Life Adrift

Alex is a handsome young Parisian who seems lost in the city. While he manages to support himself through illegal means, he’s constantly the target of his unscrupulous, older brother. His former girlfriend is about to marry another man. His mother is dead and he’s estranged from his father.

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When his cousin Nathan, who’s visiting from Israel, offers him a partnership in a restaurant he plans to open in Tel Aviv, Alex jumps at the opportunity to escape his present predicament. Aliyah directed by Ellie Wajman (France) 2012 captures a grittier part of the French capital.

Overcoming alienation is a prerequisite for survival. Some people resort to drugs and alcohol. Others chose the conventional path of marriage and domesticity to assuage their loneliness.  Alex is suspended between the two extremes. His decision to emigrate is dispassionate. Israel for him is not the promised land but a place of last resort.

Aiyah screens again at Cinearts in Palo Alto Wednesday 7 August 2013 and the California Theater in Berkeley Thurssday 8 August 2013 during San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 33.

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Paris Reunion

The youngest of three siblings returns from Israel to attend her mother’s funeral and settle the estate that includes the family apartment they all shared at one time.

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Rue Mandar directed by Idit Cebula (France) 2012 reveals the ongoing personal turmoil, insecurities, and marital conflicts typical of any family. It includes dramatic scenes that are at times comical and challenging. Included is a Shabbat dinner that erupts into a display of dysfunctional behavior.

The film screens again at Cinearts in Palo Alto Saturday 3 August 2013, the California Theater in Berkeley Wednesday 7 August 2013, and the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael Saturday 10 August 2013 during the final weeks of San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 33.

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Man Alone

An Arab physician working in a Tel Aviv hospital receives a prestigious award for his services but a distant explosion soon undermines all that he’s achieved and everything he values.

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The Attack directed by Ziad Doueiri (Belgium/Qatar/Lebanon/France) 2012 movingly explores the dilemma of a man who’s devoted his life to healing but finds himself caught in the ongoing war between Israelis and Palestinians.

It will screen again at the California Theater in Berkeley Sunday 4 August 2013 during the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

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