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Thursday, February 28, 2019
Based on a true story, "Fanny's Journey" is an incredible tale of
bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. Suddenly left on their own, these eleven children will do the impossible to reach the Swiss border in order to survive.
Running Time: 94 minutes | Genre: Narrative | Subject: Family-Friendly Stories, French Life, The Holocaust & WWII | Director: Lola Doillon | Country: Belgium, France | Year: 2016 | Language: French with Subtitles
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Stubborn playwright Nate (Jemaine Clement) receives a double whammy of bad news when he’s fired from his latest gig and his frustrated wife Nirit (Maria Dizzia) leaves him for an affluent lifestyle with another man. Helpless and humiliated, Nate moves in with his wisecrack father Bob (Elliot Gould) while also acquainting himself with other quirky seniors within his Dad’s retirement community.
Humor Me is predictable, but it’s also very funny. This parental type is a walk in the park for Gould, but his comedic timing is fresh; serving amusing groaners written by director Sam Hoffman. The film is also an easy job for Clement (of Flight of the Conchords fame). He brings his signature dry sarcasm to his compulsive character, which the supporting cast have no problem rebounding off of (including musician Ingrid Michaelson in her acting debut).
Director: Sam Hoffman | Country: United States | Year: 2016 | Language: English | Running Time: 86 minutes | Genre: Narrative
This film contains adult language and may not be suitable for children.
Sunday, March 3, 2019
A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, Heading Home charts the underdog journey of Israel's national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of defeat, Team Israel is finally ranked among the world's best in 2017, eligible to compete in the prestigious international tournament. Their line-up included several Jewish American Major League players―Ike Davis, Josh Zeid and ex-Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnway―most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, let alone having ever set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where they are greeted as heroes, to Seoul where they must debunk their has-been, wannabe reputations. With their Mensch on the Bench mascot by their side, the team laughs, cries, and does much soul-searching, discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage.
Running Time: 85 minutes | Genre: Documentary | Subject: American Jewish Life Family-Friendly, Israeli Themes, Sports Themes | Directors: Daniel Miller, Jeremy Newberger, Seth Kramer | Country: Israel, Japan, South Korea, USA | Year: 2017 | Language: English