2016 Films

The 2016 festival theme is Remember.
Though there were several close contenders for a theme this year, in the end we picked Remember. So many of the films we saw were about returning to the past, by the person themselves or by their family. The feeling of remembering with those who are still with us, whilst there is time, is an important imperative to all younger generations.

Opening Night Party – Film and Dessert: $380 per ticket and $350 for students/seniors
All other times: $90 per ticket, $80 for students/seniors

Our film trailers & synopses are shown below in alphabetical order. Click on our  Orange buttons to book your ticket/s. Clicking will take you to the Asia Society Hong Kong Center website ( new ticketing system arriving shortly) to make your purchase – read more about the process  here.

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A Children’s Song: Two Cultures, One Song, New Hope

| Kindly sponsored by the Hong Kong Holocaust & Tolerance Centre (HKHTC)
Director: Shayna Cohen | USA | 2015 | Short / Drama | English | Chinese subtitles (此電影中文字幕) | 27 mins

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Sunday, 20 November: 4:30-6:10pm
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A heartwarming story of two students, one Jewish and one Chinese, who while competing for a music scholarship discover that their original compositions are based on the same song. Both girls are determined to prove ownership, but in discovering the origin of the long lost melody, they discover the incredible true story of the rescue of more than 20,000 Jews who fled Nazi Europe to Shanghai during WWII.

AWARDS:
LA Shorts Film Festival: Silver Award for Best Director
HIMPFF (Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival): Winner – Award of Recognition – Drama Short

 



And Then, Violence

Director: Jordan Goldnadel | France | 2016 | Narrative / Short / Drama / Thriller | French / English subtitles | 15 mins

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Thursday, 24 November: 11:00am-1:00pm
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In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack and rising anti-Semitism, Rebecca, a Parisian law student, and her friends, fear for the future of Jews in France.

Caught between their fear of living as Jews, and their will to leave for a safer place, they wonder what has happened to their beloved French Republic, once a symbol of freedom, equality and fraternity; now a broken system where communities are fragmented and violence and hate have surfaced.



Beyond the Mountains and Hills (Me’ever Laharim Vehagvaot)

Director: Eran Kolirin | Israel / Germany / Belgium | 2016 | Drama / Fiction | Hebrew | English & Chinese subtitles (此電影中文字幕) | 90 mins

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Sunday, 27 November: 7:40-9:10pm
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David Greenbaum (Alon Pdut) is finally coming home after 27 years of military service, and at the start it looks like his very nuclear family is in decent shape.

Like an Israeli American BeautyBeyond is very much about what lurks beneath the facade of a seemingly perfect family — the frustration and disillusion, but also the bonds that hold people together through thick and thin.

Kolirin adds a more compelling element by focusing on the politically charged atmosphere of contemporary Israel, including the terror and the guilt, and the constant hunt for terrorists and the bomb scares faced by residents on a daily basis.

AWARDS:
Cannes Film Festival: Un Certain Regard

NOMINATIONS:
Ophir Awards: Best Film Award

 



Decree 7.9

Directors: Uri Margalit / Ben Tchetchik | Israel | 2015 | Dark Comedy / Short | Hebrew / English subtitles | 12 mins

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Sunday, 20 November: 4:30-6:10pm
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In this dark and deeply ironic comedy, Dor Shalem gets “drafted” to a vital mission in the Israeli army in order to maintain homeland security. He is forced to confront the real implications of JFKs rallying cry, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”.

Sometimes it’s better not to ask…

 


Everything is Broken Up and Dances

Director: Noni Geffen | Israel | 2016 | Comedy | Drama | Music | War | Hebrew | English subtitles | 98 mins


Sunday, 20 November: 9:00-10:40pm
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This brand new film is a contemporary war drama, takes place in and around Tel Aviv’s music scene, complete with crooked agents, a love interest, and underground concerts. The central character, Nony, returns from a military operation in Gaza a shattered man. As the sole survivor of a Hamas rocket attack, he is haunted by the terrifying experience.

Life post military is a struggle for himself, his parents and his friends. After a long period of silence the treatment of a psychiatrist produces some unexpected results. Nony becomes a channel for his deceased uncle Amnon, who had always dreamt of being a singer.

With a bizarre stage presence – somewhere between Johnny Rotten and Mick Jagger- the spirit of Nony’s uncle takes centre stage to become a phenomenon in the contemporary music scene. Although his first appearances are laughed at he quickly becomes the “ in thing “. Convinced he is a musical star, Nony’s musical journey is only the beginning along the path to his mental rehabilitation.

AWARDS:
2016 The Israeli Film Academy: Best Supporting Actor, Dudu Tassa

 



Experimenter: The Stanley Milgram Story

Director: Michael Almereyda | USA | 2015 | Biography / Drama / History | English | Chinese subtitles (此電影中文字幕) | 98 mins


Monday, 21 November: 9:00-10:40pm
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Experimenter is based on the true story of famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard in an expertly shaded and intelligent performance) who in 1961 conducted a series of now classic and radical behavioral experiments designed to measure humans conformity, conscience and free will.

With Adolf Eichmann’s trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram’s Kafkaesque results hit a nerve and sparked a public outcry.

Experimenter invites us inside Milgram’s whirring mind, from meeting his wife Sasha (played expertly by Winona Ryder) through to his controversial experiments at Yale. This smart, unsettling yet quirky biopic exposes the dark heart of mankind and addresses our contemporary concerns about blind compliance of tortious acts.

AWARDS:
2015 Los Angeles Film Festival: Alfred P. Sloan Distribution Grant: Michael Almereyda
2015 Village Voice Film Poll (VVFP): 4th Place Best Actor, Peter Sarsgaard

NOMINATIONS
2016 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA, Saturn Award: Best Independent Film Award
2015 Gotham Awards: Gotham Independent Film Award, Best Actor Peter Sarsgaard



Eyeless in Gaza

Director: Martin Himel | Israel | 2016 | Documentary | Hebrew | English & Chinese subtitles (此電影中文字幕) | 50 mins

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There will be a Q & A session with the film’s distributor, Ben Milstein following the film

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“They’re calling it a massacre.” “Children and civilians comprised the vast majority of the 200 killed.” “Israel is targeting… hospitals.” These quotes come directly from international media reports on the 2014 Gaza War. All of them are incorrect, yet they were used to create the narrative that the world, to a great extent, accepted. A narrative that saw Israel as the aggressor. Interviewing Israeli and Palestinian combatants, administrators and civilians, along with analysts, journalists and aid agency officials on the ground, Eyeless in Gaza sets out to find out how this dishonest and incorrect narrative arose… and arrives at a very troubling conclusion.

 


Fanny’s Journey (Le Voyage de Fanny)

| Kindly sponsored by the HKHTC
Director: Lola Doillon | France / Belgium | 2016 | Fiction / Period Drama / Holocaust / Children | French / English subtitles | 94 min

Recommended for children ages 10-14


Sunday, 20 November: 1:00-2:35pm
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A group of Jewish youngsters flee Nazi-occupied France in this fact-inspired WWII drama.

1943 in German occupied France, 13 year old Fanny and her sisters are sent away by their parents to a foster home for Jewish children In Italy.

When the Nazis arrive, their hosts try desperately to send the children to safety across the border Switzerland. But Fanny and her sisters are left to fend for themselves, and in order to survive they attempt to achieve the impossible.

Fanny’s Journey is an incredible true story of bravery, strength and survival

REVIEWS:
“… A group of young actors very well cast and directed.” ~ Le Monde
“… A handsome and  compelling period piece.” ~ Variety
“… The perfect feel-good movie.” ~ Elle Magazine

 


Fire Birds

Director: Amir Wolf | Israel | 2015 | Comedy / Drama | Hebrew / English subtitles | 105 mins

 MATINÉE DOUBLE FEATURE with And Then, Violence
Thursday, 24 November: 11:00-1:00pm
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An eighty-year-old man’s body is found with three stab wounds to the chest and a number tattooed along his forearm.  Amnon, a police detective and second generation Holocaust survivor, reluctantly accepts the case and struggles to bring it to a quick close.

In the weeks leading up to his death Amikam, the victim, had sought a ‘membership card’ to the most horrible club in the world: the club of Holocaust survivors. Despite his age he was still attractive and his charm was evident as he searched the obituaries for widows to beguile.

As the story interweaves past and present, we witness each man’s struggle to rejoin the society which has rejected him.

A black comedy thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

AWARDS:
2015 The Israeli Film Academy: Best Supporting Actress: Gila Almagor

NOMINATIONS:
10 Ophir Awards
Montreal World Film Festival: Best First Fiction Feature

 


Hummus the Movie

Director: Oren Rosenfeld | USA / Israel | 2015 | Documentary |  English / Arabic / Hebrew / English subtitles | 72 mins

Hummus, of course, will be served!

DOUBLE FEATURE with The Chop
Tuesday, 22 November: 7:00-8:25pm
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It is safe to say hummus is a delicious staple of worldwide cuisine. This documentary takes us to Israel, where hummus is a national dish, to meet three passionate hummus aficionados and hear their stories.

Jalil is a young Christian-Arab who has taken over his family’s hummus restaurant. Eliyahu is a former ‘drop out’ who has embraced the Hasidic Jewish community, opening a chain of successful kosher hummus restaurants. And perhaps most inspirational is Suheila, the only woman to own her own business in the Arab market. She won the Golden Pita Award for Best Hummus, beating 10 men for the title. Combining the stories of each individual’s personal journey with historical hummus facts and delicious footage of the hummus-making process, director Oren Rosenfeld’s documentary shows how the food has positively affected Israeli culture—and is even able to transcend religious and political divides.

 


Kapo in Jerusalem

Director: Uri Barbash | Israel | 2015 | Drama / History | Hebrew / English subtitles | 98 mins


Thursday, 24 November: 9:10-9:50pm
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Based on a true story, director Uri Barbash’s (Beyond the Walls) film is a riveting examination of the moral grey zone that Bruno, a former Kapo (block head) at Auschwitz, must negotiate in order to maintain his sense of humanity.

Bruno and Sarah, Holocaust survivors attempting to build new lives in Jerusalem, are troubled when rumours spread about Bruno’s sadistic role as a Kapo.  Unfolding in a series of monologues from Bruno, Sarah and the people who knew him during the war, a complex portrait of Bruno emerges that neither exonerates nor condemns him for his past actions.

(Kapos were Jewish prisoners in Auschwitz appointed to supervise the other inmates.)

AWARDS:
2015 Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival: The Shoumann Honorable Award
2016 Warsaw Jewish Motifs – Poland

 


Karski & the Lords of Humanity

| Kindly sponsored by the HKHTC
Director: Slawomir Grunberg | Poland / Russia / USA | 2015 | Animated Documentary / Documentary | English | 72 mins

Director Slawomir Grunberg will be in attendance

Wednesday, 23 November: 7:00-8:15pm
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This partially animated documentary film tells the story of Jan Karski, Polish diplomat and resistance fighter, who risked his life to try to prevent the Holocaust.

Karski relayed his eyewitness accounts of atrocities to the Allies in the hope of galvanizing them into action, attempting to prevent the annihilation of Europe’s Jewish population. Using archival photographs and footage, animation and interviews with subjects and Holocaust scholars, Grunberg portrays the life and work of a Righteous Gentile and an unsung hero.

REVIEWS:
“… a moving look at a Polish resistance fighter” ~ The Los Angeles Times 
“… facinating” ~ The New York Times
“… appropriate for museums and classrooms” ~ The Hollywood Reporter
“… a number of striking animated sequences” ~ The Village Voice

 


Keep Quiet

| Kindly sponsored by Pharmalink

Directors: Sam Blair / Joseph Martin | UK / Hungary | 2016 | Documentary | English / Hungarian / English subtitles | 90 mins

Denes Ban, a fellow Hungarian who discovered his Judaism in his late teens, will be taking a Q & A after the film


Sunday, 20 November: 6:30-8:10pm
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A passionate anti-Semite, Holocaust denier, and leader of Hungary’s far right conservative Jobbik Party, Csanad Szegedi discovers that his family has kept a dark secret for decades: his maternal grandparents were in fact Jewish.

After the initial shock, he enlists the help of an empathetic Rabbi who, to the horror of some of his peers, helps to guide him through what seems to be a 180-degree turn-around. Complete with a trip to Auschwitz with Holocaust survivors, Csanad Szegedi is forced to confront his past and appears to make the journey from notorious anti-Semite to Orthodox Jew. Weaving rich archival material, riveting interviews and candid footage, Keep Quiet follows Szegedi on his three-year journey. Filmmakers Sam Blair and Joseph Martin’s access is astounding and the immersive experience leaves you questioning whether Szegedi did in fact have an epiphany—or is it all an act??

NOMINATIONS:
2016 Docaviv Film Festival: Best International Film
2016 Tribeca Film Festival: Best Documentary Feature Jury Award

 


Les Héritiers (Once in a Lifetime)

| Kindly sponsored by Wingate Asset Management / Kindly sponsored by the HKHTC / Kindly supported by the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, and the INSTITUT FRANCAIS

Director: Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar | France | 2014 | Docu-Drama | French | English subtitles | 105 mins

Excellent for older teenagers


Saturday, 26 November: 7:30-9:10pm
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Anne is more than just a high school history teacher: she actually cares about the troubled, inner-city students she’s supposed to educate. Frustrated by their materialism and lack of ambition, Anne challenges her students to take part in the national Holocaust memorial competition.

Determined to push her students as far as they’ll go, Anne puts her own life on hold and uses all her creativity and willpower to get them motivated. Participation in the project has a profound and transformative effect on these students and could be the one thing that changes their lives and helps them find their way.

This powerful film was inspired by the real life story of Anne Angles, a motivational history teacher, and chronicles the impact of Holocaust education on marginalised youth.

AWARDS:
2016 Cinéma du Réel: Heritage Award

 


Mekonen – Journey of an African Jew

| Kindly sponsored by Keren Hayesod / United Israel Appeal (UIA)
Director: Rebecca Shore | Israel | 2016 | Documentary | Hebrew / English subtitles | 40 mins

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Sunday, 27 November: 5:00-5:45pm
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The film follows the personal journey of Mekonen Abebe, a young African-Israeli Jew, who against all odds became a commander in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). Born and raised in an Ethiopian village, Mekonen was a 12-year-old shepherd when his father died suddenly, less than a day before his family was to move to Israel. The film accompanies Mekonen back to Africa on an emotional journey, as he explores his roots, makes peace with his past and embraces his future in Israel.

Mekonen’s story of struggle, friendship and the determination to overcome adversity, will uplift and inspire audiences and show that anything is possible with the right attitude and support.



Naked Among Wolves

Director: Philipp Kadelbach | Germany | 2015 | Drama / History / War | German / Polish / French / English subtitles | 105 mins

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Sunday, 27 November: 2:40-4:25pm
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Buchenwald concentration camp, late March 1945. A three-year-old Jewish boy is smuggled into the camp in a suitcase. If reported, the three-year-old is sure to die. On the other hand, a violation of the rules of the camp would threaten the long prepared uprising of the concentration camp prisoners against the SS. The effort to hide the child and keep him alive becomes a metaphor for the struggle of the inmates to preserve their humanity.

This modern update of the classic 1958 novel by Bruno Apitz, was translated into 30 languages and sold more than 2 million copies.

AWARDS:
2016 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival: Audience Award – Best Narrative
2016 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival: Audience Award – Best Film
2015 Bavarian TV Award: Directing
2015 German Television Academy Award: Best Cinematography
2016 German Television Award: Best Movie Made for Television (Bester Fernsehfilm) Benjamin Benedict, Nico Hoffmann
2016 German Television Award: Best Movie Made for Miniseries (Bester Mehrteiler) Philipp Kadelbach (director)

 


Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

| Kindly Sponsored by the Jewish Womens Association of Hong Kong (JWA) / Kindly supported by the Czech Republic
Director: Lisa Immordino Vreeland | USA / Italy / UK | 2015 | Documentary / Biography | English | 95 mins


MATINÉE DOUBLE FEATURE with Women in Sink
Tuesday, 22 November: 11:00am-1:15pm
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Rebellious American socialite Peggy Guggenheim is one of the most colorful figures in modern art. She spent a lifetime and a fortune breaking society’s rules to become one of the preeminent art collectors of the 20th century and a tireless champion of the avant-garde. This absorbing documentary charts her rise from Jewish heiress (her financier father died on the Titanic) to bohemian tastemaker, as she helped discover, support, and promote the early careers of such talents as Salvador Dali, Wassily Kandinsky, Robert Motherwell, and Jackson Pollock. She single-handedly forged a ground-breaking career as an independent gallery owner and collector while moving through a series of sexual liaisons (and the occasional marriage) with brilliant artists including Samuel Beckett, Paul Bowles, and Max Ernst. This sharply put-together film is consistently entertaining and richly illustrated through Guggenheim’s art collection. It features interviews with her contemporaries and friends as well as rare audio interviews with Guggenheim herself.

REVIEWS:
“… A name-dropper’s Nirvana… Peggy Guggenheim knew everyone in 20th-century art – many of them intimately.” ~ The Hollywood Reporter
“… A sleek, entertaining portrait” ~ New York Times – (Critics Pick)

 


Raise the Roof

| Kindly sponsored by the Amias family
Director: Yari Wolinsky | US / Poland | 2015 | Documentary | English | 85 mins

Sunday, 20 November: 2:50-4:15pm
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Inspired by images of the magnificent wooden synagogues of 18th century Poland, the last of which were destroyed by the Nazis, artists Rick & Laura Brown of Handshouse Studio set out to reconstruct a replica of the stunning, mural-covered Gwozdziec synagogue. Working with a team of 300 artisans and students from around the world, using only period hand tools and techniques, the Browns finally realized their dream. In 2014, the show-stopping reconstruction of the Gwozdziec synagogue roof was unveiled as the center-piece of the new POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw.

Filmmakers Yari and Cary Wolinsky’s beautifully photographed and rendered film Raise the Roof, tells the moving and exhilarating story of this remarkable 10 year project, against the backdrop of the 1,000 year history of Jews in Poland.



Remember

| Kindly sponsored by Sharon Ser, Samantha Gershon and Withers Worldwide
Director: Atom Egoyan | Canada / Germany | 2015 | Drama / Thriller | English / German | English & Chinese subtitles (此電影中文字幕) | 94 mins
Courtesy of Bravos Pictures Limited and Sun Entertainment Culture Limited


OPENING NIGHT
Asian Premiere of Remember

Saturday, 19 November: 8:00pm
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Remember is a gripping thriller in which the darkest chapter of the 20th century collides with a contemporary mission of revenge.

Remember tells the story of Zev Guttman (Academy Award® Winner Christopher Plummer), a 90 year old struggling with memory loss who is living out his final years in a serene retirement home.  A week following the death of his beloved wife Ruth, he suddenly gets a mysterious package from his close friend Max (Academy Award® Winner Martin Landau), containing a stack of money and a letter detailing a shocking plan. Both Zev and Max were prisoners in Auschwitz, and the same sadistic guard was responsible for the death of both their families—a guard who, immediately after the war, escaped Germany and has been living in the U.S. ever since under an assumed identity. Max is wheelchair-bound but in full command of his mental faculties; with his guidance, Zev will embark on a cross‐continental road trip to bring justice once and for all to the man who destroyed both their lives.

Remember manages to keep audiences on the edge of their seats while giving them something to think about long after the film is over.

AWARDS:
2016 Canadian Screen Awards (CA): Best Original Screenplay
2015 Mar del Plata Film Festival: Cinecolor Audience Award: Atom Egoyan
2015 Venice Film Festival, Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award: Atom Egoyan


The Chop

Director: Lewis Rose | UK | 2015 | Short / Comedy | English | 17 mins

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Tuesday, 22 November: 7:00-8:25pm
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Yossi, a charismatic and young kosher butcher, loses his job. Failing to find a new one, he decides to disguise himself as Yusuf in order to get work at a Halal butchers. Can he put on a convincing performance whilst keeping his Jewish identity intact?

AWARDS:
Palm Springs Shorts Fest: Audience Award – Best Live Action
Krakow International Film Festival: Audience Award – Best Film of the Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival: Best Comedy Short

NOMINATIONS:
Palm Springs Shorts Fest: Best Short
Rhode Island Flicker Fest: Best Short
Athens Ohio International Film Festival: Best Short
Manhattan International Film Festival: Best Short
Cardiff Independent Film Festival: Best Short



The Eichmann Show

| Kindly sponsored by the HKHTC
Director: Paul Andrew Williams | UK | 2015 | BBC TV Docu-Drama | English | 90 mins


Saturday, 26 November: 9:30-11:00pm
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In 1961 ground-breaking American film producer Milton Fruchtman was given the job of televising the so-called “Trial of the Century” of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem.

The broadcasts lasted for over four months and were shown in 56 countries.

The televised trial became the world’s first ever documentary series, and in the process changed the way people saw the Second World War.

It was the first time many people had ever heard the story of the Holocaust from the mouths of the victims. The televised trial had a huge impact historically, but it also was a huge event in terms of television.

This film is an exciting dramatization of the team responsible for televising the trials.



The Interrogation

| Kindly sponsored by the HKHTC
Director: Erez Pery | Germany / Israel | 2016 | Drama | German / Polish / English subtitles | 80 mins

Director Erez Pery will be in attendance


Monday, 21 November: 7:00-8:35pm
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In 1946, Rudolf Franz Ferdinand Höss, the longest serving commander of Auschwitz concentration camp, is awaiting trial in a Polish prison. Albert, a young and successful Polish investigation judge, is appointed to interrogate Höss and get a perfect confession out of him.

The encounter between the two men will unveil the frightening routine and banalization of evil that took place in the camp.

By introducing the use of Zyklon B in Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss carried out the most efficient mass killing process ever known, which claimed the lives of approximately 1.1 million people. This chilling film is based on the memoirs Höss wrote before his execution.

AWARDS:
2016 Cinema South International Film Festival: Grand Prize
2016 Yad Vashem Prize: Special Achievement in the field of Holocaust Research



The Little Dictator

Director: Nurith Cohn | Israel | 2015 | Comedy / Short | Hebrew / English subtitles | 29 mins

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Sunday, 20 November: 4:30-6:10pm
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Yossi Kleinmann, a dull history professor and expert on the political leaders of totalitarian regimes, feels unappreciated both by his students and his domineering wife. One weekend, at the 90th birthday party of his wife’s grandmother, a Holocaust survivor, Yossi finds himself in a surreal situation that forces him to face up to himself and his family. This quirky film is a HKJFF favourite.

AWARDS:
2015 Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, Benaya Zuckerman Short Film Competition: First Prize – Best Israeli Short.
2016 Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, First Prize – Best Narrative Short
2016 Best Actors Film Festival, First Prize – Best Actor in a Short Dramedy: Emanuel Cohn



The Pickle Recipe

Director: Michael Manasseri| USA | 2016 | Comedy | English | 97 mins


Tuesday, 22 November: 9:00-10:40pm
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Joey Miller is the undisputed king of parties, he’s also a deeply in debt single father. To make matters worse, at his latest wedding performance, all his sound equipment is destroyed.

Having exhausted all his options, Joey turns to his shady Uncle Morty, who agrees to give him the needed money to get back into business, under one condition… that Joey must steal his grandmother Rose’s most prized possession: her famous top secret dill pickle recipe… a recipe that she has vowed to take to her grave…

 


Soon By You: Episode One-The Setup

Director: Leah Gottfried | USA | 2015 | Comedy / Short | English | 16 mins

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Sunday, 20 November: 4:30-6:10pm
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A whimsical, funny and sneakily poignant film about David, a Jewish Modern Orthodox rabbinical student and two very different girls named Sarah. When David’s train gets delayed he is forced to sprint through New York City to make it to his blind date on time. When he gets there however, he sits down across from the wrong Sarah. Or is she really the right one?

This is episode 1 of  a brand new romantic series that is taking the internet by storm!

AWARDS:
2016 Washington Jewish Film Festival: Best Short
Newfilmmakers NY Film Festival: Audience Choice Award



The Settlers (Les Colons)

Director: Shimon Dotan | France / Israel / Canada / Germany / 2016 | Documentary | English / Hebrew / Arabic / English subtitles | 107 mins


Thursday, 24 November: 7:00-8:50pm
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Award-winning Israeli filmmaker, Shimon Dotan traces the history of Israeli settlements in the West Bank since Israel’s decisive victory in the 1967 Six Day War.

Government leaders and the Israeli public initially saw the military victory as an opportunity for a negotiated peace, Jewish religious zealots saw it as a divine calling to redeem the Biblical land of Israel. The Jewish settlements have now grown to more than 500,000 inhabitants surrounded by a Palestinian population of 2.5 million.

Dotan skilfully weaves a not-to-be missed fascinating and provocative web that entangles the destinies of Israel, the Palestinian people and the entire Middle East.

NOMINATIONS:
2016 Sundance Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize Shimon Dotan

PRESS:
“… Shimon Dotan’s remarkable documentary on Israeli settlements in the West Bank has the power to provoke strong reactions wherever it plays.” ~ Variety



The Postman in Underwear

| Kindly supported by Tel Aviv University (TAU)
Directors: Daniel Binsted, Ben Ziv | Israel | 2016 | Comedy / Short / Drama / Family | Hebrew / English subtitles | 16 mins

Quirky and fun, recommended for teens

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Sunday, 20 November: 4:30-6:10pm
Click here to buy all five Shorts from the A Children’s Song ‘Buy Now’ button above.

Two brothers help an eccentric postman who has just fallen in love for the first time by embarking on a fantastic journey in which they will experience the difference between fantasy and real love.



Time to Say Goodbye

| Kindly supported by the Goethe Institut

Director: Viviane Andereggen | Germany | 2015 | Comedy | German / English subtitles | 82 mins

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Suitable for older teenagers


Sunday, 27 November: 1:00-2:25pm
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A delightful, comical and rapid-fire story of pubescent awkwardness, Time to Say Goodbye pokes fun at German-Jewish domestic dysfunction with great warmth and humour in this laugh-out-loud coming of age comedy.

Since the recent divorce of his parents, life in Hamburg has been like a ping pong ball, for 12-year-old Simon as he travels back and forth to live in turn with his mom and dad. Complicating matters, the family is religiously divided. Newly-observant father Frank desperately insists that his squeamish son sacrifice his foreskin before his Bar Mitzvah, while liberal-minded mom Hannah is fed up with the pious posturing of her ex-husband.

Meantime, Simon falls head over heels in love with the new Rabbi Rebecca who is twenty years his senior. With the Machiavellian scheming of friends, a rivalry to win her heart fuels a family feud.



Women in Sink 

| Kindly sponsored by the Jewish Womens Association of Hong Kong ( JWA ) / Kindly supported by the  Consulate of the Czech Republic
Director: Iris Zaki | Israel / UK | 2015 | Documentary | Hebrew / English subtitles | 36 mins

MATINÉE DOUBLE FEATURE with Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Tuesday, 22 November: 11:00am-1:15pm
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At a small women’s hair salon owned by a Christian Arab in Haifa, Israel, Iris Zaki installs a mini film set over the sink, where she chats with the clients she is shampooing.

Expecting to hear from Arab women about the difficulties of living as a minority in Israel, Iris was surprised to find a story of friendship and acceptance between Arab and Jewish women, the salon an island of sanity in the complex reality of Israel.

She thus paints an unexpected choral portrait of this space that provides temporary freedom, where women share their differences and a community of views on politics, history and love.

AWARDS:
2015 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: Best Documentary
2015 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: Special Jury Mention
2015 Haifa International Film Festival: Best Short Documentary
Filmes do Homem in Melgaço, Portugal: Best Short/Mid-Length Film
2015 Visions du Réel: Most Innovative Mid-Length

NOMINATIONS:
2016 Grierson Awards: Shortlisted for Best Student Film.



Wounded Land 

Director: Erez Tadmor | Israel | 2015 | Drama / Thriller | Hebrew / English subtitles | 80 mins

Wednesday, 23 November: 8:45-10:05pm
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Police officer Kobi Amar (Roy Assaf) and the regional commander Yehuda Neumann (Dvir Benedek) have been partners for years. Now they are at a decisive moment in their relationship when one is forced to turn against the other.

They are plunged into a rollercoaster-like night in which they are required to watch over a terrorist at a city hospital who is threatened by an angry, vengeful crowd that wants nothing more than the blood of the terrorist, his guards, and the hospital staff caring for him.

This tense thriller depicts the tumultuous events of the night, with Kobi and Neumann’s moral and professional values at stake, as well as their long friendship.

AWARDS:
2015 Israeli Film Academy: Best Director – Erez Tadmor
2015 Israeli Film Academy: Best Actor – Roy Assaf
2015 Israeli Film Academy: Best Makeup

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