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July 22, 2018

306 Hollywood

Hungary USA English SFJFF 2018
July 22
Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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After their beloved grandmother, Annette Ontell passed away at the age of 93, her filmmaking grandchildren decide to keep the New Jersey home where she lived for 67 years. Over 11 months, they begin an obsessive archeological dig through the mountain of her accumulated possessions and treasured mementos. This dense meditation on memory illuminates the life of Ontell while probing a dazzling topography of the 20th century.

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Budapest Noir

Hungary Hungarian SFJFF 2018
July 22
CineArts
3000 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Budapest, 1936. As the specter of the Third Reich rises beyond the Hungarian border, a newspaper reporter becomes obsessed with the mysterious death of a young woman. His dogged pursuit of her identity draws him into the most craven and corrupt corners of the city, revealing buried family secrets and burgeoning social terror. A spellbinding detective story filled with actual hardboiled history.

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The City Without Jews (with live score)

Austria German SFJFF 2018
July 22
Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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The economy in mythical Utopia is in the dumpster, and who is blamed? The usual scapegoat: the Jews. After the Jews are expelled, however, the economy, missing their invaluable participation, actually takes a turn for the worse, and Utopia begs them to come back. This 1924 silent Austrian satire is an object lesson in the absurdity of such thinking, and an unwitting prediction of the horrific events in Europe ten years later.

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Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story

Netherlands English SFJFF 2018
July 22
CineArts
3000 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Dutch filmmakers Stephane Kaas and Rutger Lemm create a delightfully surrealistic documentary about the beloved Israeli writer and humorist. Weaving animation, live action and interviews, the film takes us deep into the psyche of Keret, a son of Holocaust survivors, whose fiction explores the absurdities of daily life. Like friends Ira Glass and Jonathan Safran Foer, you’ll be charmed by Keret and be left with an intense desire to read (or reread) his stories.

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The Invisibles

Germany German SFJFF 2018
July 22
CineArts
3000 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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When Berlin was declared “Judenfrei” (officially “free of Jews”) in 1943, there were still 7,000 Jews secretly residing in the capital of the Third Reich. They survived by hiding in attics, basements, warehouses and sometimes disguised in plain view walking among their fellow Germans. The Invisibles is a gripping documentary/narrative hybrid about the inspiring resourcefulness, resiliency and courage shown by four young adults living in dire conditions with an uncertain future.

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The Prince and the Dybbuk

Poland Polish SFJFF 2018
July 22
Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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He is credited with igniting the Golden Age of Yiddish cinema and yet was reviled for converting to Catholicism. He married an Italian countess and yet was openly homosexual. Like a real-life version of Zelig, Michał Waszyński, director of the 1937 classic The Dybbuk, tried on many identities and led a life filled with turbulent contradictions. This mesmerizing biography brings us closer to a fascinating, unknowable chameleon.

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Closing Night: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

USA English SFJFF 2018
July 22
CineArts
3000 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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It’s hard to imagine a more talented and groundbreaking performer who led a more complicated and contradictory life than Sammy Davis Jr. Featuring excerpts from his exhilarating performances and star-studded interviews, director Sam Pollard’s riveting documentary presents a very full and very human portrait of this complex, courageous and conflicted man.

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Satan & Adam

USA English SFJFF 2018
July 22
CineArts
3000 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
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LOCAL SPOTLIGHT. On a street in Harlem in 1986, a young blond-haired Jewish kid who plays a first-rate blues harmonic struck up a musical friendship with a street musician named Sterling Magee, who calls himself Mr. Satan. The duo puts together an act that leads to music festivals and a successful record. Just as quickly, the act crashes when Satan mysteriously disappears. This documentary captures a fascinating journey of friendship, heartbreak and the transformative power of the blues.

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Who Will Write Our History

Poland USA English Polish Yiddish SFJFF 2018
July 22
Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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PALO ALTO OPENING NIGHT. In the Warsaw Ghetto, a group of activists secretly collected eyewitness accounts, diaries and photographs that told the history of the war from the perspective of the Jews. These archives are now finally revealed to the world. Told through a combination of archival footage, photographs and masterful reenactments, the film is a stirring paean to these prescient individuals and a celebration of their optimism, persistence and grit.

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