New York Jewish Film Festival 2018

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The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center are delighted to continue their partnership to bring you the 27th annual New York Jewish Film Festival, presenting films from around the world that explore the diversity of Jewish experience.

This year’s festival features an exciting lineup of documentary, narrative, and short films, including new work by fresh voices in international cinema as well as restored classics.


1:00 PM, "The Dybbuk" (WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW RESTORATION) — Filmed just before the outbreak of WWII, Michał Waszyński's film based on S. Ansky's seminal play is one of the finest films ever produced in the Yiddish language. Q&As with the Sharon Rivo and Lisa Rivo, co-founders of The National Center for Jewish Film.

4:00 PM, "Let Yourself Go" (NEW YORK PREMIERE) preceded by "The Backseat" — In the delirious Italian spin on Jewish comedy "Let Yourself Go," a detached psychoanalyst, Elia (Toni Servillo), is warned by his doctor that his health is at risk, so he enlists the young, attractive and undisciplined Claudia (Veronice Echegui) as his new personal trainer. Q&A with director Francisco Amato.

6:30 PM, "Praise the Lard" (U.S. PREMIERE) preceded by "The Red House" (U.S. PREMIERE) — The documentary "Praise the Lard" engagingly explores one of the biggest taboos in Judaism — pork — and how the existence of Israel’s pork industry came to exemplify much of the tension inherent in Zionism. Q&A with director Chen Shelach. In the beautifully animated short documentary "The Red House," the history of one unique building in Tel Aviv becomes a reflection for the ever-changing face of Israeli society.

8:45 PM, "Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me" — Long-time Spike Lee collaborator Sam Pollard pays tribute to the multi-talented, multi-racial Jewish entertainer in this electric portrait spanning the Depression to the 1980s, and featuring new interviews with Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Jerry Lewis, Norman Lear, and more. Q&A with director Sam Pollard.