Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival 2013
March 14 and 16-17. Tickets are available on the Spokane Area Jewish Family Services website at http://www.sajfs.org/Jewish_Film_Festival.html or at the Magic Lantern Theatre prior to each show. Thursday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. “Mabul - The Flood” (PG-13), Hebrew with English Subtitles - 101 minutes Everything is complicated in Yoni’s life. He’s almost 13, very gifted, but physically undeveloped and struggles daily to grow up before his up-coming Bar Mitzvah; He sells homework in order to secretly buy a body-building wonder powder, which so far does nothing. His new classmates, a year older and two heads taller, bully him every chance they get, and his parents barely say a word to each other and communicate through him, if at all. As if all this isn’t enough - only a week before the ceremony - his autistic brother, Tomer, 17, hidden for years in an institution that is now shut down - returns home. This shakes not only Yoni’s life, but the unstable foundation of the entire family. A powerful film about family dynamics and coming of age. Saturday, March 16, 7 p.m. reception at Boots Bakery; 8 p.m. “The Other Son” (PG-13) French, Hebrew, Arabic with English Subtitles - 105 minutes Joseph, an 18-year-old musician preparing to join the Israeli army for his mandatory military service, lives at home in a comfortable suburb of Tel Aviv with his parents, France-born physician Orit and Israel-born army commander Alon. A blood test for Joseph’s military service reveals that he is not their biological son. During the Gulf War Joseph was evacuated from a clinic along with another baby, and the pair were given back to the wrong families. While Palestinian Joseph went to Tel Aviv with the Israeli couple, their actual Jewish son, Yacine, was brought to the West Bank by an Arab couple, Said and Leila. The revelation turns the lives of the two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, values, and beliefs. Sunday, March 17, 7:30 p.m. The World is Funny (Rated R). Hebrew with English Subtitles - 127 minutes In a small town in the north of Israel a young man wakes up from a coma after nine years to discover he is no longer a boy; a woman finds out she is pregnant but doesn’t know how; and a man tries to save his lover by making her laugh. Wondrously strange in this tender new comedy/drama. Full of quirky charm, this ambitious, multi-strand tale about storytelling - and a fractured family - unfolds in a friendly Tiberias, Israel, where reality and fantasy cleverly intertwine.
- Magic Lantern, 25 W. Main Ave., Spokane, WA
- $10/general, $7/students and seniors; Saturday evening reception and film: $25/general, $10/$7 film only
- (509) 747-7394
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