2010 Films

All films presented in foreign languages will be screened with English subtitles.

A Matter of Size
SOLD OUT


Movie will be presented with subtitles.

Thursday, Feb. 11
7 p.m. (following Reception)
Also showing, Monday, Feb. 15, 5:30 p.m.
tickets1$125 (Includes Opening Night Gala)

Director: Sharon Maymon, Erez Tadmor
2009 / France, Germany, Israel, USA, United Kingdom /90 minutes
Hebrew, Japanese, with English subtitles

What’s a super-sized, aspiring Israeli chef who’s just been kicked out of his weight-watching support group to do about his ever-increasing girth? Pursue a career in Sumo wrestling, of course! Fed up with society’s – his mother’s! – notion of the ideal body shape, Herzl, who weighs in at 155 kilos (340 pounds), enlists his mysterious Japanese boss to train him and several large friends in the ancient martial art of Sumo. In this offbeat comedy about self-revelation, our slim-challenged friends learn to shed societal norms and love themselves, and each other, as they are. Colorado Premiere
-Steve Glickman

…A Matter of Size follows its own tender and funny (and Jewish) path from body shame to body celebration, and from loneliness to love.” —Peter L. Stein, Executive Director, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Film Sponsor (Monday Screening) : Julie Malek & Rick Kornfeld, Charlie Malek & Kim Schneider Malek, in loving memory of Helene & Ozzie Malek

Selected Awards & Festivals:
Three Ophirs (Israeli Academy Awards), Lead Actress, Supporting Actress, and Costume Design Audience Award Winner, 2009 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival


Bruriah

Saturday, Feb. 13
6:30 pm
tickets1$9.50/General Admission or $8.50/JCC Members, Students & Seniors or CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass ($5.60/ticket)

Director: Avraham Kushnir
2008 /Israel/90 minutes
Hebrew, English subtitles

“It has everything: betrayal, death, God…sex,” says Sasha, a young teacher who meets Bruriah when searching for a book. He is referring to the story of a much earlier Bruriah, a Talmudic figure from the 2nd century, considered a very wise and learned woman. When this daughter and wife of rabbis questioned the declaration that women were “lightminded” her husband responded by sending one of his students to seduce her. Structured as a tale within a tale, this is a film of mystery and intrigue. In modern day Jerusalem, a daughter and wife of rabbis whose own daughter wants to be a rabbi, becomes obsessed with the search for a single copy of a book on Bruriah written by her father when she was a child. The book had caused such a stir that it was burned and now Buriah has a need to unravel questions about the past. Colorado Premiere
-Roberta Bloom

Film Sponsor: Sharon & Jeffrey Haber

In-kind Sponsor: CAJE Melton

Selected Awards & Festivals
Jerusalem International Film Festival, Toronto Jewish Film Festival


Seven Minutes in Heaven

Saturday, Feb. 13
8:30 p.m.
tickets1$9.50/General Admission or $8.50/JCC Members, Students & Seniors or CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass ($5.60/ticket)

Director: Omri Givon
2008 /Israel,USA /94 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles

Viewers will become engrossed in a rollercoaster of time, place, memory, reality and imagination in this gripping neo-noir thriller. What do people experience when they die for only a few minutes? Galia has survived a Jerusalem bus bombing for almost a year now; left to deal with her injuries, her boyfriend Oren still in a coma and her struggle to regain her memories of when her life was changed forever. Still quite beautiful, Galia is haunted by her inability to put together fragments of her past, while experiencing an undeniable attraction to a man she seems to know but cannot fully recall. Her attraction to this mysterious stranger, Boaz, further complicates her feelings about her boyfriend’s precarious condition. It is not until the end that the director brings all the pieces together with a force and impact unequalled in many other films. Colorado Premiere
-Jeffrey Reiss

Film Sponsor: Ricky & Don Safer

Selected Awards & Festivals
International Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival


Hello Goodbye

Sunday, Feb. 14
10:30 a.m.

tickets1$9.50/General Admission or $8.50/JCC Members, Students & Seniors or CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass ($5.60/ticket)

Director: Graham Guit
2008 / France, Israel, USA /99 minutes
French with English subtitles

All is well for Parisian Alain and Gisele in their comfortable middle class, middle age Parisian life. But the engagement of their son turns things upside down – what do they do with themselves now that their nest really is empty? When Alain proposes an exotic pick-me-up trip, Giselle suggests Israel as the destination, and off they go on journey that will lead from tourists to olim. But their fresh new start quickly turns sour. The unfinished apartment they bought sight unseen remains a construction site, the container with the all of their belongings winds up at the bottom of the Mediterranean, and Gisele develops a strange attraction to a handsome young rabbi. Will their marriage survive? Will they stick to their lives in Israel or return to Paris? Join Gérard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant in this light-hearted and touching portrait of midlife crises and fresh starts.
-Steve Glickman

Film Sponsor: Gay & Barry Curtiss-Lusher

Selected Awards & Festivals
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Boston Jewish Film Festival


Eli & Ben

Sunday, Feb. 14
12:45 p.m.

tickets1$9.50/General Admission or $8.50/JCC Members, Students & Seniors or CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass ($5.60/ticket)

Director: Ori Ravid
2009/Israel/89 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles

Life is pretty good for 12-year old Eli. His fun loving father, Ben, Herzelya’s City Architect, even lets him drive the car in the dirt lot by the harbor. But when Ben is arrested for bribery in what becomes a very high profile media circus, Eli’s life becomes a tumult of accusation, investigation, and self-examination. In his effort to prove his father’s innocence, Eli finds that the issues of corruption and injustice at stake in his father’s situation are mirrored in his own world. Befriended by the police officer working on the case against his father, Eli has to define his values and decide if, when and at what cost he will stand up for his principles. (This film will be enjoyed by adults and families with children old enough to read subtitles.) Colorado Premiere
-Steve Glickman

Post Film Discussion with Scott Kinnamon, filmmaker and educator

Film & Speaker Sponsor: The Strear Family Foundation

Selected Awards & Festivals
UK Jewish Film Festival
Baltimore Jewish Film Festival
Australian Jewish Film Festival


The Wave

Sunday, Feb. 14
3:15 pm

tickets1$9.50/General Admission or $8.50/JCC Members, Students & Seniors or CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass ($5.60/ticket)

Director: Dennis Gansel
2008/Germany /107 minutes
German with English subtitles

High school teacher Rainer Wenger is not enthusiastic about teaching autocracy during project week and neither are the students enrolled.Contemporary young Germans well indoctrinated about the evils of fascism, they are confident that they would never fall prey to its seductive nature. Their teacher, responding to their smug complacency, spontaneously designs an informal “experiment” in social behavior to demonstrate how principles such as social order and the power of unity provide the foundation for fascism. The students find themselves empowered by this approach which removes social differences and fulfills their powerful need to belong and they quickly adopt the ideals they had earlier denounced. Alcohol, drugs, teen suicide, and sexuality are among the challenges facing these contemporary German high school students as they begin to consider what the future might hold for them. This insightful film is based upon a true story that took place in Palo Alto in the late sixties. (Recommended for adults and high school students) Colorado Premiere
Roberta Bloom

Post Film Discussion: With Ron Jones, the teacher who initiated this informal experiment, and consultant on this latest adaptation of those events.

Film & Speaker Sponsor: MACC Teen Film Board/Rose Youth Foundation

Selected Awards & Festivals
Gold Award for Best Supporting Actor, German Film Awards, Bronze Award for Outstanding Feature Film, German Film Awards, Special Jury Prize for Director, Istanbul Film Festival


The Fire Within: Jews in the Amazonian Rain Forest

Sunday, Feb. 14
6:15 pm

tickets1$9.50/General Admission or $8.50/JCC Members, Students & Seniors or CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass ($5.60/ticket)

Director: Lorry Salcedo Mitrani
2008/USA/Peru/60 minutes
English and Spanish with English subtitles

Of all the far flung places on earth, who would believe the Jewish Diaspora extended to a remote village in the Amazonian jungle of Peru? The great rubber boom of the late nineteenth century attracted fortune hunters and adventure seekers from all over the world, including a handful of Moroccan Jews. Some of these men stayed in the tiny village of Iquitos, Peru, where they married indigenous women and started families. Over the course of the next hundred years, these families retained vestiges of their Jewish heritage, including surnames like Cohen and Khan, even as they adopted local practices and beliefs. The Fire Within tells the remarkable story of this community’s attempt to unite with the global Jewish community, an effort that explores the deeply nuanced question of what makes a Jew. Colorado Premiere
– Steve Glickman

Post Film Discussion: With Director Lorry Salcedo Mitrani.
Film Sponsor: Elaine Gantz Berman & Steve Berman in honor of Sarita Gantz
Speaker Sponsor: Udi’s Handcrafted Food
In-kind Sponsor: Museo de las Americas

Selected Awards & Festivals
Washington Jewish Film Festival
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
Toronto Jewish Film Festival


For My Father (Sof Shavua B’TelAviv)
(Sold Out)

Sunday, Feb. 14
8:15 p.m.

tickets1$9.50/General Admission or $8.50/JCC Members, Students & Seniors or CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass ($5.60/ticket)

Director: Dror Zahavi
2008 /Israel /Hebrew /100 min
Hebrew with English subtitles

Offered an opportunity to salvage his beloved father’s honor and establish his own legacy, disaffected Palestinian soccer player Terek, reluctantly sets out on his errand in Tel Aviv. There he encounters a bitter old Jewish appliance repairman and a young Israeli shopkeeper who recently abandoned her Orthodox background, and unexpected relationships form. As these intriguing characters learn more about each other, and themselves, over the course of a single weekend, each is forced to confront the past and question their deepest personal convictions. Inside Terek, a passion for life is rekindled. When the weekend ends, Terek will have to make the most difficult decision of his life. This compelling thriller is both sensitive and intense. Colorado Premiere
-Steve Glickman

“Transcendent! The most powerful and moving film I can ever remember seeing.” Eric Alterman, The Huffington Post – Review

Film Sponsor: Marcia & Bernie Karshmer
In-kind Sponsor: Seeking Common Ground

Selected Awards & Festivals
Crystal Heart Award, Heartland Film Festival
Moscow International Film Festival Audience Award
Cinequest Film Festival Grand Prize
Stony Brook Film Festival Best Film
Asian Film Festival Mumbai Audience Award


A Matter of Size (Sold Out)

Monday, Feb. 15
5:30 p.m.

tickets1$9.50/General Admission or $8.50/JCC Members, Students & Seniors or CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass ($5.60/ticket)
Second Showing


Camera Obscura (La Camara Oscura)
(Sold Out)

Monday, Feb. 15
7:30 p.m.

tickets1$9.50/General Admission or $8.50/JCC Members, Students & Seniors or CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass ($5.60/ticket)

Director: María Victoria Menis
2008/Argentina /86 minutes
Spanish & Yiddish with English subtitles

This exquisite Argentine film derives its title from the earliest from of photography. As with the invention of photography, this film challenges us to “see” and observe. Gertrudis, born at the end of the 19th century was considered an ugly baby and an unattractive child. She grows into an insignificant and invisible woman, virtually ignored by all, and is lucky to marry well. A dedicated wife and mother, Gertrudis fills her home, and the life of her family with beauty. Her flower arrangements, gardening, meals, and the clothes that she sews all express her passion for beauty, yet these efforts are taken for granted by her family. When a photographer is invited to their home to take some family portraits, his life experiences, his background as a Surrealist artist, and his powers of observation enable him to “see “Gerturdis. This refreshing film is visually, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually engaging; a powerful film with a lasting impact. Colorado Premiere
-Roberta Bloom

Film Sponsor: Carol & Irwin Wagner
In-kind Sponsor: Museo de las Americas

Selected Awards & Festivals
Grand Prize, Pays de Caux International Latin Film Festival, 2009
Best Film, International Jewish Film Festival of Uruguay, 2009
Honorable Mention, Leipzip Argentine Film Festival, 2009


Spring 1941

Tuesday, Feb. 16
5:20 p.m.

tickets1$9.50/General Admission or $8.50/JCC Members, Students & Seniors or CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass ($5.60/ticket)

Director: Uri Barabash
2008/Israel, Poland/2008 /97 minutes
English

A family struggling to survive is confronted by the specters of forbidden love and betrayal. Clara is a gifted cellist whose star is on the rise, while her husband Artur Joseph Fiennes) is a successful doctor and the father of their two children. But as Jews in Poland in the spring of 1941, they are in grave danger. The family flees Warsaw for the countryside, to the farm of Emilia, an acquaintance who offers to hide them in the attic of her home. Clara has purchased produce from Emilia’s farm, and Emilia has been one of Artur’s patients. Her husband has been sent to war leaving her to tend their farm on her own, so she welcomes having Artur to help with the many chores. What begins as an innocent friendship between Artur and Emilia soon brings them all to the brink of disaster. Colorado Premiere
Jeffrey Reiss

Film Sponsor: Diane & Jack Zelinger and Family
In-kind Sponsor: Holocaust Awareness Institute

Selected Awards & Festivals
Haifa International Film Festival
Seattle Jewish Film Festival


Where I Stand: The Hank Greenspun Story
(Sold Out)

Tuesday, Feb. 16
7:30 p.m.

tickets1$9.50/General Admission or $8.50/JCC Members, Students & Seniors or CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass ($5.60/ticket)

Director: Scott Goldstein
2008 /USA/98 minutes
English

Academy Award winner, Anthony, Hopkins recounts the amazing story of Hank Greenspun, a true American hero, whose name remains unknown to many. A crusading newspaper publisher who took on Joseph McCarthy and a convicted heavy arms runner to Palestine, he also fought the mob, racial discrimination, political corruption, nuclear testing, and more. The real life cast includes “Bugsy” Siegel, Senators Patrick McCarran and Joe McCarthy, billionaires Howard Hughes, casino magnate Steve Wynn, Shimon Peres, President Richard Nixon, Anwar Sadat, to name a few. This riveting documentary has the suspense and pace of a James Bond film and an Indiana Jones tale of incredible feats. Audiences will be amazed at his bigger than life personality, awed by his accomplishments and proud to know he is a Member of the Tribe, who did what was right and just, without regard for the risks or the odds against him. Colorado Premiere
– Jeffrey Reiss

Post film discussion: with director Scott Goldstein and Brian Greenspun, son of Hank Greenspun
Film Sponsor: Howard & Hyla Greinetz
Speaker Sponsor: Debra & Leonard Herz

Selected Awards & Festivals
Best Documentary, Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival
Cinevegas
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival


Among Farmers: Saviors in the Night (Unter Bauern Retter in der Nacht)

Wednesday, Feb. 17
5:20 p.m.

tickets1$9.50/General Admission or $8.50/JCC Members, Students & Seniors or CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass ($5.60/ticket)

Director: Ludi Boeken
2009/Germany/97 minutes
German with English subtitles

This unusual film focuses on the actions of simple farmers who chose to protect their community’s Jewish horse trader and his family at a great risk to themselves and their entire community. Without debate or town hall meetings, why do these ordinary people do the right thing for their neighbors and friends? The film’s director uses understatement and a clear depiction of actual events, to draw audiences into this inspiring story. The situation itself produces enough drama and emotions that little more needs to be added to create a stirring film experience. Even as the war draws to an end, and the liberators arrive, danger persists. Based on a memoir by Marga Spiegel, the appearance at the end of the picture, of Marga (now 97) and others whose real life activities are the story of this film, adds unique depth to a production already packed with emotional power. Colorado Premiere
-Jeffrey Reiss

Film Sponsor: Elizabeth & Bernard Reder
In-kind Sponsor: Holocaust Awareness Institute

Selected Awards & Festivals
International premiere at Locarno International Film Festival

In-kind Sponsor: Holocaust Awareness Institute


The Brothers Warner
(Sold Out)

Due to illness, Cass Warner, director of The Brothers Warner, will be unable to appear at the Wednesday, Feb. 17 showing of her film. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please direct any questions to the Box Office at (303) 316-6360.

Wednesday, Feb. 17
7:30 p.m.

tickets1$9.50/General Admission or $8.50/JCC Members, Students & Seniors or CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass ($5.60/ticket)

Director:Cass Warner
2009/USA/90 minutes
English

This insider story of the pioneers who founded and ran Warner Bros. Studios for over 50 years features tough-minded idealist Harry, honest Abe, visionary Sam, and volatile Jack. But, one brother’s quest for power nearly destroys their family and their noble vision to use mass media to “educate, entertain, and enlighten.” Their legendary rise from poverty, personal tragedies, and battles are interwoven with the times they lived in. From opening their first storefront theatre, hanging a sheet on a wall and using chairs borrowed from a funeral parlor to creating one of the top studios in America – they built an empire on a dream and revolutionized Hollywood and the world. “It is not the challenge of dollars; it is the challenge of ideals and ideas. If the producers of pictures see only the dollar, I believe, those production efforts will fail.” Harry Warner, Founder & President of Warner Bros. Studios. Colorado Premiere
-Jeffrey Reiss

Post Film Discussion: with writer/producer/director Cass Warner, granddaughter of Harry Warner

Film & Speaker Sponsor: Jordon & Essie Perlmutter, Vicki & David Dansky, Lisa & Shell Cook, Lisa & Jay Perlmutter, Lisa & Jonathan Perlmutter

Selected Awards & Festivals
HBO Films Producer Award, Savannah Film Festival, September 2008.
Producer’s Documentary Award, Paso Robles Film Festival, November 2008.
Award of Excellence, Indie Distribution Fest, La Jolla in February 2009
Best Documentary Award, Prince Edward Island Film Festival, August 2009.
Moondance Film Festival Audience Award, October 2009.


Off and Running

Thursday, Feb. 18
5:20 p.m.

tickets1$9.50/General Admission or $8.50/JCC Members, Students & Seniors or CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass ($5.60/ticket)

Director: Nicole Opper
2009/USA/78 minutes
English

Avery Klein-Cloud grew up in the “United Nations” – that is the nickname for her loving family: white Jewish lesbian parents, a younger adopted Korean brother, and an older, adopted mixed race brother. When she begins to explore her own African-American roots in high school and reaches out to her birth mother, Avery is thrust into an identity crisis. As a high school track star working towards a college scholarship, the foundation of Avery’s world begins to disintegrate. While Avery feels drawn towards a destiny beyond her control, her older brother encourages her to seize control of her future. This film follows Avery through high school on her profound journey to define herself. Avery and filmmaker/educator Nicole Opper first met when Avery took a filmmaking class from Nicole at age nine. Staying in touch over a number of years, eventually Avery became the subject of this film.This special bond between filmmaker and subject results in unprecedented access into the life of this young woman. Colorado Premiere
-Roberta Bloom

Post Film Discussion: with Director Nicole Opper, recently named to the 25 New Faces of Independent Film, Filmmaker Magazine
Film & Speaker Sponsor
: Elaine Wolf & Children

In-kind Sponsor: Jewish Family Services, Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual & Gender Identity

Selected Awards & Festivals
WGA Screenplay Award, Silverdocs Festival, Maryland
Jury Prize for Outstanding Documentary, Outfest
Jury Prize for Best Documentary, QFest
Top 10 Audience Choice Award, Tribeca Film Festival


Wedding Song (Le Chant des Mariees)

(Sold Out)

Thursday, Feb. 18
7:30 p.m.

tickets1$9.50/General Admission or $8.50/JCC Members, Students & Seniors or CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass ($5.60/ticket)

Director: Karin Albou
2008/France, Tunisia, USA /100 minutes
Arabic, French, German, with English subtitles

Set in Tunis in 1942, Wedding Song explores the longstanding friendship between two teenage girls, Nour (Muslim) and Myriam (Jewish), as they prepare for their weddings. Their lives are changed dramatically and their friendship threatened as the Nazis occupy Tunis. While these outside forces are encroaching upon their relationship, they also discover complex realities of marriage that differ significantly from what they had imagined their whole lives. This sexually candid and visually sensual film takes us inside the women’s hammam, and depicts the elaborate preparations for an “Oriental-style” wedding. Award winning French Jewish writer director Karin Albou explores feminine sexuality, the meshing of Jewish/Arab cultures in prewar Tunis, and her own Algerian heritage in this complex and provocative film that could also serve as a parable about contemporary Arab-Jewish relationships. Colorado Premiere
-Roberta Bloom

Film Sponsor: Lynda Goldstein
In-kind Sponsor: Holocaust Awareness Institute

Selected Awards & Festivals
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Washington Jewish Film Festival
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival


Toyland (Speilzeugland), Making the Crooked Straight

Friday, Feb. 19
3:30 p.m.

tickets1$9.50/General Admission or $8.50/JCC Members, Students & Seniors or CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass ($5.60/ticket)

Toyland (Speilzeugland)

Director: Jochen Alexander Freydank
Germany/2007/14 minutes
German with English subtitles

It’s 1942, in a small German town, and little Heinrich Meissner wonders where so many Jewish families are going when they get on trains, as they seem to be doing more and more frequently. His mother, Marianne tells the boy that the Jews are going to Toyland and Heinrich becomes infatuated with the idea of going there himself, secretly preparing to join his best friend, David, should the Jewish neighbors ever decide to go to Toyland. When Marianne comes home one day to find David’s apartment empty and Heinrich gone, she goes on a frantic search to find her son. Her desperate search concludes in a most unexpected fashion. Denver Area Premiere
-Steve Glickman

Film Sponsor: Kathy and Arthur Judd
Post-Film Discussion: Dr. Rick Hodes, the subject of the film will be present for the post film discussionIn-kind Sponsor: Holocaust Awareness Institute

Selected Awards & Festivals
Academy Award for Best Live Action Short, 2009

Making the Crooked Straight

Director: Susan Cohen Rockefeller
2008/USA /30 minutes
English

Who in the world would abandon a lucrative medical practice and comfortable lifestyle in the United States for the despairing poverty and seemingly hopeless lack of effective health care in Ethiopa? Driven by the Talmudic teaching that “who saves one life, saves an entire world,” Dr. Rick has dedicated his life to providing medical care in Ethiopia. Traveling to distant villages, Dr. Rick shows that tzedakah need not be limited to the occasional financial contribution, but can also be a lifestyle of changing the world one person at time. Colorado Premiere
-Steve Glickman

Post Film Music Program with Hal Aqua.


Zrubavel

Saturday, Feb. 20
6:30 p.m.

tickets1$9.50/General Admission or $8.50/JCC Members, Students & Seniors or CLICK HERE to purchase a Festival Pass ($5.60/ticket)

Director: Shmuel Beru
2008/Israel, USA/72 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles

Zrubavel is the exciting first feature length film produced by the Ethiopian Israeli community. Filmmaker Shmuel Beru, who immigrated to Israel at the age of eight, shares what is a familiar immigrant story set within the very unfamiliar Ethiopian Jewish community of Israel. With an inspired soundtrack and intriguing characters the audience is quickly drawn into this unique community. From a powerful patriarch, once a person of prestige in Ethiopia, who now cleans the streets of Tel Aviv with great dignity, to the young grandson nicknamed Spike Lee because of his passion for making movies, the film provides a window through which we can view a family and a culture in transition. Although their attempts to take on the challenges of immigrants everywhere are not always met with success, the spirit of determination and persistence will not be squelched. Fans of Live and Become (DJFF 07), Black Over White (DJFF 09), and the Idan Raichel Project, this film is for you. Colorado Premiere
-Roberta Bloom

Film Sponsor: Dan Recht & Rick Kornfeld
In-kind Sponsor: Allied Jewish Federation

Selected Awards & Festivals
Special Jury Prize at the Taormina Film Festival
Best Drama at Haifa International Film Festival
Boston Jewish Film Festival


Lost Islands (Iim Avudim)

Saturday, Feb. 20
8:30 p.m.

tickets1$20/General Admission or $18/JCC Members, Students & Seniors

Dessert Reception with Music by The Klez Dispensers

Director: Reshef Levi
2008/France, Israel, USA/103 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles

Faced with fulfilling your dreams or familial loyalty, what would you choose? When might a single choice define the rest of your life? This paradox is the subject of the Israeli box office hit, Lost Islands. The Levi’s, a large fun loving family, are laughing away the early 1980’s. But, when twin sons Erez and Ofer both fall for the new girl at school, Erez struggles to maintain his loyalty to his brother. The family’s simple existence becomes further complicated when Erez discovers his father’s secret and unwittingly triggers a family tragedy. When Erez then joins an elite commando unit of the IDF as Israel enters the first Lebanon war, he is stealing Opher’s dream. What begins as a breezy film evolves into something else; a family crisis set against a national drama. Lost Islands is captivating from beginning to end. Colorado Premiere
Vicki Dansky

Grand Finale Sponsor: MorEvents (Betsy & Gareth Heyman)
In-kind Sponsor:ISIME:Institute for the Study of Israel in the Middle East

Selected Awards & Festivals
Four Israeli Academy Awards (Ophirs) including best actor
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival