Now in its tenth year, the Jewish Community Center's Cleveland Jewish FilmFest regularly brings some of the top international Jewish films to town. This year’s festival, which runs from September 8 to 18, will feature 29 films from nine countries. The films all have Jewish or Israeli themes.
A Tale of Love and Darkness
Films will screen at five local theaters and venues including Shaker Square and Cedar Lee Cinemas. To kick off this year’s festival, organizers will host a special film and party at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24, at the Cleveland Institute of Art. The film In Search of Israeli Cuisine will screen. There will be a spread of Israeli food as well. The film also screens at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11 at the Cedar Lee Theatre.
Highlights from the rest of the schedule include: Fever at Dawn
(Sept. 8 at Shaker Square Cinemas), a film about a love affair between two Hungarian Holocaust survivors; Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown
(Sept. 11 at the Cedar Lee Theatre), a documentary about the entertainer and filmmaker; a special film shorts program (Sept. 11 and 15 at the Cedar Lee Theatre); the award-winning Naked Among Wolves
(Sept. 15 at the Cedar Lee Theatre), a movie about an inmate at the Buchenwald concentration camp; and A Tale of Love and Darkness
(Sept. 18 at the Cedar Lee Theatre), the directorial debut from actress Natalie Portman.
Tickets can be purchased for $11 for evening films and $9 for matinees. Tickets to the opening film and dessert reception are $18. For tickets, visit mandeljcc.org/filmfest
. Tickets are also available at the Mandel JCC membership desk (no ticket sales on Saturdays and Jewish holidays). FilmFest passes, which include admission to all films and group tickets, are available by contacting Jan Rutsky at 216-831‐0700 ext. 1348.