San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2011

Once again, that moment to celebrate Jewish Cinema has arrived with the 31st Annual Jewish Film Festival (7/21 – 8/8).  Some highlights this year include:

  • Israeli’s first ever horror flick, Rabies
  • Two Kirk Douglas films (Spartacus and The Juggler), as well as an appearance by the legendary actor to accept this year’s Freedom Of Expression award
  • Jews In Toons: An uproarious evening with animation from The Simpsons, South Park and Family Guy featuring a post film discussion with Mike Reiss, writer and producer for The Simpsons and creator of The Critic and Queer Duck.
  • Winner of last year’s Ophir (Israeli Academy Award) for best documentary, Precious Life
  • Free park screening of When Harry Met Sally

 As always, to help you plan your festival schedule, be sure to check back with Filmbalaya in the weeks leading up to the festival for spoiler-free reviews on many of the films.  Schedule, ticket, and venue information after the jump.

Tickets for all films can be bought here

Location and Directions to all Theatres:

  • Castro Theatre (Map) 415.621.6120
  • JCCSF (Map) 415.292.1233
  • Roda Theatre (Map) 510.647.2949
  • Oshman Family JCC (Map) 650.223.8700
  • Rafael Film Center (Map) 415.454.1222

CASTRO THEATRE

Thursday, July 21:

6:30pm – Mabul (The Flood)

9:00pm – Opening Night Bash (@ Swedish American Hall)

10:00pm – Rabies

Saturday, July 23:

12:00pm – Strangers No More

2:00pm – Bobby Fischer Against The World

4:30pm – Connected

7:00pm – The Names of Love (with Don’t Tell Santa You’re Jewish)

9:15pm – Polish Bar

Sunday, July 24:

11:00am – In Heaven Underground: The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery

1:00pm – Spartacus (with Freedom of Expression Award: Kirk Douglas)

6:00pm – Crime After Crime

8:30pm – Mary Lou

Monday, July 25:

12:45pm – My Life With Carlos (with Grandmothers)

3:00pm – Precious Life

5:00pm – Eichmann’s End: Love, Betrayal, Death

7:00pm – Jews In Toons

9:30pm – Life Is Too Long (with Grandpa Looked Like William Powell)

Tuesday, July 26:

11:45am – Jews In Shorts: Focus on Docs (Red Shirley, Kun 65, The Girl From A Reading Primer)

1:30pm – Sholem Aleichem: Laughing In The Darkness (FREE SCREENING)

3:45pm – In Another Lifetime (with All Done And Dusted)

6:00pm – Little Rose

8:55pm – The Roundup

Wednesday, July 27:

11:30am – Otto Frank, Father of Annie (with Inventory)

1:20pm – Tevye

3:30pm – Phnom Penh Lullaby

6:15pm – Joanna

9:00pm – The Queen Has No Crown

Thursday, July 28:

11:30am – The Juggler

1:30pm – Next Year In Bombay (with Starring David)

3:15pm – Incessant Visions – Letters From An Architect

5:30pm – Between Two Worlds (panel discussion to follow the film)

8:15pm – 100 Voices: A Journey Home

SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

Saturday, July 30:

11:30am – Blood Relation

1:15pm – An Encounter with Simone Weil

3:45pm – Torn (with The Passion According to the Polish Community of Pruchnik)

6:30pm – The Matchmaker

8:55pm – Five Weddings and a Felony (with Flawed)

Sunday, July 31:

9:00am – Workshop: Controversial Films (FREE)

12:00pm – 77 Steps (with Wejeh)

2:15pm – Standing Silent

4:45pm – The Hangman (with I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors)

6:30pm – Intimate Grammer

8:50pm – Skate of Mind (with A Trip to Jaffa)

RODA THEATRE (Berkeley)

July 2011
Co-sponsored by Carl and Gay Grunfeld
7/30/2011 11:30 AM


Co-sponsored by American Jewish World Service
7/30/2011 4:10 PM

Opening Night Berkeley

7/30/2011 7:00 PM

7/30/2011 9:30 PM


7/31/2011 1:30 PM

Co-sponsored by George Krevsky Gallery
7/31/2011 4:10 PM



August 2011



Sponsored by Denis Bouvier
8/1/2011 6:30 PM


Sponsored by the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation
8/2/2011 12:30 PM


Co-sponsored by by the Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
8/2/2011 4:40 PM

Sponsored by Raymond Lifchez
8/2/2011 6:30 PM



8/3/2011 2:15 PM



Co-sponsored by Fred Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation
8/3/2011 8:45 PM

Co-sponsored by The David R. Stern Fund of the Common Counsel Foundation
8/4/2011 1:00 PM





Sponsored by the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund
8/6/2011 12:20 PM

Co-sponsored by Bill Falik and Diana Cohen Co-sponsored by Be?chol Lashon (In Every Tongue) A Global
8/6/2011 2:20 PM

Co-sponsored by Sinai Memorial Chapel Chevra Kadisha and the Goethe Institute-San Francisco
8/6/2011 4:40 PM

Sponsored by Michael Ehrenzweig
8/6/2011 6:45 PM

OSHMAN FAMILY JCC (Palo Alto)

August 2011
Co-sponsored by Fred Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation
8/1/2011 6:00 PM



Sponsored by Denis Bouvier
8/2/2011 6:35 PM





Co-sponsored by Bill Falik and Diana Cohen Co-sponsored by Be?chol Lashon (In Every Tongue) A Global
8/4/2011 4:00 PM

Co-sponsored by Craig Harrison’s Expressions of Excellence!™
8/4/2011 6:10 PM

Sponsored by Michael Ehrenzweig
8/4/2011 8:30 PM

Co-sponsored by The David R. Stern Fund of the Common Counsel Foundation
8/6/2011 1:00 PM

Sponsored by the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation
8/6/2011 2:30 PM

Co-sponsored by by the Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
8/6/2011 4:30 PM

Sponsored by Raymond Lifchez
8/6/2011 6:20 PM


Sponsored by the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund
8/7/2011 12:10 PM




RAFAEL FILM CENTER (San Rafael)

August 2011
Co-sponsored by George Krevsky Gallery
8/6/2011 12:15 PM



Co-sponsored by Fred Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation
8/6/2011 6:35 PM


Co-sponsored by Bill Falik and Diana Cohen Co-sponsored by Be?chol Lashon (In Every Tongue) A Global
8/7/2011 11:20 AM



Sponsored by Raymond Lifchez
8/7/2011 6:20 PM

Sponsored by Michael Ehrenzweig
8/7/2011 8:55 PM



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