Sunday, April 25, 2010

Eighth year for Windsor Jewish film fest

The eighth annual Windsor Jewish Film Festival gets underway tomorrow at Devonshire Mall cinemas, and for the first time Windsor festival planners have selected films exclusively......They used to choose collaboratively with the Detroit Jewish film festival. But being in a separate country logistically made it easier to order directly from distributers, said Sandi Malowitz, the Windsor Jewish Community Centre’s program director. “We’re very excited,” by the selection, which covers a range of topics and genres from drama to comedy, and includes award winning titles, she said......Monday’s opening film is Brothers (Israel 2009) at 8 pm. It explores the clash in values between secular and Orthodox Jews in modern Israel......On Tuesday at 2 pm there are two short films The World Was Ours (USA 2007) and I Will Not Die (Canada 2009), films about Holocaust experiences in Vilna and Czechoslovakia.....At 5 pm there is Bad Faith (France 2006), about Jewish-Muslim acceptance. At 8 pm there’s the comedy A Matter of Size (Israel-Germany) about dieting and, well, Sumo wrestling, set in Israel of course......On Wednesday at 2 pm there’s HAG: The Story of the Hassidic Actors (USA 2008). Writer, director and star Yisrael Lifschutz, who has consulted on films like The Chosen and Pi, will attend and discuss the making of the film......Anita (Argentina 2009) at 5 pm is about a family caught up in events surrounding the terrorist bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center in 1994......Lemon Tree (Israel-Germany-France) at 8 pm – which won the Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival - is about a Palestinian woman who takes her fight over her plot of land to the Israeli Supreme Court......On Thursday at 2 pm Beau Jest (USA) is also about religious intolerance but done up in an hilarious way......Galilee Eskimos (Israel 2006) 5 pm is about the dream or “demise” of Zionism seen through a group of senior citizens veterans of the kibbutz movement......Closing out the festival at 8 pm will be Saviors in the Night (Germany-France) about German farmers during the Second World War who saved a family from deportation to the extermination camps......Tickets are $10 each available at the cinema.

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