Jewish films, women composers bring international sights, sounds to town
Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 6:42 p.m.
Celluloid images from Israel and Poland, and the music of women composers from France, Germany, Italy and India bring international sights and sounds to Gainesville in two annual events returning this week.
The Fourth Annual Gainesville Jewish Film Festival offers seven films over two weeks starting Sunday at the Hippodrome Cinema, and the 18th International Festival of Women Composers offers two concerts starting Tuesday and a symposium on French music and literature on Wednesday at the University of Florida.
Gainesville Jewish Film Festival
The festival's seven screenings begin with two of Israel's most acclaimed and internationally recognized films of 2013.
“Hunting Elephants,” a comedy about an Israeli boy who turns the tables on the bank that wronged him — by robbing it — opens the festival at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
The film, which co-stars Patrick Stewart as one of three retirees who join the boy in the caper, received seven nominations including Best Picture from the Israeli Academy Awards.
Monday's film, “Bethlehem,” which won six Israeli Oscars including Best Picture for its story about an Israeli intelligence officer and the Palestinian boy who becomes his informant, screens at 7 p.m. Monday.
The documentary “Wild West Hebron,” which screens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, recounts an Israeli settler who becomes known for his harassing treatment of Palestinians only to find himself on the receiving end when they attempt to evict him from his farm.
The festival's other four films run March 16-18 and include “Mamele,” a restored 1938 film from Poland at 4 p.m. March 16; “Fill The Void,” the 2012 Best Film of the Israeli Film Academy about a young Hasidic woman pressured into an
arranged marriage, at 7 p.m. March 16; “Aftermath,” the 2013 Chairman's Award winner from the Jerusalem Film Festival about two brothers in a small, Polish village, at 7 p.m. March 17; and “HaMashgikhim” (“God's Neighbors”), about a Hassidic young man who falls in love with a young woman outside of his violence-prone circle, at 7 p.m. March 18.
Admission is $7 per film, with passes available at $18 for three films, or $36 for all seven. Admission to the festival, which is presented by the Jewish Council of North Central Florida, UF's Center of Jewish Studies and other entities, is free to college students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at www.jcncf.org.
International Festival of Women Composers
Beginning Tuesday and concluding March 18 on the UF campus, this year's Festival of Women Composers packs a lot in two days, with a special symposium on French music literature held in conjunction with the festival planned on a third.
Events begin Tuesday with a concert highlighting music by French women composers along with poetry by CÚcile Guinand and Emily Dickinson read in French. The concert, with music performed by flutist Christine Alicot, pianist Karah Johns, soprano Jan Wade-Littrup and The Alachua Consort featuring John Netardus,
Annemieke Pronker-Coron and Miriam Zach, begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 101 of the UF School of Music building.
Held in conjunction with the festival on Wednesday is the International Symposium on French Music and Literature, which begins with an introduction by conference organizers Sylvie Blum-Reid and Mirian Zach at 10:40 a.m. in Room 101, and offers scholarly presentations from 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Friends of Music Room in University Auditorium.
On March 18, the Festival of Women Composers concludes with a 7:30 p.m. concert at the Baughman Center on Lake Alice. Performing music by composers from France, Germany, the United States, Italy and India will be vocalist Vikisha Hazariwala, pianist Judith Pfeiffer, violinist Ashwin Ramanathan, soprano Jan Wade-Littrup and pianist Miriam Zach.
Free tickets for the performance are available at the Baughman Center, 294-0049. For more information about this year's festival, see www.iwclib.org and www.facebook.com/iwclib.
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