Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Festival de Cine Israel Cine Castro San Francisco

The 30th Anniversary San Francisco Jewish Film Festival returns to the Castro!

The very first and still largest Jewish film festival in the world proudly celebrates its 30th Anniversary. Come to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival for over 60 classic and contemporary films, stimulating panel discussions and rousing parties, with almost a full week at the Castro. Enjoy a fascinating retrospective on Jewish Gangster films with classics like BUGSY and LEPKE, see compelling cinematic profiles of Jewish and Israeli writers in AMOS OZ: THE NATURE OF DREAMS and A ROOM AND A HALF in the special series People of the Book, join us as we honor Israel’s leading satirist Sayed Kashua with the 2010 SFJFF Freedom of Expression Award, enjoy the silent film HUNGRY HEARTS with a new live score, and much, much more. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll consider. And for certain, you'll talk about it.

Experience the passionate storytelling, moving images and courageous spirit of independent Jewish cinema in a vibrant contemporary celebration of a culture 5770 years in the making.

The festival screens in theaters throughout the Bay Area July 24-August 9, 2010. Tickets, All-festival passes, discount 10-Flix Voucher Packs, and full schedule available now at or 866-55-TICKETS.

Tuesday, July 27
11:30am Ahead of Time
Ruth Gruber, 97, was an ace journalist for over 70 years, covering some of the most critical junctures in contemporary world and Jewish history.

1:30pm War Against the Weak
The pseudoscience of eugenics has American roots, big time, and this stimulating and engrossing documentary traces its history with cinematic verve and chilling insight.

4:00pm My So Called Enemy
Follows six Israeli and Palestinian young women who attended a peace camp in 2002, revealing how the experience complicated their lives over the next seven years.

6:30pm Centerpiece Film: Anita
The world intrudes with unexpected fury into the life of a Jewish Argentine woman with Down syndrome in this hopeful study of innocence in a troubled world.

9:15pm The “Socalled” Movie
A dynamic, kaleidoscopic portrait of the iconoclastic musician Socalled (aka Josh Dolgin), who creates a unique sound combining klezmer, funk, soul and hip-hop. Followed by live performance.

Wednesday, July 28
11:30am Mrs. Moscowitz and the Cats
Mrs. Moscowitz’s lone life is renewed after an accident places her in a geriatric ward in this sweet and touching film exploring aging and its vulnerabilities.

1:15pm Ingelore
A deaf German-born Jew vividly narrates the harrowing events leading up to her immigration to America in this moving documentary portrait by her son.

4:00pm Budrus
An unlikely leader effectively organizes Palestinians and Israelis in a nonviolent protest against plans for the Israeli security barrier to cut through a West Bank village.

6:30pm Arab Labor: Season 2
Written by SFJFF Freedom of Expression Award winner Sayed Kashua, season two of this irreverent Israeli Arab sitcom will leave you alternately in stitches and up in arms.

9:00pm Army of Crime
This lush historical drama memorializes an overlooked circle of French Resistance fighters: the largely Jewish anti-fascist refugees led by French Armenian poet Missak Manouchian.

Thursday, July 29
11:30am Panel Discussion: Is Dialogue Possible? How Films Help Us Talk About Israel (…Or Not)
Free admission

1:00pm Bugsy
Warren Beatty’s tour de force performance as sexy, psychotic gangster Bugsy Siegel shines among excellent turns by Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley and Harvey Keitel.

3:45pm Sayed Kashua – Forever Scared
This intimate profile of successful Palestinian-Israeli writer Sayed Kashua makes us feel what it’s like to be a stranger in your own land.

6:00pm A Film Unfinished
Utilizing never-before-seen outtakes, A Film Unfinished is a rigorous and profound documentary that unmasks the artifice behind Nazi-produced Warsaw Ghetto footage.

8:45pm Closing Night Film: The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground
A rousing and affectionate documentary, with generous helpings of great music, following four years in the up-and-down life of the brilliant world music–klezmer fusion band, the Klezmatics.

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