The Mandel Jewish Community Center’s eighth annual Cleveland Jewish FilmFest starts today and includes a lineup of international films and special events. Over the course of 10 days, 25 films from 10 different countries will screen at six different venues. The films all have Jewish or Israeli themes. The festival opens tonight with a screening of The Third Half
, a period piece about a love story that takes place during World War II. The Macedonian entry for the 85th Academy Awards, the film shows tonight at 7 at Shaker Square Cinemas.
“The Cleveland Jewish FilmFest continues to grow in popularity thanks to the tremendous turnout from the Greater Cleveland community,” says Michael Hyman, Mandel JCC Executive Director, in a press release. “Film lovers will be treated to an outstanding selection of contemporary films this year. Last year we had many sold‐out screenings and we encourage people to purchase their tickets early to avoid being disappointed.”
Other highlights include: Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force
(Sept. 5 and 10 at the Cedar Lee Theatre), a documentary about American World War II pilots who fight to defend Israel; Kidon
(Sept. 5 and Sept. 11 at the Cedar Lee Theatre), a drama about a conspiracy involving diplomats, criminals and spies from France, Russia and Iran; Aftermath
(Sept. 6 at the Cedar Lee Theatre), a Polish film that was nominated for seven Polish Academy Awards; and Sturgeon Queens
(Sept. 7 at the Cedar Lee Theatre), a film about Russ & Daughters, a famous fish store located in New York. It will be paired with two short films.
Other highlights include a Film Shorts Program that takes place at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 and at 11 a.m. on Sept. 11 at the Cedar Lee Theatre, and The Green Prince
, a documentary about Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of a co‐founder of Hamas. It screens at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 at the Cedar Lee Theatre. Also, director Steven Pressman will attend the Sept. 14 screening of his film 50 Children
, a documentary about a Philadelphia couple traveled to Germany to save 50 Jewish children. It shows at the Parma Library. Transit
, the Philippines 2014 foreign‐language Oscar entry, addresses the issue of how Israeli immigration law effects parents and children. It shows at 9:15 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Solon Cinemas. Tickets can be purchased for $10 for evening films and $8 for matinees. Tickets to the festival opening film and dessert reception are $15. For tickets, visit mandeljcc.org/filmfest
. Tickets are also available at the Mandel JCC membership desk (no ticket sales on Saturdays). FilmFest passes, which include admission to all films and group tickets are also available. For those, contact Jan Rutsky at 216-831‐0700 ext. 1348.