Some Movies to Watch While Waiting for the Boulder Jewish Film Festival
"Seven Blessings" is one of three Sephardic-themed feature films in the 12th annual Boulder Jewish Film Festival.

Some Movies to Watch While Waiting for the Boulder Jewish Film Festival

The Boulder Jewish Film Festival is still five months away, but I have already secured many exciting titles from around the world. The festival, which runs November 10-17 at the Dairy Arts Center, will have a Sephardic theme this year with three international feature films – one focused on 19th century Italy, one on 20th century Algeria, and our closing night family drama about a contemporary Moroccan family living in France and Israel, Seven Blessings. I am equally excited about our uplifting and diverse Israeli films and our documentaries, including The Catskills.”

There is no shortage of Jewish films to watch while we await the festival’s offerings, however.

Treasure,” which has just opened in theaters, stars Lena Dunham as a music journalist who travels to Poland in 1990 with her father (Stephen Fry), a Holocaust survivor, on a journey of remembrance.

Diane von Furstenberg: Woman in Charge which opened the Tribeca Film Festival on June 5, will be available on Hulu on June 25. The documentary covers not only her career as a famed fashion designer and inventor of the wrap-around dress, but also her marriage to a German prince, her wild nights at Studio 54, and the story of her mother, a Holocaust survivor whose influence shaped her success.

Remembering Gene Wilder, which played the Jewish film festival circuit before arriving on Netflix, is a love letter to the beloved Jewish actor. The star of “The Producers,” “Willy Wonka,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein” – and the husband of Gilda Radner – is fittingly tributed in this delightful documentary.

Another intriguing title that recently played at the Tribeca Film Festival, Between the Temples opens August 23. Carol Kane and Jason Schwartzman star in this comedy about a cantor in a crisis of faith whose world is turned upside down when his grade school music teacher re-enters his life as his new adult Bat Mitzvah student.

A Real Pain,” which premiered at Sundance and has been getting strong reaction at festivals such as Tribeca, opens in theaters October 18. Like “Treasure,” it is a comic drama depicting a family journey into the painful Holocaust past. Jesse Eisenberg and Kieran Culkin play odd-couple cousins whose tour through Poland to honor their beloved grandmother opens old wounds.

If you missed One Life at the Boulder International Film Festival, this heartwarming feature film starring Anthony Hopkins, now available to rent ($5.99) on Amazon Prime, is based on the remarkable life of Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued more than 600 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. A must-see.

I hope these titles whet your appetite for our festival. The schedule will be announced later this summer. Meanwhile, happy viewing.

About Kathryn Bernheimer

Kathryn has spent her professional life writing about, teaching, and presenting the arts. Founding Director of the Boulder Jewish Film Festival, Kathryn was Director of Menorah and ACE at the Boulder JCC from 2003 through August, 2019. 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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