Louisville Jewish Film Fest 2019 — Individual Film Info


Scroll down or click the links below to jump to film and event information.

FEB 7 | An Act of Defiance | Village 8
FEB 9 | Who Will Write Our History | Bellarmine University
FEB 10 | A Bag of Marbles | Village 8
FEB 13 | Foreign Land | Village 8
FEB 16 | Budapest Noir | Village 8
FEB 17 | The Samuel Project | Village 8
FEB 17 The Invisibles | Village 8
FEB 18Ma’aleh School of Television, Film & Art Student Films | The Temple
FEB 21 | The Cakemaker | Speed Cinema at Speed Art Museum
FEB 23 | Working Woman | Village 8
FEB 24The Tenth Man | UofL Planetarium
FEB 27 | The Samuel Project | AJ Synagogue

Film Descriptions

An Act of Defiance

South Africa, Netherlands, 124 min.
Directed by Jean van de Velde

In 1963, Nelson Mandela, along with nine other Black and Jewish South Africans, risk their lives to free their country from segregation and are arrested for treason. In this historical thriller, a Jewish Afrikaner lawyer and resistance fighter, Bram Fischer, puts his life and career in jeopardy to defend them and bring an end to Apartheid.

Thursday, Feb.7, 7:00 p.m. at Village 8 Theatres
$10 Advance, $12.50 Door, $5 Student

View Trailer | Purchase Tickets

Who will Write Our History

USA, Poland, 94 min.
Directed by Roberta Grossman

This Special Event, including the appearance of author Sam Kassow and catered reception, is made possible by the Goldstein/Leibson Fund. Followed by a catered reception.

In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum, this clandestine group resisted the Nazis with 30,000 pages of writing, photographs, posters, and more. In 1946, a team of searchers went into tunnels underneath the ghetto where they found an astonishing cache of archival materials documenting Jewish life in Nazi-occupied Warsa;, one of three buried treasures that would be found over the next five years. The Oyneg Shabes Archive is the most important cache of in-the-moment, eyewitness accounts from the Holocaust. It documents not only how the Jews of the ghetto died, but how they lived.  Written, produced and directed by Roberta Grossman and executive produced by Nancy Spielberg, the documentary mixes the writings with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations.

Samuel Kassow, professor at Trinity College and historian of Eastern European Jewry, is the author of the book “Who Will Write Our History,” on which the film is based.

Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. at Bellarmine University, Wyatt Hall, Cralle Theater (enter off Norris Place)
$15 Advance, $20 Door $5 Student

View Trailer | Purchase Tickets

A Bag of Marbles

France, 112 min.
Directed by Christian Duguay

Sponsored by Ann & Coleman Friedman Children’s Judaic Activity Fund

This heartwarming tale of the power of brotherly love is an unforgettable true story based on the novel.  When two young Jewish brothers living in Nazi-occupied France are sent away by their parents in 1941 to join their siblings in Nice, they must fend for themselves.  Relying on their courage and cunning they set off on a dangerous mission, overcoming extraordinary odds in hopes of reuniting with their family.  Appropriate for ages 10+.

Sunday, Feb. 10, 12:30 p.m., at Village 8 Theatres
$10 Advance, $12.50 Door, $5 Student

View Trailer | Purchase Tickets

Foreign Land (Feature) & Jerusalem_In_Between (Short)

This screening will include not only our feature selection, Foreign Land, but also documentary short Jerusalem_In_Between.

Sponsored by Cantor David Lipp’s Discretionary Fund of Congregation Adath Jeshurun

Foreign Land

Israel, 74 min.
Directed by Rafi Girgis

Foreign Land was the winner of best documentary Jerusalem Film Festival and Haifa Film Festival

As Israeli society slips into extremism, an Arab actor and a Jewish journalist search for a place where they can belong.  Ghssan Abbas was a TV star and Shlomi Eldar was a leading Arab Affairs correspondent for the national news who moved to the US. news. Both men discover, though, that their audiences are getting smaller by the day. Abbas is not getting any new roles and Eldar’s reports are getting pushed to the sidelines of the daily news reports. Now facing a professional crisis, these two friends are searching for a way to escape, while taking account of how changes in Israel affect them both personally and on a national level.


Israel, 14 min.
Directed by Pietro Pinto

Two boxers, one Jewish and one Arab, share their life story and their similarities.



Wed. Feb. 13, 7:00 p.m. at Village 8 Theatres
$10 in advance | $12.50 at the door | $5 student with valid ID

View Trailer | Purchase Tickets

Budapest Noir

Hungary, 95 min.
Directed by Éva Gárdos

Sponsored by Toni Goldman

A tough reporter investigates the brutal murder of a prostitute, leading him into the dark underworld of 1930s pre-Nazi Hungary. When the young Jewish woman is found beaten to death, no one is interested in solving the bizarre crime, except the cynical but inquisitive Zsigmond Gordon who feels things are not what they seem. The murky clues eventually lead to a world of pornographers and brothels, crime syndicates, communist cells, and the highest echelons of power. A politically-charged tale of corruption and betrayal, which will leave you guessing until its surprising climax.

Sat. Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. at Village 8 Theatres
$10 in advance | $12.50 at the door | $5 student with valid ID

View Trailer | Purchase Tickets

The Samuel Project

USA, 93 min.
Directed by Marc Fusco

The Samuel Project will be screened on two different days: Feb. 17 at Village 8 and Feb. 27 at AJ Synagogue, with a Film Festival Closing reception following the film. 

In this heartwarming and sometimes humorous English language film, Eli gets to know his grandfather Samuel when he makes him the subject of an animated art project for school. With dreams of becoming a professional artist, Eli discovers that his Jewish grandpa, a San Diego dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman when he was a boy.  As they reconnect and strengthen their relationship, the teenager hears the story that hasn’t been told in 75 years. Nice family film for ages 10+.

Sunday Feb. 17, 10:00 a.m. at Village 8 Theatres
AND Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7:00 p.m. at AJ Synagogue (Closing reception following the film)
$10 in advance | $12.50 at the door | $5 student with valid ID

View Trailer | Purchase Tickets

The Invisibles

Germany, 110 min.
Directed by Claus Räfle

This docudrama occurs in June 1943, as Germany infamously declared Berlin free of Jews. But at that moment there were still 7,000 Jews living in the Nazi capital: hiding in attics, basements, and warehouses, protected by courageous Berliners while desperately trying to avoid deportation. The Invisibles tells the stories of four survivors, interweaving their testimony with dramatizations, in this gripping and suspenseful film.

Sunday, Feb. 17, 1:00 p.m. Village 8 Theatres
$10 in advance | $12.50 at the door | $5 student with valid ID

View Trailer | Purchase Tickets

Ma’aleh School of Television, Film & Arts Student Films

Israel, 60 min.

This free program of four short student films is sponsored by The Temple. A reception will follow. 

Terror (Drama)

Dan, who suffers from PTSD after being wounded in a terrorist attack, finds himself thrown together with his Arab co-workers when multiple terror attacks hit Jerusalem again.

Sushi, Meatballs & Everything (Comedy)

A newly-married young woman goes to war with her loving parents-in-law.

Raphael (Drama)

Raphael is sent by the ultra-Orthodox rabbinate to use physical force on a man who is refusing to give his wife a get (decree of divorce).

Shmelky (Comedy)

Children’s TV star Shmelky the Jewish Puppet has a midlife crisis and considers a change of career.

Monday, Feb. 18, 7:00 p.m., at The Temple
FREE EVENT (no tickets required)

The Cakemaker

Germany, Israel, 104 min.
Directed by Ophir Raul Graizer

Sponsored by Louis Levy and Wilma Probst Levy Film & Theatre Arts Fund. There will be two showings of The Cakemaker at Speed Cinema at Speed Art Museum Feb. 21 – at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

The Cakemaker, winner of best feature award at Jerusalem Film Festival, the country’s submission to the foreign-language film category at the Academy Awards and winner for best screenplay, best director and best actress. This film about love and relationships focuses on a young German baker named Tomas who falls in love with Oren, a married Israeli man who makes frequent business trips to Berlin.  When Oren disappears, Tomas travels to Jerusalem looking for answers.  Without revealing his secret, he begins working for Oren’s widow at her small café and becomes involved in her life in unexpected ways. As business flourishes with Tomas’ kitchen talents, the bereaved pair forges a bond that blurs lines of nationality, religion and sexuality. Contains sexual scenes and nudity; not suitable for children.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Speed Cinema at Speed Art Museum, 2035 S. 3rd Street, Louisville. Hourly parking available in the museum garage.
$10 Advance, $12.50 Door, $5 Student with valid I.D.

View Trailer | Purchase Tickets

Working Woman

Israel, 93 min.
Directed by Michal Aviad

Sponsored by Cantor David Lipp’s Discretionary Fund at Congregation Adath Jeshurun.

Orna starts her new job with hopes for professional growth.  She excels and is promoted to work closely with her enthusiastic boss. However, it isn’t long before Orna realizes that her career advancement has come with a hefty price tag. Her husband’s business struggles, and she must become the family’s breadwinner.  When her boss makes inappropriate advances, Orna must make some difficult decisions.

Sat. Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. at Village 8 Theatres
$10 Advance, $12.50 Door, $5 Student with valid I.D.

View Trailer | Purchase Tickets

The Tenth Man

Argentina, 80 min.
Directed by Daniel Burman

Sponsored by The 2019 Naamani Memorial Lecture

This FREE screening will be followed by a Naamani Memorial Lecture by David William Foster, with a reception following. No tickets are required for this event, but an RSVP is requested to Treva Hodges (treva.hodges@louisville.edu). 

In this kind-hearted, humorous film, Ariel lives in New York, far from the lively Jewish district in Buenos Aires where he grew up. But when his estranged father, the manager of a Jewish charity and big macher in the community, summons him home for help, Ariel reluctantly returns.  Within the first week he seeks to reconnect with his father who was frequently absent during his childhood, due to his religious obligations.

David William Foster, a Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University, has written extensively on Argentine narrative and theater and has held 3 Fulbright teaching appointments in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay.  He works with Jewish artists, writers, film directors, photographers, theater directors and is one of the most renowned critics of Latin American Cultural Studies. Foster served as the past president of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association.

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, 3:00 p.m. at UofL Planetarium (free parking adjacent to Planetarium)
FREE Event. Please RSVP to treva.hodges@louisville.edu

View Trailer | RSVP