36 films from 14 countries are set to screen at the 20th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival, running from January 12-27 at New York’s Walter Reade Theater, The Jewish Museum and Manhattan’s Jewish Community Center (JCC). The Festival is presented by the Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Percy and Felix Adlon’s “Mahler on the Couch” will open the Festival on January 12. The film explores the famous composer’s difficult relationship with his wife, Alma. Mahler’s consultations with Sigmund Freud are depicted throughout the film.
Avi Nesher’s “The Matchmaker” will be the closing night film on January 27. Nesher’s film, nominated for seven Israeli Academy Awards (including Best Picture), tells the story of Arik, a teenage boy growing up in 1968 Haifa who befriends a Holocaust survivor.
Daniel Burman’s “36 Righteous Men,” Jonathan Gruber’s “Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray” and Joseph Dorman’s “Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness” will all have their world premieres at the festival. The three documentaries join a packed offering of non-fiction films programmed for the two-week event.
George Marshall’s “Houdini” (1953) will enjoy a special screening in memory of star Tony Curtis and in conjunction with The Jewish Museum’s on-going exhibition of the famous escape artist. Two other older films will be featured in the Festival along with Marshall’s vintage biopic. Restored versions of Max Nosseck’s “Singing in the Dark” (1956) and Jan Kadar’s “Lies My Father Told Me” (1975) are slated for their respective U.S. premieres.
For more information on the New York Jewish Film Festival, including a complete schedule and slate of films, consult their website.