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Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema • (Clayton Rd and Lindbergh)

June 8 – 12, 2014

Celebrating Jewish Life in Film

19th Annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival

Laugh Cry

Think Feel Presented by the Jewish Community Center 2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63146 314 442-3179 • Advertising Supplement to the St. Louis Jewish Light

Opening Day Double Feature Sunday, June 8


Family Friendly Film


Opening Day Films $15 each Save by buying tickets to 4pm & 7pm for $25

Netherlands/Belgium English/Dutch and French with English subtitles Director: Vincent Bal Feature (95 min.)

Israel English/Hebrew and Polish with English subtitles Director: Haim Hecht Documentary (65 min.)

Living without a mother hasn’t been easy for 13-year-old Nono, son of the “world’s greatest” detective. His constant attempts to impress his father inevitably land him in trouble. His latest escapade results in his being sent away just days before his Bar Mitzvah. While on the train, Nono finds a strange letter that directs him to complete a special mission. Along the way, he uncovers elusive family secrets. Co-starring Isabella Rossellini.

The remarkable story of a 1731 Stradivarius violin once owned by Israeli Philharmonic founder Bronislaw Huberman. The instrument was stolen in 1936, while Huberman was performing on stage at Carnegie Hall, and it remained “lost” for almost 50 years. Jewish-American virtuoso, Joshua Bell, now plays the violin in concerts around the world. If you loved Orchestra of Exiles last year, you will be enthralled with The Return of the Violin. Pre-show reception and music by The Rosewood Ensemble 6:15-6:45pm

Note: Recommended for families with children 10 years and older. Sponsored by Fox Family Foundation Introduction by Film Festival Co-Chairs Marilyn Brown & Jeffrey Korn

A film that charms you

Sponsored by Miki and Morrie Zimring Introduction by Adam Crane, Vice-President External Affairs, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

A film that makes you celebrate

Ticket Information

Weekday film tickets: In advance $11 • At the door $12 / Students 16 and under: $10 Opening Day • $8 Weekday SAVE on a Four-Pack of weekday films: Only $40! Tickets available at the J Box Office or online at Tickets Hotline 314-442-3179

Short Film Competition


19th Annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival

The Short Film Competition now in its fourth year soliciting new and established filmmakers to participate from middle school, high school, college and professionals. Films of any genre were welcomed. The theme for this year is Counting Your Blessings and winners were selected for content and execution of the theme by a juried panel of experts. The winning film will be featured on the Opening Day of the Jewish Film Festival and highlighted on the Jewish Film Festival website.

Special Thanks to our Media Partners

19th Annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival Monday, June 9


Tuesday, June 10




Poland/Netherlands/ Russia/Slovakia Polish with English Subtitles Director: Thomas Farone Feature (104 min.)

Germany/Israel English/German and Hebrew with English Subtitles Director: Yael Reuveny Documentary (96 min.)

USA English Director: Debi Berinstein Feature (90 min.)

Israel English/Hebrew with English Subtitles Director: Dan Shadur Documentary (60 min.)

Two brothers discover a horrendous secret and are forced to revise their perception of their father, their family, their neighbors, and the history of their nation. Inspired by real-life mass killings during WWII, the film caused major controversy in its native Poland due to its presentday reckoning with that dark period in the country’s history. A tense and gripping thriller!

What really happened in 1945? Filmmaker Reuveny discovers how a decision made almost 70 years ago can influence the life of three generations, and how, after decades apart, two families can become one again. Much to the concern of her family, she is determined to uncover the truth about her grandmother’s brother, long believed lost in the war. A documentary that has the texture of a feature film.

Composer, conductor, genius, MENSCH: Marvin Hamlisch earned a Pulitzer Prize, four Emmys, four Grammys, three Golden Globes, three Oscars, and a Tony Award. Creator of “The Way We Were,” “Nobody Does It Better” and scores for The Sting, Sophie’s Choice and A Chorus Line. The film includes interviews with Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Christopher Walken, Woody Allen, and many others.

This real life “Argo” thriller is the story of Israelis experiencing unbelievable prosperity in Iran in the 1960s. What starts as a nostalgic look at a lost era, becomes a thrilling story where huge dreams are shattered in a dark reality of greed, blindness and lust for power.

Introduction by Fran Kravitz, LCSW

Sponsored by Elaine and Jeffrey Korn Introduction by Jack Lane, Executive Producer STAGES St. Louis Special Guest - Cantor Sharon Nathanson singing the music of Marvin Hamlish



Introduction by Rabbi Mark Shook, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Israel

A film that makes you shudder


A film that makes you wonder

A film that warms your heart

Double Feature with “Dove’s Cry” 2:00PM

Sponsored by Lubin-Green Foundation - A supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Introduction by Karen Aroesty, Regional Director, ADL

A film that makes you think

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival

Enjoy Films Year Round with the Jewish Film Society

For those who enjoy films that inspire, entertain, educate and enlighten, become a member of the Jewish Film Society. You will become a part of a community that shares your love of the moving image. Each film offers lively post-film discussions, meant to create dialogue in the Jewish and greater St. Louis community about issues raised in the films. MEMBER BENEFITS • One FREE ticket to a Film Society Program • Jewish Film Society Series Pass for $25 • 2014/15 Film dates: 9/14, 10/12, 11/30, 3/8, 4/12, 5/17 • Membership is tax deductible

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$36 for individual $54 for a couple $18 for students

See back page for more details on how to join

Order tickets at or 314-442-3179


Tuesday, June 10


Double Feature with “Before the Revolution” 2:00PM


Wednesday, June 11





Israel Hebrew/Arabic with English Subtitles Director: Ganit Llouz Documentary (52 min.)

Australia English Director: David Pulbrook Feature (90 min.)

Israel/France Hebrew with English Subtitles Director: Diane Kurys Feature (90 min.)

Canada English Director: Barry Avrich Documentary (75 min.)

Hadeel is a young charismatic Israeli Arab woman who teaches Arabic in a Jewish primary school. Equal parts inspiring and heartbreaking, her story offers an unflinching glimpse of Israel in all of its beautiful– and at times excruciating–complexity.

A young radical Palestinian man, who is wounded during a failed suicide bombing of a synagogue, holds a holocaust survivor hostage in her apartment. The hostage tends to her captor’s injuries while both deal with issues of ideology, faith, freedom and oppression. As the police close in, the two victims learn about the power of compassion. Powerful and amazing performances by both leads!

After her mother’s death, Anne, a young film director, discovers an old family photo that throws her understanding of her parents into question. In a journey that stretches back from the 1980s to postwar France, Anne’s research reveals a dark family secret that intertwines an unexpected player with Anne’s own destiny. This semi-autobiographical period drama is a sumptuous tale of romance and suspense.

The son of a Winnipeg rabbi rises to become one of America’s greatest stand-up comics and TV directors. But David Steinberg’s irreverent take on religion was too hot for CBS, prompting the cancellation of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Plentiful clips of Steinberg’s hilarious performances and TV directing credits are paired in this film with stories from Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David and others.

Sponsored by Nancy & Ken Kranzberg

Sponsored by Michael & Sima Oberlander

Sponsored by Terry & Harvey Hieken

Introduction by Judy Zisk Lincoff, LCSW, Family Therapist

Introduction by Pier Marton, Filmmaker, Translator, Past Faculty Film & Media Studies, Washington University

Introduction by Stellie Siteman, Producer, Max & Louie Productions

A film that will rivet you

A film that makes you feel

Sponsored by Former B’nai El Sisterhood Introduction by Cheryl Maayan, Head of Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School

A film that makes you hope

A film that makes you laugh

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival

General Information • Call the Jewish Film Festival Hotline to order tickets by phone 314-442-3179 • To order tickets online go to • Tickets may be purchased at the ticket window in the J’s Staenberg Family Complex - Arts & Education Building in the lobby during business hours. On evenings and weekends tickets will be available for purchase at the Staenberg Family Complex - Health & Fitness Building Fitness front desk. • Individual film tickets are available at the J through June 7. After that, tickets can only be purchased at the box office of the Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema beginning one hour before each film. • Seating for all films is on a first come first serve basis. • Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. • Something New! Student tickets for ages 16 and under $10 for Opening Day Films and $8 for weekday films.


19th Annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival

Wednesday, June 11

Thursday, June 12





Serbia Serbian with English Subtitles Director: Goran Pasklijević Feature (90 min.)

Israel/France Hebrew/French with English Subtitles Director: Emmanuel Naccache Feature (97 min.)

Netherlands Dutch with English Subtitles Director: Rudolf van den Berg Feature (117 min.)

Israel/France English/Hebrew and French with English Subtitles Director: Eytan Fox Feature (90 min.)

A music professor is entrusted with a battered box excavated from the site of a former Nazi death camp. Inside the box is a photograph, unfinished sheet music and a letter. He makes a jarring discovery: he is actually the son of a Jewish musician. As a child he was entrusted to friends when his parents were sent away. He becomes obsessed with completing his father’s composition and to have it performed on the site of the former camp.

Israel’s “American Hustle”- a tongue-in-cheek look at the cloak and dagger puzzle behind the real-life assassination of a Hamas leader. The police immediately blame Mossad agents, and the shocking story makes international headlines. But no one is more shocked than the Mossad: they have never heard of these agents or their mission. This is a high-stakes con game of international proportions!

The true story of Jewish industrialist, Walter Süskind, who worked for the Jewish Council in Amsterdam during WWII. By playing a cat-and-mouse game with an SS officer, he organizes “labor-camp” transports for Jewish adults...while also managing to save almost 1,000 Jewish children from deportation. When the Nazi learns of Süskind’s “treachery,” Walter realizes he and his family are in grave danger.

If you think America’s got talent, wait until you see what Israel’s got! Filled with fun, games, music, romance and happy endings, Cupcakes is a feelgood musical comedy about a group of friends who write a song that inadvertently becomes Israel’s entry in the Universong competition. This feel-good film is a celebration of music, friendship, love and free spirit.


Sponsored by Lee Bohm Introduction by Rabbi Zev Smason, Nusach Hari B’nai Zion

A film that makes you exalt



Sponsored by Linda & Nathan Cohen


Sponsored by Diane Fredman

Introduction by Cate Marquis, Co-Founder and Past President, Film Critics Association, film critic St. Louis Jewish Light

Introduction by Robert A. Cohn, Editor Emeritus, St. Louis Jewish Light

A film that makes you shake your head

A film that makes you ask… traitor or hero?

Enjoy a REAL cupcake after the film. Sponsored by Lubin-Green Foundation - A supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Introduction by Ellen Futterman, Editor, St. Louis Jewish Light

A film that makes you tap your toes

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival

General Information cont. • • • • • •

4-PACK: Save money by buying four weekday films for $40 Films and programs will start promptly at the identified start time. Due to circumstances beyond our control, films are subject to change. Mail orders for individual tickets must be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope and must be received by June 1 – NO EXCEPTIONS. Opening Day Films (The Zigzag Kid & The Return of the Violin) $15/person All films at Landmark Plaza Frontenac Theatre $11 when purchased by June 7, and $12 after June 8. Student tickets: $10 Opening Day & $8 weekday (ages 16 and under) • Box office opens one hour before each film at the Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema.

Order tickets at or 314-442-3179


Thursday, June 12

Sunday, July 20


Special Screenings at the J


Steering Committee Double Feature



France French with English Subtitles Director: Ilan Duran Cohen Feature (90 min.)

USA English Director: Tracie Holder and Karen Thorsen Documentary 84 min.

USA English Director: Shayna Cohen Feature 27 min.

This is the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, who maintained his identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II – and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him friends and enemies from both groups.

The founder of the New York Shakespeare Festival and The Public Theater is profiled in this honest, in-depth film. Joe Papp brought us free Shakespeare in the Park, Hair and A Chorus Line, and nurtured many of America’s greatest playwrights, directors and actors. Learn about this complex personality through interviews with artists including Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Kevin Kline, and James Earl Jones.

Manya, a stubborn, independent Russian Jewish widow who dreads the thought of being moved into a home, is assigned a helper to prepare her home before Passover. Manya gets an odd surprise when Terrance, an African-American young man, shows up on her doorstep. Manya must make her infamous gefilte fish to prove her independence to her family, so she leaps out of her comfort zone and spends the day running errands and cooking with Terrence. Initially, Manya and Terrence get along like cats in a sack, but eventually, in spite of their equally stubborn and suspicious characters, they learn that help and support often comes from the most unexpected place.


Sponsored by Howard Lesser and Sima & Phil Needleman Introduction by David Oughton, Associate Professor of Theology, St. Louis University

Introduced by Rick Dildine, Executive Director, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival

A film that makes you take notice

A film that enlightens you

Introduction by Shayna Cohen, Filmmaker

A film that makes you remember

Jewish Film Festival Committee Marilyn Brown & Jeffrey Korn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Co-Chairs Leslie Waldbaum & Maurice Stone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Programs Judy Plocker & Paula Sigel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Special Events Natalie Kauffman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Film Selection Judy Barnett & Carolyn Schecter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Organization Liaison/ Target Marketing Louise Levine & Charlotte Manges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Short Film Competition Debbi Musen & Marcia Lisker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Public Relations/ Social Media Marilyn Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Publication Assistance Ronnie Gross & Patsy Spector. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ticket Sales Jay Goldstein & Natalie Kauffman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jewish Film Society Jay Goldstein, Gabriela Longman & Lois Perryman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teen Board Kent Hirschfelder, Judy Plocker & Paula Sigel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Raffle Prizes Zelda Sparks & Mary Jane Kambal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cultural Arts Staff


19th Annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival

Elaine Alexander Judy Barnett Dee Berman Jack Berman Bonita Boxerman Bob Cohn Mimi Fiszel Myra Glazer Oscar Goldberg Tami Goldenhersh Jay Goldstein Martin Gordon Ronnie Gross Kent Hirschfelder Marty Hyman Natalie Kauffman Louise Levine Harriet Lipnick Marcia Lisker Gabriela Longman Fred Makler Charlotte Manges Mary Ellen McSweeney Barbara Michels Debbi Musen Lois Perryman Judy Plocker Madelon Price Al Redler Alice Redler Rosalie Rotenberg Carolyn Schechter Charlene Shyken Paula Sigel Patsy Spector Tali Stadler Maurice Stone Enid Tennenbaum Leslie Waldbaum Janet Weinberg Felicia Werz

Co-Sponsoring Organizations American Israel Public Affairs Committee American Jewish Committee Anti-Defamation League Bais Abraham Congregation Barnes Jewish Hospital AuxiliaryParkview Chapter B’nai Amoona Women’s League Cardozo Society, Maimonides Society & Montefiore Society of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Central Agency for Jewish Education Central Reform Congregation Israeli House J Associates J-PAT- Jewish Parents & Children JCC Helene Mirowitz Center of Jewish Community Life JCC Gesher Music Festival Jewish Community Relations Council Jewish Family & Children’s Service Kol Rinah Sisterhood Miriam Foundation Midwest Jewish Congress NA’AMAT USA National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis Section Nishmah / Sharsherat St. Louis Jewish Light St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center St. Louis Rabbinical Association St. Louis Shakespeare Festival Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School Shaare Emeth Women of Reform Judaism Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library STAGES St. Louis Temple Israel- Israel Engagement Committee The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis Webster University Film Series The Woman’s Auxiliary For Jewish Aged United Hebrew Congregation

Special Thanks to our Jewish Film Festival Sponsors Oscar

B’nai El Sisterhood Howard N. Lesser

Michael and Carol Staenberg Miki and Morrie Zimring

Golden Globe

Red Carpet

Lee Bohm Linda & Nathan Cohen Fox Family Foundation Goldstein & Gross Families Terry & Harvey Hieken

Elaine & Jeffrey Korn Harvey Kornblum Foundation Ken & Nancy Kranzberg Kuhn Foundation

Lubin-Green Foundation-A Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis I.E. and Goldie Millstone Fund Sima & Phil Needleman Michael & Sima Oberlander

Diane Fredman Genovese Jewelers Gail & Louis Glaser Margie and Merle Horowitz Natalie & Al Kauffman Merle & Richard Linkemer Louis Myers

Sanford and Rosalind Neuman PNC Wealth Management Mary and Sandy Pomerantz Nancy and Jerry Raskas Sanford and Gloria Spitzer Ultra-Color Corporation

Two Thumbs Up

Rita and Edward Balk B’nai B’rith St. Louis Missouri Lodge The Delmar Gardens Family Jennifer & Jonathan Deutsch Eileen Schneider Edelman Alyn and Marlyn Essman

“Senior Mitzvah” Sponsors

Helping seniors of limited resources to attend films

Anonymous (2) Lucy Lopata Transportation Fund Joe & Gerry Burstein Harvey Wallace and Madeleine Elkins Caring & Sharing Program, Inc.

Dr. Norman and Naomi Fishman Wilma & Harvey Gerstein Gary and Fran Lazaroff Gregory & Aly Levine Tannie Lewin Fund

Rindskopf Roth Funeral ChapelMickey & Norman Roth Monte & Julie Sandler Patsy and Gershon Spector Dr. Cary and Helen Stolar

The list of Jewish Film Festival sponsors reflects those that were received before the printing deadline.



Thank you to participating businesses for raffle prizes Brio Tuscan Grill Cafe Napoli Craft Restaurants, Ltd. Flemings David Kodner Personal Jeweler Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema

Jewish Community Center Kohn’s Kosher Lesters Mister Guy Nadoz The Ticket Guys Wildhorse Grill WildSmoke

Order tickets at or 314-442-3179


2014 St. Louis Jewish Film Festival To order tickets on line go to Ticket Hotline # 314-442-3179 ~

Film Title(s)

# of Tickets


All films at Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema 6/8 The Zigzag Kid


6/8 The Return of the Violin


SAVE: Both films for only $25!

Single tickets $15 Single tickets $15

2 films for $25

Weekday tickets $11 advance • $12 at door • $8 students (16 and under) 6/9 Aftermath


6/9 Farewell Her Schwarz


6/9 Marvin Hamlisch: What I Did For Love


6/10 Before the Revolution & Dove’s Cry

Double Feature


6/10 Last Dance


6/10 For A Woman


6/11 Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story


6/11 When Day Breaks


6/11 Kidon


6/12 Süskind


6/12 Cupcakes


6/12 The Jewish Cardinal 7/20 Joe Papp in Five Acts & Gefilte Fish

8:00pm Double Feature


*Shown at the J

4-Pack Special - Select four weekday films for $40 Film 1 title__________________________

Film 3 title__________________________

Film 2 title__________________________

Film 4 title__________________________

Jewish Film Society Membership $36 Single $54 Couple

$18 Student

Jewish Film Society Pass

5 films for $25

Buy Raffle Tickets Win a Prize-Drawing at each film showing at Frontenac Prize values are $25 to $500

1 for $5 or 5 for $20

“Two Thumbs Up” Sponsor ($600). Includes two Opening Day Film Tickets plus two additional tickets to film of your choice

$ 2.00

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Name on Card____________________________________ Signature___________________________________ Or make checks payable to JCC Mail to: Jewish Film Festival, 2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, MO 63146 Due to circumstances beyond our control, programs are subject to change. Any changes will be put on the JFF Hotline. 314-442-3179

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