Worcester – Featuring Jewish films from Israel, the UK, Spain, South America and the U.S., the 12th Annual Central Mass. International Jewish Film Festival will run from Jan. 18 – 29, celebrating Jewish cinema at its best.
The film festival is presented by the Worcester Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation of Central Mass. (JFCM), which provided a generous grant.
Major sponsors of the festival are Jewish Healthcare Center, The Consulate General of Israel to New England, and the Mass. Cultural Council.
Community partners are Chaverim, a program of JFCM; Hadassah Boroughs Chapter; Hadassah Worcester Chapter; and The Willows at Worcester.
For more information go to www.worcesterjcc.org.
Friday, Jan. 18, 1 p.m.
Worcester Senior Center,
128 Providence St., Worcester
FREE encore showing
(Snow Date: Friday, Jan. 25, 1 p.m.)
Director: John Goldschmidt
UK, 2015, 94 minutes, English
After 100 years in business, Nat’s third generation kosher bakery in London’s East End is in a downward spiral. His longtime customers are moving away or dying and his son, the lawyer, has no interest in the family business. In a pinch, Nat reluctantly hires a young Muslim apprentice who accidentally drops his stash of cannabis into the dough, causing sales to sky rocket. A warm-hearted comedy about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places.
Opening Night – Saturday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.
St. John’s High School, 378 Main St., Shrewsbury; $15
Director: Ofir Raul Graizer
Germany, Israel, 2017, 105 minutes,
English, German, and Hebrew with English subtitles.
The Cakemaker is a sensitive portrayal of love and relationships. Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who makes frequent business trips to Berlin. When Oren disappears, Thomas travels to Jerusalem looking for answers. Without revealing his secret, he begins working for Oren’s widow at her small café, and becomes involved in her life in unexpected ways. Adult content.
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury St.
General Admission $12. (Snow Date: Wednesday, January 23, 7:30 p.m.)
Director: Jacob Goldwasser
Israel, 2018, 90 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles
Nominated for 8 Israeli Academy Awards including Best Picture, SHOELACES tells the gently comic story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs adult son, whom he abandoned when he was a young boy. Thoughtful, poignant, and unexpectedly funny.
The Last Suit
Saturday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.
St. John’s High School, 378 Main St., Shrewsbury
General Admission $15.
Director: Pablo Solarz
Argentina, Spain, 2017, 92 minutes, German, Polish, Spanish, Yiddish with English subtitles.
Jewish tailor Abraham Bursztein has built a successful life in Argentina, but at 88, finds his place in the world diminished. When his daughters arrange for his move into a retirement home, he plots a secret, one-way road trip to Poland, to search for the Christian friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II. Heartfelt, charming, and comedic.
Dessert reception after film co-sponsored by Chaverim, a program of JFCM, Hadassah Boroughs Chapter, Hadassah Worcester Chapter, and the Latino-Jewish Roundtable.
Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel
Sunday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m.
Worcester JCC, 633 Salisbury St.,
General Admission $12.
Directors: Seth Kramer, Daniel Miller, Jeremy Newberger
USA, 2018, 91 minutes, English
A new chapter in the enduring love story of Jews and baseball, Heading Home is the stirring underdog chronicle of the unexpected triumph of Israel’s national baseball team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. No one was betting on Team Israel, but that was before they beat Cuba, South Korea, Taiwan and the Netherlands. Team Israel’s scrappy line-up included several Jewish MLB players, including Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway, who found themselves exploring their Jewish identity for the first time while representing Israel on the world stage. Sponsored by Jewish Healthcare Center.
Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m.
The Willows at Worcester, 101 Barry Rd., Worcester;
General Admission $12.
Director: Sam Pollard
USA, 2017, 100 minutes, English
Throughout his legendary career, Sammy Davis, Jr. strove for the American Dream despite the odds of racial prejudice. When Davis converted to Judaism, he yoked his identity to yet another persecuted minority. Electrifying performance excerpts, never-before-seen photographs, and interviews with renowned performers paint a vivid picture of this extraordinary artist’s life in this award-winning documentary. Audience Favorite, Boston Jewish Film Festival 2018.