Schedule for the 21st JFilm Festival

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A limited number of tickets remain for tonight's showing of "Cupcakes," the opening selection of the 21st JFilm Festival.

The Manor Theater, Squirrel Hill, is the festival's main home, with movies also at Carmike 10 at South Hills Village, Bethel Park, Rodef Shalom Congregation, Shadyside, and Seton Hill University, Greensburg.

Tickets for "Cupcakes" (front-row seating only at press time) and reception at the Jewish Community Center are $80, cash only at the door. Other films are $10, $8 for advance group tickets and $5 for those 18 and younger.

Tickets are available through or 412-992-5203 weekdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The festival will run through April 6 and open with these movies:

• "Cupcakes" -- Frothy comedy, set in contemporary Tel Aviv, about a group of 30-somethings who jokingly write a song to cheer a heartbroken friend. To their surprise, it's chosen as Israel's entry in an international song competition. In Hebrew with English subtitles. 7 p.m. tonight, Manor.

"Bethlehem" -- Espionage thriller about an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles. 5 p.m. Friday, Manor.

"Hunting Elephants" -- Bank heist caper and coming-of-age tale featuring Patrick Stewart. Hebrew and English with subtitles. 7 p.m. Saturday and 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, both Manor.

"The German Doctor" -- See review. 9 p.m. Saturday and 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, both Manor.

"The Sturgeon Queens" -- See story in Food & Flavor.

"Farewell, Herr Schwarz" -- A look at the Holocaust's grip on three generations of a family. Sunday showing sold out, repeats 5 p.m. Monday, Manor.

"Dancing in Jaffa" -- Ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, to Jaffa. Students from Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh will perform. 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Manor.

"The Zigzag Kid" -- See review. 7 p.m. Monday at Carmike 10.

"Kidon" -- Espionage comedy. Hebrew and French with subtitles. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Manor.

"Aftermath" -- See review. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Manor, with program and reception.

"The Jewish Cardinal" -- See review. 7 p.m. Tuesday at Seton Hill's Cecilian Hall.

"Blumenthal" -- Writer-director-actor and CMU grad Seth Fisher will speak after the Pittsburgh premiere of his comedy about the sudden death of a celebrated playwright -- laughing at his own joke -- and the relationship ripples it sets off. (A CNN/HLN crew is expected to send a crew to Pittsburgh to follow Mr. Fisher.) 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Manor.

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