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“Ida” is a winner

In all honesty, there was only one film nominated for an Oscar that I deeply cared about. I was thrilled when “Ida” won the Academy Award for best foreign film last night. I first saw the film at Telluride two year ago and chatted with the Polish filmmakers afterwards. I was not able to procure it for my festival, but was honored to introduce the Boulder International Film Festival’s screening last year – with 750 people crammed into the Presbyterian Church. Since then I’ve followed a stream of rave reviews and media attention for “Ida.”  So I felt a strong surge of satisfaction when it won – as I had predicted it would.

Professor Paul Shankan introduces “Run Boy Run” during the Boulder Jewish Film Festival

The Oscars were otherwise fairly uneventful, despite my disappointment that “The Imitation Game” and “Boyhood” did not get their just rewards. And what’s with leaving Joan Rivers out of the obits?

Meanwhile, over at the recently concluded Denver Jewish Film Festival, the audience award winners were just announced. “Run Boy Run” won for best narrative and “Above and Beyond” won for best documentary. Once again I am pleased by these deserved honors since both of these films will be shown during the Boulder Jewish Film Festival.

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Nancy Spielberg poses with George Lichter during the filming of “Above and Beyond.”

And back to our other friends at the Boulder International Film Festival, which runs March 5-8. I will be introducing the darkly comic “Mr. Kaplan” on March 7 at 5:00 pm. But in my opinion the best Jewish title in BIFF is “Borrowed Identity,” which I saw this year at Telluride and was hoping to bring to Boulder. Once again BIFF has shown its skill at finding great movies.

Mr. Kaplan spies on a man he thinks is a wanted Nazi war criminal.

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About Kathryn Bernheimer

Director of Menorah: Arts, Culture and Education at the Boulder JCC. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time."

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