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Land Of Mine is one of those few films that details the immediate aftermath of conflict and occupation from the Second World War. It exposes the previously hidden story of Denmarks darkest hour. In the days following the surrender of Nazi Germany in May 1945, German POWs held in Denmark were put to work by the Allied Forces. With minimal or no training in defusing explosives these teenagers from Germany were to remove two million of their own landmines from the Danish west coast.
To rectify a debt they incurred mostly as cannon fodder, is personified by the Danish military man named Rasmussen who trains and oversees them. As Land of Mine opens the POWs are subjected to verbal and physical abuse. This is done by Danish civilians finally venting their hatred for their longtime enemies. This is a brutal chapter in post-WWII history. Rasmussen shares their contempt. They begin to see the futility and cruelty of an endeavor that assumes the contours of revenge at its most brutal, rather than rough justice.
The Release of this film is February 17, 2017. The Cast: Roland Møller, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, and Louis Hofmann. The other cast members are Joel Basman, Emil Belton, and Osakar Belton. The Director is Martin Zandvliet. This film is one hour and forty one minutes. During this process, more than half of them were killed or severely wounded. Writer/director Martin Zandvliet sheds light on this historical tragedy as the entry point to a story that involves love, hate, revenge and reconciliation.
The Salesman is a dazzling, darkly funny, quietly devastating human drama from the Islamic Republic of Iran. If you know Farhadi’s work – and if you don’t, search out About Elly, A Separation and The Past — you know you’re in the hands of a major film artist. He is not one to underline the meaning of his films. He throws audiences into the thick of things and leaves us to parse its meaning. It’s a compliment Hollywood films rarely afford us.
This film is a (1-Week Engagement) Tickets and Showtimes: (925) 254-9060. It is playing at the Orinda Theatre February 24 – March 2. This Film got extended for another week because it has East Bay appeal.
This Film is Asghar Farhadi second win in this category. This award puts him in an elite category of double-winners in the category, including Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman. Farhadi’s second Oscar win for Iran came in the wake of a screening of The Salesman that thousands attended in London.
So Moonlight was the best picture, and now we have the producers of two movies on stage and who knows who is who from which movie. I’m just standing there like an idiot feeling bad for these guys Jimmy Kimmel recalled. I don’t know if you know this but I hosted the Oscars last night. Except for the end it was a lot of fun he said as he opened his show.
The Sturgeon Queens is a documentary that’s one hundred years and four generations later. Russ & Daughters continues to provide smoked sturgeons, whitefish and lox to many customers. Russ & Daughters opened in 1914. It is located at 179 East Houston Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City. A family-operated store, it has been at the same location since 1914. One hundred year-old Hattie Russ Gold and her sister 92-year-old Anne Russ Federman have life stories of there Jewish immigrant experience. There hard work, humor, romance, and a little tsuris goes along way.
Hattie and Anne are the two surviving daughters from the famed lox and herring emporium Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side.
This documentary timed to coincide with the store’s centennial in 2014 traces four generations of Russ family history. This is from the patriarch Joel Russ, who immigrated to the US from Austria-Hungary. This is Joel’s great grandchildren Josh Russ Tupper and Niki Russ Federman now in their 30s, run the store today. Niki’s father Mark Russ Federman, who ran the store from the 1970s until 2008 adds insights from his years researching Russ family history.
This is a longtime Russ & Daughters employee, now manager, who represents the new wave of immigrants behind the R & D counter.
This movie evokes the parts of Judaism that I love and revere. The Jewish food the harrowing escape from pogroms in Eastern Europe, the humor. You can taste the lox, the herring, the whitefish, right through the TV screen.
This fantastic movie is going to premiered at The 22nd Annual East Bay International Jewish Film Festival in Pleasant Hill, Ca and underwritten by Jonathan Winchell from FilmBlogsAreUs.
The 22nd Annual East Bay International Jewish Film Festival brings you films around the world. See A Film, See The World from Argentia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland.
Free Screening 3:30 PM
Century 16 Downtown Pleasant Hill is proud to host the East Bay International Jewish Film Festival for the 3rd year. The theater has stadium seating and provides the highest quality in theater digital technology. Dates are March 2-12, 2017 in Pleasant Hill March 2 & 5 at the Vine Cinema & Alehouse, Livermore.
The 22nd Annual East Bay International Jewish Film Festival is fortunate to have two excellent features from Argentina. Added to offerings from England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and the USA.
Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown
DOCUMENTARY / FRANCE, USA / 2016 / BIOGRAPHY, COMEDY / 60 MINS
Even after decades in Hollywood, Jerry Lewis remains an enigma. Seen primarily as a comic actor in America, he is recognized as a cinematic genius by French film critics. This insightful biopic captures the many different sides of the man. Here is his early life, films, and television shows. The French love affair with his movies and his long-time relationship with singer/TV sidekick Dean Martin, and his humanitarian work with the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation.
The Sturgeon Queens
DOCUMENTARY / USA / 2014 / HISTORICAL / 52 MINS
One hundred years and 4 generations later, Russ & Daughters continues to provide smoked sturgeon, whitefish and lox to the store’s many customers… along with dollops of camaraderie. A mouth-watering, must-see documentary! Underwritten by FilmBlogsAreUs.
FEATURE / USA / 1947 / DRAMA, MYSTERY / 87 MINS
Nominated for five Oscars and starring Robert Young, Robert Mitchum and Robert Ryan. Crossfire was the first film to delve into anti-Semitism in America. Taking place just after WWII, this moody film noir follows Detective Finley (Young) as he investigates the murder of a Jewish war veteran. It was based on the novel The Brick Foxhole by screenwriter/director Richard Brooks (Elmer Gantry, In Cold Blood). Director Edward Dmytryk and producer Adrian Scott—both of whom were part of the Hollywood Ten and later sent to jail for contempt of Congress.
The Frisco Kid
FEATURE / USA / 1979 / COMEDY, FAMILY FRIENDLY / 119 MINS
Gene Wilder and Harrison Ford star in this lively, warm comedy set during the Gold Rush. Wilder plays a Polish rabbi who experiences obstacles as he crosses America to reach his new pulpit in San Francisco. In memory of actor Gene Wilder (1933–2016).
On the Map
DOCUMENTARY / ISRAEL, USA / 2016 / HISTORICAL / 90 MINS
This fast-moving and awe-inspiring documentary recounts the story of how one Tel Aviv basketball team toppled the four-time defending European Champions and put Israel firmly on the map. On the Map combines the pulse-pounding action of a high-stakes game with an incendiary political situation at the height of the Cold War to deliver a film that honors Israeli heroes, mesmerizes fans of the game and captures the spirit of a nation victorious against all odds. Underwritten by Beryl and Ivor Silver
The Comedian Jackie Burke (Robert De Niro) still thinks he has what it takes by putting on new performances. The audience still sees him as the former television character he once played as Eddie Blake. After accosting an audience member, Jackie is sentenced to community service where he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann).
Roger Friedman revealed that producer-screenwriter Art Linson had written a stand-up comedy in this movie with the help of comedian Jeff Ross.
The film had its world premiere at the AFI Fest on November 11, 2016. It was released on February 3, 2017, by Sony Pictures Classics. It was supposed to hit theaters in a limited release on December 2, 2016, but eventually opened wide on February 3, 2017. It was originally scheduled to open on January 13, wide, but was pushed back to February 3. This is Credited by Wikipedia.