Dramatic Stories

Black Mercedes

About the Film 

A young woman’s murder leads a police detective into a murky underworld of sex and intrigue, in this twisting thriller set in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. The chief inspector’s ties to the Polish Underground jeopardize his probe, as he seeks to unravel this noir whodunit layered with hidden identities and startling turns.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
123 minutes

Crescendo

About the Film 
A famous conductor assembling an orchestra of Israeli and Palestinian youth for a Mideast peace summit, finds a tempest of deep discord. Corralling the young artists, sworn enemies from the Arab-Israeli divide, is easier said than done, in this potent drama, with an amazing cast of non-actors, led by veteran Peter Simonischek.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
112 minutes

Dolce Fine Giornata

About the Film 
An impetuous writer recklessly speaks out following a deadly terrorist attack, in this thought-provoking arthouse drama that contemplates the limits of free speech. Polish-Jewish expat Maria lives her golden years in a charming Tuscan villa, while fostering a secret liaison. When she decries Europe’s eroding democratic ideals, she’s unprepared for the hostility she garners, in this superbly crafted, morally complex intersection of artistic license and political discourse.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
96 minutes

Exodus

About the Film 

The birth of modern Israel gets the big-budget, Hollywood treatment in this exhilarating epic featuring an all-star ensemble. Paul Newman is Israeli resistance leader Ari Ben Canaan, who defies a British blockade to smuggle Jewish refugees to Palestine. Once ashore, he falls for an American nurse, Kitty (Eva Marie Saint), as they risk their lives for the Zionist cause. Otto Preminger’s lavish production includes standout supporting performances from Lee J. Cobb and Sal Mineo, as well as Ernest Gold’s Academy Award-winning score.

Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
208 minutes

Flawless

About the Film 
A sisterhood of outcasts seeks to remake themselves in this provocative, poignant, coming-of-age dramedy, wherein the trio goes to queasy extremes to bankroll cosmetic surgery and prom dresses. This beguiling, cautionary tale of self-discovery and prejudice features a standout performance by the first transgender woman nominated for Israel’s top acting prize.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
97 minutes

The Glass Room

About the Film 
An iconic home (the stunning Villa Tugendhat) takes center stage as secret affairs and history’s shifting tides shatter a Czech marriage, in this mesmerizing, erotic wartime saga. A wealthy Jewish industrialist and his gentile wife see their dream house become home to passionate, dark desires as 1930s idealism gives way to Hitler. Based on Simon Mawer’s hit novel.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
104 minutes

The Humorist

About the Film 
A successful but stifled Russian-Jewish comedian cracks under the mounting pressure of personal insecurities and state censorship, in this smart, decidedly non-comedic social satire. After failing as a writer, Boris succeeds doing stand-up, but his creativity is stifled under mid-‘80s Soviet repression. Summoned like a court jester by the KGB, and finally pushed to the edge by the decadence and despotism of the ruling elite, events culminate in a revenge-soaked twist worthy of Shakespeare.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
101 minutes

Incitement

About the Film 
Israel’s Oscar submission, a riveting psychological thriller, dramatizes the motives behind Prime Minister Rabin’s 1995 assassination. Told through the perpetrator’s eyes, the zealot is egged on by national leaders, religious orthodoxy, and right-wing media. With an unnerving central performance, this rigorously researched portrait was Israel’s Best Film winner.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
123 minutes

The Keeper

About the Film 
An ex-Nazi plays soccer for salvation in this rousing, romantic, epic true story. No longer a British POW, the Manchester City team hires Bert Trautmann as goalkeeper, where he arouses the interest of the club manager’s daughter, and the post-war ire of fans. Famously playing the ‘56 FA Cup Final with a broken neck, Trautmann’s tale tells of how sports can unite.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
118 minutes

The Mover

About the Film 
Latvia’s Oscar entry, this gripping, ominous drama tells of real worker Žanis Lipke—Latvia’s Schindler—honored for his courage during WWII. Žanis and his wife are unlikely heroes, suffering under the Soviets and Germans. When the Nazis begin moving Jews from a nearby ghetto into forced-labor camps, Žanis embarks on a covert mission to save them from certain death.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
87 minutes

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