Film festivals of Saint-Augustine, Palm Beach, Miami embrace French cinema
Jan 17-20, 2014
The St Augustine Film Festival is presented by FLIFF (Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival).
The festival features 20 films over three days; this year’s program kicks off with French comedy Love is in the Air (Amour et Turbulences) by Alexandre Castagnetti and closes with Josephine, single and fabulous (Josephine) by Agnes Obadia.
- My best Holidays (Mes plus belles vacances)
Directed by Philippe Lellouche
France, 2011, 95 min. French with subtitles
It is the summer of 1976 Isabelle has just caught her husband Claude in bed with another woman. She decides to get revenge by choosing to go back to her hometown for the family summer vacation, a place that doesn’t like outsiders, especially if they’re Algerian Jews like Claude. With their two young sons and her mother in tow, they are joined by two other couples. The village has never met a Jew before and suddenly there are three of them. This charming film, based on the director’s childhood, follows an eccentric cast of characters as they navigate their way through romantic relationships, first loves and culture clashes. A light and wistful coming of age tale marked by cross-generational romance and culture-clash comedy, the film brims with laughter, love and 1970s nostalgia.
Cobb Theater at Downtown Sun, Jan. 19, 2:00 pm
Frank Theatres at Delray Marketplace Sun, Jan. 26, 11:00 am
Directed by Sophie Lellouche
France, 2012, 78 min. French with subtitles
A beautiful but single thirty something’s obsession with Woody Allen is put to the test by a gallant Frenchman in this delightful romantic comedy. Under constant pressure to marry from her increasingly anxious Jewish parents, Alice fills prescriptions alongside her father at their family-owned pharmacy. Rather than dating, she seeks refuge in the world of Woody Allen, engaging in imaginary conversations and surrounding herself with images of the iconic filmmaker, continually quoting his trademark witty Woody-cisms and even prescribing her customers DVDs of his movies to help alleviate their ailments. Will a chance finally bring her a winning suitor and happy ending?
“A fun, fluffy, but chic romantic comedy that looks so effortless.” Time Out “Utterly endearing. As lively and wonderful as Paris in spring.” Le Figaro
Frank Theatres at Delray Marketplace Tues, Jan. 21, 11:00 am
Cobb Theater at Downtown Thurs, Jan. 23, 2:30 pm
For more information, please visit http://www.palmbeachjewishfilm.org/paris_manhattan.html
January 23rd to Feb. 3rd, 2014
Monday, January 27 at 8:30pm at Regal Cinemas South Beach
MEET DIRECTOR IDIT CEBULA
RUE MANDAR, Florida Premiere
Directed by Idit Cebula
France | 95 minutes | 2013
French with English subtitles
Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Lionel Abelanski, Emmanuelle Bercot
Take a traditional Jewish funeral whose rituals no one can quite recall, mix in a predominantly Sephardic Jewish community, add one of the most beautiful cities in the world as your location, and top it off with a terrific ensemble cast.
What you get in the assured hands of director Idit Cébula, is the charmingly poignant French film Rue Mandar. For elder brother Charles, sister Rosemonde (Emmanuelle Devos) and youngest sibling Emma, their widowed mother’s funeral marks the end of an era.
Brought together after years of separation, they are soon squabbling about religious tradition, each other and what to do with their parents’ apartment at 13 Rue Mandar.
This film reminds us that the messy, sometimes humorous and often bittersweet business of death can lead to new beginnings.
Idit Cebula was born in Paris to Jewish parents from Poland. She started her feature film career as an actress in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s internationally acclaimed film Blue, the first chapter in his Three Colors Trilogy. Rue Mandar is Idit’s second feature film.
Wednesday, January 29 at 6:30pm at Miami Beach Cinematheque
FELIX TIKOTIN: A LIFE DEVOTED TO JAPANESE ART
Directed by Santie Kramer
Netherlands-Japan-Israel-France | 77 minutes | 2013
Dutch, German, English, French, Japanese with English subtitles
WORLD PREMIERE. This biography of art collector, bon vivant and supporter of Isreal, Felix Tikotin, spans every significant event of the 20th Century and yet remains focused on the human, joyous and tragic elements of his life.
The most renowned, influential and knowledgeable collector of Japanese prints and drawings, Tikotin fought for Germany in World War I, owned and ran a gallery of Japanese art in Berlin between the wars and fled to the Netherlands during World War II, where his family and art were hidden by Dutch friends.
Post-war he opened other galleries, and the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art in Israel. Made by family members, this intimate, moving film charts not only the life of a unique, charismatic citizen of the world, but also the effects – good and bad – of having such a genius for a husband and father.
Thursday, January 30 at 4:00pm at Frank Theatres Intracoastal
WHEN DAY BREAKS, Florida Premiere
Directed by Goran Paskaljevic
Serbia-France-Croatia | 76 minutes | 2012
Serbian with English subtitles
Cast: Mustafa Nadarevic, Predrag Ejdus, Meto Jovanovski
The elderly and widowed Misha Brankov lives a largely solitary existence in Belgrade until the excavation of the city’s old fairgrounds unearths a decades-old secret. An iron box contains documents that verify the professor is the son of a Serbian Jewish couple murdered at a Nazi death camp, not the child of the Christian farmers who raised him.
The initial shock of the professor’s discovery soon gives way to his determination to find closure and pay fitting tribute to his talented musician father with a memorial concert of the patriarch’s long-lost unfinished composition.
An earnest and seldom-seen remembrance of Serbian involvement in the Holocaust in which thousands of Jews, gypsies and political prisoners were killed, When Day Breaks is Serbia’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Goran Paskaljevic studied at the film academy in Prague (FAMU) where he belonged to what was known as the Prague School, along with directors Gorgan Markovic and Emir Kusturica. He has since directed over 30 documentaries and shorts, and 15 features which have won nearly 30 international prizes.
Presented with the award-winning short film AUDITION
For more info, please visit http://www.caje-miami.org/index.cfm?pageid=105
Article published January 8, 2014.