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Edmonton Jewish Film Festival
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April 28, 2020
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Edmonton Jewish Film Festival

From May 3 to 7, The Edmonton Jewish Film Festival will light up computer screens and TVs in Edmonton and beyond, showcasing Jewish culture, history and ideas through film. The Festival will feature outstanding Jewish-themed films and shorts from around the world. These Edmonton premieres bring stories of history, politics, nature, sports and more. Films are complemented by virtual Pub Talks and Lunch Time Chats with distinguished guest speakers to provoke conversation and thought. All films and events are FREE. 

Click here to register to watch the films. 

Sunday, May 33 pm to 10 pm

Golda’s Balcony, The Film

In this rare, multi-camera angle shoot from the original run of the hit Broadway play Golda’s Balcony, Tovah Feldshuh brilliantly recreates 100 years of Jewish history, playing 45 different characters including Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan, Holocaust survivors, Israeli soldiers and, of course, Golda Meir herself. Feldshuh portrays the amazing rise of Golda from Russian schoolgirl to Prime Minister of Israel, with heart, dazzle, and jaw-dropping artistry. This is a triumphant and riveting performance, not to be missed!

Meal pairing: Sabor - mixed paella. Order here.

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Monday, May 43 pm to 10 pm

Picture of His Life

 

A daring Israeli underwater photographer prepares for his greatest challenge yet, in this extraordinary, true-life adventure. Starting as a war photographer, Amos Nachoum built a 40-year career capturing stunning close-up photos of aquatic wildlife, from great white sharks to killer whales. But one fearsome predator remains elusive: the Polar Bear. Amos embarks on a perilous quest to the Canadian Arctic in pursuit of his ultimate dream of swimming alongside a great white bear and capturing the encounter on film. His journey brings him face-to-face with painful memories that have shaped his fearless determination to succeed. This breathtaking, intimate portrait reveals a passionate artist who risks life and limb in pursuit of singular beauty.

Meal pairing: Doppio Zero Pizza - Truffle pizza. Order here. 

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Tuesday, May 5, 3 pm to 10 pm

Those Who Remained

This is the poignant and painful story of two Hungarian Holocaust survivors, a young girl and a middle-aged man, whose relationship helps them to heal and provides them with someone to live for, when all they once loved is lost.  Set against the backdrop of the chilling menace of Hungary’s Stalinist regime, the film is exquisitely acted, and beautifully photographed, subtle and moving, offering a strong tribute to the healing power of love in the midst of conflict, loss and trauma.This is the poignant and painful story of two Hungarian Holocaust survivors, a young girl and a middle-aged man, whose relationship helps them to heal and provides them with someone to live for, when all they once loved is lost.  Set against the backdrop of the chilling menace of Hungary’s Stalinist regime, the film is exquisitely acted, and beautifully photographed, subtle and moving, offering a strong tribute to the healing power of love in the midst of conflict, loss and trauma.

Meal pairing: Bianco - Linguine al Nere. Order here. 

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Wednesday, May 63 pm to 10 pm

The House on Wannsee Street, Memoirs of a German Jewish Family

When award-winning Argentinean filmmaker Poli Martínez Kaplun decides to delve into her family history, she makes a surprising discovery. In old family photo albums are forgotten images of her great-grandfather, a German-Jewish philosopher persecuted by the Nazis. Digging deeper, she learns that her family was forced to flee Berlin, moving first to Egypt, then Switzerland, and finally to Argentina, where they hid their Jewish identity to get entry papers. Poignant questions of identity and resilience are brought to life as Poli confronts her mother and aunts about their hidden Jewish past. Eighty years after her family’s flight from Germany, she returns to their family house on Wannsee Street, just a few feet from the site where the Wannsee Conference decreed the Final Solution for the Jews of Europe.

Meal pairing: Rocky Mountain Icehouse - Southern fried chicken. Order here.

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Thursday, May 73 pm to 10 pm

The Keeper

The Keeper tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann, a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, is chosen as Goalkeeper for Manchester City, and goes on to become a British football icon. Though his signing causes outrage to thousands of Manchester fans, many of them Jewish, Bert receives support from an unexpected direction: Holocaust survivor Rabbi Alexander Altmann. Bert’s love for Margaret, an Englishwoman, carries him through, and he convinces even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing with a broken neck to secure victory. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test.

Meal pairing: Grandin Fish & Chips - Haddock and chips. Order here.

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