The Mandel JCC Presents The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival’s Week-Long Mini Festival in Jupiter.
Each year from mid- January to mid- February, patrons from all over South Florida get to experience the joy, the wonder and the excitement that is The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival- but for the first time ever, the festival is offering a one-week extension! The Jupiter Satellite Film Festival will take place from April 16-19 at the Cinepolis Cinema and it will showcase eight different films that Film Festival Director, Ellen Wedner promises, “will appeal to movie buffs of all ages and backgrounds. The films are extraordinarily diverse and very engaging. You don’t have to be Jewish to be thoroughly entertained and enthralled, you just have to appreciate and enjoy good films.”
Some of the highlights include:
Let Yourself Go: In this off- kilter comedy, Elia is a Jewish psychoanalyst who lives alone in a flat on the same floor as his ex-wife Giovanna, with whom he is still secretly in love with. When he befriends a vivacious Spanish personal trainer, Claudia, a single mother with an unhinged criminal ex-boyfriend, she drags Elia all over Rome as a series of mishaps ensue that breathe new energy into his predictable and tired life.
An Israeli Love Story: This film was awarded second place Audience Award Best Feature at this year’s Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival. Based on the true story of director and actress Pnina Gary, this is a passionate story of love and independence. Set in pre-state Palestine, Eli and Margalit are torn between their love for one another and where they see their own futures in the Jewish state. In the budding theatre world of Tel Aviv and the kibbutzim, Margalit finds her place in the spotlight. Eli, while planning to marry Margalit, is drawn deeper into the struggle for Jewish independence from the British.
Shelter: This thriller, which takes place in Hamburg, tells the story of Naomi, a one-time top Mossad agent who is coaxed into going back to work. She is dispatched to a safe house with a false passport, a gun and a mission to protect Mona, the Lebanese former spouse of a Hezbollah leader. After turning on her one time- partners, Mona has gone under the knife, emerging with a different face and the promise of a new life in Canada- that is if she can survive her two-week convalescence while her militant ex-comrades scramble to track her down and take her out. In this game of deception, beliefs are questioned, choices are made, and yet their fate takes a surprising turn in this suspense- laden elegant neo-noir.
The Light of Hope: This is the true story of Elizabeth Eidenbenz and her role in World War II. In the early 1940’s, refugees from all over Europe sought shelter in South Western France to escape the persecution from the Nazis and from Franco’s regime in Spain, but the refugee camps were in horrendous shape with no protection from the cold. Elizabeth, a young Red Cross nurse found an old villa nearby and transformed it into a birthing clinic, saving mothers and children from certain death. The villa becomes a safe haven for pregnant women and new mothers, but soon authorities in Nazi- occupied France demand that she hand over all Jewish refugees…..
With eight very different films that will have you laughing, crying, and finding hope within humanity, this is a week not to be missed! For the full schedule and descriptions of films playing at the Jupiter Satellite Film Festival or to purchase tickets visit www.pbjff.org. You can also purchase tickets over the phone by contacting the box office directly at 1-877-318-0071, during normal business hours.