Romantic Engagement

Two families collide at the engagement of a young couple in Solitaire directed by Sophie Boutros (Egypt/Jordan/Lebanon) 2016.

A lot can go wrong when the future bride and groom along with their respective parents and assorted locals come together for the first time. The tangle of relationships is strained by persistent regional prejudice in this engaging romantic comedy.

This perfect opening night feature film at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco will also inaugurate the 21st Arab Film Festival at the Harmony Gold in Los Angeles Friday 27 October 2017.

Contact Arab Film Institute for more info and tickets.

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Greek Film 14

The 14th Annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival takes place 14 – 22 October 2017 at Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco.

Many of this year’s films contain violence. Perhaps it’s indicative of the social tensions related to the current economic crises and the humanitarian disaster driving people to flee the ongoing wars in the adjoining region.

My picks for the most appealing features are Afterlov, a comedy directed by Stergios Paschos (2016) Greece, screening Wednesday 18 October 2017 and Roza Of Smyrna, a drama directed by George Kordellas (2016) Greece, screening Friday 20 October 2017. All programs begin 7:30 PM.

For a complete schedule see Greek Film Festival.

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Arab Film 21

The Arab Film Festival 21 opens Friday 13 October 2017 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Solitaire directed by Sophie Boutros (2016) Egypt/Jordan/Lebanon is the opening night film. Screenings continue in the Bay Area over the following nine days in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Vallejo before moving to Los Angeles for an additional three days.

I plan to see three dramatic features Saturday 14 October 2017 at the Roxie Theater: Bezness As Usual directed by Alex Pitstra (2016) Netherlands/Tunisia, Here I Am…Here You Are directed by Raed Rafei (2016) Italy/Lebanon, and In Between directed by Maysaloun Hamoud (2016) France/Israel.

For more information and tickets contact Arab Film Festival.

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Radical Times

The Young Karl Marx directed by Raoul Peck (France/Germany/Belgium) 2017 is a follow-up work to I Am Not Your Negro.

This narrative feature deals with the collaboration between the youthful Marx and Engels during a troubling period of history.

Even though the two men come from different backgrounds, they share a deep antipathy toward the abusive power exercised by the ruling class.

While their writings and organizing efforts influenced many of the changes that followed, the social revolution they desired has yet to occur.

The film will screen a final time Saturday 5 August 2017 at the Smith Rafael in San Rafael during San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 37.

Contact Jewish Film Institute for more information and tickets.

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Dog Walker

Mr. Predictable directed by Rose Florentin (Israel) 2016 is about transformation.

The main character of this romantic comedy lives a meaningless, boring, middle-class life. Invisible and irrelevant to those outside his immediate circle.

An accident propels him toward a new direction, both unexpected and intriguing, offering not only passion but also genuine affection.

The film screens two more times in early August 2017 during San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 37. Contact Jewish Film Institute for more information and tickets.

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SFJFF 37

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 37 takes place 20 July –  6 August 2017 at five Bay Area venues.

The six films I plan to see this year at the Castro Theatre are: A Quiet Heart (Israel), Bobbi Jene (Denmark/Israel/United States), Mr. Predictable (Israel), Personal Affairs, (Israel), Planetarium (France/Belgium), and The Young Karl Marx (France/Germany/Belgium).

Other works from Mediterranean countries include: Avanti Popolo (Israel), Ben-Gurion, Epilogue (Israel/France), Death In The Terminal (Israel), Fanny’s Journey (France), and Harmonia (Israel).

Also: Home Port (Israel), In Between (Israel/France), More Alive Than Dead (Israel), The 90 Minute War (Israel/Germany), and Your Honor (Israel).

For more information and tickets contact Jewish Film Institute.

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New Voice

The Women’s Balcony, written by Shlomit Nehama and directed by Emil Ben-Shimon (Israel) 2016, begins with a tragic incident.

An accident in a Jerusalem synagogue during a bar mitzvah seriously injures the rabbi’s wife and traumatizes the rabbi. Damage to the building interior and destruction of the holy scroll displaces the congregation.

An attempt to hold prayer in a temporary location nearly fails before the arrival of a young rabbi and his students. However, the small Orthodox community is challenged by the stricter demands of the charismatic new cleric.

The most serious problem develops along the gender line, dividing women from men. As the situation worsens, there’s a showdown in which the wives stand united.

This charming dramatic comedy is currently playing at Lincoln Plaza Cinema, East 86th Street Cinema, and Quad Cinema in New York.

It opens 9 June 2017 at Harkins Shea 14, Scottsdale; Cobble Hill Cinemas, Brooklyn; and ShowRoom Cinema, Asbury Park.

Additional runs begin 16 June 2017 at the Clay Theatre, San Francisco; Camera 3 Cinemas, San Jose; Palace 17 Theater, Hartford; Bethesda Row Cinema, Washington; Siskel Film Center, Chicago; The Charles, Baltimore; and Edina Cinema, Minneapolis.

See www.menemshafilms.com for more information, including additional venues and dates.

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