Three Cities

It Must Be Heaven directed by Elia Suleiman (Palestine/France/Qatar/Germany/Canada) 2019 presents a sly parody of three cultures seen through the eyes of a film director.

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Suleiman plays the main character in the film begining in Bethlehem with personal exchanges between him and his neighbors.

Much of the story takes place in a surrealistic Paris before moving on to New York, and concluding back home in Bethlehem, which has changed very little during his absence abroad.

It Must Be Heaven is a slow-paced, meditative work requiring a degree of patience to fully enjoy.

The film screened twice in the Bay Area during the 23rd Annual Arab Film Festival ending today.

Contact Arab Film And Media Institute for more information.

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Greek Film Fest

The 16th San Francisco Film Festival opens Sunday 20 August 2019 at the Castro Theatre with I Am Mackenzie directed by Artemis Anstasiadou (USA) 2019 and Olympia, a documentary directed by Harry Mavromichaelis (USA) 2018.

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Life Will Smile directed by Drey Kleanthous (UK 2018); Her Job directed by Nikos Labôt (Greece) 2018; In This Land Nobody Knew How To Cry directed by Giorgos Panousopoulos (Greece 2018); and Cliffs Of Freedom directed by Van Ling (USA) 2919 will be shown at Delancey Street Screening Room.

Smuggling Hendrix directed by Marios Piperides (Cyprus) 2018 screens at Dolby Cinema.

For more info and tickets contact San Francisco Greek Film Festival.

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Arab Film Fest

It Must Be Heaven directed by Elia Suleiman (Canada/France/Germany/Palestine/Qatar/Turkey) 2019 is the opening night narrative feature of the 23rd Arab Film Festival 11 October 2019 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

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Subsequent film programs over the next nine days of the festival will take place at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco and the New Parkway in Oakland.

For more information and tickets contact Arab Film And Media Institute.

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Winter Journey

My Polish Honeymoon directed by Élise Otzenberger (France) 2018 was the opening night film in Palo Alto of the 39th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

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When Anna first arrives in Poland, with her husband Adam, she’s totally in love with the country but taking a closer look at her surroundings, her mood changes in the opposite extreme.

The reason for their trip is a 75th celebration of his grandfather’s Jewish village, a rather somber event in a country with a horrific World War II history.

In Prague they’re assailed by the sight of colorful tourist tours of death camps as well as Nazi memorabilia for sale at an outdoor market.

While in the countryside and small rural villages they’re met with indifference, suspicion, and hostility.

This complex film also played at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, and will be shown a couple more times during SFJFF 39. It screens 30 July 2019 at the Albany Twin in the East Bay and 4 August 2019 at Smith Rafael in Marin.

For more info and tickets contact the Jewish Film Institute.

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Kitchen Diplomacy

Abe directed by Fernando Grostein Andrade (USA) 2019 is a delicious cinematic treat.

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The 12-year old protagonist is the only child of a nonobservant Jewish mother and an atheist Palestinian father. He’s caught between the religious and political demands of bickering extended family members.

After training with a Brazilian chef who adopts Jamaican touches in his cuisine, the young boy plans a Thanksgiving family meal combining both of his cultural traditions in an imaginative way.

However matters get a lot worse before getting better.

Abe screens a second time during the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Sunday morning 28 July 2019 at the Albany Twin.

Contact Jewish Film Institute for more information and tickets.

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SFJFF 39

 

Fiddler: A Miracle Of Miracles directed by Max Lewkowicz (USA) 2019 is the opening night film of San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 39 screening Thursday 18 July 2019 at the Castro Theatre.

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The Red Sea Diving Resort directed by Gideon Raff (USA) 2019 is the closing night film at the Castro Theatre Sunday 28 July 2019.

More relevant feature films at this year’s festival are Abe directed by Fernando Grostein Andrade (USA) 2019; My Polish Honeymoon directed by Élise Otzenberger (France) 2018; and Army Of Lovers In The Holy Land directed by Asaf Galay (Israel) 2018.

For more information and tickets contact Jewish Film Institute.

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Starting Over

Paper Flags directed by Nathan Ambrosioni (France) 2018 explores the challenges of a young man released from penitentiary.

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How does he navigate in the world without work skills or sufficient emotional preparation? He’s fortunate to have at least one person willing to help. However there are limits to even this initial situation.

While freedom offers opportunity for some, not everyone is able to achieve their full potential. Despite repeated drawbacks, the future isn’t without hope.

Paper Flags was one of the narrative features of the recently completed 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival.

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