Six Israeli Films in the JCC Film Center's Fall Lineup

JCC Fall 2011

The film program at JCC in Manhattan features weekly screenings of contemporary films that vary in theme, genre and nationality. This fall, five of the twelve films scheduled to be screened are Israeli. In addition, in honor of the JCC in Manhattan's tenth anniversary, the film program will screen a sixth Israeli film, to be selected by fans' votes.

Here is a look at the exciting fall lineup:

The season kicks off with Viva Espania: A Tale in Four Octaves. Ofer Naim's documentary about Hanna Aharoni, a Yeminite singer whose career began in Israel when she was only 16 years-old, takes us on Aharoni's journey to international acclaim and, finally, back to Israel, where she her stardom was fading. Despite her unique voice, Aharoni's story is familiar. It resembles the stories of many Israelis who grew up in Israel's early years - and the life of anyone with a dream.

At the end of August, American audiences will see Helen Mirren in The Debt - a star-studded remake of a 2007 Israeli film of the same name. The JCC program includes the original, Israeli film. In this dramatic thriller three mossad agents learn that a Nazi they were famous for capturing and assassinating over 30-years earlier might actually be alive. The agents, now in their late-60s, reconvene to figure out how to carry out their mission once and for all.

Foreign Letters is as much an American story as it is Israeli. When 12 year-old Ellie moves to American suburbia she leaves everything she is familiar with - including her best friend - in Israel. New and struggling with English, Ellie has difficulty making friends but eventually befriends a Vietnamese immigrant. The two girls overlook the significant differences in their personalities and bond over their shared experiences. The story is based on the director's own. 

Slapstick comedy, Israeli blockbuster... bible story? The cast of Israeli sketch comedy show, Eretz Nehederet, brings a fresh, hilarious look at the original Sin City in This is Sodom.

The last Israeli film of the season, Je T'aime I Love You Terminal, is a sweet, yet complex, romantic comedy. Fickle Ben has finally committed to his long-distance girlfriend when the whims of air-travel leave him with 24-hours to kill in Prague. Ben quickly finds companionship in Emma, a fellow victim of the layover. Ben finds himself taken with Emma, who is quirky, quick-witted and slightly dysfunctional. Nonetheless, even while he wanders the charming Prague streets with Emma, Ben is on his cellphone, trying to get through to his girlfriend in New York.

All of the films mentioned above will be screened at The JCC in Manhattan (334 Amsterdam Avenue, at 76th street). 

Viva Espania: A Tale in Four Octaves (Dir. Ofer Naim) - Tues. Sept 13, 2011, 7:30 PM

The Debt (HaHov) (Dir. Assaf Bernstein) - Tues. Sept 20, 2011, 7:30 PM

Foreign Letter (Dir. Ela Thier) - Tues. Oct 11, 2011, 7:30 PM

This is Sodom (Dir. Adam Sanderson and Muli Segev) - Tues. Oct 18, 2011, 7:30 PM

Je T'aime, I Love You Terminal  (Dir. Dani Menkin) - Tues. Dec 6, 2011, 7:30 PM

For more information about these screenings and the JCC's complete film program click here.

For more information about the November 29th screening and to nominate a film your Israeli film favorite click here.