San Diego Jewish Film Festival Midseason Programs

The Ancient Law (Das alte Gesetz) With Live Score Performed by Donald Sosin and Alicia Svigals

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

San Diego Premiere

One of the hottest tickets at the recent Berlin International Film Festival, we are honored to provide San Diegans the first opportunity to view the digitally restored version of the 1923 German classic. Making the evening even more special, the film will be accompanied with an original score by renowned pianist and composer Donald Sosin performed live along with violinist Alicia Svigals, a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics. The film takes on the theme of Jewish assimilation in 19th-century Europe as it contrasts the closed world of shtetl life with liberal society. With its depiction of a Rabbi's son who breaks with family tradition to become an actor, this 1923 film was clearly the inspiration for the groundbreaking 1927 American film The Jazz Singer.
Director: Ewald André Dupont / Germany / 1923 / 137 min (restored version) / German and English Subtitles / Silent

Presented in partnership with the Lipinsky Family Jewish Arts Festival
Price: $20; JCC Member Price: $18
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Humor Me

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 7pm
Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18

Humor Me stars award-winning actors Elliot Gould, Bebe Neuwirth, Annie Potts, Jermaine Clement (from HBO’s Flight of the Conchords) and singer Ingrid Michaelson. A father and son comedy, the story centers on the son (Clement) who is forced to move into his father’s (Gould) retirement community. The film’s winsome performances and winking humor will remind audiences of writer/director Sam Hoffman’s acclaimed earlier work, Old Jews Telling Jokes.
Director: Sam Hoffman | 93 mins | USA | 2017 | English | Comedy
Price: $15.25; JCC Member Price: $13.25
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Budapest Noir

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 7pm
David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre

Set in the politically troubled autumn of 1936, this story follows Zsigmond Gordon, a world-weary reporter asking unwanted questions about the seemingly unimportant murder of a young prostitute found beaten to death and dumped in a courtyard. While supposedly covering the funeral of fascist-leaning, real-life Hungarian prime minister Gyula Gömbös, Gordon’s investigation leads him deep into the city’s dark underbelly – a shady world of pornographers, fixers, all-night “smokers”, boxing rings, seedy brothels, powerful crime syndicates and communist cells – all the way to the highest echelons of power, where one of Hungary’s most influential business figures plans to make a fortune through his political ties to Germany’s leadership – as long as he can somehow keep secret the fact that he is of Jewish heritage.

Director: Éva Gárdos | 95 mins | Hungary | 2017 | Hungarian with English Subtitles | Drama
Price: $15.25; JCC Member Price: $13.25
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