff serve up their final meals.

Ina Pinkney and director Mercedes Kane are scheduled to appear and invite you to join them for noshes made from Ina’s own recipes after the film.

Director: Mercedes Kane

Languages: English

Run Time: 50 minutes

Documentary
USA • 2015

 

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$10
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Mr. Kaplan

Mr. Kaplan

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A downtrodden Jewish retiree attempts to restore his self-worth in the eccentric dramedy, MR. KAPLAN, Uruguay’s 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission.

Having fled Poland for South America during WWII, curmudgeonly Jacob Kaplan (award-winning Chilean actor Héctor Noguera) is passing his sunset years in Montevideo with his wife of 50 years, Rebecca (Nidia Telles).

After taking stock of his unfulfilled life, Jacob becomes intent on creating a legacy. He decides to target the reclusive German owner of a seafront restaurant (Rolf Becker), whom, based on the flimsiest of evidence, he suspects of being a Nazi war criminal. Joining the quixotic quest for justice is Jacob’s hapless chauffeur Contreras (Néstor Guzzini), a disgraced ex-cop who also has something to prove. A bumbling investigation ensues, with hilarious and surprising results.

Loosely inspired by the story of the filmmaker’s own grandfather, director Álvaro Brechner deftly handles the film’s shifting seriocomic tones while maximizing the Latin scenery and music.


Director: Alvaro Brechner

Languages: Spanish with English subtitles

Run Time: 98 minutes

Drama-Comedy
Uruguay • 2014

 

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$10
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Wedding Doll

Wedding Doll

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Fixated on romantic fantasies, a kindly and strong-willed young woman with a mild mental disability embarks on a relationship — much to the concern of her over protective mother — in this assured first feature from director Nitzan Gilady.

Hagit (Moran Rosenblatt) is in love with love. Living with her overprotective mother, Sarah (Asi Levi), in a town in southern Israel’s Negev desert, the young woman spends her evenings painstakingly making bridal gowns. Sarah worries about her daughter – while possessed of remarkable warmth and a great strength of character, Hagit doesn’t know how to separate reality from her dreams.

When Hagit develops an ill-advised romantic relationship, she begins sneaking out of the house and away from her mother’s worried gaze. When news comes that the factory where she works is being shut down, Hagit & Sarah have very different ideas about the next steps to be taken in their lives.

Director: Nitzan Gilady

Languages: Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 82 minutes

Drama
Israel • 2015

Awards
Israeli Academy Awards – 2015 Best Actress
Jerusalem Film Festival – 2015 Best Actress, Best Israeli Film & Best First Feature

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$10
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Sabena Hijacking - My Version

Sabena Hijacking – My Version

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SABENA HIJACKING – MY VERSION is a powerful, suspenseful docu-drama based on previously undiscovered audio recordings of former pilot Captain Reginald Levy who was in command of the Sabena Flight 571 from Brussels to Tel Aviv on May 8, 1972, when it was hijacked by four members of “Black September”, the armed wing of Fatah (PLO).

The film shares the untold story of what exactly took place on the flight throughout 30 hours of nerve-racking captivity. It channels the English pilot’s impartial view of the events and elaborates on them with exclusive access to three revered Israeli political leaders (Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak and Shimon Peres) who were in charge of the rescue effort, as well as the only surviving hijacker (Therese Halsa).

SABENA HIJACKING – MY VERSION was a finalist for the 2015 Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy Awards).


Director: Rani Sa’ar

Languages: English and Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 104 minutes

Docu-Drama
Israel • 2015

 

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$10
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
The Midnight Orchestra

The Midnight Orchestra

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30 years ago, Michael Botbol lost his sense of cultural roots and family after becoming estranged from his celebrated musician father Marcel who abandoned him and the beloved band The Midnight Orchestra under mysterious circumstances. Agreeing to meet his dad in Casablanca, Michael’s family reunion is short-lived as Marcel dies soon after arriving. When word of the death spreads, Michael is stunned by how many people are overwhelmed with grief and sets out to unravel the truth about why Marcel left Morocco so suddenly decades earlier.

Hiring a taxi, Michael meets Ali, an eccentric cab driver who offers to be Michael’s guide and the unlikely pair set off around Casablanca looking for answers. Their offbeat adventures lead them to reuniting The Midnight Orchestra Band and helps Michael awaken his long dormant sense of home, place and most importantly, self.


Director: Jerome Cohen-Olivar

Languages: Arabic & French with English subtitles

Run Time: 102 minutes

Drama-Comedy
Morocco • 2015

Awards
39th World Film Festival Montreal – 2015 Ecumenical Jury Prize

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$10
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Sponsored by:
HEARST
Community Partner:
Temple Beth El
Once in a Lifetime

Once in a Lifetime

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A dedicated history teacher at a French high school looks for ways to motivate her troubled students in ONCE IN A LIFETIME, an uplifting drama based on a true story.

A teacher with 20 years of experience, Anne Gueguen (portrayed with no-nonsense schoolmarm pluck by Ariane Ascaride) is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-city pupils. Overcoming their apathy, however, is proving to be more difficult than expected.

Frustrated but undaunted, Anne challenges her multicultural classroom with a unique assignment: entering a national competition on the theme of child victims of the Nazi concentration camps. The project is initially met with extreme resistance, until a face-to-face encounter with a Holocaust survivor changes the class’s attitude dramatically. Despite their long-shot odds of winning, these once-rebellious teens soon begin to see one another – and themselves – in a whole new light.


Director: Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar

Languages: French with English subtitles

Run Time: 105 minutes

Drama
France • 2014

Awards
Boston Jewish Film Festival – 2015 Audience Award
Toronto Jewish Film Festival – 2015 Micki Moore Award for Best Narrative Film
Santa Barbara International Film Festival – 2015 Audience Award

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$10
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
3:00 PM
Sponsored by:
HEARST entertainment & syndication
A Tale of Love and Darkness

A Tale of Love and Darkness

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An official selection at Cannes 2015, this is the directorial debut from Academy Award- Winning Actress Natalie Portman who gives insight into one of Israel’s best-known writers.

Based on the international best-seller, A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS is Amos Oz’s love letter to his mother Fania who struggles with post-war realities while raising her son in Jerusalem at the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and during the early years of the State of Israel. Dealing with a married life of unfulfilled promises and integration in a foreign land, Fania battles her inner demons and longs for a better world for her son.


Director: Natalie Portman

Languages: Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 95 minutes

Drama
Israel • 2015

 

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$15
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Sponsored By:
Levine JCC
Apples from the Desert

Serial (Bad) Weddings

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Claude Verneuil (Christian Clavier) and his wife Marie (Chantal Lauby) are a conservative Catholic couple who consider themselves open-minded. However, their tolerance is sorely tested when three of their daughters decide to successively marry men who are Asian (Chao Ling), Arabic (Rachid Benassem) and Jewish (David Benichou). Their last hope for a traditional marriage is dashed when their youngest daughter Laure (Elodie Fontan) announces her upcoming wedding to Charles (Noom Diawara), who is of African descent. When the groom’s parents roll into town from the Ivory Coast, mayhem ensues and everyone is forced to reassess their beliefs and attitudes.

A box office sensation in France, SERIAL (BAD) WEDDINGS is an unabashedly politically incorrect romantic comedy that pokes fun at stereotypes in our ever-changing multicultural society.

Dessert Reception to follow the film.


Director: Philipe de Chauveron

Languages: French with English subtitles

Run Time: 97 minutes

Comedy
France • 2014

 

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2016 Sundays at Lake Norman

 

$10
Film:
Venue:
Our Town Cinemas
Time:
4:00 PM
Sponsored By:
Jewish Council of Lake Norman
Sabena Hijacking - My Version

Sabena Hijacking – My Version

Date Passed

SABENA HIJACKING – MY VERSION is a powerful, suspenseful docu-drama based on previously undiscovered audio recordings of former pilot Captain Reginald Levy who was in command of the Sabena Flight 571 from Brussels to Tel Aviv on May 8, 1972, when it was hijacked by four members of “Black September”, the armed wing of Fatah (PLO).

The film shares the untold story of what exactly took place on the flight throughout 30 hours of nerve-racking captivity. It channels the English pilot’s impartial view of the events and elaborates on them with exclusive access to three revered Israeli political leaders (Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak and Shimon Peres) who were in charge of the rescue effort, as well as the only surviving hijacker (Therese Halsa).

SABENA HIJACKING – MY VERSION was a finalist for the 2015 Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy Awards).


Director: Rani Sa’ar

Languages: English and Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 104 minutes

Docu-Drama
Israel • 2015

 

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$10
Film:
Venue:
Our Town Cinemas
Time:
4:00 PM
Sponsored By:
Jewish Council of Lake Norman
Mr. Kaplan

Mr. Kaplan

Date Passed

A downtrodden Jewish retiree attempts to restore his self-worth in the eccentric dramedy, MR. KAPLAN, Uruguay’s 2014 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission.

Having fled Poland for South America during WWII, curmudgeonly Jacob Kaplan (award-winning Chilean actor Héctor Noguera) is passing his sunset years in Montevideo with his wife of 50 years, Rebecca (Nidia Telles).

After taking stock of his unfulfilled life, Jacob becomes intent on creating a legacy. He decides to target the reclusive German owner of a seafront restaurant (Rolf Becker), whom, based on the flimsiest of evidence, he suspects of being a Nazi war criminal. Joining the quixotic quest for justice is Jacob’s hapless chauffeur Contreras (Néstor Guzzini), a disgraced ex-cop who also has something to prove. A bumbling investigation ensues, with hilarious and surprising results.

Loosely inspired by the story of the filmmaker’s own grandfather, director Álvaro Brechner deftly handles the film’s shifting seriocomic tones while maximizing the Latin scenery and music.


Director: Alvaro Brechner

Languages: Spanish with English subtitles

Run Time: 98 minutes

Drama-Comedy
Uruguay • 2014

 

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$10
Film:
Venue:
Our Town Cinemas
Time:
4:00 PM
Sponsored By:
Jewish Council of Lake Norman
Apples from the Desert

Serial (Bad) Weddings

Date Passed

Claude Verneuil (Christian Clavier) and his wife Marie (Chantal Lauby) are a conservative Catholic couple who consider themselves open-minded. However, their tolerance is sorely tested when three of their daughters decide to successively marry men who are Asian (Chao Ling), Arabic (Rachid Benassem) and Jewish (David Benichou). Their last hope for a traditional marriage is dashed when their youngest daughter Laure (Elodie Fontan) announces her upcoming wedding to Charles (Noom Diawara), who is of African descent. When the groom’s parents roll into town from the Ivory Coast, mayhem ensues and everyone is forced to reassess their beliefs and attitudes.

A box office sensation in France, SERIAL (BAD) WEDDINGS is an unabashedly politically incorrect romantic comedy that pokes fun at stereotypes in our ever-changing multicultural society.


Director: Philipe de Chauveron

Languages: French with English subtitles

Run Time: 97 minutes

Comedy
France • 2014

 

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2016 FALLFLICKS

 

2016 SATURDAYS AT SHALOM PARK

FREE FILMS – popcorn & concessions FOR SALE
Celebrate 10 years of LJCC Musicals with your favorite Movie Musicals!

Free
Film:
Venue:
Gorelick Hall at Shalom Park
Time:
2:00 PM
Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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In this filmed adaption of the long-running musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, we see the story of Joseph, son of Jacob, the favoured son. He is betrayed by his jealous brothers and sold into slavery and driven to Egypt. Though beset with adversity, Joseph perseveres through wit and faith and becomes the governor of Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh. This all the sets the scene for when he meets his brothers who have come to Egypt to purchase food.


Director: David Mallet

Languages: English

Run Time: 76 minutes

Musical
UK • 2000

 

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Free
Film:
Venue:
Gorelick Hall at Shalom Park
Time:
5:30 PM
Shrek the Musical

Shrek the Musical

Date Passed

Make room for ogre-sized family fun as the greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in a whole new way in this breathtaking Broadway musical adaptation of the hit movie Shrek!


Director: Michael John Warren

Languages: English

Run Time: 130 minutes

Musical
USA • 2013

 

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Free
Film:
Venue:
Gorelick Hall at Shalom Park
Time:
2:00 PM
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

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The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat, buying enough bars to find one of the five golden tickets is unlikely in the extreme. But in movieland, magic can happen. Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory. Along the way, mild disasters befall each of the odious children, but can Charlie beat the odds and grab the brass ring?


Director: Mel Stuart

Languages: English

Run Time: 100 minutes

Musical
USA • 1971

 

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Free
Film:
Venue:
Gorelick Hall at Shalom Park
Time:
5:30 PM
Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Date Passed

Into the Woods is a musical written by Stephen Sondheim, a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.


Director: Rob Marshall

Languages: English

Run Time: 125 minutes

Musical
USA • 2014

 

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Free
Film:
Venue:
Gorelick Hall at Shalom Park
Time:
2:00 PM
Disney’s Beauty & the Beast

Disney’s Beauty & the Beast

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Director: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Languages: English

Run Time: 84 minutes

Animated Musical
USA • 1991/2002

 

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Free
Film:
Venue:
Gorelick Hall at Shalom Park
Time:
5:30 PM
Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof

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In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.


Director: Norman Jewison

Languages: English, Hebrew, Russian

Run Time: 181 minutes

Musical
USA • 1971

 

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Sundays at Ballantyne Village

 

 $25
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
1:00 PM
Fall Flicks Series Pass

FallFlicks Series Pass

Buy Tickets Now

Don’t miss out on your chance for a great deal – 3 films for $25.00 ($30.00 value)

 

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 $10
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
1:00 PM
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Date Passed

How did a poor Jewish kid from Connecticut bring us Archie Bunker and become one of the most successful television producers ever? Norman Lear brought provocative subjects like war, poverty, and prejudice into 120 million homes every week. He proved that social change was possible through an unlikely prism: laughter. World Premiere -Opening night selection, Sundance, 2016.


Director: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady

Languages: English

Run Time: 91 minutes

Documentary
USA • 2016

 

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 $10
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
1:00 PM
To Life!

To Life!

Date Passed

Fate introduces the aging cabaret singer Ruth and the confused Jonas. Ruth is running from her past and Jonas from his future but the two of them together manage to reaffirm life for each other in this moving drama.


Director: Uwe Janson

Languages: German with English subtitles

Run Time: 90 minutes

Drama
Germany • 2016

 

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 $10
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
1:00 PM
Theodor Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem

Theodor Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem

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Portraits of two beloved icons–Sholom Aleichem and Theodore Bikel–are woven together in this enchanting new documentary, narrated by Alan Alda. Theodore Bikel, the unstoppable performer whose career spans more than 150 screen roles (including an Oscar-nominated turn in The Defiant Ones) and countless stage and musical productions, is also the foremost interpreter of Sholom Aleichem’s work. Bikel played Tevye the Milkman on stage more than 2,000 times, and he has animated Aleichem’s work through his creation of two celebrated musical plays about the great Russian author. A pioneer of modern Jewish literature who championed and luxuriated in the Yiddish language, Sholom Aleichem created dozens of indelible characters for whom humor and pathos were two sides of the same Yiddish coin and remain invaluable windows into pre-war Eastern European Jewish life, real and imagined.


Director: John Lollos

Languages: English

Run Time: 75 minutes

Documentary
USA • 2014

Awards
San Francisco JFF Highlight Critics Pick
Warsaw Jewish Motifs Festival 2016, Poland, Ger Mandolin Orchestra Award

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2016 Fan Appreciation Day

 

 $5
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
1:00 PM
Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi

Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi

Date Passed

Sixteen year old Shlomi lives in Israel with his overprotective mother and seriously ill grandfather. After a test reveals that Shlomi is a math genius, he must decide whether to leave for a new school or stay and take care of his family. Through a series of seemingly unrelated events, Shlomi must decide what is really important to him, and grows up in the process.

CJFF’s first film ever shown in 2004.

Panel discussion with past CJFF directors Debby Block, Jodi Greenwald, Jeff Turk, Rick Willenzik and Benjamin Schwartz will follow the film.


Director: Shemi Zarhin

Languages: Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 94 minutes

Drama-Comedy
Israel • 2003

Awards
Atlanta JFF – 2005 Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
San Diego JFF – 2005 Audience Award for best Film
Israeli Academy – 2003 Nominated for 12 Awards, including Best Film & Best Director
Troia, Giffoni and Valladolid International Film Festivals – 2004/2005 6 Audience Awards including Best Film and Best Screenplay

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 $5
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
4:00 PM
Life and Hummus

Life and Hummus

Date Passed

Life & Hummus documents a Jewish American filmmaker as he travels through picturesque Israel and Palestine in hopes of finding ‘the worlds best’ hummus. Set to the backdrop of this beautiful region, his search for the food’s origins also introduces him to both Arabs and Israeli’s with a common love for the iconic regional cuisine, discovering that this dish has a history and impact far beyond what he originally ever imagined.

Writer, Director and Star Alex Matros is scheduled to appear and invites the audience to join him for a Hummus Tasting Contest and light Israeli Dinner after the film. Click HERE for more info about the Hummus Tasting Contest.

 

Director: Alex Matros

Languages: English

Run Time: 41 minutes

Documentary
USA • 2014

 

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 $5
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:00 PM
Sabena Hijacking – My Version

Sabena Hijacking – My Version

Date Passed

SABENA HIJACKING – MY VERSION is a powerful, suspenseful docu-drama based on previously undiscovered audio recordings of former pilot Captain Reginald Levy who was in command of the Sabena Flight 571 from Brussels to Tel Aviv on May 8, 1972, when it was hijacked by four members of “Black September”, the armed wing of Fatah (PLO).

The film shares the untold story of what exactly took place on the flight throughout 30 hours of nerve-racking captivity. It channels the English pilot’s impartial view of the events and elaborates on them with exclusive access to three revered Israeli political leaders (Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak and Shimon Peres) who were in charge of the rescue effort, as well as the only surviving hijacker (Therese Halsa).

SABENA HIJACKING – MY VERSION was a finalist for the 2015 Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy Awards).

CJFF 2016 Audience Award Winner


Director: Rani Sa’ar

Languages: English and Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 104 minutes

Docu-Drama
Israel • 2015

 

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