Mismatched Pair

My Shortest Love Affair directed by Karin Albou (France) 2015 is about unlikely lovers.

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A recently widowed woman and her unattached former paramour reunite after two decades. But what was endearing at twenty is irritating at forty.

Their life together is a series of comic clashes both in and out of bed. They struggle to compromise, separate, and come together again.

The film plays again Monday night 3 August 2015 at the California Theatre in Berkeley and Saturday evening 8 August 2015 at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael during San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 35.

For more information and tickets contact the Jewish Film Institute.

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Women Work

Partner With The Enemy directed by Duki Dror and Chen Shelach (Israel) 2015 documents the partnership of two women in the shipping business who set out to overcome the obstacles to cargo transport through Israeli ports to and from Palestine.

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Anat and her family live in a kibbutz while Rola and her’s are in Ramallah. Their early success helps bring in new clients but increased hostilities in the region threaten to destroy the joint venture.

The full-length feature was preceded by Women In Sink, a short documentary in a Haifa hair salon.

The program will be repeated once more Friday afternoon 7 August 2015 at the Lakeside Theater in Oakland during San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 35.

For more information and tickets contact the Jewish Film Institute.

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Class Challenge

Once In A Lifetime directed by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar (France) 2014 is a powerful film about hope and transformation.

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The drama is based on a true story about a teacher who loves her work and challenges her students to perform beyond expectations. She is able to bring out the best in them despite their reputation as an unruly collection of misfits from a poor Paris suburb.

Even though many of them are Muslim, she suggests they enter an annual essay contest about the Holocaust, working together to find out what happened to children during that horrendous time.

The film will screen two more times during the 2015 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Saturday afternoon 1 August 2015 at the California Theatre in Berkeley and Sunday afternoon 9 August 2015 at Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael.

For more information and tickets contact: Jewish Film Institute.

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Existential Act

One of the characters in Irrational Man, written and directed by Woody Allen (USA) 2015, wants to begin a new life in Spain. That’s the only Mediterranean connection.

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The film is about what goes on in a small Eastern college after the arrival of a celebrated but troubled new philosophy professor.

He is more and more disconnected from life and any sense of personal satisfaction. However, everything changes for him and those around him when he takes drastic action.

It opens 24 July 2015 at the Landmark Embarcadero in San Francisco.

31 July 2015 at Sundance Kabuki in San Francisco, Landmark Albany Twin in Albany, Landmark Piedmont in Piedmont, Century 16 in Pleasant Hill, CineArts in Palo Alto, and Regency Cinemas in San Rafael.

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SFJFF35

The 35th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival runs from 23 July to 9 August 2015 in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, and San Rafael.

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Among the dramatic features are: A La Vie; The Law; Manpower; Mr. Kaplan; My Shortest Love Affair; Once In A Lifetime; Open Bethlehem; Papa Was Not A Rolling Stone; Partner With The Enemy; Probation Time; Red Leaves; and Villa Touma.

A couple of relevant documentaries are: The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story Of Cannon Films and Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict.

For more information contact the Jewish Film Institute.

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