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You Don’t Have to be Jewish to Love Enzian…

You Don't Have to be Jewish to Love Enzian...

But if you are it makes our current and upcoming programming that much more special. Last Friday Enzian had the pleasure of opening the exclusive Orlando engagement of the new Coen Brothers movie, A SERIOUS MAN, one of the most brilliant and hilarious films of the year. Easily the most personal (and Jewish) work they’ve ever created, it is a stunning meditation on faith and growing up in a predominantly Jewish suburb of late ’60s Minnesota. Whether you’re a fan of their previous work or not (and this is certainly one of their best and funniest), you don’t want to miss this!

Also opening this Friday, October 30, for a special limited engagement of daily matinees, is a wonderful new documentary from Aviva Kempner (THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HANK GREENBERG) called YOO-HOO, MRS. GOLDBERG. A remarkable portrait of a remarkable woman, Gertrude Berg was an entertainment giant who was one of the pioneers of both radio and television. “The most famous woman in America you’ve never heard of” was even responsible for inventing the sitcom, and this affectionate and fascinating look at her life and career is a joy to watch.

And if the two most important Jewish-oriented films of the Fall playing side-by-side at Enzian isn’t enough, coming up on November 22 & 23 will be the 11th annual Central Florida Jewish Film Festival. What a lineup we have in store! Opening the festival will be Lynn Roth’s THE LITTLE TRAITOR starring Alfred Molina, an uplifting film about a unique friendship between a British soldier and a precocious boy set in 1947 Palestine, just a few months before Israel became a state. Following this Audience Award winner at the 2008 Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival is the terrific Israeli thriller, FOR MY FATHER. A 7-time Israeli Oscar-nominee, the film tells the story of a young Palestinian man on a suicide mission in Tel Aviv who’s given a second chance when his bomb doesn’t detonate. Monday afternoon opens with yet another fantastic thriller, THE DEBT, a 4-time Israeli Oscar nominee and a huge box-office hit in its native country. This unique psychological cat-and-mouse espionage tale is set in both the ’60s and the ’90s, and follows three young Mossad agents on the trail of a notorious Nazi war criminal. And last but certainly not least, the Closing Night film of this year’s festival is the best Israeli comedy of the year, A MATTER OF SIZE. Nominated for an incredible 13 Israeli Oscars and winner of 3, including Best Actress, this hilarious and moving work is the story of 4 overweight friends who decide to train to become Israel’s first sumo wrestling team. This sweetly absurd tale of acceptance will remind some of both THE FULL MONTY and THE KARATE KID, and it is a comedic sports drama and love story of the highest order.

Looking for films of interest to the Jewish community? Enzian’s got you covered this October and November.

–Matthew

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