As we count down until the last days of 2015, South Florida will already be hosting its first of many film festivals of the year as the Miami Jewish Film Festival prep for its 19th year.
The MJFF, which is the third prodigious Jewish film festival in the world and the largest Jewish cultural event in Florida, will showcase 40 film premieres and an addition 35 short films as it will be taking place from January 14 through 28.
“As we enter Miami Jewish Film Festival’s nineteenth annual edition and reflect upon the past years of growth, we are thrilled by how the Festival has opened itself up into the world while maintaining the core authenticity and artistry that it was first founded on,” said Miami Jewish Film Festival Director Igor Shteyrenberg. “I invite everyone to come and discover the many national and international selections that make up our 2016 lineup, as each is its own unique gem and in each you will find something that will inspire and move you.”
“We are proud to celebrate Miami Jewish Film Festival’s continued growth and success with a film program that challenges our diverse community to engage and come together,” said MJFF chair Mark Kravitz. “We hope that by helping make such connections in real, tangible ways, we are provoking audiences to redefine their understanding of cultures and peoples around the world.”
The film festival will be bookended by two interesting films as the opening night film for the MJFF, “Remember,” stars Christopher Plummer as a dementia-stricken Auschwitz survivor who goes searching for the person responsible for his family’s murder. Closing the festivities is the North America premiere of the documentary “The Search for Israeli Cusine,” hosted by the film’s director Roger M. Sherman and featuring a Israeli-themed reception. The movie is a portrait of the Israeli people told through distinctive and glorious food traditions.
Headlining a specially curated Spotlight on Israeli Cinema will be the U.S. premiere of Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness.” “Tikkun” and “Wedding Doll” will among the other film that will be features as both movies received special recognition from other film festivals like the Jerusalem Film Festival and the Locarno Film Festival. Another acclaimed film that will be making its East Coast Premiere at MJFF is Israel’s official Academy Award entry for the Best Foreign Language category, “Baba Joon.”
The festival will also be hosting a free outdoor screening of Mel Brooks’ “Spaceballs” at the Miami Beach SoundScape at the New World Center. The film will be preceded by a special live performance of music featured in “Star Wars” played by the New World Symphony brass quintet.
Visit miamijewishfilmfestival.org for more information on the festival and ticket purchases.