At 88, Abraham Bursztein is seeing his place in the world rapidly disappear. His kids have sold his Buenos Aires residence and arranged his move to a retirement home. However, Abraham survived the Holocaust, made a successful life in a foreign land, and isn’t about to quietly fade away. Instead, he plots a secret one-way trip to Poland, where he plans to fulfill a promise to find the Christian friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II. With its klezmer-driven score, evocative cinematography and mix of Spanish, Yiddish, German and Polish, The Last Suit is a late-in-life road movie with planes, trains and heart. Comedic and poignant in equal measure, writer-director Pablo Solarz approaches his film’s weighty themes with a light touch to deliver a touching message of the enduring importance of family, friends and honor.
In this gripping psychological thriller where no one can be trusted, internationally acclaimed Israeli director Eran Riklis delivers a breathtaking story centering on a Lebanese woman and an Israeli Mossad agent sent to protect her. The two are stuck together in a quiet apartment in Hamburg that acts as their safe house and refuge from terrorists seeking to kill them. The relationship that develops between the two women is soon threatened by the terror engulfing their separate worlds. In this game of deception, beliefs are questioned and loyalties are tested as their fates take a surprising turn in this suspense-laden, elegant neo-noir film.
Winner of Israel’s Ophir Award for Best Documentary, this cinematic treasure looks beyond “the iconic tufts of hair” of Israel’s founding father to reveal a rare, intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the most important statesmen of the 20th century. In never-before-seen footage, the then 82 year-old former prime minister in his final years after leaving office is interviewed at his secluded desert home over the course of several days in 1968. In an introspective mood, Ben-Gurion reflects on the loss of his wife, his personal health and political legacy, and his hopes for Middle East peace. The restored interview is interwoven with newsreels and other fascinating archival materials. Offering hindsight on the Zionist enterprise, this documentary is a work of undeniable historical significance with prophetic implications for Israel’s future.
Based on the true story of Israeli theater director and actress Pnina Gary, multi-award-winning director Dan Wolman tells a beautiful, passionate and poignant story of love and independence. Set in pre-state Israel, Eli (the son of Rachel Yanait and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, the second president of the State of Israel) and Margalit are torn between their love for one another and where each sees their own future in the nascent Jewish state. Margalit finds her place in the spotlight in the budding theater world of Tel Aviv and the kibbutzim. Eli, while planning to marry Margalit, is drawn deeper into the armed struggle for Jewish independence.
Winner of the Best Feature Film award at the Haifa International Film Festival, an uncompromising Holocaust researcher discovers a long-buried secret that casts doubt on his family history. Meticulous in his quest for the truth, Yoel Halberstam is sustained by his faith and work, toiling in the basement of the Holocaust Institute in Jerusalem. Investigating the cover-up of a wartime massacre of Jews on the outskirts of an Austrian village, he stumbles upon highly classified and shocking evidence that suggests his mother is not the woman she claims to be -- a thunderbolt that undermines everything that defines him. With his personal and professional lives at stake, Yoel secretly pursues the lead, risking everything to solve the historical mystery about his identity.
SHORTS Program – Sunday, October 28 – 3:30 pm
This year’s Festival concludes with a dynamic Shorts Program featuring award-winning stories that unfold in the most surprising of ways. Films will be screened back-to-back without interruption.
Director: Michael Grundsky
Three young Israeli soldiers and the Arab prisoner in their custody are forced to confront their prejudices when their transport vehicle breaks down in the Negev Desert.
Directors: Samantha Stark, Alexandra Garcia,
This Emmy-winning and Peabody-nominated docu-animation dramatically recalls the story of Adolfo Kaminsky, who by his 19th birthday had helped save thousands of children from the Nazis by hand-making false passports. Kaminsky went on to forge papers for people around the world in practically every major conflict of the mid-20th century.
Director: Adam Wells
In this award-winning short focusing on the Jewish ritual of Shemira -- guarding the body from death to burial -- we bear witness to a Survivor shepherding the love of his life from this world to the next. An intimate and transcendent short that explores love and life, this film will leave you thinking long after its conclusion.
Acheinu (Our Brothers)
Director: Misha Zubarev
The heated discussion between a former secular IDF soldier and an Orthodox man leads to an unforgettable turn of events inspiring a journey of self-discovery.
Across the Line
Director: Nadav Shlomo Giladi
An unexpected encounter and series of farcical mix-ups between a young religious Jew and a Palestinian hitchhiker lead to a lesson in communication and friendship.