PJFF 21 Trailers of the Day: Policeman & Portrait of Wally

policeman

“A boldly conceived drama pivoting on the initially unrelated activities of an elite anti-terrorist police unit and some wealthy young anarchists, POLICEMAN is a striking and controversial debut feature from writer-director Nadav Lapid. Provocatively timely in light of recent unrest tied to social and economic inequities in Israel, this is a powerfully physical film in its depiction of the muscular, borderline sensual way the macho cops relate to one another, as well as for the emphatic style with which the opposing societal forces are contrasted and finally pitted against one another. Although the youthful revolutionaries come off as petulant and spoiled, their point about the growing gap between the Israeli haves and have-nots cannot be ignored, even by the policemen sent on a rare mission to engage their fellow countrymen. An experiment in tone that posits a new direction for Israeli cinema, POLICEMAN is bathed in cool emotional detachment deliberately juxtaposed against its operatic story.”—New York Film Festival. (105 mins.)

POLICEMAN is being presented as part of the 21st Portland Jewish Film Festival on Sunday, June 30 at 7p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Special thanks to our Festival sponsors: Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; BedMart; Cedar Sinai Park; Portland Chapter of Hadassah; Hasson Realty; the Holzman Foundation; Honest Tea; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; Jerry Eckstein, CPA; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Paul and Joan Sher; J Street Portland; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Oregon Israel Business Alliance; Oregon Jewish Museum; Oregon Israel Community Foundation; Portland Jewish Academy; Diane Solomon Family Fund; Wieden+Kennedy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Festival passes available here.

 

Portrait of Wally

“Portrait of Wally,” Egon Schiele’s portrait of his mistress, Walburga (“Wally”) Neuzil, is the pride of the Leopold Museum in Vienna. But for 13 years, the painting was locked up in New York, caught in a legal battle between the Austrian museum and the Jewish family from whom the Nazis seized the painting in 1939. Shea’s film traces the history of this iconic image—from Schiele’s gesture of affection toward his young lover, to the theft of the painting from Lea Bondi, a Jewish art dealer fleeing Vienna for her life; to the postwar confusion and subterfuge that evoke THE THIRD MAN; to the surprise resurfacing of “Wally” on loan to the Museum of Modern Art and the legal battle that followed. “Fascinating… By showing how difficult and problematic righting a wrong can turn out to be, PORTRAIT OF WALLY does itself proud.”—Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times. (90 mins.)

PORTRAIT OF WALLY is being presented as part of the 21st Portland Jewish Film Festival on Sunday, June 30 at 4:30p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Special thanks to our Festival sponsors: Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; BedMart; Cedar Sinai Park; Portland Chapter of Hadassah; Hasson Realty; the Holzman Foundation; Honest Tea; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; Jerry Eckstein, CPA; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Paul and Joan Sher; J Street Portland; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Oregon Israel Business Alliance; Oregon Jewish Museum; Oregon Israel Community Foundation; Portland Jewish Academy; Diane Solomon Family Fund; Wieden+Kennedy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Festival passes available here.

PJFF 21 Trailer of the Day: The Other Son

The Other Son

Joseph, an 18-year-old preparing to join the Israeli army for his mandatory military service, lives at home in Tel Aviv with his parents. A blood test for Joseph’s military service reveals that he’s not their biological son. During the Gulf War, Joseph was evacuated from a clinic along with another baby, and the pair was accidentally switched. While Palestinian Joseph went to Tel Aviv with the Silbergs, their actual Jewish son Yacine was brought to the West Bank by an Arab couple, Said and Leila. The revelation turns the lives of the two families upside down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, values, and beliefs. (105 mins.)

THE OTHER SON is being presented as part of the 21st Portland Jewish Film Festival on Saturday, June 29 at 8p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Special thanks to our Festival sponsors: Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; BedMart; Cedar Sinai Park; Portland Chapter of Hadassah; Hasson Realty; the Holzman Foundation; Honest Tea; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; Jerry Eckstein, CPA; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Paul and Joan Sher; J Street Portland; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Oregon Israel Business Alliance; Oregon Jewish Museum; Oregon Israel Community Foundation; Portland Jewish Academy; Diane Solomon Family Fund; Wieden+Kennedy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Festival passes available here.

PJFF 21 Trailer of the Day: Besa: The Promise

Besa

During World War II, Albanian Muslims provided shelter for thousands of Jewish refugees from Germany, Austria, and Bulgaria. Invoking the ancient moral code of besa (a vow to care for anyone facing danger), many people in Albania including Muslims, Catholics, and Orthodox Christians sheltered, hid, and protected Jews from the occupying Germans. BESA addresses the broad history of the rescues by following two characters affected by the experience: Rexhep Hoxha, a Muslim Albanian storekeeper, and Norman H. Gershman, a Jewish-American photographer. Featuring Gershman’s striking portraits, award-winning cinematography, and an original score by Philip Glass, BESA is “a story like no other.”—Huffington Post. (90 mins.)

BESA: THE PROMISE is being presented as part of the 21st Portland Jewish Film Festival on Tuesday, June 25 at 7p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Special thanks to our Festival sponsors: Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; BedMart; Cedar Sinai Park; Portland Chapter of Hadassah; Hasson Realty; the Holzman Foundation; Honest Tea; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; Jerry Eckstein, CPA; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Paul and Joan Sher; J Street Portland; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Oregon Israel Business Alliance; Oregon Jewish Museum; Oregon Israel Community Foundation; Portland Jewish Academy; Diane Solomon Family Fund; Wieden+Kennedy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Festival passes available here.

PJFF 21 Trailer of the Day: Out in the Dark

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One night in Tel Aviv, Nimr, a Palestinian student, meets Roy, a young Israeli lawyer, and they fall in love. Being a gay Palestinian is not easy for Nimr, and despite Roy’s efforts, Israel refuses to grant Nimr citizenship and a haven from his unaccepting family. Both young men are faced with difficult choices and sacrifices to ensure their love will prevail. As we are caught up in their destinies, Mayer and the outstanding cast powerfully depict the human toll of this sad reality. (96 mins.)

Mature subject matter. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.

 

OUT IN THE DARK is being presented as part of the 21st Portland Jewish Film Festival on Tuesday, June 25 at 7p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Special thanks to our Festival sponsors: Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; BedMart; Cedar Sinai Park; Portland Chapter of Hadassah; Hasson Realty; the Holzman Foundation; Honest Tea; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; Jerry Eckstein, CPA; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Paul and Joan Sher; J Street Portland; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Oregon Israel Business Alliance; Oregon Jewish Museum; Oregon Israel Community Foundation; Portland Jewish Academy; Diane Solomon Family Fund; Wieden+Kennedy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Festival passes available here.

PJFF 21 Trailer of the Day: The Law in These Parts

The Law in These Parts

A Grand Jury Prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival, THE LAW IN THESE PARTS is an unflinching examination of Israel’s contorted legal framework for governing Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and the complex moral and legal dilemmas therein. Since the 1967 war, inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been subjected to what was intended to be a temporary system of military rather than civilian justice, overseen by the Israeli Defense Forces. Alexandrowicz places now-retired judges, attorneys, and generals on a cinematic witness stand to consider the logic and repercussions of the Kafkaesque rule of law they helped to create and the core conundrum that emerges: can a country sustain a prolonged military occupation without eroding its democratic values? Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival. (100 mins.) 

Sponsored by J Street Portland.

 

 

THE LAW IN THESE PARTS is being presented as part of the 21st Portland Jewish Film Festival on Monday, June 24 at 7p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Special thanks to our Festival sponsors: Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; BedMart; Cedar Sinai Park; Portland Chapter of Hadassah; Hasson Realty; the Holzman Foundation; Honest Tea; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; Jerry Eckstein, CPA; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Paul and Joan Sher; J Street Portland; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Oregon Israel Business Alliance; Oregon Jewish Museum; Oregon Israel Community Foundation; Portland Jewish Academy; Diane Solomon Family Fund; Wieden+Kennedy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Festival passes available here.

PJFF 21 Trailer of the Day: The World is Funny

The World is Funny

A perfect film, structured like a symphony. – Cinemascope.

Blurring fantasy and reality into a multi-layered, tragicomic exploration of past traumas and catharsis, THE WORLD IS FUNNY is now Israel’s all-time box office champion, earning a record-breaking 15 Israeli Academy Award nominations. Set in provincial, sunny Tiberias, these wonderfully strange vignettes grow together in richness and complexity as the film progresses. The central characters are estranged siblings who have endured childhood abandonment only to face new challenges in adulthood: a widow whose older son has just awakened from a lengthy coma; a radio producer and his terminally ill Russian girlfriend; and a travel agent whose daughter was killed in an army accident. As these narrative strands and diverse personalities comingle with countless others, what may seem unrelated will prove anything but. (122 mins.)

Contains mature subject matter.

 

THE WORLD IS FUNNY is being presented as part of the 21st Portland Jewish Film Festival on Sunday, June 23 at 7p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Special thanks to our Festival sponsors: Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; BedMart; Cedar Sinai Park; Portland Chapter of Hadassah; Hasson Realty; the Holzman Foundation; Honest Tea; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; Jerry Eckstein, CPA; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Paul and Joan Sher; J Street Portland; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Oregon Israel Business Alliance; Oregon Jewish Museum; Oregon Israel Community Foundation; Portland Jewish Academy; Diane Solomon Family Fund; Wieden+Kennedy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Festival passes available here.

PJFF 21 Trailer of the Day: A.K.A. Doc Pomus

AKA Doc Pomus

Doc Pomus’s dramatic life is one of American music’s great untold stories, despite his being the only member of the Rock and Roll, Songwriters, and Blues Halls of Fame. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then emerged as one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era, writing “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “A Teenager in Love,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and dozens of other hits for everyone from Ray Charles and Elvis to The Drifters and Marianne Faithfull. For most of his life, Doc was confined to crutches and a wheelchair, but he lived more during his 65 years than others could experience in several lifetimes. Packed with incomparable music and rare archival imagery, A.K.A. DOC POMUS features interviews with his collaborators and friends, including Dr. John, Ben E. King, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, Leiber and Stoller, and B.B. King. (98 mins.)

 

A.K.A. DOC POMUS is being presented as part of the 21st Portland Jewish Film Festival on Sunday, June 23 at 4:30p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Special thanks to our Festival sponsors: Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; BedMart; Cedar Sinai Park; Portland Chapter of Hadassah; Hasson Realty; the Holzman Foundation; Honest Tea; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; Jerry Eckstein, CPA; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Paul and Joan Sher; J Street Portland; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Oregon Israel Business Alliance; Oregon Jewish Museum; Oregon Israel Community Foundation; Portland Jewish Academy; Diane Solomon Family Fund; Wieden+Kennedy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Festival passes available here.

PJFF 21 Trailer of the Day: The Ballad of the Weeping Spring

Ballad of the Weeping Spring

Torn apart by tragedy, a legendary band reunites to play an emotional final concert in THE BALLAD OF THE WEEPING SPRING, a stylized homage to Spaghetti Westerns, samurai epics, and South American mysticism, shot entirely in Israel but set in a mythical time and place. With a pervasive pan-ethnic soundtrack serving as the film’s backbone, the story centers on the brooding Jossef Tawila, once the leader of a Mizrahi band (a unique musical form combining Middle Eastern and North African influences), who lives a hermit-like existence in the wake of a terrible accident. In a series of quirky vignettes across stunning exotic locations, Tawila brings together his old musician buddies to grant the last wishes of a dying friend, while healing his own tortured soul. Nominated for nine Israeli Academy Awards, with wins for Best Original Music, Best Original Soundtrack, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design. (105 mins.)

FOLLOWED BY

STAND UP!
ISRAEL, 2011
DIRECTOR: ASI TZOBEL

Dudi, a distracted young yeshiva student, secretly dreams of being a stand-up comic, but it’s a secret that may have a price. (25 mins.)

 

THE BALLAD OF THE WEEPING SPRING and STAND UP! are being presented as part of the 21st Portland Jewish Film Festival on Saturday, June 22 at 8p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Special thanks to our Festival sponsors: Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; BedMart; Cedar Sinai Park; Portland Chapter of Hadassah; Hasson Realty; the Holzman Foundation; Honest Tea; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; Jerry Eckstein, CPA; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Paul and Joan Sher; J Street Portland; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Oregon Israel Business Alliance; Oregon Jewish Museum; Oregon Israel Community Foundation; Portland Jewish Academy; Diane Solomon Family Fund; Wieden+Kennedy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Festival passes available here.

PJFF 21 Trailer of the Day: Gypsy Davy

Gypsy Davy

When an American white boy with Alabama roots becomes a Spanish flamenco guitarist in Andalusian boots, what happens along the way and behind the scenes? GYPSY DAVY wryly tells the story of David Jones, stage name David Serva, through his five women and five children—one of whom is the director. After all, who knows the man who came and saw and conquered, “strumming their pain with his fingers,” better than they? Part duel and part duet—between a guitar-wielding father and a camera-pointing daughter—Jones offers a personal and political portrait of a man, a family, and a generation. As she retraces his path, she pioneers a new one for herself. (96 mins.)

GYPSY DAVY is being presented as part of the 21st Portland Jewish Film Festival on Wednesday, June 19 at 7p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Special thanks to our Festival sponsors: Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; BedMart; Cedar Sinai Park; Portland Chapter of Hadassah; Hasson Realty; the Holzman Foundation; Honest Tea; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; Jerry Eckstein, CPA; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Paul and Joan Sher; J Street Portland; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Oregon Israel Business Alliance; Oregon Jewish Museum; Oregon Israel Community Foundation; Portland Jewish Academy; Diane Solomon Family Fund; Wieden+Kennedy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Festival passes available here.

PJFF Trailer of the Day: Hava Nagila

Hava Nagila

One hundred and fifty years of Jewish history and culture come to life in this joyous exploration of the famous tune that represents both Jewish kitsch and continuity, “Hava Nagila.” Grossman traces the roots of the song from its Eastern European Hasidic melody, through its journey to the kibbutzim of Palestine and the song’s enormous popularity in America. Through lively film clips and interviews featuring such diverse personalities as Regina Spektor, Connie Francis, Harry Belafonte, Larry David, Mary Tyler Moore, Mel Brooks, Julie Andrews, Danny Kaye, Roberta Peters, Bob Dylan, and more, HAVA NAGILA offers a spirited and intelligent look at the shaping of postwar American Jewish identity. (75 mins.)

FOLLOWED BY

CARRYING THE LIGHT
UK, 2012
DIRECTOR: GUY NATANEL

A London rabbi makes a spiritual journey on foot from the Frankfurt Synagogue in Germany, where his father was the rabbi before the Holocaust, back to London so the eternal light of one sacred place can light another. (56 mins.)

Sponsored by Oregon Jewish Museum and Portland Chapter of Hadassah.

 

HAVA NAGILA and CARRYING THE LIGHT are being presented as part of the 21st Portland Jewish Film Festival on Wednesday, June 19 at 7p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Special thanks to our Festival sponsors: Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; BedMart; Cedar Sinai Park; Portland Chapter of Hadassah; Hasson Realty; the Holzman Foundation; Honest Tea; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; Jerry Eckstein, CPA; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Paul and Joan Sher; J Street Portland; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Oregon Israel Business Alliance; Oregon Jewish Museum; Oregon Israel Community Foundation; Portland Jewish Academy; Diane Solomon Family Fund; Wieden+Kennedy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Festival passes available here.