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19th annual Jewish Film Festival includes variety, award winners

A scene from the March 11 opening night film, ‘Apples from the Desert.’ A scene from the March 11 opening night film, ‘Apples from the Desert.’ The 19th annual Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival will offer an award winning line-up of films, kicking off on Wednesday, March 11.

The festival, which runs March 11-16 and March 23-24, is put on by the Tampa Jewish Community Center & Federation and The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties. Bright House is the presenting sponsor

The theme of this year’s festival is “Magic of Movies” and includes films from Canada, Germany, France, Greece, the U.S. and Israel,

The line-up has “the most award winning films that we have seen in years” says festival co-chair Stewart Donnell. The films cover a variety of topics from stories of heroic Holocaust/ war survival, complex family situations, love stories, Jewish values and traditions and, of course, Jewish humor.

‘24 days’ ‘24 days’ The March 11 opening night festivities will feature four-time Israeli Cinema Award recipient, Apples from the Desert. The movie will be shown in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

There will be a VIP dinner reception and opening night ceremonies that include the annual presentation of the Starr Award, named after co-founder and current chair emeritus, Jesse Starr. This year’s recipient is Mindy Solomon.

The evening culminates with a gourmet cookie and coffee bar reception for all opening night movie patrons. Tickets are $18.

In Apples from the Desert, Rebecca Abravanel is an only child, living a cloistered existence with her strictly religious Sephardic parents in Jerusalem. Unhappy with the restrictive traditions of home and community, she secretly breaks taboos, attending dance classes where she forms a relationship with secular kibbutznik Dooby. Suspicious and angry in the face of Rebecca’s rebellion, her strict father reacts by setting in motion a prearranged marriage to an older widower with children. After Rebecca runs away from home, the family conflict culminates in a moment of truth, forcing them to confront their beliefs and one another.

‘The Sturgeon Queens’ ‘The Sturgeon Queens’ Nominated for four Israeli Academy Awards, Apples from the Desert is an adaptation of an award-winning Israeli play that poignantly explores themes of love and reconciliation.

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Here is the remainder of the line up:

Thursday, March 12: Capitol
Theater, 405 Cleveland St., Clw.

24 Days: This French film is a white-knuckle thriller about the kidnapping and torture of a young French-Morocan Jew and the harrowing ordeal of his family. It raises troubling questions about the state of anti-Semitism and rare relations in contemporary France and is winner of the Jewish Experience Award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival.

‘Run Boy Run’ ‘Run Boy Run’ Showtime, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Friday, March 13: Villagio Cinemas,
11778 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa

The Sturgeon Queens: This U.S. film focuses on Russ & Daughters, a venerable New York establishment that has seen selling smoked fish since 1914. Anchoring the film on the store’s 100th anniversary is 100-year-old Hattie Ross Gold and 92-year-old Anne Russ Federman, the daughters of the store’s name and sturgeon queens of the film’s title. These two live wires reflect on the immigrant experience and their lives behind the counter.

‘Felix and Meira’ ‘Felix and Meira’ Showtime, 11 a.m. Tickets for the movie are $8, or $18 for the movie and a dairy lunch provided by Jo-El’s Delicatessen and Marketplace. Lunch orders must be placed online at the film festival website,


Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem: This made-in- America musical biography immortalizes two beloved cultural icons - actor Theodore Bikel best known for his portrayal of Teyve in Fiddler on the Roof and Yiddish author Sholom Aleichem whose stories of Teyve The Milkman were the basis for the musical. This is a joyous extravaganza of Jewish storytelling and song.

‘Magic Men’ ‘Magic Men’ Showtime, 1:15 p.m. Tickets are $8.


Run Boy Run: A superlative saga of courage and compassion, Run Boy Run tells the extraordinary true story of a Polish boy who seeks the kindness of others in his solitary struggle to outlast the Nazi occupation and keep alive his Jewish faith. Run Boy Run is directed by Oscar-winner Pepe Danquart and based on the bestselling Holocaust novel by Israeli author Uri Orlev.

Showtime, 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.

Saturday March 14:
Villagio Cinemas
Run Boy Run: Showtime, 7:50
p.m., Tickets are $10.

‘Under the Same Sun’ ‘Under the Same Sun’ Felix and Meira:A young Montreal wife breaks free from her Hasidic strictures to pursue an impossible love in Félix and Meira, a sensitive study of religious tradition, self-discovery and tender seduction. Writer-director Maxime Giroux creates a respectful portrait of orthodox life in Montreal’s Mile end district, aided by cinematographer Sara Mishara’s subtle lensing of the wintery cityscapes. This film won Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Showtime, 9:50 p.m. Tickets are $10. Sunday, March 15: Sundial Muvico, 151 Second Ave. N., St. Petersburg

The Farewell Party: Residents of a Jerusalem nursing home struggle with a decision to help a dying friend end his life with dignity in The Farewell Party, a surprisingly witty and tender take on the topic of euthanasia. Showcasing some of Israel’s top acting veterans, The Farewell Party has been extolled by critics for embracing a challenging subject with a skillful balance of compassion, laughter and a healthy dose of audaciousness. Nominated for 14

Israeli Academy Awards in 2014, including Best Picture, it won for Best Actor Ze’ev Revach and

Best Cinematography.

Following the showing, there will be a question and answer session and discussion with moderator/ speaker Rabbi Joel Simon.

Showtime, 3 p.m. Tickets are



Magic Men: An estranged Israeli magician and his son make a sentimental journey through Greece to reclaim the past in Magic Men, the latest cinematic gem by auteur collaborators Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor.

Punctuated by enchanting moments of humor and affection, Magic Men is further animated by spectacular panoramas of the Adriatic coast and a vibrant, Greekinfused musical score. Nominated for four 2013 Israeli Academy awards, with a win for Best Actor Makram Khoury.

Showtime, 6 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Monday, March 16, USF/Marshall
Student Center, 4103 Cedar Circle,

Under the Same Sun: The film is a contemporary parable set in the Middle East that puts forth the notion that people who have historically seen one another as enemies can work together peacefully and productively for the common good. In a classic “what if” situation, the film chronicles the unusual partnership between two businessmen – one Israeli, the other Palestinian – who defy convention and try to launch a company that can be of mutual benefit, while also providing a much-needed service to a community.

Showtime, 7 p.m. Tickets are $5; free for students with USF ID.

Monday, March 23: Temple Beth Israel, 1115 E. Del Webb Blvd.,
Sun City Center

Magic Men: Showtime, 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. Tuesday, March 24, Eckerd College’s Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Under the Same Sun: Showtime 7 p.m. at Tickets are $5; free for students with Eckerd College ID. ***

To pre-purchase tickets or purchase a Mensch pass $75, which includes all nine films, www.tbjff. oror (813) 769-4725.

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