Playback: Remembrance vs. Restoration

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Dir: Anna Justice • Germany • 2010 • 105 mins • English, German, Polish, Russian, with subtitles

In this epic romance based on real events, a Polish partisan and German Jewish woman forge a deep bond in the shadow of the Holocaust. After escaping a Nazi death camp, Tomasz and pregnant Hannah are separated, each sure the other is dead. Poland in ‘44 is crosscut with 1976 Brooklyn, where older, married Hannah sees a jolting TV interview. That Hannah’s lost love may be alive triggers unresolved emotions and moral ambiguities, and a tender journey told with restraint and empathy by esteemed director Anna Justice.



Dir: Yossi Madmoni • Israel • 2011 • 105 mins • Hebrew, with subtitles

An aging recluse tries to salvage his antique furniture store and way of life in this nuanced drama that earned top prizes at the Jerusalem and Karlovy Vary International Film Festivals. When stoic Yakov Fidelman grasps his Tel Aviv shop is near bankruptcy, his estranged son Noah tries to sell it, so Yakov hires novice Anton to restore a Steinway to save the business. Confounding matters is Anton’s attraction for Noah’s pregnant wife, in this acclaimed study of frayed relationships for which restoration is an apt metaphor.

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