2017 CJFF Lineup

FILM INFO & TICKETS

2017 Core Series

 

Saturday, February 11

$25
Film:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:15 PM
Sponsored by:
Charlotte Chapter of Hadassah
the Women's Balcony

The Women’s Balcony

Date Passed

Opening Night Reception following the film
An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gendered rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.


Director: Emil Ben-Shimon

Languages: Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 96 minutes

Comedy – Drama
Israel • 2016

Awards
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2016

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Sunday, February 12

$15
Film:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:15 PM
Sponsored by:
Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte
Community Partner:
Temple Israel
On the Map

On the Map

Date Passed

Basketball legend Tal Brody is scheduled to appear. Dessert reception following the film.

On the Map tells the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 European Championship, which took place at a time when the Middle East was still reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic massacre at Munich, and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. Through the of lens of sports, On the Map presents a much broader story of how one team captured the heart of a nation amidst domestic turmoil and the global machinations of the Cold War.


Director: Dani Menkin

Languages: English & Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 78 minutes

Documentary
Israel • 2015

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Wednesday, February 15

$10
Film:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partners:
Temple Beth El & The Consulate General of Israel
Who's Gonna Love Me Now

Who’s Gonna Love Me Now

Date Passed

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte is scheduled to perform.

A documentary about the power that home has, no matter how far we go. This film follows the inspirational and intensely personal journey of Saar, an Israeli man rejected by his religious family and community after defying the rules of the kibbutz. He leaves Israel to live freely as a gay man in London but is subsequently diagnosed as HIV positive. With the camaraderie, support and love of his friends in his adoptive city, and the community of the London Gay Men’s Chorus, Saar begins to repair and bridge the relationships with his family, and the country he left behind.


Director: Tomer Heymann, Barak Heymann

Languages: English & Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 84 minutes

Documentary
Israel • 2016

Awards
Panorama Audience Award, Berlinale Film Festival, Germany, 2016
Audience Poll Award, Krakow International Film Festival, Poland, 2016

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Thursday, February 16

$10
Film:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Hebrew Cemetery of Greater Charlotte
The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh

Date Passed

At what point is it acceptable for comedians to take on the most serious of topics and how does one comedian make us laugh while another fails? Film clips, performances, and interviews with top comedians and prominent Jewish leaders, are combined with an intimate portrait of an Auschwitz survivor, and rare archival footage of cabarets in concentration camps. From this wealth of material, The Last Laugh weaves together a complete and thoughtful exploration into the question of what is and is not off-limits in comedy.


Director: Ferne Pearlstein

Languages: English

Run Time: 89 minutes

Documentary
USA • 2015

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Saturday, February 18

$10
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Sponsored By:
HEARST
Moos

Moos

Date Passed

This show is SOLD OUT. To be put on a waiting list, please email your ticket requests to contact@charlottejewishfilm.com and someone will get back to you as soon as we can.

A delightful and endearing comedy about Jewish families and following your dreams. It’s Hanukkah and everything is the way it’s always been for Moos, who stayed in her hometown to take care of her father after her mother’s passing. But when her childhood friend Sam arrives from Israel, Moos gets the jolt she needs to examine her life and the choices she’s made. Moos realizes that she’s put her life on hold to take care of others, and she needs to follow her own dreams before it’s too late.

Director: Job Gosschalk

Languages: Dutch with English subtitles

Run Time: 91 minutes

Romantic Comedy
Netherlands • 2016

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Sunday, February 19

$10
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Sponsored By:
HEARST Entertainment & Syndication
Mr. Gaga

Mr. Gaga

Date Passed

Enter the world of Ohad Naharin, renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company. Mr. Gaga captures the elusive beauty of contemporary dance and immerses the audience in the creative process behind Batsheva’s unique performances. Intimate rehearsal footage, unseen archive materials and stunning dance sequences tell the fascinating story of an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance.


Director: Tomer Heymann

Languages: English & Hebrew with subtitles

Run Time: 100 minutes

Documentary
Israel • 2015

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Wednesday, February 22

$10
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Wounded Land

Wounded Land

Date Passed

A police officer and a regional commander have been partners for years, now at a decisive moment in their relationship when one is forced to turn against the other. During a tumultuous night, they must watch over a terrorist at a city hospital, who is threatened by an angry, vengeful crowd that wants nothing more than the blood of the terrorist, his guards, and the hospital staff. The events of the night place their moral and professional values at stake, as well as their long dedicated friendship.

Director: Erez Tadmor

Languages: Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 80 minutes

Suspense Thriller
Israel • 2015

Awards
Israeli Academy Awards Winner for Best Director Award 2015
Israeli Academy Awards Winner for Best Actor 2015

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Saturday, February 25

$10
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Sponsored By:
Diamonds Direct
Fanny's Journey

Fanny’s Journey

Date Passed

Fanny’s Journey is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. Suddenly left on their own, these 11 children will do the impossible to reach the Swiss border in order to survive.


Director: Lola Doillon

Languages: French & Hebrew with English Subtitles

Run Time: 94 minutes

Drama
France/Belgium • 2016

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Sunday, February 26

$10
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
2:00 PM
Shtisel 2 episodes

Shtisel Season 2: Episodes 1 & 2

Date Passed

The hit Israeli TV series comes to the big screen. The first two episodes of the second season of Shtisel center on ultra Orthodox father and son, who share the same apartment, the same cynical humor, and the same search for love in a cold world. A sparkling script and outstanding performances keep you hooked, bringing an endearing humanity and authenticity to all its characters, making sure that you don’t need to have watched the first season to enjoy these episodes.

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Director: Alon Zingman

Languages: Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 94 minutes

TV series
Israel • 2015

Awards
12 Israeli Television Academy Awards, including Best Drama, Best Actor, Best Directing, Best Script

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Wednesday, March 1

$10
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Create Your Jewish Legacy
Big Sonia

Big Sonia

Date Passed

Film makers Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday are scheduled to appear

Diva. Enigma. Holocaust survivor. Meet 90-year-old Kansas City tailor-shop owner Sonia Warshawski. Every day she faces the threat of eviction, but Sonia has had experience with escaping finality. After witnessing the horror of her mother disappearing behind the doors of a Nazi gas chamber, she was force-marched from one death camp to another, then Sonia was finally liberated only to be shot accidentally through the chest—and yet she survived. Today she speaks to local churches, schools, and prisons about the atrocities she endured as a teenager. She may be just shy of five feet tall, but her enormous, sparkling personality and stirring storiesof survival have earned her the nickname “Big Sonia.”


Director: Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday

Languages: English

Run Time: 93 minutes

Documentary
USA • 2016

Awards
Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Jury Award & Audience Award, Napa Valley Film Festival

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Saturday, March 4

$10
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Fever at Dawn

Fever at Dawn

Date Passed

In 1945, after having been freed from a concentration camp, the 25-year-old Hungarian man, Miklós is being treated at a Swedish hospital. The doctors diagnose him with a severe lung disease and tell him that he has no more than six months to live. But he refuses to give up, wants to find a wife with whom he can start a new life, and sends letters to 117 Hungarian girls who are also being treated in Sweden. One of the girls is 19-year-old Lili, who likes Miklós’s letter, and they start corresponding. Based on the novel, Fever at Dawn. Adult Content.


Director: Peter Gardos

Languages: Hungarian with English subtitles

Run Time: 110 minutes

Drama
Hungary • 2016

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Sunday, March 5

$10
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
2:00 PM
The Pickle Recipe

The Pickle Recipe

Date Passed

This show is SOLD OUT. To be put on a waiting list, please email your ticket requests to contact@charlottejewishfilm.com and someone will get back to you as soon as we can.

Co-Writer/Producer Sheldon Cohn is scheduled to appear

After his precious sound equipment is destroyed in a freak accident, Joey Miller, the king MC of Detroit’s B’nei Mitzvot scene, is in dire need of money. He partners up with his shady uncle Morty to steal his grandmother’s highly guarded pickle recipe and sell it for a small fortune. As expected, the plan goes horribly wrong, but the lesson Joey learns in the process is priceless: there is nothing more important in life than your family, except maybe for a truly scrumptious pickle.


Director: Michael Manasseri

Languages: English

Run Time: 98 minutes

Comedy
USA • 2016

Awards
Official selection – Los Angeles Comedy Festival
Official Selection – Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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Sunday, March 5

$15
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
5:30 PM (SOLD OUT)
Time:
7:00 PM (OPEN)
Sponsored By:
The Levine Jewish Community Center
In Search of Israeli Cuisine

In Search of Israeli Cuisine

Date Passed


If you requested to be on the waiting list for The Search for Israeli Cuisine, please go online ASAP to purchase your tickets for the 7:00pm film. There will be the same reception following the film.

If you want to remain on the waiting list for the 5:30pm film, please let us know by e mailing contact@charlottejewishfilm.com. If you prefer the 7:00pm showing and would like a refund for the 5:30pm film, please let us know by emailing contact@charlottejewishfilm.com.

Reception with Yafo Kitchen’s Mediterranean street food following the film

Chef Michael Solomonov travels Israel, surveying numerous types of foods – Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Palestinian – asking the question “Is there such a thing as Israeli cuisine?” He interviews chefs, explores new methods and tastes some incredible dishes, repeatedly proving that food is much more than the substance we eat. The film is a mouthwatering essay on the power of cooking and eating, and how they shape identities and bring people together.


Director: Roger Sherman

Languages: English

Run Time: 94 minutes

Documentary
USA • 2016

Awards
Winner – Audience Award, Cherry Hill Jewish Film Festival 2016

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2017 Sundays at Lake Norman

 

Sunday, February 19

$10
Film:
Venue:
Our Town Village Cinema
Time:
4:00 PM
Sponsored By:
The Jewish Council of Lake Norman
Community Partners:
Temple Beth El & The Consulate General of Israel
Who's Gonna Love Me Now

Who’s Gonna Love Me Now

Date Passed

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte is scheduled to perform. A documentary about the power that home has, no matter how far we go. This film follows the inspirational and intensely personal journey of Saar, an Israeli man rejected by his religious family and community after defying the rules of the kibbutz. He leaves Israel to live freely as a gay man in London but is subsequently diagnosed as HIV positive. With the camaraderie, support and love of his friends in his adoptive city, and the community of the London Gay Men’s Chorus, Saar begins to repair and bridge the relationships with his family, and the country he left behind.
Director: Tomer Heymann, Barak Heymann Languages: English & Hebrew with English subtitles Run Time: 84 minutes Documentary Israel • 2016

Awards Panorama Audience Award, Berlinale Film Festival, Germany, 2016 Audience Poll Award, Krakow International Film Festival, Poland, 2016

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Sunday, February 26
$10
Film:
Venue:
Our Town Village Cinema
Time:
4:00 PM
Sponsored By:
The Jewish Council of Lake Norman
Fanny's Journey

Fanny's Journey

Date Passed

Fanny’s Journey is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. Suddenly left on their own, these 11 children will do the impossible to reach the Swiss border in order to survive.


Director: Lola Doillon

Languages: French & Hebrew with English Subtitles

Run Time: 94 minutes

Drama
France/Belgium • 2016

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Sunday, March 5

$10
Film:
Venue:
Our Town Village Cinema
Time:
4:00 PM
Sponsored By:
The Jewish Council of Lake Norman
The Pickle Recipe

The Pickle Recipe

Date Passed

Co-Writer/Producer Sheldon Cohn is scheduled to appear

After his precious sound equipment is destroyed in a freak accident, Joey Miller, the king MC of Detroit’s B’nei Mitzvot scene, is in dire need of money. He partners up with his shady uncle Morty to steal his grandmother’s highly guarded pickle recipe and sell it for a small fortune. As expected, the plan goes horribly wrong, but the lesson Joey learns in the process is priceless: there is nothing more important in life than your family, except maybe for a truly scrumptious pickle.


Director: Michael Manasseri

Languages: English

Run Time: 98 minutes

Comedy
USA • 2016

Awards
Official selection – Los Angeles Comedy Festival
Official Selection – Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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Special Spring Film Series

 

Saturday, April 1 – Young Adult Film Event

$15-$20
Film:
Venue:
C3Lab South End
Address:
2525 Distribution St.
City/State/Zip
Charlotte, NC 28203
Time:
8:00 PM
Sponsored by:
Shalom Park Young Professionals
Serial (Bad) Weddings

Serial (Bad) Weddings

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Drinks and Amelie’s Desserts included in the ticket price.

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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Wednesday, April 5

FREE!!
Film:
Venue:
McKnight Theater at the Cone Center – UNCC
Time:
5:00 PM
On the Map

To Life!

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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Sunday, April 9

FREE!!
Film:
Venue:
CPCC Sensoria – Tate Hall
Time:
7:00 PM
The Last Laugh

Once in a Lifetime

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

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