2011 Cincinnati Jewish & Israeli Film Festival
Now Showing at: The Mayerson JCC January 29 - February 3
Review by: Larry Thomas
If you’re looking for something different in movies this week, you should consider one or more of the screenings of the 2011 Cincinnati Jewish and Israeli Film Festival. This new collection of films that have not previously been seen in our town open Saturday, January 29, and runs thru Thursday, February 3 at the Mayerson JCC on Ridge Road at Cross County Highway in Amberly Village.
What might you expect to see in this year’s lineup? Here’s a brief preview:
In The Yankles, an ex-con finds redemption by coaching an upstart Orthodox Jewish baseball team. Mixing comedy with a surprisingly sensitive portrayal of Orthodox customs, The Yankles is a feel-good film about overcoming bigotry and self-doubt. The Yankles plays Saturday, January 29, at 7 pm
Berlin’36 is a docudrama set during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, and is inspired by the true story of Jewish high-jumper Gretel Bergmann. no other family. He’s nicknamed “Noodle” after his unique noodle-sucking technique. Berlin’36 screens Sunday, January 30 at 3 pm, and again on Wednesday, February 2, at 1 pm.
The Argentenian drama Anita is about a young woman with Downs Syndrome whose life is uprooted when the Argentine Israelite Association is bombed. The film stars Oscar-nominated Norma Aleandro, and plays Sunday, January 30, at 7 pm.
On Wednesday, February 2 at 7 pm, Seven Minutes in Heaven tells the story of a young woman who struggles to regain her memory after a suicide bomber has rendered her clinically dead for seven minutes.
There are three other films in the series, including two documentaries, shown during the week. A guide to all the films with a complete schedule and tickets information on the Mayerson JCC website. You can find a link to it on our website.
You can buy a festival pass, or get individual tickets at the door. Seating is limited to two hundred fifty patrons. This is the perfect opportunity for you to seek out something different in film entertainment.