Romantic Stories

The Art of Waiting

About the Film 
In this sweetly funny romance-dramedy, a 30-something Israeli couple has baby fever, putting their marriage to the test in a frenzy to get pregnant. The biological clock ticks as they begin protracted fertility treatments, a physical and emotional rollercoaster of medical procedures and regimented lovemaking. It’s soon clear the road to parenthood is not easy, in this frank portrayal of modern pregnancy.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
91 minutes

Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive

About the Film 
In a deft blend of dark comedy and quirky romance, a loveless, neurotic schlemiel finds emotional healing while gigging as a Jerusalem tour guide. When not caring for his doddering father, Ronen copes by offering free tours of famous terror attack sites along Jaffa Road…until he meets high-spirited Asia, an architecture student. Suddenly more alive, Ronen faces a worrying choice, in this droll take on the absurdity of everyday life in Israel.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
83 minutes

Exodus

About the Film 
The birth of modern Israel gets the big-budget, Hollywood treatment in this exhilarating epic featuring an all-star ensemble. Paul Newman is Israeli resistance leader Ari Ben Canaan, who defies a British blockade to smuggle Jewish refugees to Palestine. Once ashore, he falls for an American nurse, Kitty (Eva Marie Saint), as they risk their lives for the Zionist cause. Otto Preminger’s lavish production includes standout supporting performances from Lee J. Cobb and Sal Mineo, as well as Ernest Gold’s Academy Award-winning score.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
208 minutes

The Glass Room

About the Film 
An iconic home (the stunning Villa Tugendhat) takes center stage as secret affairs and history’s shifting tides shatter a Czech marriage, in this mesmerizing, erotic wartime saga. A wealthy Jewish industrialist and his gentile wife see their dream house become home to passionate, dark desires as 1930s idealism gives way to Hitler. Based on Simon Mawer’s hit novel.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
104 minutes

The Keeper

About the Film 
An ex-Nazi plays soccer for salvation in this rousing, romantic, epic true story. No longer a British POW, the Manchester City team hires Bert Trautmann as goalkeeper, where he arouses the interest of the club manager’s daughter, and the post-war ire of fans. Famously playing the ‘56 FA Cup Final with a broken neck, Trautmann’s tale tells of how sports can unite.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
118 minutes

Keeping the Faith

About the Film 
Edward Norton helms and co-stars in this sweet, spiritual comedy about an unusual love triangle: a rabbi and priest fall for the same woman. Friends since childhood, Brian (Norton) and Jake (Ben Stiller) are now servants of God. Their lives are upended with the return of Anna (Jenna Elfman), who’s become a high-powered workaholic beauty. Both are enchanted by her, sparking rivalry and dilemmas, in this fresh and funny date movie with a stellar supporting cast: Anne Bancroft, Milos Forman, Ron Rifkin, and Eli Wallach.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
128 minutes

My Polish Honeymoon

About the Film 
In this sorrow-tinged romantic comedy, Parisian newlyweds travel to Poland, their honeymoon awkwardly doubling as a bid to reconnect with their Jewish heritage and homeland. Unable to bridge past and present in this strange yet familiar land, the eye-opening journey doesn’t go as planned. Awash with offbeat characters and absurd vignettes, this life-affirming charmer, a Moscow Film Festival FIPRESCI Critics prizewinner, movingly conveys the void sometimes experienced by third-generation survivors.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
88 minutes

Serial (Bad) Weddings 2

About the Film 
A bourgeois French couple must again get past their biases and accept their multicultural family, in this outrageously funny sequel to the 2015 AJFF and international box office hit. Tackling all-too-real issues of bigotry and intolerance, this decidedly politically incorrect comedy dismantles tribal stereotypes with a big heart and go-for-broke humor.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
98 minutes