Films in the competition screenings of the 6th WJFF 2008:
Fiction feature films
Klown i Fuehrer
CLOWN AND FUHRER
CLOWN AND FUHRER
dir. Eduard Cortes
Spain, 2008, 95 min
First in the Festivals history Catalonian film. Tragicomic story of clown, husband of a Jew who is ordered to perform in front of Fuhrer...
dir. Steven Schacher
USA, 2008, 98 min
Charming satire on the modern film industry: A lame producer makes his last chance film about.... a black action movie star who is converting to Judaism. A star-studded cast, among others Meg Rayan, William H. Macy (Magnolia, The Cooler) who is also a screenwriter.
FAUT QUE CA DANSE
dir. Noemie Lvovsky
France/Belgium/Israel/Italy, 2007, 100 min
A bitter-sweet story about a French Jew Salomon Biellinsky(now Jean-Pierre Marielle), who already being eighty decides to fully enjoys his life. Three nominations for French Cesars: best actor, best music, best supporting actor.
LA QUESTIONE HUMAINE
dir. Nicolas Klotz
France, 2007, 143 min
Unsettling diagnosis of modernity – wasn’t the demon of dehumanization defeated in the XXth century? An accurate description of contemporary times and contemporary individual, entangled in beaurocratic procedures of life, struggling with everyday routine. Michael Londsdale’s (Monachium, by Steven Spielberg) Ceasar award nomination for the best male actor in a leading role.
dir. Amos Gitai
Israel/France, 2008, 90 min
Eastern European Premiere:
Common French Jews in uncommonly cruel times. The portrait of a man trying to reconstruct from memories the history of his ancestors – Holocaust victims. Set against the backdrop, trial of Klaus Barbie – the Butcher of Lyon, thus called as a result of horrible murders he committed as a leader of Gestapo in Lyon. Brilliant performance by Jeanne Morreau. A film by well-known and acknowledged Israeli dir. Amos Gitai – Golden Lion winner, nominee holder (Golden Palm in Cannes). .
dir. Lynn Roth
Israel/USA, 2007, 88 min
An adaptation of semi-biographical novel by Amos Oz – one of the most exquisite contemporary writers from Israel, Noble Prize candidate – with Alfred Molina’s leading part (starring in “Frida” as her husband). Palestine one day before Israel’s uprising. An 11-year-old boy makes friends with a British soldier. The picture won Audience Favourite award at the Palm Beach International Film Festival’08.
dir. Ayelet Menahemi
Israel, 2007, 90 min
What could be the biggest surprise in well-organized life of Miria? Entangling her lot with fate of a small Chinese emigrant, who without any documents or any identity whatsoever becomes abandoned by his mother – Miria’s housemaid deported to China. The woman tries to find the boy’s mother and carry him out of Israel. A subtle form of narration is a reminiscence of Kieslowski’s movies.
dir. Claude Miller
France, 2007, 105 min
A 15-year-old boy discovers compromising family secret dated from the World War II period. Ceasar’08 award for Julie Depardieu. Excellent music by Zbigniew Preisner (Ceasar ’08 nominee).
dir. Avi Nesher
Israel/France, 2007, 120 min
Noemi, a daughter of a prominent rabbi convinces her father to postpone her wedding one year, so that she could study in Jewish seminary in Safed. Her life starts turning upside down when she meets Micheal, a free-spirited student...When the couple comes across mysterious Anouk, they set off on a risky journey to forbidden places...8 nominations to Israeli Oscars’07, exquisite musical frame.
Short fiction films and animations
dir. Max Cohen
USA, 2008, 4 min
Striking with its simplicity reflection on humanity.
Serce Amosa Kleina
HEART OF AMOS KLEIN
dir. Michal & Uri Kranot
France, rok prod., 15 min
Original reflection on the life of Jewish veteran of all wars when he is before a heart transplant.
dir. Mark Rabinowicz-Wegner
Polska, 2008, 14 min
A young Jew returns to Łódź – the city of his ancestors and starts questioning myths about Poland on which he was raised.
Moja kochana, mój kochany
MY LOVE MY LOVE
dir. Igal Peeri
Israel, 2007, 35 min
Ingeniously directed beautiful love story with Lebanese war set against the backdrop. Awarded at New York Jewish Film Festival.
dir. Hadar Morag
Israel, 2008, 17 min
Set against the backdrop of an indifferent family, in an absolute silence, evolves a familiarity between a small girl and grown-up man.
Z odrobin± cierpliwo¶ci
With a little patience
dir. Laszlo Nemes
Węgry, 2007, 14 min
A strinkingly simple movie with a big story of Extinction set against the backdrop: a clerk meticulously fulfilling her duties. Someone is waiting outside the window...Venice 2007
dir. Stelios Charalampopoulos
Grecja, 2008, 52 min
Outstanding writer, advocate of Israeli-Palestinian peace and candidate for the Nobel Prize portrayed in a river interview.
Życie I ¶mierć Hanny Senesz
BLESSED IS THE MATCH: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF HANNAH SENESH
dir. Roberta Grossman
USA, 2007, 103 min
Captivating story of life of a Hungarian Jew, parachutist and poet, participant of the only rescue mission of Hungarian Jews in 1994 during the World War II, who finally was captured and murdered by Nazis. The narrator is three times nominated for an Oscar, Joan Allen.
dir. Jacob Nash
Australia, 2007, 52 min
Record of an extraordinary meeting of Goering’s descendant and a daughter of Polish Jews. Why at all they need each other?
Sprawa Israela: przyczółek demokracji
The Case for Israel Democracy`s Outpost
dir. Michael Yohay
USA, 2008, 77 min
Attempt of repulsing the attack on Israel – proving its right to exist. Dir. is a Harvard professor, world famous Israeli lawyer. In his documentary, he invites to the discussion famous celebrities, politicians and scientists.
THE CHAMPAGNE SPY
dir. Nadav Shchirman
Israel, 2007, 90 min
Mossad agent infiltrating in the sixties the environment of German scientists in Egypt. he told about his life that was more full of adventure that James Bond...
CHILDREN OF THE SUN
dir. Ran Tal
Israel, 2007, 70 min
Unique archives presents the biggest social experiment of the XX century - a phenomenon of kibbutz communes in Israel. The ideological background for the kibbutz foundation is a combination of Zionism and Socialism. They developed the most in Israel. Kibbutz communes played an important role in forming the State of Israel and still are very important for the national economy. Brilliant music of Alex Cloude (Beaufor t – nominated for Oscar’08)
Nie mam jeepa a mój wielbł±d zdechł
GOT NO JEEP AND MY CAMEL DIED
dir. Ehud Tomalak
Israel, 2007, 65 min
A portrait of Yair Dalal – highly regarded Israeli musician and Babylonian Jew known from beautiful ethnic works, so-called music of the world. The musician was nominated for the prize of BBC radio. Yair Dalal will be a guest of the festival – after the screening exceptional concert for the public.
HEART of JENIN
dir. Lior Geller, Marcus Vetter
Israel/Germany, 2008, 90 min
Moving documentary about tragedy of Ahmed Khatib, Palestinian boy from Jenin, who, when playing with a dummy gun, was killed by an Israeli soldier. Ismail, father of the killed boy on the sign of peace gives boy’s organs for a transplant and saves life of Jewsih girl. After the film a meeting with Ismail who came from Palestine for the invitation of the festival. His trip was sponsored by Palestinian Embassy in Warsaw.
MAREK EDELMAN. ŻYCIE. PO PROSTU
MAREK EDELMAN. ŻYCIE. PO PROSTU
dir. Artur Więcek
Polska, 2008, 56 min
A portrait of the great leader of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising '43, sketched by his friends - Prof. Geremek, Henryk Wujec and Jan Litynski and others.
dir. Jan Diederan
Holandia, 2008, 75 min
Moving and suprisingly optimistic documentary about difficult relation between Holocaust survivor born in Poland, 91-year-old Sam Rakowski and his 55-year-old son, Richi. Richi tries to mend broken bonds with his father, who was going through traumatic experiences during the war, when he had lost his firstborn son. The film was shown at IDFA `08 Festival in the Netherlands.
Palestyński niewolnik mojego ojca
Min pappas palestinska slav
dir. Nathaniel Goldman Amiraw and Uri Appenzeller
Szwecja / Israel, 2007, 52 min
Penetrating depiction of extraordinary friendship between anonymous Palestinian and his employer, respected politician Moshe Amirav directed by his 19-year-old son.
dir. Dror Moreh
Israel/Germany, 2008, 100 min
Inner history of unexpected historical decision of Israeli prime minister, Sharon made in 2003, a hero of the Six-Days War, committed militarist.
dir. Marian Marzynski
USA, 2008, 55 min
Whatever happened to Kushner family, that saved me during the Holocaust? The question was asked by the dir., who took a journey around the world looking for the family’s members. Directed by Emmy Awards winner.
Stalagi. Holocaust i pornografia w Izrealu
Stalags. Holocaust and pornography in Israel
dir. Ari Lipsker
Israel, 2007, 62 min
The analysis of one of the most shocking phenomenon of Israel’s pop-culture: “Stalags”, pornographic comic books read throughout generations.
Wyspa Róż, Tragedia w Raju
THE ISLAND OF ROSES, TRAGEDY IN PARADISE
dir. Rebecca Samona
Italy, 2008, 57 min
Extraordinary archive record serving the personal documentary – private story of the Jews of Rhodes provoking many questions of Judaism.
THE RAPE OF EUROPA
dir. Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen
USA, 2006, 117 min
Fascinating and engaging story about unheard-of barbarity, lust of possession and robbery of European works of art by Nazis during the World War II – crime that has no precedence in all history. A thorough insight in Nazis’ activity from the perspective of European cultural heritage. An important thread of history of polish country - robbed of works of art by barbarians and murderers.
dir. Lauren Schweder Biel
USA, 2008, 10 min
Entertaining documentary about a New York company, founded by a rabbi, that offers house koshering services on the phone.
dir. Regev Contas
Izarel, 2006, 6 min
An off-form short movie about a member of extinguishing profession – signature designer.
Każdego dnia niemożliwe: Żydówki-partyzantki
Every day impossible: Jewish Women in partisans
dir. Mitch Braff
USA, 2006, 15 min
Among 30 thousands of Jewish guerrillas during the war 10% were women. A story about females fighting against fascism in Europe and sexism in the partisan army.