Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) lives in
rare air. She is an accomplished actress on both stage and screen,
beautiful and recognizable by those within the industry — the power
players who matter most, especially when it comes to casting.
Viviane Amsalem (played by co-writer and
co-director Ronit Elkabetz) wants a divorce from her husband Elisha
(Simon Abkarian). Viviane is a quiet and unassuming woman, a mother of
four children with an established career as a hairdresser outside the
Much investigation has gone into the
issue of Nazi art theft during World War II, with grand efforts made to
verify claims and restore pieces to their rightful owners or their
surviving family members.
In The Babadook, we get Amelia
(Essie Davis), a put-upon single mother struggling to overcome the
trauma of losing her husband while raising an emotionally challenged son
named Samuel (Noah Wiseman), who fears the monster lurking under his
bed and on the pages of a new book in his bedtime collection.
Streets don’t get much meaner than those
of Belfast back in 1971 as the British army all but occupied the
territory, caught up in what amounted to terroristic street fights
between Catholics and Protestants with few truly innocent bystanders in
It’s been a long, slow journey for Doc
Pomus — who died in 1991 without being widely known by the public — to
become recognized as one of Rock & Roll’s greatest songwriters ever.
But his cause has gained much momentum recently.
A new study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, as reported in Variety
(Feb. 9), highlights the disparity between perception and reality in
respect to women’s onscreen roles in Hollywood.
Audiences outside the scope of the mainstream studio system are sometimes forced to wander along the margins in search of familiar reflections of themselves, honing in on specific stories conceived and produced by members of their communities of origin.
Once again, the Mayerson JCC Jewish &
Israeli Film Festival presents award-winning films born within the
independent film scene and features appearances by filmmakers as well as
special Q&A events with leading scholars in the region.