San Francisco Jewish Film Festival WinterFest
January 17 only
Let’s Go! 12:00pm
Dir. Michael Verhoeven | Germany, 2014, 90 min w/ subtitles
In 1968, 20-year-old Laura returns to Munich to attend her father’s funeral. Overcome with grief, Laura and her mother must face the family’s traumatic history: Having survived the Holocaust, Laura’s parents stayed in post-War Germany to start a new life. However, their horrific experiences of genocide and conetration camps loomed over their daily lives. Master German director Michael Verhoeven, whose previous works include “The White Rose” and “The Nasty Girl”, presents a beautifully made drama and a biting commentary on postwar German society. Elegantly filmed, Verhoeven gently builds the tension that probes the complex notion of German-Jewish identity.
Yalom’s Cure 1:50pm
Special guest Dr. Irvin Yalom in person at the Roxie for a post-show Q&A
Dir. Sabine Gisiger | Switzerland, 2014, 77 min
Bestselling author, popular scholar and existentialist Irvin D. Yalom is one of the most influential living psychotherapists. This cinematic documentary is more than a classic biography. Yalom takes viewers on an existential journey, navigating the depths and shallows of the human psyche. In this role as a guide, he imparts his discernments and provides profound insight into his own inner life. Dr. Yalom’s books have sold millions of copies worldwide and critics describe him as: mind-bending, stunning, inspiring, haunting, life- changing.
The Decent One 4:00pm
Dir. Vanessa Lapa | Austria, Israel 2014, 96 min
A recently discovered cache of hundreds of personal letters, diaries and photos belonging to the Nazi Gestapo chief, Heinrich Himmler, seem to reveal a thoughtful, loving husband and devoted father to his daughter. The documents first found in the Himmler family house in 1945 were hidden in Tel Aviv for decades and sold to the father of this Israeli documentary filmmaker, Vanessa Lapa. Through readings of Himmler’s and his family’s most personal writings and rarely seen restored film footage from key German archives, Lapa has fashioned a fascinating case study: a portrait of the man responsible for some of the worst atrocities of World War II, who thought of himself in heroic terms.
Deli Man 6:00pm
Dir. Erik Greenberg Anjou | USA, 2014, 91 min
Laugh your way through hilarious stories of American delicatessens while drooling over the wonderful Jewish food being prepared before your eyes. From New York to Chicago to San Francisco (SF’s very own Wise Sons), and even to Texas, enjoy the oddball company of the obsessed deli proprietors behind the corned beef, the kreplach, and the magnificent matzol ball soup. You won’t want to miss third-generation Houston deli owner Ziggy Gruber, the maven of deli mavens! Directed by Erik Greeberg Anjou, the third work in his trilogy about Jewish culture. (A Cantor’s Tale, SFJFF 2005, The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground, SFJFF 2010)
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem 8:00pm
Dir. Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz | France, Israel, Germany, 2014, 115 min w/ subtitles
In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only Rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution. But this dissolution is only possible with full consent from the husband, who in the end has more power than the judges. Viviane Amsalem has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out for judgement. Now nominated for a Golden Globe (Best Foreign Film), and Israel’s entry for the Oscars. Stars Ronit Elkabetz (Invisible, SFJFF 2012, Jaffa, SFJFF 2010).
Life After Beth 10:25pm
Dir. Jeff Baena | USA 2014, 91 min
In this Jewish zombie romcom, Zach (Dane DeHaan) is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza). But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advnatage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before. But the newly returned Beth isn’t quite how he remembered her and, before long, Zach’s whole world takes a turn for the worse. Imitating what Dr. Frankenstein did with his monster, writer/director Jeff Baena assembles disparate parts of his film into a new whole and jolts fresh life into it. By fusing elements of a young love story and a zombie move, he concocts a wickedly funny and a shockingly poignant film. With its killer soundtrack and all-star cast, Life After Beth will leave you dying to see it again. Also stars John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon as Beth’s Jewish parents.
WinterFest Pass Information
Back for it’s second edition, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival presents WinterFest on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the historic Roxie Theatre in San Francisco’s Mission District. Featuring a full day of new programming, come enjoy some of the best features, documentaries and shorts from filmmakers around the world to tide you over until SFJFF35 kicks off next summer! The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is committed to offering the Bay Area Jewish Community the best in Jewish and independent filmmaking year-round and are proud to bring back WinterFest for its second year! WinterFest Passes are on sale now! Be sure to visit www.sfjff.org and sign up for our Newsletter to receive all the latest WinterFest updates, including film announcements and screening times. See you at the movies!
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