The Lenore Marwil Detroit Jewish Film Festival continues this week with a collection of films that will make you laugh, think, cry a little, be astonished, sit on the edge of your seat, understand the world a little better and say, in wonder, “That was great!”
Now celebrating its 19th year, this Jewish Community Center favorite features movies from around the world, from as close as Detroit (The Pickle Recipe, 2 pm Sunday, May 14 ) and as far as Israel (The Women’s Balcony, 8 pm Sunday, May 14)
For the complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit jccdet.org/filmfest or call (248) 661-1900.
Running Friday, May 12 through Thursday, May 18
Moon in the 12th House is the tale of two sisters, once estranged, who must face a terrible truth from their childhood. (Noon Friday, May 12)
Amor focuses on a man who, after years of wandering throughout the world, returns to Israel where he finds the love of his life, a former ballet teacher, bedridden and with no hope of recovery. (2 p.m. Friday, May 12.)
The Women’s Balcony When a balcony at an Orthodox synagogue collapses, the young rabbi declares it a warning that women should stick to their traditional roles. But he, the congregation and everyone in town are in for quite a surprise. (8 p.m. Sunday, May 14).
Operation Wedding documents the true story of a group of Jewish dissidents who tried to hijack a Soviet airplane and leave the USSR. Followed by a talk-back with filmmaker Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov. (5 p.m. Monday, May 15)
The Pracht Inn. It’s the 1960s in Israel. A group of immigrants, all Holocaust survivors, drink at night and relive their past – and especially the language of their parents – in the day. (2 p.m. Tuesday, May 16)
A Quiet Heart is the story of a young pianist who finds herself in the middle of a clash between religious conservatives and secular liberals in Jerusalem. (5 p.m. Wednesday, May 17)
Hummus! The Movie. A Jew, and Arab and a Christian – all living in Israel – dedicate their lives to creating the most delicious hummus. Includes the exhibit, Framed by WDET: Hummus Heartland. (8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17)
Harmonia. A young Arab woman becomes a surrogate for an Israeli conductor and his harpist wife, and two rival prodigies – on Jewish, one Arab – are born. (8 p.m. Thursday, May 18).