2019 CJFF Lineup

Early Bird Special All Festival Pass

 

December 15 – January 15

$110
All Festival Pass Early Bird

CJFF Early Bird Special

Don’t miss out on a great deal – 13 films for only $110 (a $183.00 value).


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2019 Core Series

 

Saturday, February 9

$25
Film:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Charlotte Chapter of Hadassah
Opening Night Celebration: The Last Suit

The Last Suit


Opening Night Reception following the film

A Polish-born Holocaust survivor decides to travel from Buenos Aires to Lodz to find the man who saved him from certain death and fulfill a promise he made nearly 70 years earlier.

the Last Suit

Director: Pablo Solarz

Languages: Spanish with English subtitles

Run Time: 92 minutes

Drama
Argentina • 2017

Awards:
9 Audience Awards in various JFFs
Best Narrative Feature in Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

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Sunday, February 10

$11
Film:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte & Temple Israel
Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel


Writer/Director Daniel A. Miller and baseball player Josh Zied are scheduled to appear.

A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, Heading Home charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic.

Heading Home

Directors:
Jeremy Newberger, Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller

Languages:
English

Run Time:
87 minutes

Documentary
USA • 2018

Awards:
2 Best Documentary Awards
2 Audience Awards

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Wednesday, February 13

$11
Films:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Hebrew Cemetery
Wendy’s Shabbat/Restoring Tomorrow

Wendy’s Shabbat/Restoring Tomorrow


A lively group of Jewish senior citizens observe Shabbat at the local Wendy’s fast food restaurant, with Hebrew blessings, along with burgers and fries.

In these divided times, religious institutions are losing young members and even closing their doors at an alarming rate. Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a Los Angeles treasure near demise, needs to raise millions to restore its majesty and vibrancy. This story of hope explores how when any community puts their mind to it, the impossible becomes possible.

Wendy's ShabbatRestoring Tomorrow

Director:
Rachel Myers /
Aaron Wolf

Languages:
English /
English

Run Time:
14 minutes / 82 minutes

Documentary/Documentary
USA 2017/USA 2017

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Saturday, February 16

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast
The Cakemaker

The Cakemaker



Adult Content.
Israel’s submission for the Foreign Language Film Award for the 91st Annual Academy Awards, The Cakemaker follows Thomas, a young German pastry chef, who travels from Berlin to Jerusalem to seek answers about his lover Oren. Under a fabricated identity, Thomas infiltrates into Oren’s former life, including making pastries for Oren’s wife’s bakery.

the Cakemaker
Director: Ophir Raul Graizer

Languages: Hebrew & German with English subtitles

Run Time: 109 minutes

Drama/Romance
Israel/Germany • 2017

Awards:
Israeli Academy Awards for Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actress, Sound & Editing

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Sunday, February 17

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
2:00 PM
Community Partner:
Hearst
the samuel project

The Samuel Project


Eli (Ryan Ochoa) gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Hal Linden) for the first time when he makes him the subject of an animated art project for school. Through the project, Eli discovers the details of how his Grandpa was saved from Nazi capture in Germany.

the Samuel Project

Director: Marc Fusco

Languages: English

Run Time: 92 minutes

Drama
USA• 2018

Awards
2018 Best Narrative Feature in Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival

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Sunday, February 17

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Hearst
Redemption

Redemption


Being able to care for a gravely ill daughter is of the utmost importance to a loving father. The treatment that will save the child’s life, is something the poorly paid widower can’t afford. When he starts performing again with a rock band from his early days, the devout man confronts not only those around him but himself as well.

Redemption

Director: Joseph Madmoni

Languages: Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 104 minutes

Drama
Israel • 2018

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Wednesday, February 20

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community
the Invisibles

The Invisibles


In June 1943, when Germany was declared “free of Jews”, there were still 7,000 Jews in hiding in Berlin, protected by courageous citizens, while desperately trying to avoid deportation. Only 1,700 lived to liberation, and The Invisibles tells the stories of four of these survivors, interweaving their testimony with highly accomplished dramatizations, an unusual hybrid approach that brings edge-of-the-seat suspense to their years spent underground.

the invisibles

Director: Claus Räfle

Languages: German with English subtitles

Run Time: 110 minutes

Documentary/Drama
Germany • 2017

Awards
2017 Audience Favorite, Mill Valley Film Festival

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Saturday, February 23

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Diamonds Direct
Working Woman

Working Woman


With her husband’s restaurant business in jeopardy, a mother of three gets a job as assistant to a powerful realtor and must fight back against his sexual harassment..


Director: Michal Aviad

Languages: Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 93 minutes

Drama
Israel • 2018

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Sunday, February 24

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
2:00 PM
Community Partner:
Jewish Family Services
Shoelaces

Shoelaces


There will be a panel discussion after the film

Shoelaces tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his son with special needs. When Reuben’s kidneys are failing, his son Gadi, wants to give him one of his kidneys, but the transplant committee will not authorize the procedure. Their relationship full of love, rejection and co-dependency, sheds light on the importance of human connection and if life is even possible without it.

Shoelaces

Director: Jacob Goldwasser

Languages: Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 90 minutes

Drama
Israel • 2018

Awards:
Nominated for 8 Ophir Awards, including best Picture

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Wednesday, February 27

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
The Twinning Reaction

The Twinning Reaction


Producer/Director Lori Shinseki is scheduled to appear.

THE TWINNING REACTION examines the profound result of a tragically failed research experiment in the 1960s, which involved the separation of identical twins and triplets during infancy in a misguided attempt to understand nature versus nurture. In searching for answers, this inside look at the consequences of medical arrogance finally gives voice to those who suffered the broken bond of twinship.

The Twinning Reaction

Director: Lori Shinseki

Languages: English

Run Time: 54 minutes

Documentary
USA • 2017

Awards
Best Documentary
Jersey Shore Film Festival

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Saturday, March 2

$15
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:00 PM
Community Partner:
Temple Beth El
The Other Story

The Other Story


A willful young woman decides to marry a member of Jerusalem’s insular orthodox community, while her divorced secular parents and grandfather develop a plot to thwart the upcoming nuptial, with unforeseen results. Family conflicts reflect much wider divisions in society, in this warm hearted drama which deftly explores an age that is all too quick to label, judge and condemn what it doesn’t understand.

The Other Story

Director: Avi Nesher

Languages: Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 112 minutes

Drama
Israel • 2018

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Sunday, March 3

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
2:00 PM
The Interpreter

The Interpreter


Slovakia’s submission for the Foreign Language Film Award for the 91st Annual Academy Awards The Interpreter follows a middle-aged Austrian tourist and his even older Jewish translator roaming the Slovak countryside. Tragically, the Austrian’s father was an SS officer and the Jewish man’s parents were two of his victims and, while they are opposite in everything, they embark on a bittersweet journey to meet surviving witnesses of the wartime tragedy.

The Interpreter

Director: Martin Šulík

Languages: German, Slovak & Russian with English subtitles

Run Time: 100 minutes

Drama
Slovakia • 2018

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Sunday, March 3

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
The Levine Jewish Community Center
Golda’s Balcony, The Film

Golda’s Balcony, The Film


Producer David Fishelson is scheduled to appear
Dessert Reception following the film

A film of the stage production of the acclaimed Broadway show Golda’s Balcony, starring Tovah Feldshuh, this amazing story follows the life of Golda Meir, from Russian immigrant to American schoolteacher, to a leader of international politics as the fourth Prime Minister of Israel.

Golda’s Balcony, The Film

Director: Scott Schwartz

Languages: English

Run Time: 86 minutes

Narrative
USA • 2018

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Sundays at Lake Norman

 

Sunday, February 17

$11
Film:
Venue:
Our Town Village Cinema
Time:
4:00 PM
Community Partner:
The Jewish Council of Lake Norman
the samuel project

The Samuel Project


Eli (Ryan Ochoa) gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Hal Linden) for the first time when he makes him the subject of an animated art project for school. Through the project, Eli discovers the details of how his Grandpa was saved from Nazi capture in Germany.

the Samuel Project

Director: Marc Fusco

Languages: English

Run Time: 92 minutes

Drama
USA• 2018

Awards
2018 Best Narrative Feature in Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival

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Sunday, February 24

$11
Films:
Venue:
Our Town Village Cinema
Time:
4:00 PM
Community Partner:
The Jewish Council of Lake Norman
Wendy’s Shabbat/Restoring Tomorrow

Wendy’s Shabbat/The Invisibles


A lively group of Jewish senior citizens observe Shabbat at the local Wendy’s fast food restaurant, with Hebrew blessings, along with burgers and fries.

In June 1943, when Germany was declared “free of Jews”, there were still 7,000 Jews in hiding in Berlin, protected by courageous citizens, while desperately trying to avoid deportation. Only 1,700 lived to liberation, and The Invisibles tells the stories of four of these survivors, interweaving their testimony with highly accomplished dramatizations, an unusual hybrid approach that brings edge-of-the-seat suspense to their years spent underground.

Wendy's ShabbatThe Invisibles

Director:
Rachel Myers /
Claus Räfle

Languages:
English /
German with English subtitles

Run Time:
14 minutes / 110 minutes

Documentary / DocuDrama
USA • 2017 / Germany • 2017

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Sunday, March 3

$11
Film:
Venue:
Our Town Village Cinema
Time:
4:00 PM
Golda’s Balcony, The Film

Golda’s Balcony, The Film


Producer David Fishelson is scheduled to appear

A film of the stage production of the acclaimed Broadway show Golda’s Balcony, starring Tovah Feldshuh, this amazing story follows the life of Golda Meir, from Russian immigrant to American schoolteacher, to a leader of international politics as the fourth Prime Minister of Israel.

Golda’s Balcony, The Film

Director: Scott Schwartz

Languages: English

Run Time: 86 minutes

Narrative
USA • 2018

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