Today is September 24, 2017 /

UVJC-Hillel Film Series 2017

Films screened Wednesdays 7pm in Carpenter 13

11 January – Arranged (2007)

Rachel is an Orthodox Jew, Nasira a Syrian Muslim.  Both are young teachers in Brooklyn and both are in the process of arranged marriages through their re­spective religious and traditional customs.  Both must navigate their lives with family pressure on the one hand and rejection of traditional values on the other, while relying on each other to pull through this difficult stage of life.  In Hebrew, French, English, and Moroccan interspersed.  English subtitles.  Not Rated.  89 minutes.

Accompanied by The Raft, Best Animation Award, LA International Short Film Festival

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18 January – Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014)

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) has long sought a divorce from her devout and stubborn husband Elisha (Simon Abkari­an).  But under Israeli law all divorce proceedings are overseen by an Orthodox rabbinical court, which requires the husband’s consent  to dissolve a marriage.  Despite their estrangement, Elisha refuses to grant Viviane a gett, inciting an intense domestic battle of wills.  Not Rated.  115 minutes

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25 January – Zero Motivation (2014)

A unit of female Israeli soldiers at a remore desert base bide their time as they count down the minutes until they can return to civilian life.  This sharply-observed film ranges from the dark to the hilarious, “playing out like M*A*S*H meets Orange is the New Black.”  In Hebrew, English subtitles.  Not Rated.  100 minutes.

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01 February – Take the Money and Run (1969)

Woody Allen’s bio of Virgil Starkwell, who goes from cellist in a marching band (that is not a misprint) to ridiculously unsuccessful criminal, is hailed as a masterpiece of silliness.   Remember the illegible stickup note?  In English, for a change.  Rated PG.  85 minutes.

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08 February – To Take a Wife (2004)

This prequel to Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem takes place in Haifa in 1979, over three days before Shabbat.  Viviane struggles for her identity while raising three children as her husband tries to “keep her in line.”   The film recounts a story of tradition, love, and fear of the future.  In Hebrew, French, and Moroccan, with English subtitles.  Not Rated.  99 minutes.

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15 February – Black Book (2006)

In occupied Netherlands, Jewish fugitives work with the Resistance and encounter mistrust, betrayal, and deception as the distinctions between good and evil become blurred by the complexity of human nature.  In Dutch and German, with English subtitles.  Rated R.  146 minutes (long!)

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22 February (school vacation week) – Marx Brothers double feature: 

The Cocoanuts

“Why a duck?”

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followed by

Animal Crackers

“One day I shot an elephant in my pajamas . . .”

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