Axelrod Israel Film Festival
OPENING FILM EVENT: GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Sunday, July 12, at 7pm & Wednesday, July 15, at 9pm
Israel's most acclaimed actress Ronit Elkabetz portrays a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who finds herself put on trial by Israel's religious marriage laws when her religiously devout husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian) refuses to consent to a divorce (gett). A powerful courtroom drama unfolds.
Tuesday, July 14, 7pm & Thurs., July 16, at 9pm
Having fled Poland for South America during the War, Jacob Kaplan (Héctor Noguera) is passing his sunset years with his wife and becomes fed up with his community's disinterest in their Jewish heritage. Mr. Kaplan fancies himself a Nazi hunter and targets a reclusive German restaurant owner (Rolf Becker), based on the flimsiest of evidence. An eccentric dramedy from Uruguay.
Sunday, July 12, 4pm & Monday, July 13, 9pm
The kidnapping and torture of a young French-Moroccan Jew and the harrowing ordeal of his family are given a searing dramatization in this white-knuckle thriller. Raising troubling questions about the state of anti-Semitism and race relations in France, 24 Days won the Jerusalem International Film Festival's Jewish Experience Award.
Tuesday, July 14, 9pm & Wednesday, July 15, 7pm
In the epicenter of the Middle East conflict, an aggressive new sportAmerican Football--plays out at the stadium. Israel's 600 weekend warriors team up, suit up, don helmets over their kippahs, and charge the field, revealing pieces of themselves and their world along the way. Secular or religious, Israeli-born or not, these Jews, Muslims and Christians are transformed from ordinary citizens into fierce gridiron competitors on a quest for Israel Bowl glory.
THE GREEN PRINCE
Monday, July 13, 9pm & Thursday, July 16, 7pm
Like a tense psychological thriller, this extraordinary documentary recounts the true story of the son of a Hamas leader who emerged as one of Israel's prized informants and the Shin Bet agent who risked his career to protect him. Exposing the complex world of terror and betrayal in today's Middle East, this Nadav Schirman film will challenge much of what you know about the Israel-Palestine conflict.
WOMAN IN GOLD
Sunday, July 12, 2pm, Wednesday, July 15, 4pm & Sunday, July 19, 2pm
Woman In Gold is the remarkable true story of one elderly Jewish woman's journey to reclaim her family's possessions stolen by the Nazis, including a priceless painting of her favorite aunt by Gustav Klimt. Sixty years after she fled Vienna, Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), joined by a plucky young lawyer (Ryan Reynolds), embarks upon a major legal battle which takes them all the way to U.S. Supreme Court.
CLOSING FILM EVENT: ABOVE AND BEYOND
(optional reception with producer, Nancy Spielberg
Sunday, July 19, 4pm and/or 7pm
A mesmerizing, often humorous film chronicles the gallant escapade of a group of Jewish American pilots who answer a call for help in 1948. In secret and at great personal risk, this ragtag band of brothers smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain, and flew for Israel in its War of Independence, helping to turn the tide of the war. A flight of personal discovery and renewed Jewish pride.
The Axelrod Performing Arts Center (View)
100 Grant Avenue
Deal Park, NJ 07723
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