RECEPTION WITH LIGHT APPETIZERS AND ELEGANT DESSERTS
Mini MAGIC SHOW Featuring Bob Moverman, Mr. Magic
Bob has performed close to a thousand professional magic shows over the years, delighting audiences of all ages. His style mixes a sense of wonder, comedy and audience involvement.
Directors: Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv, 2014 Israel, 100 minutes, English, Greek, Hebrew (with English subtitles)
A Holocaust survivor who has renounced his faith, Avraham (Makram Khoury), resents the piety of his son Yehuda, a devout Hassidic rapper. When the aging Avraham decides to return to his native Greece to find the man who offered shelter and taught him magic during WWII, he is compelled to bring Yehuda as his guardian. Arriving in Greece father and son confront their prickly relationship with the help of a kindhearted prostitute. So begins an engaging road trip as these richly-conceived characters search for reconciliation amidst enchanting moments of humor and absurdity. Winner Israel Academy Award for Best Actor Makram Khoury.
Director: Marc Fusco, 2017 USA, 92 Minutes, English, Rated PG 13.
This is a heartwarming story of an outcast teen who connects with his isolated grandfather Samuel (played by Hal Linden) when he makes him the subject of an animated art project for school. The high school senior discovers that his grandpa, a Jewish dry cleaner, has a surprising past. Winner Audience Award (Best Narrative Feature) 2018 Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, Winner Award for Outstanding Film - Honolulu Jewish Film Festival 2019.
Suitable for students 7th grade and up.
Director: Claus Rafle, 2017 Germany, 100 Minutes, German (with English subtitles)
In June 1943, Germany, infamously declared Berlin Judenfrei - “free of Jews.” But at that moment there were still 7000 Jews living in the capital: hiding and protected by courageous Berliners, while desperately trying to avoid deportation. The Invisibles depicts the experiences of four young adult survivors (one a teenager), interweaving their testimony with highly accomplished dramatizations, an unusual hybrid approach that brings edge-of-the-seat suspense to their years spent underground.
Director: Jacob Goldwasser, 2018 Israel, 90 minutes, Hebrew (with English subtitles)
In this award-winning Israeli family dramedy, surly mechanic Reuven takes in his exuberant adult special-needs son, Gadi, after his ex-wife’s untimely death. As Gadi becomes accustomed to life with Reuven and Reuven begins to enjoy parenthood, their world is turned upside down by Reuven’s failing kidneys. Gadi wants to donate one of his own kidney's to help save his father's life. However, the transplant committee objects. Furious, Gadi sets out to claim his right to do something meaningful, on his own, and help his father. Thoughtful, poignant, and unexpectedly funny, Shoelaces explores the complex relationships through the delicate lens of its special-needs hero. Winner Audience Award Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2019. Winner Audience Award Boston Israeli Film Festival 2019, Winner Best Feature Film LA Jewish Film Festival.