Erica (chanaleh) wrote in tremontstshul,

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BJFF 2007

So, this Boston Jewish Film Festival thing has crept up on us, as usual.

Here are the movies I (a) think would be fun for a TBS group to attend and (b) don't personally have conflicts with. :-}

My Mexican Shivah (Morirse Está En Hebreo)
Monday, November 5, 7:00 pm (Hollywood Hits Premiere Theatre, Danvers; yes, we'd carpool)
Duration: 102 min.
Language: Spanish/Yiddish/Hebrew w/ subtitles

The seven days of mourning, or shivah, of beloved Jewish-Mexican patriarch Moishe Tartovsky is the occasion for a colorful gathering of family, friends and lovers, capped off by a mariachi band singing “Hava Nagila.” The film is based on a short story by Ilan Stavans, and produced by John Sayles and Maggie Renzi, with an original score by the Klezmatics.

Making Trouble
Wednesday, November 7, 8:00 pm (Coolidge Corner Theatre)
Duration: 85 min.
Language: English
In person: Director Rachel Talbot, Executive Producer Gail Reimer, Scholar and Cast Member Barbara Grossman. With live comedy by: Cory Kahaney, Star of NBC's "Last Comic Standing."

This not to be missed irresistible documentary, produced by the Jewish Women’s Archive, profiles six great female comic entertainers: Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner and Wendy Wasserstein. Jewish comics Judy Gold, Cory Kahaney, Jackie Hoffman and Jessica Kirson provide the commentary, schmoozing over lunch at Katz’s Deli in New York City about what it means to be Jewish, female and funny.

Editor's note: Unfortunately, Wed. 11/7 is ALSO the next scheduled meeting date for both the Membership Committee AND the Ritual Committee... :-P


Starting Out in the Evening
Thursday, November 8, 7:30 pm (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
Duration: 111 min.
Language: English
Sponsored by: Stella Artois
In person: Director Andrew Wagner

Frank Langella is Leonard Schiller, a 70-year-old Jewish writer whose novels are out of print. An ambitious and seductive graduate student, played by Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), upends his carefully ordered life. Lili Taylor, as Schiller’s 39-year-old daughter, adds another superbly realized character to the mix.

Bad Faith (Mauvaise foi)
Thursday, November 8, 9:15 pm (Coolidge Corner Theatre)
Duration: 84 min.
Language: French w/ subtitles

Director/co-writer Roschdy Zem and the charming Cécile de France star as a Muslim Arab (Ismaël) and a Jew (Clara), respectively, whose carefree, four-year love affair takes a serious turn when Clara discovers she is pregnant. Zem makes an impressive directorial debut in a comic drama that raises challenging questions about family and faith.

What a Wonderful Place (Eize Makom Nifla)
Saturday, November 10, 9:30 pm (Arlington Capitol Theatre)
Duration: 99 min.
Language: Hebrew/English/Russian w/ subtitles

Israel’s Oscar® submission for Best Foreign Film of 2006, this masterful ensemble work invites comparisons both to the films of Robert Altman and to Paul Haggis’ Crash. The paths of a Ukrainian woman ensnared in a prostitution ring, a Thai agricultural worker, and a Philippine caretaker eventually converge in this uniquely Israeli take on the hot-button international issue of immigration.

Poll #1079676 TBS + BJFF = <3

So, which should it be?

Klezmatics and mariachi! (Mon 11/5)
Jewish Women's Archive and Last Comic Standing! (Wed 11/7)
Lauren Ambrose, Lili Taylor, and Stella Artois! (Thu 11/8)
Comic drama and interfaith hotness! (Thu 11/8)
Best Foreign Film nominee at the Arlington Capitol! (Sat 11/10)
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