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Aaron's Magic Village
France/Hungary/USA, 80 minutes, 1997, Color, English, animation & music
Plucky Aaron, his pet goat Zlateh, and a goofy imp named Lantuch take on a sorcerer and his monstrous Golem, in order to save Chelm, the world's most foolish village. This animated adventure is based on stories by Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer and European Jewish folklore. Wonderfully narrated by Fyvush
Finkel of Picket Fences, this colorful film is rated G and will entertain young children.
A Letter Without Words
USA, 62 minutes, 1998, B&W and Color, English and German with subtitles
Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize - 1998 Sundance Film Festival
During the 1930s German ban on independent filmmaking, defiant
Ella Lewenz continued shooting film, crafting a veritable time capsule. She recorded
political rallies, visits by such notables as Albert Einstein, and the life of the
German Jewish aristocracy. Her granddaughter discovered the films in America in 1981
and structured them into a seamless correspondence between generations. This fascinating
love letter is a personal and historical testament, tribute, and witness.
Argentina, 108 minutes, 1996, Color, Spanish with English subtitles
Winner - Best Latin American Film - Goya Award (Spanish Academy
Fifty-something Clara places an ad seeking a Jewish companion.
She gets Saul, who is actually Raul and not Jewish. Because her brother is coming
to visit, Clara decides to tutor Raul on how to act Jewish. A funny, poignant romance
follows, as Clara must choose between her comfortable solitude and the risks of
commitment. Clara and Raul have a gentle chemistry together, giving this film much
charm, depth, and tenderness
Austria, 118 minutes, 1996, Color, German with English subtitles
Austrian Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film - 1997 Academy
This gloriously photographed film, a riveting contemporary
political thriller, tells a tale of love in an atmosphere of European extremism.
Hannah, a young Jewish public relations agent, launches an advertising campaign
for a respected toy manufacturer. She soon makes an alarming discovery that sets
this swiftly-paced story racing. A deadly game develops, as the company's managing
director is torn between the conflicts of conscience, family, and love.
Out for Love ? Be Back Shortly
Israel, 55 minutes, 1997, Color, Hebrew with English subtitles. Winner - Best
Documentary - 1998 Jerusalem Film Festival
Dan, a reserve Israeli paratrooper, is yearning for love. When
he meets young and lovely Iris, he believes that he has found his Venus. Unfortunately,
she is soon to leave for her own military service. Unable to express his emotions
with words, Dan records their relationship using film. He beautifully and humorously
documents his struggle to express love in uncertain and dangerous times.
Israel, 45 minutes, 1997, Color, Hebrew with English subtitles
From the Israeli TV series "Short Stories About Love"
This romantic farce takes place during the 1977 Israeli election.
As the country waits for the results, a family joyfully waits for its youngest
daughter's boyfriend to come and ask for Shuli's hand in marriage. A handsome stranger
suddenly arrives, claiming to be Shuli's suitor. Is he more interested in Shuli
or in Mazal, Shuli's beautiful divorced older sister?
Great Britain, 10 minutes, 1998, Black&White and Color, English, animation
Certificate of Merit - 1999 San Francisco International Film
In this innovative animated short, Tana Ross expresses her experience
as a child survivor of the Theresienstadt concentration camp
thanks to the love of her grandmother. Disjointed black and white
images vividly display the childhood silence Tana now describes.
As the film progresses, the images become more animated, vivacious,
and colorful. This beautiful film is an expressive evocation of a child's painful
memories, fears, losses, and final liberation.
The Deserter's Wife
France and Israel, 86 minutes, 1992, Color,
French & Hebrew with subtitles
This gripping, suspenseful story focuses on French-born Nina
and her husband Ilan. In the midst of Nina's rehearsals for an Israeli Philharmonic
Orchestra performance, Ilan is called to duty in the West Bank. Ilan returns
wounded in body and soul, suffering from deep shock, and refusing to speak.
Nina sets out to discover what happened, piecing together the alarming cause of Ilan's plight.
Israel, 90 minutes, 1998, Color, Hebrew and Russian with English subtitles New
Israeli Release - First Showing in the USA