The TCG Chicago 9and The annual spring festival, which runs from March 10-27, features 18 films released online and in theaters that largely deal with relationships. These relationships are central to the film lineup that ranges from lighthearted romantic comedies such as “One More Story” to family discoveries of loss and rebirth in “Letters from Brno” and the intricacies of mother-daughter bonding in “Come Find Me”, featuring 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. .
Other films include “Finding Manny,” a documentary about the inspiring bond between a child from Indersdorf and the seeker who traveled the world for him, narrated by Steven Baldwin. In the drama ‘Neighbours,’ 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 tested in the comedy ‘Greener Pastures’ as residents face the difficulties of aging and finances when a broke widower starts selling cannabis.
Relationships aren’t always positive, as seen in the drama-thriller “The Man From the Basement” about a Jewish family in Paris who sell their basement to an older man seemingly in need. Chicago premiere of satire ‘The Un-word’ focuses on a Jewish student who gets embroiled in a schoolyard fight and ‘Plan A’, based on the true story of Jewish vigilantes plotting revenge of the Holocaust by infiltrating German water companies to poison drinking water.
Hillary Wenk, co-director of the festival, says, “I’ve missed being in the community, visiting old friends and making new connections. The film is a peaceful connector, allowing for deep discussions and mutual understanding.
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.
To view the film lineup and participate in the festival experience, please visit, jccfilmfest.org.