July 13

Monsieur Mayonnaise

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Thursday, July 13, 11am, JCC Hart Theater

MONSIEUR MAYONNAISE

Director: Trevor Graham, Australia, 2016, 95, English, French, narrative

An audacious documentary, offering an utterly unique take on history. Monsieur Mayonnaise follows artist and cult filmmaker Philippe Mora as he uncovers his father’s remarkable exploits in the French Resistance. His parents were well-known artists and fixtures of Australian bohemian life. Less known is his father’s friendship with Marcel Marceau and how the two of them saved thousands of Jewish lives by stuffing secret Resistance documents in baguettes dripping with garlicky mayonnaise that German border guards would refuse to handle. Director Trevor Graham follows Mora as he turns his family history into a graphic novel.

Thursday, July 13, 11am, JCC Hart Theater

Harmonia

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Thursday, July 13, 1:30pm, JCC Hart Theater

HARMONIA

Director: Ori Sivan, Israel, 2016, 98, Arabic, Hebrew, narrative

This award-winning film is based on an adaptation of the biblical story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, from the book of Genesis, though this production is anything but biblical in its look and style. This contemporary portrait is set in a philharmonic orchestra in today’s Jerusalem. Sarah, a beautiful harpist is married to Abraham, a fiery, charismatic and authoritarian conductor of the orchestra. With no children yet, their life revolves around music until Hagar, a beautiful young horn player from East Jerusalem, joins the orchestra. Sarah and Hagar form a very close friendship, so close that Hagar offers to have Sarah’s child. The baby Ismail is born with a precocious musical ability and a wild and untamed spirit. With a dynamic musical score and astonishing orchestral performances, the drama gets complicated when Ismail discovers the true identity of his mother.

Thursday, July 13, 1:30pm, JCC Hart Theater

Freedom to Marry

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Thursday, July 13, 6pm, Little Theatre

FREEDOM TO MARRY

Director: Eddie Rosenstein, USA, 2016, 86, English, documentary

Over the last four decades, the concept of same-sex marriage has gone from a “preposterous notion” to one of the most successful civil rights campaigns in modern history. But change did not arrive by happenstance. This victory was carefully planned and orchestrated over decades. The Freedom to Marry offers the untold, inside story of this historic movement. This is a riveting ride alongside Evan Wolfson and Mary Bonauto, the architect and the main litigator of the movement, and their key colleagues from earliest days of their journey to their final frenetic dash to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Thursday, July 13, 6pm, Little Theatre

Across the Waters

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Thursday, July 13, 8:30pm, Little Theatre

ACROSS THE WATERS

Director: Nicolo Donato, Denmark, 2016, 95, Danish, narrative

Enjoying the nightlife of 1943 Copenhagen, jazz guitarist Arne Itkin is seemingly immune to the hardships of war, as the Danish government opts for a compliant relationship with Nazi Germany. He is initially skeptical when his terrified wife Miriam hears rumors of a “round-up” of Danish Jews. An overnight raid, however, forces the couple to flee their home with their five-year-old son Jakob. Aided by a church pastor and underground resistance, they set out on a journey for the fishing village of Gilleleje, where refugees await passage to Sweden by boat. The family puts its fate in the hands of strangers whose allegiance and motives are not always clear. Based on true events, this cinematic jewel and powerful story is directed and co-written by Nicolo Donato, whose grandfather was among the courageous Danish fisherman to ferry war refugees to safety.

Thursday, July 13, 8:30pm, Little Theatre

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