PJFF Closing Night: Women In Shorts

For its closing night, the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival presents four short Israeli films made by and about women:

  • In Women in Sink, winner of multiple international film awards, director Iris Zaki chats about living in what she sees as a divided country with Arab and Jewish women getting their hair done at a small, neighborhood hair salon in the heart of Haifa.
  • In Operator, a single mom, who works as a drone operator, finds a parallel universe at home, with her son playing video games, similarly pressing buttons to determine one’s fate in a virtual world.
  • In The Fine Line, winner of the Special Mention Award at the 2015 Jerusalem Film Festival, a young aspiring actress must compromise her personal boundaries while filming a love scene.
  • Winner of Best Independent Short Film at the Haifa International Film Festival and the opening film at the International Student Film Festival in Tel Aviv, Hounds is a bizarrely comic allegory exploring a day in the life of an all female unit of security guards working in an Israeli contemporary art museum.

Guest Speakers: Iris Drechsler (moderator), PJFF artistic chair; Gil Sima, producer of “Hounds”; Omer Tobi, director of “Hounds”; and Iris Zaki, director of “Women in Sink”

Special Event: Film followed by closing night party with food, libations and music

Film trailers available on closing night webpage.

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PJFF Film: “Moos”

Trapped between wanting to care for her grieving father and having a life of her own, Moos desperately wants to become a theater star. But instead of rehearsing curtain calls, Moos spends her days singing into her steam iron while helping out with the family textile business. That is, until Sam, her childhood best friend, returns home from serving in the Israeli army.

With Sam in need of a place to work, Moos finally has the chance to break free from familial demands and to apply to university, where she plans to study musical theater and advance her singing career. The trouble is, without prior professional training, Moos is far from making the cut. With her best-laid plans at a standstill, two illicit love affairs on the horizon and escalating tension at home, Moos’ life has never been this complicated or this exciting.

Guest Speaker: Jip Smit, one of the actors in the film

Special Event: Post-film happy hour at The Little Lion Restaurant (243 Chestnut Street, upstairs space) with appetizer and drink specials

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PJFF Film: “The Tenth Man”

Regarded as Argentina’s Woody Allen, writer-director Daniel Burman (“Lost Embrace”) has constructed a seductively humorous film drawing from his own memories of coming of age in Buenos Aires’ heavily populated 11th district (el Once). Winning Best Actor and the nomination for Best International Narrative Feature at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, “The Tenth Man,” in Spanish with English subtitles, is Burman’s 16th film to date and his second feature to be shot on location in the Argentinian capital’s oldest Jewish neighborhood.

Just in time for the Purim holiday and a pending meat shortage, Ariel (Alan Sabbagh), an affable and slightly pudgy New York City economist who lives with his dancer girlfriend, returns to his Argentinian-Jewish roots in Buenos Aires. Usher, Ariel’s father and the macher behind the Foundation (the Jewish welfare organization in el Once) — while only reachable by phone — eagerly summons his son for favors and random errands. Running the Foundation in his godlike manner, Usher implores Ariel to work with Eva, his nearly mute Orthodox assistant. Amidst much chaos, the two develop an unusual friendship that arouses Ariel’s piety and inspires him to revisit the Jewish identity he long left behind.

Daniel Ortega’s documentary-style camerawork and Margarita Tambornino’s seamless production design aid Burman in rendering a realistic portrait of contemporary Jewish life in Buenos Aires. Burman’s wryly amusing sense of humor and knack for illuminating heavy topics with ease make “The Tenth Man” among the most enjoyable festival films this year.

Guest Speaker at the Screening: Gary Kramer, film critic for Salon.com, Slant, Fandor, Gay City News, Philadelphia Gay News, San Francisco Bay Times, Cineaste and Film International

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