29th Annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Saturday, August 8 to Monday, August 10
Plug into the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival for a cinematic kaleidoscope of culture, with more than a dozen films, including features, documentaries and shorts from across the globe. Fix the world with radical eco-pranksters, meet Gertrude Berg, the ‘Jewish Lucille Ball' of 1950s TV, come of age with Australian nerdy girls and Uruguayan bar mitzvah boys, laugh with Gérard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant, and enjoy the best in contemporary animation, comedy, drama and more - including a fantastic array of new technological resources at www.sfjff.org.

Tickets, all-festival passes and full schedule are available at www.sfjff.org or 866.55.TICKETS. Join the Jewish Film Forum for ticket discounts and special benefits. Buy a discount 10-Flix Pack, good for 10 tickets, and save $20!

Rafael passes or discounts are not valid for these screenings. Advance tickets are not available at the Rafael, and the Rafael will sell any remaining tickets on day of show only.

Saturday, August 8, 12:00
Israeli documentary filmmaker Yoav Shamir (Checkpoint, Five Days) daringly explores the ways contemporary Jews learn and think about anti-Semitism, both real and perceived. (Israel 2009) 91 min.

Saturday, August 8, 2:00
She's the most famous woman in America you've never heard of. The amazing story of Gertrude Berg, creator and star of early TV's The Goldbergs, is told with humor and insight in Aviva Kempner's sparkling, star-studded biography. (US 2009) 92 min.

Saturday, August 8, 4:00
In 1949, Soviet deportees creep eastward into oblivion. Or is it? For young Sasha, salvation comes through an astonishing rubric of chance, defiance and the love of a Muslim railroad worker who becomes his adopted grandfather. (Israel, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia 2008). Preceded by Mama, L'Chaim! (To Life!). Program 104 min.

Saturday, August 8, 6:30
Cathy Randall's wacky/serious coming-of-age comedy mines the phenomenon of good girls going bad with peerless acting by Diane Catanzariti, Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) and Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine). Note: This film contains some sexual content. (Australia 2008) 103 min.

Saturday, Aug 8, 8:45
Oscar-winning director Adam Elliot's brilliantly animated, bittersweet comic tale of an unlikely yet extraordinary friendship between a middle-aged, obese New York Jew with Asperger's syndrome and his eight-year-old pen pal from Australia. (Australia 2008) 92 min.

Sunday, Aug 9, 12:00
Meet the Yes Men - eco-prankster/activists Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno - who pose as mild-mannered corporate executives, then brazenly infiltrate major media outlets and shareholder meetings, skewering their targets with spectacularly satirical stunts. (US/France 2009) 90 min.

Sunday, August 9, 2:00
Frankie, a rambunctious but well-meaning Dutch teen and the son of a Holocaust survivor, seethes with anger as his mother's cancer worsens, leading to a misguided association with neo-Nazi youth and an unforgivable crime. (Netherlands 2008) 85 min.

Sunday, Aug 9, 4:00
In the first-ever drama by and about Ethiopian Israelis, an immigrant's paternal hopes are threatened by his son's flirtation with crime and his daughter's taboo romance. A spirited debut casts a fresh angle on a seldom-seen milieu. Argentina, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay (East Republic), 2008, 87min.

Sunday, August 9, 6:00
A poignant and charmingly melancholic look back at the tiny battles of youth and the joys that come in between as an adolescent boy awkwardly makes his way toward what it means to be a man. (Argentina, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay 2008). Preceded by Bait. Program 99 min.

Sunday, August 9, 8:15
Ranging from the hyperrealistic to the fantastic, this powerful "neo-noir" mystery follows Galia, a young Israeli who struggles to remember the terrorist bus bombing that took her boyfriend's life, leaving her body - and her psyche - severely scarred (Israel 2008) 94 min.

Monday, August 10, 4:00
Cyril Gelblat uses a light hand to sketch a "sandwich" generation crisis, as a sister (Miou-Miou) and brother (Charles Berling) watch their mother slip into a world of memories and their children slip into adulthood (France 2008). Preceded by With a Little Patience. Program 106 min.

Monday, August 10, 6:15
Gerard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant star in a romantic comedy that puts a couple's marriage to the test as they start a new life in Tel Aviv. Will it last? (France/Israel 2008). Preceded by Sidney Turtlebaum, starring Derek Jacobi. Program 117 min.

Monday, Aug 10, 8:50
Pining for the 1960s, or at least the Dazed and Confused '70s, a teenage hockey phenom enjoys his life to the fullest, until a classmate's disappearance forces him to reexamine his carefree existence (Canada 2009). Preceded by Ten for Grandpa. Program 89 min.

Playing at the Rafael Film Center
Aug 8 2009 - Aug 10 2009
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael CA 94901
T 415 454 1222 E rafaeltheater@cafilm.org