30th Annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival – Castro Schedule

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is the oldest and largest Jewish film festival in the world. The three-week summer festival kicks off at the Castro theatre and will then be featured at theatres at Berkeley, San Rafael, and Palo Alto.   The festival features contemporary and classic independent Jewish film from around the world.  Jewish or not though, I can guarantee you that there is something for almost everybody.

Below is a schedule of the films playing at the Castro Theatre.  Schedules for other theatres will follow within the week.

Saturday, July 24

11:00 am A Small Act 2009, USA (Documentary/Education)

1:30 pm Te Extrano (I Miss You) 2010, Argentina (Drama/Coming-of-age) Film is preceded by opening day bagel reception. Yummy!

4:oo pm Ilusiones Opticas 2009, Chili, France, Portugal (Comedy/Romance)

7:00 pm Saviors in the Night 2009, France, Germany (Drama, Holocaust) Opening Night film and Bash!

10:15 pm You Won’t Miss Me 2009, USA (Drama, Romance)

Sunday, July 25

11:00 am Grace Paley: Collected Shorts 2010, USA

1:15 pm Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story 2010, USA (Documentary/Narrated by Dustin Hoffman)

4:00 pm Lepke 1974, USA (Gangster/Crime) Followed by a panel discussion.

7:30 pm Gruber’s Journey 2008, Romania (Drama, Holocaust)

10:00 pm Scarface 1932, USA (Gangster/Crime) Followed by a panel discussion.

Monday, July 26

12:00 pm King of the Roaring 20’s – The Story of Arnold Rothstein 1961, USA (Gangster/Crime) Followed by a panel discussion.

2:15 pm The Wolberg Family 2009, France, USA (Drama/Coming-of-age)

4:30 pm Protektor 2009, Czech Republic (Drama/Holocaust)

7:00 pm Hungry Hearts 1922, USA  (Drama/Silent) With live score.

9:00 pm A Room and a Half 2008, Russia (Drama/Animation)

Tuesday, July 27

11:30 am Ahead of Time 2009, USA (Documentary/Journalism)

1:30 pm War Against the Weak 2010, USA (Documentary/Holocaust)

4:00 pm My So-Called Enemy 2010, USA (Documentary/Israeli-Arab Conflict) Director to appear in person.

6:30 pm Anita 2009, Argentina (Drama/Disability) Lead actor to appear for Q&A after the film.

9:15 pm The “Socalles” Movie 2010, Canada (Music/Comedy) Live musical performance after film.

Wednesday, July 28

11:30 am Mrs. Moscowitz and the Cats 2009, Israel (Drama/Romance)

Two films for the price of one! 1:15 pm Ingelore 2009, USA (Documentary/Holocaust) Surviving Hitler: A Love Story 2010, USA (Documentary/Suspense) Matinee is free!

4:00 pm Budrus 2009, USA (Documentary/Conflict)

6:30 pm Arab Labor: Season 2 2010, Israel (Comedy/Sitcom) Writer of the sitcom will be on hand for Q&A.

9:00 pm Army of Crime 2009, France (Drama/Human Rights)

Thursday, July 29

11:30 am Is Dialogue Possible? How Films Hepl us Talk About Israel (…or not) Filmmakers and professors discuss.

1:00 pm Bugsy 1991, USA (Gangster/Crime) Followed by a panel discussion on Jewish Gangsters in film.

3:45 pm Sayed Kashua – Forever Sacred 2009, Israel (Documentary) Sayed Kashua to appear in person.

6:00 pm A Film Unfinished 2009, Israel (Documentary/Holocaust) Director to appear in person.

8:45 pm The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground 2010, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Poland, USA (Documentary/Music) Director and members of the band to appear in person.

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