This adroit, raw depiction of family strife between a Polish-born refugee-turned-self-made-success and his striving Hollywood filmmaker son, is set against the fast-changing financial world in the throes of modernization. The currency of human transactions, on and off the trading floor, is poignantly portrayed as filmmaker Jordan Melamed and his imperious father, Leo, the former chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, struggle to get beyond their fraught past.
Behind the profane comic stylings, and fame as the voice of the Aflac Duck and parrot Iago in Aladdin, filmmaker Neil Berkeley finds an unexpectedly tender side of one of comedy’s most iconic figures, the brash, boundary-pushing Gilbert Gottfried, as revealed in this laugh-packed, sometimes vulgar, and poignant profile of a man belied by his course exterior.
Sports, patriotism, and a journey from has-been wannabes to heroes, play out in this stirring story of the formerly underdog Israeli national baseball team, which includes several Jewish American Major League players, competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic.
Spanning decades and continents, this sprawling, big-budget saga of star-crossed lovers and merciless twists of fate, co-stars Derek Jacobi and Elliott Gould, and is based on the international bestseller about a Polish immigrant reconnecting with his past through a long-lost manuscript.
This little-known story of Jewish teens and young adults who outlasted the Third Reich while hiding in Berlin, comes emotionally and vividly to life through an unusual hybrid docu-drama technique, to offer a powerful, uplifting message of resilience and courage.
This colorful travelogue chronicles a day in the life of the fiercely independent, contemporary Jewish community of Rome, the only cultural group in the city with a continuous line of descent from ancient times, which for centuries has lived in limbo between waves of acceptance and extreme persecution.
IOM ROMÌ will screen with CUBA’S FORGOTTEN JEWELS: A HAVEN IN HAVANA.
Two adults with autism strike up an unlikely and transformative relationship, in this heartfelt, surprising reinvention of the New York romantic comedy starring vibrant characters under-represented in cinema. Winner of Best U.S. Narrative Feature and Best New Narrative Director prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival.
A middle-aged bachelor’s world is upended when he learns he has lost a son he didn’t know existed, and he belatedly discovers fatherly love and devotion, in this moving Israeli tragicomedy. Nominated for 13 Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film, and Audience Award and Best Script prizewinner at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
Director Joseph Green embraces prewar Jewish life in Łódź in all its diversity, as Molly Picon, queen of Yiddish musicals, returns to the screen in this marvelous comic melodrama, a classic of 1930s Yiddish cinema, now digitally restored by The National Center for Jewish Film, and the final Yiddish film to be shot on location in Poland before Nazi occupation.
Classic Film Series
A loving tribute to a role model for Jewish athletes at a time when there was none, this inspiring profile tells of unlikely, yet real-life superman, Joseph Greenstein, born in 1893 Poland before coming to America, who dazzled audiences with his remarkable feats of strength, daredevil stunts and an unshakable faith in the power of mind over matter. He was later featured in the Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
Having survived the Holocaust and six decades of marriage, an ostensibly happy couple reveals a painful truth that tests their enduring union, when 95-year-old closeted Popi admits he is gay, in this alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, touching portrait.
ON MY WAY OUT: THE SECRET LIFE OF NANI AND POPI will screen with 116 CAMERAS.
A fixture of America’s most tragic events, the charismatic and controversial lawyer charged with the monumental task of calculating the value of a human life following events like the 9/11 attacks and Sandy Hook massacre, is the subject of this perceptive account. Defenders, critics and the families—and Ken Feinberg himself—weigh in on the thorny legal, financial and moral dilemmas of this polarizing figure who at times seems virtually omnipotent.