Two States For Two People?

New documentary looks at the chances for a deal between the Israelis and Palestinians.
05/13/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The cover of the latest issue of Moment Magazine asks, “Is the Two-State Solution Dead?” Israeli documentarian Dan Setton approaches the same question in his new film “State 194,” opening on May 17, with a sober, somber tread befitting the slow-motion train wreck that Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have become.

Former PA Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad in scene from “State 194.”

Looking For Luck, And Love

Argentine director Daniel Burman returns with rom-com ‘All In.’
05/05/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Daniel Burman’s latest film, “All In,” has been making its way around the Jewish film festival circuit since its release last year in Argentina but has yet to find an American distributor.

Jorge Drexler and Valeria Bertuccelli in “All In.”

Teeth Marks

New film by Israeli team that made ‘Rabies’ revisits violent streak in ‘Big Bad Wolves’; doc on how Times covered Shoah lacks bite.
04/22/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When “Rabies,” the debut feature film of co-directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, played the Tribeca Film Festival two years ago, it marked a rare excursion into an action genre film for the Israeli film industry.

Navot Papushado, and Aharon Keshales brought the action-horror genre to Israel.

Sex And The 16-Year-Old

‘Six Acts,’ one of three Israeli films at Tribeca fest, offers a clichéd and voyeuristic look at adolescent promiscuity.
04/15/2013 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival includes three new films from Israel, a continuation, one hopes of the Israeli cinema’s gold rush of quality filmmaking.

Sivan Levy as 16-year-old Gili, whose hook-ups end up as empty encounters in “Six Acts.”

Documenting The Absence

‘Shtetl’ director and survivor Marian Marzynski turns the camera on himself in ‘Never Forget to Lie.
04/15/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In 1996, Marian Marzynski wrote and directed a remarkable documentary, “Shtetl,” a three-hour-long film about his visit with a close American friend to the Polish village in which the friend’s parents were born.

At 75, filmmaker Marian Marzynski felt ready to “turn the camera on myself.”

From Radical To Nebbish

Two new films at the Quad offer riffs on notions of Jewish masculinity.
04/09/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Two new films opening this weekend at the Quad Cinema offer riffs on classic clichés of 20th-century Jewish-American masculinity: the radical firebrand and the nebbish. Unsurprisingly, it’s the rabble-rouser who merits our attention, but the nebbish is given a sufficiently unusual to be interesting too.

Alice Tablioni and Patrick Bruel in the French comedy “Paris-Manhattan.” Christine Tamalet

Andre Gregory’s Back Story

New film documents the before and after OF ‘My Dinner With Andre.’
04/03/2013 - 20:00
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Louis Malle’s 1981 film “My Dinner with Andre” was about as unlikely an art film hit as one could imagine. A film that consisted of a pair of downtown theater mavens talking about their art and their lives in a restaurant for nearly two hours ... well, it just didn’t sound like a blockbuster.

Andre Gregory

Music Where The Dialogue Should Be

Not even L.A.’s revitalized loft district can save the under-developed ‘Dorfman in Love.’
03/18/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

“Dorfman in Love,” a new feature film opening on March 22, directed by Bradley Leong from an original screenplay by Wendy Kout, betrays its true origins almost from its opening shots of a sun-gilded Los Angeles and its suburbs.

Sara Rue stars as Deb Dorfman in Bradley Leong’s “Dorfman in Love.” Leonard Hill Films

The Darker Side Of The Sunshine State

Oscar-nominated ‘Kings Point’ chronicles the not-so-golden years in a Delray condominium.
03/10/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Book Critic

A man in shorts and dark knee socks walks outside to take out the garbage and returns with yesterday’s newspaper, and morning begins again in Kings Point, a condominium community in Delray Beach, Fla., now the subject of a new film.

Life is leisurely at Kings Point. Photo courtesy HBO

Of Rothian Proportions

Documentary chronicles the balancing act between public and private that is central to Philip Roth’s art.
03/05/2013 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

After having read all of his novels and autobiographical books, you might be forgiven for thinking you know Philip Roth. As novelist Jonathan Franzen says, Roth “exposed parts of himself no one had ever exposed before.”

“Time is running out,” Roth says in new documentary. “I can’t do anything about it.” Photo courtesy of Reuters/Eric Thayer
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