Free film screenings begin March 19

Sat, March 16, 2013
Free film screenings begin March 19

The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, in conjuction with Texas Hillel, is proud to bring you three free screenings of selections from the Austin Jewish Film Festival next week, on March 19, 20, and 21.

This year's films are Berlin 36 (Germany), The Ballad of the Weeping Spring (Israel), and The Day I Saw Your Heart (France). Screenings begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Read summaries of each film below, or click each link for more information.

3/19, Berlin 36: Berlin high jumper Gretel Bergmann is one of Germany’s best gold medal contenders when Berlin hosts the 1936 summer Olympics. She is also Jewish. When the U.S. protests Germany’s plans to exclude Jewish athletes, the Nazis plan to sabotage Gretel’s training and replace her with another woman who harbors a secret. The women are meant to be rivals, but instead become loyal friends. Together they challenge an empire.

3/20, The Ballad of the Weeping Spring: Borrowing from diverse genres, including samurai theater, spaghetti westerns, and South American mysticism, this film incorporates remarkable sets, locations, costumes, and a haunting soundtrack to follow the adventures of a son who pledges to reunite his father’s legendary band to play one last concert before one of the band members dies. Star performances from some of Israel’s best-known actors, including Uri Gavriel, Dudu Tassa, Nir Levy, and Adar Gold make this extraordinary tale of love, tragedy, passion, and courage a definite must-see.

3/21, The Day I Saw Your Heart: Family life is complicated, especially when a 60-year-old father announces he’s expecting a child with his new wife—disturbing news for his two grown children. Eli has had a particularly troubled relationship with daughter Justine, who continually flits from one man to the next. He decides to get closer to her by secretly becoming friends with all her ex-boyfriends. But when Justine falls in love again and Eli is about to ruin everything, the family teeters on the brink of disaster. Will they be able to work things out before it’s too late? 

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