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.


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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It’s Complicated!

Family relationships can be difficult even in the best of times and adoptions present an added complexity to the situation.


Wars disrupt the daily lives of everyone involved and this was especially true during World War II in Central Europe where millions of civilians were targeted for extermination.

Holocaust survivors were left with deep psychic scars that affected them throughout their lives.

Aida’s Secrets directed by Alon and Shaul Schwarz (Israel/United States/Germany/Canada) 2016 unveils a fascinating trail of secrets and lies.

The main part of the story involves the search and meeting for a brother whose very existence was kept secret from an adoptee for over sixty years. But this is only the beginning of a broader investigation to piece together the details of a truly complicated mystery.

The film screens again at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 36 Friday 5 August 2016 at the Piedmont Theatre in Oakland.

For more information and tickets check the Jewish Film Institute.

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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.


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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