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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Class Challenge

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


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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