2020 CJFF Lineup

 

2020 Core Series

 

Saturday, February 1

$25
Film:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partners:
Hadassah & The Consulate General of Canada
YidLive

YidLive! By Yidlife Crisis

DATE PASSED

Opening Night Reception following the film

YidLive! By Yidlife Crisis is an evening of comedy, music and thought-provoking shtick. Creators of the web based series YidLife Crisis Jamie Elman & Eli Batalion, boychiks from Montreal, present their unique take on the modern Jewish experience in a hilarious (G-d willing) multimedia presentation, including video and live music. No need to be Jewish nor knowledge of Yiddish required. Sense of humor requested.  Appropriate for ages 18* – 118 (*OK, fine, anyone over Bar/Bat Mitzvah)

the Last Suit

Languages: English

Run Time: 90 minutes

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Sunday, February 2

$15
Film:
Venue:
The Sam Lerner Center for Cultural Arts
Time:
1:00 PM
Community Partner:
The Consulate General of Canada
Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal

Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal

DATE PASSED

Q & A and Nosh with with Jamie Elman & Eli Batalion from YidLife Crisis following the film

YidLife Crisis presents a funny, heimish and enlightening historical and cultural tour of Jewish Montreal centered around its legendary foods. Jamie Elman & Eli Batalion gorge themselves in choice eateries as they highlight their native city’s Jewish story in insightful, witty conversations with historians, restaurant owners and others who kvell over the community’s literati as much as the iconic smoked meats and world-class bagels. Never has Jewish history tasted so good.

the Last Suit

Directors:
Jamie Elman & Eli Batalion

Languages:
English, French, Yiddish

Run Time:
62 minutes

Documentary
Canada • 2018

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Wednesday, February 5

$11
Films:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Temple Israel
Incitement

Incitement

DATE PASSED

Israel’s submission for the 2020 Academy Awards, this rigorous psychological thriller depicts the lead-up to the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin through the worldview of his assassin, Yigal Amir.

the Last Suit

Director:
Yaron Zilberman

Languages:
Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time:
123 minutes

Thriller
Israel 2019

Awards
Ophir Award for Best Picture

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Thursday, February 6

$11
Film:
Venue:
Temple Israel
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
Hebrew Cemetery
Land of Milk and Funny

Land of Milk and Funny


DATE PASSED

Described by The Times of Israel as “both sidesplitting and moving,” this hilarious and revealing film details stand-up comedian Avi Liberman’s ongoing quest to bring top-tier American comedians to Israeli audiences. His tours have featured 30 comedians, at 100 performances, selling 20,000 tickets, and generating a quarter of a million dollars — much of it for the Comedy for Koby charity.

the Cakemaker
Director: Larry Herbst

Languages: English

Run Time: 78 minutes

Comedy/Documentary
USA • 2017

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Saturday, February 8

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Phillips Place
Time:
7:15 PM
Sponsor:
Hearst Service Center
Standing Up/Falling Down

Standing Up/Falling Down

DATE PASSED

ADULT CONTENT
Starring Billy Crystal, this comedy follows the unlikely friendship between a struggling stand-up comedian from L.A. Ending up as kindred spirits, they help each other find healing, in addition to the confidence to face the “failures” in their lives.

Standing Up/Falling Down

Director: Matt Ratner

Languages: English

Run Time: 91 minutes

Drama
USA• 2019

Awards
Humor and Humanity Award, Best Directorial Debut, Heartland International Film Festival 2019

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Sunday, February 9

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Phillips Place
Time:
2:00 PM
Sponsor:
Hearst Entertainment & Syndication
Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles

Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles

DATE PASSED

When Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway in 1964, it explored themes of tradition, religion, and anti-Semitism against a modern backdrop of radical social change that addressed gender roles, sexuality, and race. Rare archival footage and interviews with musical luminaries explore the legacy of this long-running, award-winning musical.

Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles

Director: Max Lewkowicz

Languages: English

Run Time: 92 minutes

Documentary
USA• 2019

Awards
Audience Choice Award, 2019 Toronto JFF

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Wednesday, February 12

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Phillips Place
Time:
7:15 PM

The Unorthodox

The Unorthodox

Wednesday, February 12

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Yakov Cohen doesn’t have money, connections, or political experience, but after his daughter is expelled from an Ashkenazi yeshiva, he is decides things need to change. A fictionalized account of the creation of Israel’s Shas party.

The Unorthodox

Director: Eliran Malka

Languages: Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 99 minutes

Drama/History
Israel • 2018

Awards
Ophir Award for Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Editing

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Thursday, February 13

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Phillips Place
Time:
7:15 PM

The Tobacconist

The Tobacconist

Thursday, February 13

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ADULT CONTENT
Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop, where he meets Sigmund Freud, a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis’ arrival in Vienna, each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?

The Tobacconist

Director: Nikolaus Leytner

Languages: German with English subtitles

Run Time: 106 minutes

Drama
Germany • 2018

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Saturday, February 15

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Phillips Place
Time:
7:15 PM
Sponsor:
Diamonds Direct
Love In Suspenders

Love In Suspenders

Saturday, February 15

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ADULT CONTENT
Tammy, a 64 year old widow who constantly deals with the memory of her loving late husband, meets Beno, a 70 year old sarcastic lone wolf widower, and the two fall in love. The encounter between two people with such different personalities, such as Tammy and Beno, has to result in a nightmare…but love has its own rules.

Love In Suspenders

Director: Jorge Weller

Languages: Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 102 minutes

Drama
Israel • 2019

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Sunday, February 16

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Phillips Place
Time:
2:00 PM
King Bibi

King Bibi

Sunday, February 16

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King Bibi explores Netanyahu’s rise to power, relying solely on archival footage of his media performances over the years: from his days as a popular guest expert on American TV, through his public confession of adultery, and his mastery of the art of social media.

King Bibi

Director: Dan Shadur

Languages: Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 87 minutes

Documentary
Israel • 2018

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Sunday, February 16

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Phillips Place
Time:
7:15 PM
Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive

Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive

Sunday, February 16

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Jerusalem native Ronen Matalon overhears a tour guide offering a sanitized version of his hometown’s recent history, which inspires him to begin his own “Terror Tour”, taking tourists to famous bombing sites and giving them a droll take on the absurdity of everyday life during the terrorist attacks of the 1990’s and 2000’s.

Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive

Director: Yossi Atia and David Ofek

Languages: Hebrew with English subtitles

Run Time: 83 minutes

Comedy
Israel • 2019

AWARDS
Best First Film – 2019 Jerusalem Film Festival

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Wednesday, February 19

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Phillips Place
Time:
7:15 PM
My Name Is Sara

My Name Is Sara

Wednesday, February 19

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ADULT CONTENT
Based on the true-life story of a 13 year-old Polish Jew who lost her family to the holocaust in September of 1942. After a grueling escape to the Ukraine, Sara takes her Christian best friend’s identity and finds refuge in a small village, where she hides in plain sight, masquerading as an Orthodox Christian in the Ukrainian countryside. She soon discovers the dark secrets of her employers’ marriage, compounding the greatest secret she must strive to protect, her true identity.

My Name Is Sara

Director: Steven Oritt

Languages: English

Run Time: 111 minutes

Drama/History
Poland • 2019

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Thursday, February 20

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Phillips Place
Time:
7:15 PM
Those Who Remained

Those Who Remained

Thursday, February 20

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Hungary’s submission for the 2020 Annual Academy Awards, this story reveals the healing process of Holocaust survivors through the eyes of a young girl in post-World War II Hungary. When 42-year old doctor Aldo meets 16-year old Klara, the joy in both of their lives slowly returns. But as the Soviet Empire rises to power in Hungary, their pure and loving father-daughter relationship is misunderstood and frowned upon.

Those Who Remained

Director: Barnabás Tóth

Languages: Hungarian with English subtitles

Run Time: 83 minutes

Drama
Hungary • 2019

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Saturday, February 22

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Phillips Place
Time:
7:15 PM
Sponsor:
South State Bank
My Polish Honeymoon

My Polish Honeymoon

Saturday, February 22

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Newlyweds Anna and Adam, a young Parisian couple with Jewish origins, are about to travel to Poland for the first time, where they will attend a ceremony in memory of the Jewish community in the village of Adam’s grandfather, which was destroyed 75 years ago, and visit Anna’s grandmother’s country.

My Polish Honeymoon

Director: Elise Otzenberger

Languages: French with English subtitles

Run Time: 88 minutes

Comedy/Drama
France • 2019

Awards
FIPRESCI Prize, 2019 Moscow International Film Festival

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Sunday, February 23

$11
Film:
Venue:
Regal Phillips Place
Time:
2:00 PM
Community Partner:
Temple Beth El
A Cantor’s Head

A Cantor’s Head

Sunday, February 23

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Cantor Jack Mendelson and Director Erik Anjou are scheduled to appear

Jack Mendelson has been described as the best cantor in the world, at least on the East Coast, and the Michael Jordan of Hazzanut. But after long years of service at the Temple Israel Center, his beautiful operatic voice is no longer wanted as the shul is looking to replace him with a younger cantor. Looking back at his long career, Mendelson and his many admirers and protégés explain the magic of this centuries-long art form, which so well combines spiritual exploration, communal bonding and dazzling showmanship.

A Cantor’s Head

Director: Erik Anjou

Languages: English

Run Time: 86 minutes

Documentary
USA • 2019

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Sunday, February 23

$15
Film:
Venue:
Shalom Park in Gorelick Hall
Time:
7:15 PM
Community Partner:
The Levine Jewish Community Center
Aulcie

Aulcie

Sunday, February 23

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Dessert Reception following film in Lerner Hall at Shalom Park

Aulcie tells the inspiring story of Aulcie Perry, a basketball legend who led Maccabi Tel Aviv to two wins in the European Championship. Aulcie Perry then converted to Judaism, adopted the Hebrew name Elisha Ben Avraham, and became an Israeli citizen. This inspiring film tells the story of this remarkable athlete who captured the spirit of a nation, triumphant and victorious against all odds, and put Israel on the map.

Aulcie

Director: Dani Menken

Languages: Hebrew & English with English subtitles

Run Time: 120 minutes

Documentary
Israel • 2019

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Package Deal: Sundays at Lake Norman

 

 

December 15 – February 9

$30
Films: Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal, Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles, A Cantor’s Head

Sundays at Lake Norman Package

Package Deal: Sundays at Lake Norman

December 15 – February 9
All 3 films for $30


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Sunday, February 9

$15
Film:
Venue:
Our Town Village Cinema
Time:
4:00 PM
Community Partner:
The Jewish Council of Lake Norman
Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal

Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal

DATE PASSED

Reception following the film at Temple Kol Tikvah, 605 South Street, Davidson, NC 28036

YidLife Crisis presents a funny, heimish and enlightening historical and cultural tour of Jewish Montreal centered around its legendary foods. Jamie Elman & Eli Batalion gorge themselves in choice eateries as they highlight their native city’s Jewish story in insightful, witty conversations with historians, restaurant owners and others who kvell over the community’s literati as much as the iconic smoked meats and world-class bagels. Never has Jewish history tasted so good.

the Last Suit

Directors:
Jamie Elman & Eli Batalion

Languages:
English, French, Yiddish

Run Time:
62 minutes

Documentary
Canada • 2018

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Sunday, February 16

$11
Film:
Venue:
Our Town Village Cinema
Time:
4:00 PM
Community Partner:
The Jewish Council of Lake Norman
Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles

Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles

Sunday, February 16

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When Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway in 1964, it explored themes of tradition, religion, and anti-Semitism against a modern backdrop of radical social change that addressed gender roles, sexuality, and race. Rare archival footage and interviews with musical luminaries explore the legacy of this long-running, award-winning musical.

Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles

Director: Max Lewkowicz

Languages: English

Run Time: 92 minutes

Documentary
USA• 2019

Awards
Audience Choice Award, 2019 Toronto JFF

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Sunday, February 23

$11
Film:
Venue:
Our Town Village Cinema
Time:
4:00 PM
Community Partner:
The Jewish Council of Lake Norman
A Cantor’s Head

A Cantor’s Head

Sunday, February 23

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Cantor Jack Mendelson and Director Erik Anjou are scheduled to appear

Jack Mendelson has been described as the best cantor in the world, at least on the East Coast, and the Michael Jordan of Hazzanut. But after long years of service at the Temple Israel Center, his beautiful operatic voice is no longer wanted as the shul is looking to replace him with a younger cantor. Looking back at his long career, Mendelson and his many admirers and protégés explain the magic of this centuries-long art form, which so well combines spiritual exploration, communal bonding and dazzling showmanship.

A Cantor’s Head

Director: Erik Anjou

Languages: English

Run Time: 86 minutes

Documentary
USA • 2019

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