July 8

Promise at Dawn

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Monday, July 8 | 11am | JCC Hart Theater


Director: Eric Barbier | France | 2017 | 131 min. | French (w/ subtitles) | Narrative

A biopic about one of the 20th century’s greatest novelists, featuring one of the 21st century’s greatest actresses, Promise at Dawn recounts the early life of Romain Gary (the only author to win France’s Goncourt Prize twice), with Charlotte Gainsbourg as his overbearing but fiercely loving mother. Their complicated relationship is the heart of this colorful, sweeping epic which follows them from Poland to Nice to Africa. Based on Gary’s best-selling autobiographical novel, nominated for five French Oscars, Promise at Dawn is an old-fashioned entertainment and a psychologically rich study of a mother’s love that’s both inspiring and crushing. This film contains mature content.

Rescue Bus 300

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Monday, July 8 | 2:30pm | JCC Hart Theater


Director: Rotem Shamir | Israel | 2018 | 75 min. | Arabic, Hebrew (w/ subtitles) | Documentary

A suspenseful real-life thriller, Rescue Bus 300 tells the tangled true story of a 1984 Israeli bus hijacking. Four young terrorists—dangerously armed but frightened amateurs who didn’t know what they were doing and had no real plan—hijacked an Israeli bus, took the passengers hostage, and drove toward Gaza. What followed was a night of negotiations, a daring rescue mission by an elite Israeli commando unit, and then an unexpected scandal that rocked Israeli society. Mixing interviews with the actual participants and superbly acted dramatic recreations, the film deftly explores the complex personalities and difficult decisions behind this notorious event.

The Accountant of Auschwitz

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Monday, July 8 | 6pm | Dryden Theatre


Director: Matthew Shoychet | Canada | 2018 | 80 min. | English, German (w/ subtitles) | Documentary

In 2015, 94-year-old former German SS officer Oskar Gröning, nicknamed “the accountant of Auschwitz,” went on trial in his home country. He was charged with complicity in the murder of 300,000 Jews at Auschwitz in 1944. The trial made headlines around the world as a frail old man took the stand to face his former victims. Gröning’s trial reflects not only one frail bookkeeper’s penitence, but the world’s responsibility to hold the worst of human horrors forever to public view. The Accountant of Auschwitz constructs a stark reminder that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

Fig Tree

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Monday, July 8 | 9pm | Dryden Theatre


Director: Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian | Israel, Germany, France, Ethiopia | 2018 | 93 min. | Amharic (w/ subtitles) | Narrative

Nominated for five Ophir Awards (the Israeli Oscar) including Best Film, Fig Tree transports us to the world of its young female writer-director, Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian, the world of black African Jews. Set in 1989, Fig Tree focuses on Mina, a Jewish teenager who lives with her family in Addis Ababa while the Ethiopian Civil War rages around them. They hope to escape its horrors by fleeing to Israel, but circumstances may not allow the escape. Inspired by events in her own life, Ethiopian-Israeli Davidian has crafted a suspenseful, poignant, but unsentimental coming-of-age story that pulls no punches.

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