New York Jewish Film Festival 2014Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY
Thanks to the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, there's more than enough for cinema fans to nosh on at this supersized Jewish-themed cinefeast. Showcasing an exciting 49-film slate that includes dramas, comedies, documentaries and short films from 10 countries, the festival delivers a well-rounded perspective on the Jewish experience. Topics explored in the documentary format include Jewish comics in the 1960's and 70s, Amy Winehouse's trip to Dingle Ireland to perform at Other Voices, and Jewish life in Iran before the revolution. As for the narratives, worth mention is Amos Gitai's drama, ANA ARABIA; Ari Folman's live-action/animation hybrid THE CONGRESS featuring Robin Wright, John Hamm, Harvey Keitel and Paul Giamatti; and the U.S. premiere of Anne Weil and Philippe Kotlarski's FRIENDS FROM FRANCE, a film starring Soko about a couple of Cold War-age kids who stray into the underground world of the "refuseniks." Also, the festival celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Wim Wenders' PARIS, TEXAS, and pays homage to graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Saul Bass with a presentation of his short films and a screening of PHASE IV. Be sure to stick around after the screenings, filmmakers and other special guests are expected to do Q&As.
- Mindy Bond, Flavorpill