Film Festival The National Center for Jewish Film's Annual Film Festival

The National Center for Jewish Film's Annual Film Festival

Tue, 05/07/2019 -
Sun, 05/19/2019

various locations

German Films

THE TOBACCONIST / Der Trafikant
BOSTON PREMIERE
Thursday, May 9, 5:00 pm @ MFA
Sunday, May 19, 11:00 am @ Coolidge Corner Theatre

Vienna under Nazi occupation is the setting for this ravishingly-shot wartime drama about a young man and his unlikely friendship with Sigmund Freud. 17-year-old Franz works as an apprentice at a tobacco shop where the psychoanalyst (played by acclaimed actor Bruno Ganz in one of his final roles) is a regular customer, and the two develop an immediate bond. When Franz falls desperately in love with a music hall dancer named Anezka, he turns to Freud for advice. As war approaches, the dramas of this young man’s life are swept up into the larger maelstrom of events. Based on the international bestseller.
Director: Nikolaus Leytner
Germany/Austria 2018
DCP, 113 min

IT MUST SCHWING! THE BLUE NOTE STORY
MASSACHUSETTS PREMIERE
Wednesday, May 8, 7:45 pm @ Coolidge Corner Theatre
Saturday, May 11, 12:30 pm @ MFA

In 1939 New York, two penniless German-Jewish refugees, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, founded the legendary Jazz label Blue Note. At a time when African American musicians faced discrimination and segregation, Lion and Wolff saw kindred spirits and treated Blue Note's black artists as equals, recording and promoting Jazz greats like Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Thelonious Monk. Beautifully made by Eric Friedler and Oscar-winner Wim Wenders, this marvelous, schwinging documentary features an incomparable soundtrack of brilliant Jazz, style-defining archival photos and graphics, moving interviews, and handsome animation. "A cinematic, historical, socio-political and acoustic masterpiece.” --Radio Brandenburg Berlin
Director: Eric Friedler
Documentary
Germany, 2018
DCP, 115m

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