Best of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Season 37 / January 18
Thu, January 18, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Get a front row seat to one of the highlight’s from the newest season of
SF Jewish Film Festival—the first and largest Jewish film festival in the world!
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August, 1945. A remote Hungarian town prepares for the wedding of the village magistrate’s son. Meanwhile two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with two coffin-shaped wooden crates, supposedly filled with soaps and perfumes. When the town gets wind of their arrival, rumors spread as to their intentions. Are these men going to set up shop? Is this a harbinger of the return of more Jews? Led by the boorish village magistrate, the townspeople fear that these strangers may be heirs of the village’s denounced and deported Jewish neighbors and have come to claim their family’s stolen property. Paranoia runs rampant, leading to tragic events and a potent, unexpected ending. While there have been many films about the Holocaust, there are few about its immediate aftermath when greed and material gain from the Jewish peoples’ demise was pervasive. Director Ferenc Török cleverly captures this often overlooked moment in history where one town’s actions become a metaphor for the moral decay of the whole country. Shot in elegant black and white with an eye for exquisite composition and a minimal evocative score, 1945 is a subtle and nuanced study in the collective guilt and enduring anti-Semitism of postwar Hungary. —Jay Rosenblatt
Running Time: 91 minutes
Language: Hungarian / English subtitles
Winner of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Narrative Feature and the inaugural SFJFF Audience Award for the Best Narrative.
ABOUT THE SF JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is the first and largest Jewish film festival in the world. Presenting innovative film each summer in the Bay Area, the festival promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people. Festival programs are meant to create community and strengthen consciousness of Jewish identity, history and culture; provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for exploration of and dialogue about the Jewish experience; and encourage independent filmmakers working with Jewish themes.
BEST OF THE FEST FILM SCHEDULE
If you missed it in the city, now’s your chance to catch it closer to home in Marin! We are pleased to present four films that represent the best from Season 37 of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
Jan 18: 1945
Jan 25: Personal Affairs
Feb 1: Levinsky Park
Feb 8: Little Stones
*Concessions sold at each film screening
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