Film Festival Schedule | Week 1
The 20th JFilm festival opens tonight at the renovated Manor Theater in Squirrel Hill, with other events scheduled for Rodef Shalom Congregation in Shadyside, Hollywood Theater in Dormont, Carnegie Mellon University in Oakland and Seton Hill University in Greensburg.
If opening night tickets remain, they will be $75 at the door. "Jerusalem on a Plate" admission is $20, and all other films are $10 for general admission; $8 for groups of 12 or more, purchased in advance; and $5 for patrons 18 years old and younger.
For tickets, JFilmPgh.org or 412-992-5203, or with cash 30 minutes before movie starts, if not sold out.
Here is the lineup:
"Paris-Manhattan" -- See review. In French with English subtitles. 7 tonight at the Manor.
"The Return of the Violin" -- See story. In English, Polish and Hebrew with English subtitles. 11 a.m. Friday, Rodef Shalom Congregation.
"A.K.A. Doc Pomus" -- See review. 7 p.m. Saturday, Manor.
"Out in the Dark" -- A gay Palestinian student and an Israeli lawyer fall in love but find staying together amid political and personal struggles a challenge. In Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles. 9 p.m. Saturday, Manor.
"My Australia" -- When young brothers join a neo-Nazi gang in Poland, their mother decides to share the truth that she is Jewish and a Holocaust survivor. In Polish and Hebrew with subtitles. 1 p.m. Sunday, Manor.
"Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir" -- See review. 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Manor.
"Ameer Got His Gun" -- Documentary about an 18-year-old who wants to follow in family footsteps by volunteering in the Israeli military, even though he is a Muslim Arab. In Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles. 6 p.m. Sunday, Manor. Followed by free light dinner at theater and Yom Hazikaron service at Jewish Community Center.
"Wunderkinder" -- Friendship of musical prodigies, two Jewish and one German, in a small Ukrainian town is tested when Nazis invade. In German with subtitles, recommended for ages 13 and older. 7 p.m. Monday at Hollywood, discussion to follow.
"Fill the Void" -- An 18-year-old Orthodox Hasidic woman from Tel Aviv must choose between her heart's desire and family duty when a death postpones her wedding. In Hebrew with subtitles. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Manor.
"Sonny Boy" -- Love story, based on true events, between a Dutch divorced mother and a much younger Afro-Caribbean student who encounter prejudice, opposition and the devastation of World War II. In Dutch with subtitles. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Seton Hill's Reeves Auditorium.
"Ballad of the Weeping Spring" -- See review. In Hebrew with English subtitles. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Manor.
"Defiant Requiem" -- Bebe Neuwirth narrates a documentary about a Czech opera-choral conductor sent to the Terezin concentration camp in 1941. He recruited 150 prisoners and taught them Verdi's Requiem in a dank cellar, sustaining courage and hope and enriching their souls through great music 7 p.m. Wednesday, Manor.
"A Bottle in the Gaza Sea" -- A plea for peace, written by a French teen in Jerusalem and slipped into a bottle and tossed into the sea, brings an email response from a young Palestinian. In French, Hebrew and Arabic, with subtitles. 8 p.m. Wednesday, CMU's McConomy Auditorium.
"Jerusalem on a Plate" -- See review. Screening will be followed by "Taste of Jewish Pittsburgh" with local caterers Mordy Brown Catering, Kosher Thyme, Deena Ross Creative Kosher, Sampo Distributors and Pinsker's. 11 a.m. April 18, Manor.