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Hedy is Ahead in Festival Pack of Repeat Showings

The Boulder Jewish Film Festival has added its eighth and final additional screening with a third showing of “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” on Sunday, March 18 at 10:45 am. Local audiences seem to be as fascinated with the untold story of this gorgeous genius and inventor as the rest of the country, where Hedy has once again emerged as a bombshell of even greater magnitude. CLICK HERE

There’s a bevy of talented beauties in “Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema,” which will be screened a second time on Tuesday, March 13 at 3:45 pm. Dinner afterwards anyone? Although you may feel more like dancing after watching this explosion of energy and color, swirling movement and melodic sound. Equally dazzling is the unlikely story of how talented and beautiful Jewish women, who were free to perform in public, became the greatest stars of glamorous Bollywood. CLICK HERE

Extraordinary talent is also on display in the new bio pic of consummate showman Sammy Davis Jr., screening in the Gordon Gamm on Sunday, March 11 at 7 pm. One of the most complex and intriguing figures in pop culture, the versatile performer conquered show business despite a host of odds stacked against him. Celebrate a brilliant career and learn about the legendary “I Gotta Be Me” star. CLICK HERE 

Acting talent can be found anywhere – including in the middle of a community that does not watch movies – as “Menashe” has proved. The accidental star is as unlikely a candidate for fame as it gets. The real Menashe Lustig, who served as the model for the character he plays, lives in a tight-knit Orthodox community in New York, where the surprise hit was filmed in secret. Find out why this touching father-son story has produced an avalanche of press, and a designation as “Yiddish mumblecore.” “Menashe” plays Sunday, March 18 at 3:45 pm in the Gordon Gamm. CLICK HERE

Menashe” is part of a full day examining The Orthodox World in Focus, reflecting a deluge of dramas depicting Orthodox characters. One of the most striking is 1945,” which plays Sunday, March 18 at 1 pm in the Gordon Gamm. Based on the acclaimed short story by Gábor T. Szántó, this haunting Hungarian drama comes just a few years after that country won the foreign language Oscar for the Auschwitz-themed “Son of Saul,” which closed our festival. Photographed in luminous, high-contrast black and white, “1945” is a taut meditation on guilt and complicity. Not to be missed on the big screen! CLICK HERE.

Set in the same immediate post-Holocaust era, “Bye Bye Germany” is light years away from “1945” in tone. The popular German drama – which just played at the Boulder International Film Festival and the Denver Jewish Film Festival – is amusing and high-spirited, celebrating the resilience of a group of survivors grappling with a shattered future. CLICK HERE 

The 6th annual film festival is full of inspiration. Come, be filled with awe and admiration for the human spirit as we share stories of triumph and tragedy.

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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