SCHEDULE


THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER

Opening Night
Thursday, March 12, 2015
5:30 PM Dinner Reception
7:30 PM Live Cabaret and Film
Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Hartford

Optional Attire: Roaring Twenties ragtime chic, or Red Hot Mama-inspired sequins, boas and sparkles!

USA, 2014, 96 minutes, English, Open Captioned
Director: William Gazecki
Producers: Susan and Lloyd Ecker

The rags to riches story of superstar Sophie Tucker, Hartford's most famous daughter who ruled the worlds of vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television, and Hollywood throughout the 20th century lights up the big screen. Praised as "a living vibrant legend" by Variety, the sassy and svelte song-belter pioneered the way for megastars such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Cher, Madonna and Bette Midler. Sophie Kalish Abuza, sang her way from waitressing in the family's Hartford kosher restaurant to glamorous international stardom, brightening footlights from New York to Los Angeles and Miami to London with her signature anthems "Some Of These Days" , "After You've Gone" and "My Yiddishe Mama", among other show-stopping numbers. Using all of "The Last of the Red Hot Mama's" 400 personal scrapbooks plus stage and film clips, TV appearances, recordings and interviews, filmmaker/narrators Susan and Lloyd Ecker retrace Tucker's bawdy and brassy glory days, which earned her the nicknames "Queen of Syncopation" and "First Lady of Show Business".

Appearances by Tony Bennett, Barbara Walters, Michael Feinstein, Carol Channing, Shecky Greene and Bruce Vilanch reveal the charismatic woman behind the extravagant costumes and racy lyrics. Paul Anka, Tony Martin, Mickey Rooney, Brenda Lee, Kaye Ballard, Connie Stevens, Chubby Checker, Mamie Van Doren, Joe Franklin, Rusty Warren, Kaye Stevens, Jane Kean, Libi Staiger and Don Dellair appear in cameo roles.With the assistance of 15 time Grammy winner Phil Ramone, Sophie's early lost recordings provide the saucy sound track, a nostalgic reminder of the brazen belle from Hartford who never forgot her immigrant Jewish roots.



Live! Hartford's Next Sophie Tucker!
Cabaret Show Preceding Film


Colleen Welsh. The Hartt School, University of Hartford
Paul Feyer, The Hartt School, University of Hartford

Dessert and Reel Talk
Immediately Following Film. ASL Interpreter will be provided.


Filmmakers/authors Susan and Lloyd Ecker



Opening Night Dinner Reception, Cabaret Performance and Film are sponsored by
LAZ Parking, ZipPark, Cindy & Barry Lazowski, Marcia & Alan Lazowski and Dana & David Lazowski in honor of their parents, Rabbi Philip and Ruth Lazowski; Infinity Music Hall & Bistro; Women's Philanthropy/Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford.

IT HAPPENED IN SAINT-TROPEZ

Saturday, March 14, 2015
8:00 PM Reception
9:00 PM Film
Herbert Gilman Theater, Mandell JCC

France/Belgium, 2013, 100 minutes,
French with English subtitles
Director: Daniele Thompson

Unashamedly romantic, this breezy comedy of manners It Happened in Saint-Tropez begins with a family wedding and funeral and severe case of sibling rivalry. Roni, a secular and successful gem merchant with a trophy wife who lives in the present is the polar opposite to his just-widowed observant brother Zef, a cultured classical musician. Bound by their wise and wily elderly father and beautiful daughters, the family experiences odd love pairings and triangles. With a stunning cast and playful performances, Daniele Thompson's film set in Paris, Saint-Tropez and New York is a veritable chocolate box of French family dysfunction. Mash-ups and betrayals test brotherly and sisterly love in the most delightful ways.

Not rated, contains adult themes and language. Suitable for high school age and above.

This film is sponsored by
Puritan Furniture Mart, Inc., Roberta, Bruce and Eliana Singer; Brescome Barton, The Crown Market; and the Young Adult Division, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.

ABOVE AND BEYOND - BRUCE SUNDLUN'S INCREDIBLE WWII JOURNEY

Sunday March 15, 2015
1:00 PM
Spotlight Theatres, Front Street, Hartford

2014, USA, 60 mins.
English and French with English subtitles
Director: Tim Gray
Narrated by Kara Sundlun

Long before he was the Governor of Rhode Island (1991-1995), a millionaire businessman and larger-than-life Jewish-American success story, Bruce G. Sundlun survived one of the most amazing escape stories of World War II. Narrated by his daughter, WFSB Anchor Kara Sundlun, and featuring interviews with her father, this is the incredible story of Sundlun's heroic great escape after being shot down piloting his Flying Fortress B-17 "Damn Yankee" over Nazi-occupied Jabbeke, Belgium on December 1, 1943.

The only member of his ten man crew not dead or captured by the Germans, he parachuted to safety, hidden by courageous priests and farmers. Sundlun bicycled for six months through Belgium, France and Switzerland on the run from the Nazis. His exploits fighting with the French Resistance, spying for the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, flying missions over Europe is a story of determination and courage still celebrated in Belgium, where part of the documentary was filmed.



REEL TALK
Immediately following film

Invited Guest Speakers:

Tim Gray
Writer/Producer
Chairman, World War II Foundation

Kara Sundlun
News Anchor, WFSB
Co-Producer

Moderator
Dennis House
News Anchor, WFSB



This film is sponsored by
PASI, LLC, Ron Fishman and David Wetsman, Spotlight Theatres and WFSB.

HAVANA CURVEBALL

Sunday March 15, 2015
4:00 PM
Herbert Gilman Theater, Mandell JCC, West Hartford

USA, 2014, 55 minutes
English and Spanish with English subtitles
Directors: Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider

TEEN SCREEN/FAMILY FLICKS

San Francisco teen Mica is enthusiastic, good-hearted and dreams baseball. He embarks on a quest to deliver baseball bats, gloves, shoes and balls to kids in Cuba as part of his bar mitzvah service project and in gratitude to the country that welcomed his grandfather during the Holocaust. Part travelogue and part coming-of-age story, Havana Curveball, by Mica's parents (filmmakers Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider) is a marvelously crafted tale that provides insights into US-Cuba relations, the pull of sports and idealism of youth. Over a period of three years Mica struggles to make good on his promise. He finally gets to play ball with his Cuban contemporaries, visit the house where his grandfather lived as a child and fulfill his Bar Mitzvah pledge.



SCREENS WITH

HANNAH COHEN'S HOLY COMMUNION

Ireland, 2012, 13 minutes, English
Director: Shimmy Marcus

A spirited 7-year-old, growing up in Dublin in the 1970's, can't wait to make her Holy Communion. The only problem is - she's the wrong religion.



This film is sponsored by
Barnett & Shoflick Family Dentistry; The Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Fund, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, Congregation Kol Haverim, JTConnect, Commission on Jewish Education and Leadership/Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, The Crown Market and Camp Laurelwood.

THEODORE BIKEL: IN THE SHOES OF SHOLOM ALEICHEM

Sunday March 15, 2015
4:00 PM
Spotlight Theatres, Front Street, Hartford

USA, 2014, 75 minutes, English
Director: John Lollos

The stories of two beloved Jewish icons are woven together in this enchanting film: Theodore Bikel, troubadour, singer, civil rights activist and actor and Sholom Aleichem, the great Jewish storyteller. A mix of acting, music and biography, the film shows how much the two have in common: wisdom, humor, humanity, huge talent, and a gift for Yiddish. Bikel's masterful performance of selected stories, songs and monologues from his recent stage show are intertwined into a broader examination of Sholom Aleichem's life and work. Bikel's remarkable career as actor, singer, musician, linguist, and towering Jewish voice for over six decades shines through. Bikel's credits include The Sound of Music, The Defiant Ones, Star Trek and playing Tevye the Dairyman over 2,000 times. Narrated by Alan Alda the film includes interviews with Fyvush Finkel, Gilbert Gottfried, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Sholom Aleichem's granddaughter, the late Bel Kaufman.

This film is sponsored by
BESA Companions and Homemakers, LLC, Beth Berinstein and Sandra Berinstein, and Spotlight Theatres.

ZERO MOTIVATION

Sunday March 15, 2015
4:00 PM
Spotlight Theatres, Front Street, Hartford

Israel, 2014 Hebrew with English subtitles, 101 minutes
Director: Talya Lavie

M*A*S*H meets "Girls" in this zany, dark and comedic portrait of life for a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers set in a remote army base. More concerned with battling boredom, computer games and boyfriends, the rebellious Zohar, frustrated Daffi and their overwhelmed commander Rama lead a wonderfully universal cast of male and female characters. Zero Motivation is an absurdist IDF coming-of-age tale and workplace comedy with sarcasm and laughs of epic military proportions. Amidst their escapades and rivalries, issues of commitment - to friendship, love, and country - are handled with humor, smarts and piercing wit. The Israeli film industry has discovered a powerful new voice in first-time director Talya Lavie.

This film is sponsored by
Farmington Bank and Spotlight Theatres.

HANNA'S JOURNEY

Sunday March 15, 2015
7:30 PM
Spotlight Theatres, Front Street, Hartford

Germany/Israel, 2013, 100 minutes
Hebrew and German with English subtitles
Director: Julia Von Heinz

Unexpected complications arise when Hanna, a young German business student travels to Israel to escape her country's past. She takes volunteer jobs with special needs adults and elderly Holocaust survivors to selfishly boost her resume and career.

With a rich boyfriend and a mysterious mother back home, she befriends the brusque yet charming Itay, an Israeli social worker with more social than work on his mind. Gradually Hanna becomes more interested in both German and her own secret family history, as well as the man who sparked her self-discovery. What began as a brief trip to establish credentials for her prospective employers becomes a journey across cultures and into the center of her own heart and mind. HANNA'S JOURNEY is a provocative and engaging examination of the aftereffects of the Holocaust on third-generation Germans and Israelis.

This film is sponsored by
People's United Bank and Spotlight Theatres.

The Farewell Party

Sunday March 15, 2015
7:30 PM
Spotlight Theatres, Front Street, Hartford

Israel, 2014, 93 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles,
Directors: Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit

This poignant and darkly comic tale centers around a geriatric gang of friends and lovers in a Jerusalem retirement home who secretly build a euthanasia machine to help their terminally ill friend end his life in dignity. As rumors about their invention spread and they receive more pleas for help, boundaries begin to blur and events absurdly collide. With humor and compassion, the feisty octogenarians - brilliantly played by icons of Israeli theater and comedy - face their own mortality as well as the moral and emotional consequences of their actions. This offbeat drama about friendship, dying and love will touch the hearts of anyone who has ever had to say goodbye.

Contains mature themes and nudity; recommended for high school and above.

This film is sponsored by
Arthur and Zadelle Krasow Greenblatt and Spotlight Theatres.

Deli Man

Monday, March 16, 2015
1:30 PM
The Emanuel Synagogue, West Hartford

USA, 2014, 90 minutes, English
Director: Erik Greenberg-Anjou

SENIOR SCREEN

The story of the American deli, accented by a tender cut of corned beef, a garlicky pickle and a crusty knish, is the story of Jews - their immigration, migration, upward mobility, and western assimilation. Deli Man will satisfy the pastrami maven's cravings for tasty nostalgia with oversize helpings of culinary memories served up by comedians, connoisseurs and celebrities from New York to L.A. and from Chicago to Houston. There, behind the lox counter, you'll find the film's guide, Ziggy Gruber, the charming third-generation delicatessen man (and Yiddish-speaking French trained chef) who operates the famous Kenny and Ziggy's. An original score by Loren (The Klezmatics) Sklamberg, and matzo ball-size cameos by Alan Dershowitz, Larry King, Jerry Stiller, and Fyvush Finkel spice up this film steeped in the tastes of Hungary, Poland, Russia, Romania and the Lower East Side. Bite into a juicy slice of culinary Jewish culture.

This film is sponsored by
Duncaster Retirement Community, The Crown Market and The Emanuel Synagogue

24 DAYS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE ILAN HALIMI AFFAIR

Monday, March 16, 2015
7:00 PM
The Emanuel Synagogue, West Hartford

France, 2014, 108 minutes,
French with English subtitles
Director: Alexandre Arcady

With 24 Days, Alexandre Arcady offers a gripping and carefully-plotted thriller that tells the true story of the 2006 kidnapping-for-ransom and torture of 23 year old Ilan Halimi in a Paris suburb by The Gang of Barbarians. Based on the book by Ilan's mother Ruth, and backed by a top-notch cast, Arcady's white-knuckle dramatization follows the massive police manhunt and the family's nightmarish ordeal as they race the clock to find Ilan and his abductors. This suspenseful film portrays a despicable episode in recent French history which triggered a national outcry against hate crimes. 24 Days compellingly pinpoints how France continues to deal with racial tensions and anti-Semitism almost a decade later.

This film is sponsored by
Brian Newman, CPA, Partner and the Partners of CohnReznick, LLP; Connecticut Region, Anti-Defamation League and The Emanuel Synagogue.

RUN BOY RUN

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
7:00 PM
Herbert Gilman Theater, Mandell JCC, West Hartford

Tribute: Observation on Survival and Spirit
LESSONS FROM THE HOLOCAUST

France/Germany, 2013, 108 minutes
German/Polish/Russian/Yiddish with English subtitles
Director: Pepe Danquart

A compelling saga of courage and compassion, RUN BOY RUN tells the extraordinary true story of ten year old Yoram "Srulik" Friedman who escaped the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943 and lived in the woods, hunted by the Nazis. He hides from SS patrols, feeding on snails and mushrooms, braving snowstorms and Nazi sniffer dogs. Taken in from the harsh winter by a kindhearted farmer's wife, he is given shelter and a new identity: Jurek, a Christian war orphan.

The innocent yet intrepid boy escapes from village to village, working odd jobs while danger lurks everywhere. Some will help him survive and others will betray him in his solitary struggle to outlast the Nazi occupation and keep alive his Jewish faith. Just when it seems his childhood memories and identity could be lost forever, Jurek/Srulik's harrowing journey culminates in a powerhouse conclusion and postscript.



REEL TALK
"Behind the Sacred Screen and Stage"
Immediately following film

We're honored to partner with Hartford Stage to preview their upcoming run of The Pianist of Willesden Lane, a triumphant story of hope, survival and the power of music. Set in Vienna in 1938 and London during the Blitzkrieg, piano virtuoso Mona Golabek's one-woman musical memoir is her mother's true story - her Kindertransport escape from Nazi-ruled Vienna to London, where she became a concert pianist.

Invited Guest Speakers:

Mona Golabek
The Pianist of Willesden Lane


Darko Tresnjak
Artistic Director, Hartford Stage


Moderator
Professor Avinoam Patt
Philip D. Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History, Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, University of Hartford

Recommended for middle school ages and above.



This film is sponsored by
The Kirstein Family Fund for Holocaust Education Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford in collaboration with the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, University of Hartford and Hartford Stage.

THEODORE BIKEL: IN THE SHOES OF SHOLEM ALEICHEM

ENCORE

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
1:00 PM
Herbert Gilman Theater, Mandell JCC, West Hartford

2014, 75 minutes, USA, English
Director: John Lollos

The stories of two beloved Jewish icons are woven together in this enchanting film: Theodore Bikel, troubadour, singer, civil rights activist and actor and Sholom Aleichem, the great Jewish storyteller. A mix of acting, music and biography, the film shows how much the two have in common: wisdom, humor, humanity, huge talent, and a gift for Yiddish. Bikel's masterful performance of selected stories, songs and monologues from his recent stage show are intertwined into a broader examination of Sholom Aleichem's life and work. Bikel's remarkable career as actor, singer, musician, linguist, and towering Jewish voice for over six decades shines through. Bikel's credits include The Sound of Music, The Defiant Ones, Star Trek and playing Tevye the Dairyman over 2,000 times. Narrated by Alan Alda the film includes interviews with Fyvush Finkel, Gilbert Gottfried, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Sholom Aleichem's granddaughter, the late Bel Kaufman.

This film is sponsored by
BESA Companions and Homemakers, LLC, Beth Berinstein and Sandra Berinstein.

THE GO GO BOYS: THE INSIDE STORY OF CANNON FILMS

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
6:00 PM
Bow Tie Cinemas, Blue Back Square, West Hartford

Preceded by Israeli Lite Bite at 5:00 PM

Israel/France, 2014 86 minutes
Hebrew and English with English subtitles
Director: Hilla Medalia

Capturing the life and times of legendary Israeli producers Menahem Golan (who died in August 2014), and Yoram Globus, this movie buff's doc recounts the inside story of two cousins in pursuit of the Hollywood dream who turned its power structure upside down. The Go Go Boys produced over 300 films with actors such as Jean Claude Van Damme, Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris, Sylvester Stallone and Christopher Reeve, among many others, becoming the most powerful independent film company in the world. Their film directors included the marquee names of Zeffirelli, Altman, Polanski and Konchalovsky. Through rare archival footage, interviews, movie clips and revealing intimate conversations with the cousins, the film examines the complex relationship between two men whose combined force fueled their success and eventual downfall. Love them or loathe them, their pop-culture impact and legacy as pioneers of Israel's film industry is powerful and undeniable.

This film is sponsored by
Rockville Bank Foundation at United Bank.

DANCING ARABS

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
8:15 PM
Bow Tie Cinemas, Blue Back Square, West Hartford

Israel/France/Germany 2014, 105 minutes,
Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles
Director: Eran Riklis

Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Israeli-Arab writer Sayed Kashua, Dancing Arabs is a story about fitting in, family ties, finding friendship and falling in love while straddling two very different worlds. Child prodigy Eyad, born into a devoted Muslim family in the village of Tira, is selected to be the first Arab to attend a prestigious Jerusalem boarding school. Contending with racism, ignorance and his family's secrets, teenage Eyad's search for identity gets complicated as he desperately tries to fit in with his Jewish peers and Israeli society. Life changes dramatically when he befriends another outsider, wheelchair-confined Jonathan and falls in love with beautiful Naomi, a classmate. Set in the 1980's with the Gulf War raging, the film's layered themes of history, cultural identity, legacy and heritage are treated with both heart and humor, reminding viewers of both sides' humanity in the face of a seemingly intractable political chasm.

This film is sponsored by
TD Bank and Jewish Community Relations Committee/Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.

Deli Man

ENCORE SCREENING ADDED!

Monday, March 18, 2015
8:15 PM
Bow Tie Cinemas Blue Back Square, West Hartford

USA, 2014, 90 minutes, English
Director: Erik Greenberg-Anjou

SENIOR SCREEN

The story of the American deli, accented by a tender cut of corned beef, a garlicky pickle and a crusty knish, is the story of Jews - their immigration, migration, upward mobility, and western assimilation. Deli Man will satisfy the pastrami maven's cravings for tasty nostalgia with oversize helpings of culinary memories served up by comedians, connoisseurs and celebrities from New York to L.A. and from Chicago to Houston. There, behind the lox counter, you'll find the film's guide, Ziggy Gruber, the charming third-generation delicatessen man (and Yiddish-speaking French trained chef) who operates the famous Kenny and Ziggy's. An original score by Loren (The Klezmatics) Sklamberg, and matzo ball-size cameos by Alan Dershowitz, Larry King, Jerry Stiller, and Fyvush Finkel spice up this film steeped in the tastes of Hungary, Poland, Russia, Romania and the Lower East Side. Bite into a juicy slice of culinary Jewish culture.

This film is sponsored by
Duncaster Retirement Community, The Crown Market and The Emanuel Synagogue

ZERO MOTIVATION ENCORE

Thursday, March 19, 2015
6:00 PM
Bow Tie Cinemas, Blue Back Square, West Hartford

Israel, 2014 Hebrew with English subtitles, 101 minutes
Director: Talya Lavie

M*A*S*H meets "Girls" in this zany, dark and comedic portrait of life for a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers set in a remote army base. More concerned with battling boredom, computer games and boyfriends, the rebellious Zohar, frustrated Daffi and their overwhelmed commander Rama lead a wonderfully universal cast of male and female characters. Zero Motivation is an absurdist IDF coming-of-age tale and workplace comedy with sarcasm and laughs of epic military proportions. Amidst their escapades and rivalries, issues of commitment - to friendship, love, and country - are handled with humor, smarts and piercing wit. The Israeli film industry has discovered a powerful new voice in first-time director Talya Lavie.

This film is sponsored by
Farmington Bank.

BERLIN CALLING

Thursday, March 19, 2015
8:15 PM
Bow Tie Cinemas, Blue Back Square, West Hartford

USA/Czech Republic/France/Germany
2014, 81 minutes
English
Director: Nigel Dick

Kastle Waserman, an ex-punk chick rebel from Los Angeles, always knew growing up a big, dark cloud hung over her family. Berlin Calling pulls back the suburban veil to uncover the chilling secrets of her father Ben's dark days during World War II, taking them both on a journey of discovery to Berlin, Prague, Terezin, Paris, Los Angeles and Houston. On the voyage they discover their family is larger than anyone dared imagine and Ben is welcomed back to the city of his birth by the Mayor of Berlin. Told through the loving eyes of a daughter, journalist and second-generation Holocaust survivor, this amazing true account of one family in the big shadow of one of history's most harrowing times, reveals the emotional impact that is handed down through generations.

Special Guest Introducer
Nigel Dick, Director

This film is sponsored by
Voices of Hope - Second and Third Generations of Holocaust Survivors/Lisa & Peter Fishman and Marcia & Alan Lazowski.

FELIX AND MEIRA

Saturday, March 21, 2015
8:00 PM Reception
9:00 PM Film
Herbert Gilman Theatre, Mandell JCC, West Hartford

Canada, 2014, 105 minutes
French, Yiddish and English with English subtitles
Director: Maxime Giroux

This nuanced, romantic drama set in the present-day Montreal of hipsters and Hasids, is an unconventional romance between two people with seemingly nothing in common: Meira, a discontented ultra-Orthodox wife and mother and Felix, a lonely, eccentric artist. When they meet, the chemistry is immediate, setting their opposing lives on a collision course. Luminously filmed in Montreal, New York and Venice, Italy, this is a soulful story of unexpected attraction, impossible love and hard choices. Felix and Meira is a poignant and touching tale of self-discovery, religion and desire between two lost souls who inhabit the same neighborhood but come from vastly different worlds.

This film is sponsored by
Wentworth, DeAngelis and Kaufman, Inc., Government of Quebec, Public and Cultural Affairs Division and Margery Gussak Catering.

THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER

ENCORE

Sunday, March 22, 2015
12:00 PM
Herbert Gilman Theatre, Mandell JCC, West Hartford

USA, 2014, 96 minutes, English
Director: William Gazecki
Producers: Susan and Lloyd Ecker

The rags to riches story of superstar Sophie Tucker, Hartford's most famous daughter who ruled the worlds of vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television, and Hollywood throughout the 20th century lights up the big screen. Praised as "a living vibrant legend" by Variety, the sassy and svelte song-belter pioneered the way for megastars such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Cher, Madonna and Bette Midler. Sophie Kalish Abuza, sang her way from waitressing in the family's Hartford kosher restaurant to glamorous international stardom, brightening footlights from New York to Los Angeles and Miami to London with her signature anthems "Some Of These Days" , "After You've Gone" and "My Yiddishe Mama", among other show-stopping numbers. Using all of "The Last of the Red Hot Mama's" 400 personal scrapbooks plus stage and film clips, TV appearances, recordings and interviews, filmmaker/narrators Susan and Lloyd Ecker retrace Tucker's bawdy and brassy glory days, which earned her the nicknames "Queen of Syncopation" and "First Lady of Show Business".

Appearances by Tony Bennett, Barbara Walters, Michael Feinstein, Carol Channing, Shecky Greene and Bruce Vilanch reveal the charismatic woman behind the extravagant costumes and racy lyrics. Paul Anka, Tony Martin, Mickey Rooney, Brenda Lee, Kaye Ballard, Connie Stevens, Chubby Checker, Mamie Van Doren, Joe Franklin, Rusty Warren, Kaye Stevens, Jane Kean, Libi Staiger and Don Dellair appear in cameo roles.With the assistance of 15 time Grammy winner Phil Ramone, Sophie's early lost recordings provide the saucy sound track, a nostalgic reminder of the brazen belle from Hartford who never forgot her immigrant Jewish roots.

This film is sponsored by
LAZ Parking, ZipPark, Cindy & Barry Lazowski, Marcia & Alan Lazowski and Dana & David Lazowski in honor of their parents, Rabbi Philip and Ruth Lazowski; Women's Philanthropy/Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford.

THE PRIME MINISTERS, PART TWO - SOLDIERS AND PEACEMAKERS

Sunday, March 22, 2015
2:15 PM
Herbert Gilman Theatre, Mandell JCC, West Hartford

USA, 2014, 110 minutes
English and Hebrew with English Subtitles
Director: Richard Trank

Based on Ambassador Yehuda Avner's bestselling and award-winning book, The Prime Ministers, this sequel to last year's runaway hit follows the diplomat's experiences during the years he worked for Israeli Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin and Menachem Begin. The film examines Rabin's election as the country's first native born Israeli leader, the Israel-Egypt 1975 peace treaty, the dramatic Entebbe hostage rescue in 1976, Rabin's difficult relationship with President Jimmy Carter, his subsequent downfall in a financial scandal involving his wife, Leah and his tragic assassination in 1995.
The movie focuses on Ambassador Avner's time working under Menachem Begin, including Anwar Sadat's historic visit to Jerusalem, the Camp David negotiating process, the difficult relationship between President Carter and Menachem Begin as well as the tense relations that arose between Begin and President Reagan over the 1982 Lebanon War. Yehuda Avner's career as a diplomat in the United Kingdom and Australia are also covered.

Full of emotion and rich history with rare, never before seen photos and archival footage, the film stars Michael Douglas as the voice of Yitzchak Rabin and Christoph Waltz as the voice of Menachem Begin.

This film is sponsored by
BNY Mellon Wealth Management and Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.

RUN BOY RUN

ENCORE

Sunday, March 22, 2015
2:15 PM
Bow Tie Cinemas, Palace 17, Hartford

France/Germany, 2013, 108 minutes
German/Polish/Russian/Yiddish with English subtitles
Director: Pepe Danquart

A compelling saga of courage and compassion, RUN BOY RUN tells the extraordinary true story of ten year old Yoram "Srulik" Friedman who escaped the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943 and lived in the woods, hunted by the Nazis. He hides from SS patrols, feeding on snails and mushrooms, braving snowstorms and Nazi sniffer dogs. Taken in from the harsh winter by a kindhearted farmer's wife, he is given shelter and a new identity: Jurek, a Christian war orphan.

The innocent yet intrepid boy escapes from village to village, working odd jobs while danger lurks everywhere. Some will help him survive and others will betray him in his solitary struggle to outlast the Nazi occupation and keep alive his Jewish faith. Just when it seems his childhood memories and identity could be lost forever, Jurek/Srulik's harrowing journey culminates in a powerhouse conclusion and postscript.

IT HAPPENED IN SAINT-TROPEZ

ENCORE

Sunday, March 22, 2015
2:15 PM
Bow Tie Cinemas, Palace 17, Hartford

France/Belgium, 2013, 100 minutes,
French with English subtitles
Director: Daniele Thompson

Unashamedly romantic, this breezy comedy of manners It Happened in Saint-Tropez begins with a family wedding and funeral and severe case of sibling rivalry. Roni, a secular and successful gem merchant with a trophy wife who lives in the present is the polar opposite to his just-widowed observant brother Zef, a cultured classical musician. Bound by their wise and wily elderly father and beautiful daughters, the family experiences odd love pairings and triangles. With a stunning cast and playful performances, Daniele Thompson's film set in Paris, Saint-Tropez and New York is a veritable chocolate box of French family dysfunction. Mash-ups and betrayals test brotherly and sisterly love in the most delightful ways.

Not rated, contains adult themes and language. Suitable for high school age and above.

This film is sponsored by
Puritan Furniture Mart, Inc., Roberta, Bruce and Eliana Singer.

HANNA'S JOURNEY

ENCORE

Sunday March 22, 2015
4:30 PM
Bow Tie Cinemas, Palace 17, Hartford

Germany/Israel, 2013, 100 minutes
Hebrew and German with English subtitles
Director: Julia Von Heinz

Unexpected complications arise when Hanna, a young German business student travels to Israel to escape her country's past. She takes volunteer jobs with special needs adults and elderly Holocaust survivors to selfishly boost her resume and career.

With a rich boyfriend and a mysterious mother back home, she befriends the brusque yet charming Itay, an Israeli social worker with more social than work on his mind. Gradually Hanna becomes more interested in both German and her own secret family history, as well as the man who sparked her self-discovery. What began as a brief trip to establish credentials for her prospective employers becomes a journey across cultures and into the center of her own heart and mind. HANNA'S JOURNEY is a provocative and engaging examination of the aftereffects of the Holocaust on third-generation Germans and Israelis.

This film is sponsored by
People's United Bank.

CLOSED SEASON

Sunday March 22, 2015
4:30 PM
Bow Tie Cinemas, Palace 17, Hartford

Germany/Israel, 2012, 104 minutes
German with English subtitles
Director: Franziska Schlotterer

Set in 1942, this gorgeously lensed dramatic tale finds bookish young Jewish refugee Albert in hiding at the remote Black Forest farm of Fritz and Emma, a childless couple desperate for a family. The impotent Fritz suggests an unorthodox arrangement: He asks Albert to impregnate his wife. The consequences are dramatic: Emma discovers her sexuality, Fritz cannot control his brutish jealousy and Albert, fearing for his life, feels trapped. Against the intense background of war, an unpredictable drama between this trio of strange bedfellows unfolds, only to be solved decades later when a young German shows up at an Israeli kibbutz looking for his biological father.

Contains nudity and scenes of a sexual nature. Recommended for high school age and above.

This film is sponsored by
Wells Fargo Bank, N. A. and The Rosalie H. and Jay D. Smith Jewish Heritage Fund, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, in Memory of Rosalie Smith.

ABOVE AND BEYOND - THE BIRTH OF THE ISRAELI AIR FORCE

Closing Night film, Reel Talk and reception

Sunday March 22, 2015
7:30 PM
Beth El Temple, West Hartford

USA, 2014, 87 minutes,
English and Hebrew with English Subtitles
Director: Roberta Grossman
Producer: Nancy Spielberg

It wasn't their country, but they made it their war.

In 1948, a group of World War II pilots from America, Canada and England, volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of "Machal" - volunteers from abroad - this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth; they also laid the groundwork for today's Israeli Air Force. The courage, commitment and sacrifice of these forever-young flyboys takes wing with unforgettable pilot interviews sharing stories both charming and insightful. Archival war footage, commentary by leading scholars and statesmen, plus brilliant reenactments, spectacular computer generated imagery and an original score preserves this brave chapter in Israel's history for generations.



Reel Talk
Immediately following film

Invited Guest Speakers:


Roberta Grossman, Director
Nancy Spielberg, Producer
President, Playmount Productions

Moderator
Gary Greenberg
Board Member, American Technion Society - New England Region

Dessert reception to follow.

Closing Night film, Reel Talk and reception are
sponsored by

American Technion Society - New England Region with Joan and Gary Greenberg/The Rogow Greenberg Foundation, Robin and David Gelles, Nancy and Jeffrey Hoffman, Mary and Gideon Rutenberg, Shari and Michael Cantor/Cantor Colburn LLP, Beth and Cary Lakenbach, Cheryl and David Lejfer and Marshall L. Weintraub with additional support from Beth El Temple.