The 2010 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival film line-up has been released. The 30th Annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF) is “the oldest and largest Jewish film festival in the world. The three-week summer festival is held in San Francisco, California, usually at the Castro Theater in San Francisco and other cinemas in San Francisco, Berkeley, San Rafael, and Palo Alto, and features contemporary and classic independent Jewish film from around the world.” A total of 57 films will be screened this year from 14 countries around the world.
SFJFF30 unofficially kicks off on Saturday, July 10 with a free outdoor Union Square screening of 1987’s Dirty Dancing…The event is co-presented by the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation as part of its “Film Night in the Park” series. The festival proper launches two weeks later on Saturday, July 24.
The SFJFF 2010 will begin on July 24, 2010 and will run until August 9, 2010.
This year’s opening night film is Ludi Boeken’s WWII drama Saviors in the Night, based on the true story of Marga Spiegel, a Jewish woman hidden from the SS by a righteous Catholic farm family. Spiegel herself, now 98, is expected to attend the Castro Theater screening along with director Boeken and actress Lia Hoensbroech.
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival recently named “one of the world’s 50 leading film festivals by indieWIRE.” One of this year’s highlights is a special program titled Tough Guys, which will show “Barry Levinson’s 1991 Bugsy, 1961’s King of the Roaring 20’s–The Story of Art Rothstein, Mickey Rooney and Diana Dors, 1975’s Lepke, and Howard Hawk’s 1932 classic Scarface.”
Some of the other films and directors featured at the SFJFF 2010:
Robert Guédiguian’s Army of Crime, Axelle Ropert’s The Wolberg Family, Marco Carmel’s Father’s Footsteps.
Marcos Carnevale’s Anita has been selected as the festival’s Centerpiece Film.
Ilusiones Opticas is a debut feature from Chilean director Cristián Jiménez, What About Me? by Etgar Keret and Shira Gegen, Fabian Hofman’s semi-autobiographical Te extraño (I Miss You), Tali Shalom Ezer’s Surrogate, A Room and a Half by Russian animator/documentarian Andrey Khrzhanovsky, Ahead of Time (a doc about acclaimed journalist/photographer Ruth Gruber), Amos Oz: The Nature of Dreams and Grace Paley: Collected Shorts, Stalin Thought of You and My Perestroika, The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground. Erik Greenberg Anjou’s musical documentary, The “Socalled” Movie, Maurice at the World’s Fair, a Spike Jonze-directed short, Keren Yedaya’s Jaffa, My So-Called Enemy, Budrus, the “live” documentary Utopia in Four Movements, the Dustin Hoffman-narrated doc Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, You Won’t Miss Me, and Protektor.
The remainder of the films, programs, and show times for the SFJFF 2010 can be found here.