March 14 - March 21
"The Great Beauty is drop-dead gorgeous, a film that is luxuriously, seductively, stunningly cinematic." —LA Times
"A densely packed, often astonishing cinematic feast that honors Rome in all its splendor and superficiality." —Variety
"The year’s grandest, most exhilarating foreign film." —Time
Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past theextravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (c) Janus
2 hr. 22 min. | Italian | NR
Directed by: Paolo Sorrentino
Featuring: Toni Servillo
March 25 - March 25
"This honest and engrossing film shows how ingenuity and spark can restore excitement in education. That goal needs every helping hand it can get." —New York Daily News
From the director of WORDPLAY and I.O.U.S.A. comes a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education. IF YOU BUILD IT follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what’s possible. © Long Shot Fact
1 hr. 25 min. | English | Documentary
March 27 - March 30
Mozart’s sublime tragic comedy offers boundless scope for directors, and Kasper Holten has chosen it to follow his directorial debut of Eugene Onegin. He wants to shift the emphasis from Don Giovanni’s sex life into a darker place, showing Giovanni’s womanizing as an attempt to stave off his own mortality. Each woman he seduces represents a life he could have had. Though it is a dark piece, Holten intends to handle it with a light touch and he is working with a superb cast – Mariusz Kwiecien, one of the world’s leading Don Giovannis, Alex Esposito, a fresh, vigorous Leporello and acclaimed French soprano Véronique Gens.
March 28 - April 3
“A metaphysical thriller that stays one step ahead of its audience.” —Screen Daily
Academy Award Nominee Jake Gyllenhaal reteams with his Prisoners director, Academy Award Nominee Denis Villeneuve, in this sexy and hypnotically surreal psychological thriller that breathes new life into the doppleganger tradition. Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal) is a glum, disheveled history professor, who seems disinterested even in his beautiful girlfriend, Mary (Laurent). Watching a movie on the recommendation of a colleague, Adam spots his double, a bit-part actor named Anthony Clair, and decides to track him down. The identical men meet and their lives become bizarrely and irrevocably intertwined. Gyllenhaal is transfixing as both Adam and Anthony, provoking empathy as well as disapproval while embodying two distinct personas. With masterfully controlled attention to detail, Villeneuve takes us on an enigmatic and gripping journey through a world that is both familiar and strange - and hard to shake off long after its final, unnerving image. ENEMY, adapted from Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago’s 2004 novel The Double, is about the power of the subconscious. In the end, only one man can survive. (c) A24 Films
90 min | Canada | R
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Featuring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini
Opening Friday, April 11, showtimes TBA
"Cheers to a movie as gloriously entertaining and bluntly honest as the lady herself. Everybody rise." —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Now in her late 80s, Broadway legend Elaine Stritch remains as ferociously funny as ever. In this bold, hilarious and poignant portrait, the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is revealed both on and off stage. Candid reflections about her life are punctuated with words from friends (including James Gandolfini, Tina Fey, John Turturro, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane and Cherry Jones) and archival footage that showcases some of the great moments from her career. Whetherdominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of 30 Rock, or sharing her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior and reveals an inspiring portrait of a complex woman and artist. (c) IFC
1 hr. 20 min. | Documentary | NR
Featuring: Elaine Stritch, Nathan Lane, James Gandolfini, Tina Fey & Alec Baldwin
The Fourth Annual Gainesville Jewish Film Festival will be screening films on March 9, 10, and 11 and March 16, 17, and 18.
Supported by: Jewish Council of North Central Florida (JCNCF), UF Center for Jewish Studies, UF Jewish Student Union’s Jewish Awareness Month, UF Center for Women’s Studies, Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, Norman and Irma Braman Chair in Holocaust Studies, Gary Gerson Lecture Series, and Dr. Michael and Phyllis Warren
Sunday, March 9, 7:30PM
Hunting Elephants centers on an Israeli boy who is dealt a cruel double-blow by fate. First, his father is killed in an accident while working at a local bank. Then, not only does the bank deny fault, they also declare they’ll repossess the boy’s home. The boy must find money fast, and decides to rob the bank that’s offended him. But he needs a team. Unfortunately for Jonathan, the only crew he has access to is three senior citizens.
107 min | NR | Israel | Feature Film
Nominated for Seven Israeli Academy Awards
Monday, March 10, 7PM
Bethlehem tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. The film is a raw portrayal of characters torn apart by competing loyalties and impossible moral dilemmas, giving an unparalleled glimpse into the world of human intelligence.
100 min | NR | Israel | Feature Film
Israeli Film Academy, Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Casting, Best Editing, 2013
Wild West Hebron
Tuesday, March 11, 7PM
Wild West Hebron challenges the idea of hero and villain. The journey of one settler defies common preconception. Yochanan Sharet, converted to Judaism born to a protestant family. He moves and builds a farm near the settlements of Susia. Sharet becomes notorious for his harassment of Palestinians and he soon finds the tables have turned when he is driven off his land, with his life and home in danger.
120 min | NR | Israel | Documentary
Special Honorary Mention, Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2013
Sunday, March 16, 4PM
In this restored gem, Mamele (1938) embraces the gamut of interwar Jewish life in Lodz—tenements and unemployed Jews, gangsters, religious Jews celebrating Sukkot—but the film belongs to Molly Picon, Queen of the Yiddish Musical, who romps through her dutiful daughter role saving siblings, keeping the family intact & singing her way through the stages of a woman’s life from childhood to old age.
103 min | NR | Poland | Feature Film
New York Jewish Film Festival, 2014
Fill The Void
Sunday, March 16, 7PM
Fill the Void tells the story of Shira who is about to be married off to a promising young man of the same age. On Purim, her older sister dies during childbirth, leaving her husband, Yochay, to care for the child and postponing Shira’s promised match. When the girls’ mother finds out that Yochay may leave the country with her only grandchild, she proposes a match between Shira and the widower. She must choose between her heart’s wish and her family’s wish to keep the child with them.
90 min | PG | Israel | Feature Film
Israeli Film Academy, Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup, 2012
Monday, March 16, 7PM
Franek and Jozek, sons of a poor farmer, are from a small village in Poland. Franek immigrated to the U.S. in the 80’s, and cut all ties with his family. Only when Jozek’s wife arrives in the US, without explanation, does Franek finally return to his homeland. He discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community, and constantly receives threats. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue. The brothers eventually uncover a secret that forces them to confront their family history and hometown.
107 min | NR | Poland | Feature Film
Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award, Jerusalem Film Festival 2013
Tuesday, March 18, 7PM
HaMashgikhim follows Avi, Kobi and Yaniv, three young men who belong to the Breslev Hassidic community and place themselves in charge of supervising the codes of modesty, without hesitating to use violence to convey the message. When Miri moves into the neighborhood, Avi is torn between his feelings for her and the codes of the gang.
70 min | NR | Israel | Feature Film
Israeli Film Academy Awards, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, 2012