The 9th annual JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival Spring Festival, which runs March 10-27, features 18 films released online and in theaters that are largely about relationships.
These relationships are central to film programming that ranges from lighthearted romantic comedies such as Another story family discoveries of loss and rebirth in Letters from Brnoand the intricacies of navigating the mother-daughter bond in Come get mefeaturing Tovah Feldshuh.
“One of the places where relationships are powerfully exemplified is in the movies, and at the same time watching a movie brings people together, creates conversations and community,” says Ilene Uhlmann, director of the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival. Additional movies include Finding Mannya documentary about the inspiring bond between a child from Indersdorf and the researcher who travels the world for him, told by steven baldwin. in the drama Neighbors a young boy learns that the relationships he cherishes can be cut short by the wrath of politicians, and friendships in a retirement community are put to the test in comedy Greener pastures as residents face the challenges of aging and finances when a broke widower begins selling cannabis.
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Relationships aren’t always positive as seen in the dramatic thriller The man in the basement about a Jewish family in Paris who sell their basement to a seemingly needy elderly man. The satire’s Chicago premiere The non-word centers on a Jewish student who is pushed into a fight in a schoolyard and a naïve teacher and Plan Abased on the true story of Jewish vigilantes who plot revenge for the Holocaust by infiltrating German water companies to poison drinking water.
Hillary Wenk, co-director of the festival says, “I have missed being in the community, visiting old friends and making new ones. The film is a peaceful connector, allowing for deep discussions and mutual understanding. I can’t wait to be back in theaters with this hybrid festival for the first time in two years.
The films will be screened theatrically on Sunday during the festival at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Music Box Theatre, Landmark’s Renaissance Place Cinema and the Wilmette Theater. Specially priced festival passes are on sale for a limited time; individual tickets are $15 each. Many films include post-film discussions with filmmakers and subject matter experts and are included in the ticket price. Tickets for indoor performances are only available online.
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