Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival Opens October 23 – Films Offered Both Virtually and at the Marcus North Shore Cinema

The Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival runs from October 23 to November 23 this year. 6, 2022, with several in-person and remote film screenings, including one about a Jewish family who preserved Thomas Jefferson’s Home and Plantation, a national monument tainted by slavery.

The Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival spotlights Jewish voices and is a Tapestry: Arts & Ideas project of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. This year’s films feature stories about Holocaust survivors, Israeli immigrants and more.

The hybrid film festival will screen films in person at the Marcus North Shore Cinema, 11700 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon and remotely via Eventive. After opening, each film is available to stream for $12 per household on Eventive until Sunday, November 6 at 11:59 p.m. In-person screenings are $12 per person.

This year, film discussions will take the form of “behind the screen” conversations on Eventive. They will be available the same day at noon for remote screenings and the next day at noon for face-to-face screenings.

The Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival is sponsored by the Marcus Theater Department of the Marcus Corporation, the Shel and Danni Gendelman Endowment Fund and the Sylvia and Robert Seinfeld Jewish Film Festival Endowment Fund.

The films presented this year are:

“The Levys of Monticello”

USA / 2022 / English / 70 minutes

  • Stream at Home on Event Monday September 12-19

A documentary that tells the little-known story of the Levy family, who owned and carefully preserved Monticello after the death of Thomas Jefferson. When historic preservation was almost unheard of, the de Levy family restored and saved the estate from ruin. The story behind this national treasure confronts the stain of ongoing racism and anti-Semitism that are still part of the national narrative.

“Persian Lessons”

Germany / 2020 / German & French with English subtitles / 127 minutes

  • Sunday, October 23, live screening at the Marcus North Shore Cinema at 7 p.m.
  • Stream at home on Event Sunday, October 23

Gilles is arrested by SS soldiers alongside other Jews and sent to a camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids a sudden execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian. This lie temporarily saves him, but Gilles is given a life-and-death mission: to teach Farsi to the head of Camp Koch, who dreams of opening a restaurant in Iran once the war is over. Thanks to an ingenious trick, Gilles manages to survive by inventing “Farsi” words every day and teaching them to Koch.

“More Than I Deserve”

Israel / 2021 / Hebrew & Russian with English subtitles / 82 minutes

  • Monday, October 24, live screening at the Marcus North Shore Cinema at 7 p.m.
  • Stream at Home on Event Monday, October 24

Newly arrived in Israel, a single immigrant mother and son are deeply affected by their relationship with a religious neighbor in this finely textured coming-of-age drama. Pinhas, 12, is mostly alone while his Ukrainian mother works to make ends meet. When the boy asks permission to join his classmates in bar mitzvah studies, a weary Tamara, who resists religion, refuses. Much to his dismay, Pinhas asks a recent Chabad recruit, Shimon, for help. The new relationship changes all three of their lives in unexpected ways. Nominated for seven Israeli Oscars, this Jerusalem Film Festival Best Screenplay winner reflects an uncommon emotional depth in his nuanced portrayal of the plight of immigrants in Israel.

“Neighbors”

Switzerland/France / 2021 / Kurdish & Arabic with English subtitles / 124 minutes

  • Tuesday, October 25, live screening at the Marcus North Shore Cinema at 7 p.m.
  • Stream at home Tuesday, October 25

In a Syrian border village in the early 1980s, little Sero goes to school for the first time. A new teacher has arrived with the aim of making Kurdish children strong pan-Arab comrades. To allow heaven to come to earth, he uses the rod to ban the Kurdish language, commands worship of Assad and preaches hatred of the Zionist enemy – the Jews. The lessons upset and confuse Sero because his longtime neighbors are an adorable Jewish family. With a fine sense of humor and satire, the film depicts a childhood that manages to find light moments between dictatorship and dark drama.

“Plan A”

Germany/Israel / 2021 / German & Hebrew with English subtitles / 109 minutes

  • Wednesday, October 26, live screening at the Marcus North Shore Cinema at 7 p.m.
  • Stream at Home on Event Wednesday, October 26

Set in Germany in 1945, the film centers on Max Diehl, a Holocaust survivor, who lost his entire family in the camps. Full of rage and having no more reason to live, he meets a group of Jewish vigilantes. Together they hatch a plan to take brazen action against the German people: poison Germany’s water supply system and kill 6 million Germans. Plan A is a gripping true story that deals with one of the most primitive and natural instincts – pure revenge.

“Love and Mazel Tov”

Germany / 2020 / German with English subtitles / 90 minutes

  • Thursday, October 27, live screening at the Marcus North Shore Cinema at 7 p.m.
  • Stream at home Thursday, October 27

At a party, Daniel pretends to be Jewish to impress Anne. The pretty bookseller specializes in Jewish literature at her bookstore, volunteers at a Jewish home for the aged, and is also a close friend of Jewish author Schlomo Wisniewski. When Anne and Daniel become a couple, their friends Laura and Tobias sense that it will soon be necessary to unmask Daniel’s hoax. His first little scam turns into an unmanageable web of white lies. Will Anne love him too when she learns he’s not Jewish at all?

“iMordecai”

USA / 2022 / English / 102 minutes

  • Stream at home on Event Friday, October 28 at 12 p.m.

A heartwarming film based on a true story, “iMordecai” stars Oscar-nominated actor and two-time Emmy winner Judd Hirsch as Mordecai Samel and Oscar-nominated actress Carol Kane as his wife, Fela, both survivors from Poland, who now live in Miami. Their son, Marvin, Oscar-nominated actor Sean Astin, is an ambitious cigar maker trying to support his own family while always being there for his aging parents. But when Mordecai’s old flip phone breaks down, he begins taking lessons with Nina, a young Ultratech employee. She teaches Mordecai on his new iPhone, opening him up to all kinds of new experiences and adventures, which makes him feel like a kid again. An uplifting comedy and a love letter to the city of Miami, “iMordecai” urges us all to fully live the life we ​​have.

“Lost Transports”

Netherlands/Luxembourg/Germany / 2022 / Dutch & German with English subtitles / 100 minutes

  • Stream at home Friday, October 28 at 12 p.m.

This drama, set in the spring of 1945, is based on real events and focuses on a trio of women: the suspicious German Winnie, the courageous Dutch Jewess Simone and the intrepid Russian sniper Vera. Thrown together at the end of World War II, after a group of German soldiers abandoned a deportation train with hundreds of Jewish prisoners to the fate of advancing Russian troops. Women must overcome their distrust and resentment towards each other and work together to survive.

For more information on the Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival, visit mjff21.eventive.org/welcome or contact [email protected] with questions.

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