The 2012 Lexington Jewish Film Series is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass, the University of Kentucky Jewish Studies Department, and the University of Kentucky Hillel/Jewish Student Organization.
All four films in this year's Series will be screened in the Center Theater inside the University of Kentucky Student Center building on Avenue of Champions. Parking, particularly handicap parking, will be available inside the Student Center Addition parking lot and is always free on Sundays. Additional street and lot parking is available--be sure to pay close attention to signage in and around campus. Click here to see a campus map. (Parking lot is between the "Student Center Addition" and "Stoll Field".
Tickets are $7 per person or free with a valid college student ID card. In honor of Veterans Day, our November 11th showing will also be free to any active or retired military with ID. We will only accept cash or checks at the door. Please pay online in advance if you wish to use a credit card. Season Passes may be purchased online as well with the same form. Season Passes are $26 - that's a $2 discount per person.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
"Restoration" (Boker Tov Adon Fidelman)
70 year old Yaakov Fidelman (Sasson Gabai, The Band's Visit) hangs on with all his might to the antique restoration workshop which has been his life's work. After his long-time business partner passes away, Fidelman rejects his son Noah's idea to close the business and build an apartment complex on the site. He believes that with the help of his new apprentice Anton, he'll find a way to save his workshop, his world and his solitary way of life.
When Anton falls in love with Hava, Noah's pregnant wife, the two young men compete not only over a father, but also over a woman and the baby she carries.
Will the old man understand that his only hope for redemption is to learn to let go, admit and accept his weaknesses and the dictate of time?
Country of origin: Israel. Spoken language: Hebrew with English subtitles. Runtime: 106 minutes
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14
"Father's Footsteps" (Comme ton Père)
In the early 1970s, the Maimons, a rambunctious but tight knit Tunisian-Israeli family, settle in Paris seeking adventure and fortune. Felix (Gad Elmaleh), Mireille (Yael Abecassis) and their two young sons rely on each other, especially when Felix’s minor crimes escalate to bank robbery after he meets Serge (Richard Berry), a local Jewish gangster. Eleven-year-old Michael, who always thought of his father as a “super hero,” discovers that maybe his definition of hero needs to change.
Drawing on events and characters from his own childhood in this unusual coming of age story, Israeli-French filmmaker Marco Carmel offers a tender and emotional portrait of a son whose allegiance to his father is tested and a fiercely protective mother trying to shield her children from the truth.
Country of origin: France. Spoken languages: French and Hebrew with English subtitles. Runtime: 95 minutes.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
"My Dad is Baryshnikov" (Moi Papa Baryshnikov)
Russia in the time of Perestroika the borders are opening up and rock music is hitting the alleyways of Moscow. It's 1986 and blackmarket jeans are the quickest way to get you into the cool crowd. For Borya, the clumsiest pupil at the infamous Bolshoi Theater Ballet Academy, supplying these jeans to his classmates is his ticket into popularity, along with his claim to be the son of Russia's most famous ballet dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov, an idea fed to him by his mother. It is only a matter of time before these claims catch-up to Borya. In a place where decorum and conformity rule, Borya's dreams are met head on in a hilarious and heart-warming way, that takes us back to the 80s when the world was starting to rumble under the headphones of the portable walkman.
Country of origin: Russia. Spoken Languages: Russian with English subtitles. Runtime: 88 minutes. Click here to watch the trailer >>
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
"Gruber's Journey" (Călătoria lui Gruber)
In June 1941, Curzio Malaparte (Florin Piersic Jr.), an Italian journalist and member of the Fascist party, arrives in the Romanian city of Iasi on the way to cover the Russian front for an Italian newspaper. Suffering from severe allergies, he is referred to Josef Gruber (Marcel Iureş), a local Jewish doctor. Desperate to find the missing doctor, Malaparte must navigate the outrageous and increasingly sinister bureaucracy of Nazi-occupied Romania. What begins as an absurdist wild goose chase leads directly to the heart of the final solution, and the disastrous fate of the local Jews.
Gruber’s Journey, directed by veteran Romanian filmmaker Radu Gabrea (Fear Not Jacob), is the first Romanian fiction feature film to explore the Holocaust and the murder of the Romanian Jews. The film is based on Curzio Malaparte’s real wartime experiences chronicled in his 1944 novel Kaputt, which editor Edwin Frank calls “a terrifying report from the abyss…an insider’s dispatch from the world of the enemy that is as hypnotically fascinating as it is disturbing.”
Country of Origin: Romania. Language: Romanian, German, and Italian with English subtitles. Runtime: 100 minutes. Click here to watch the trailer >>
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