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Cinematters: Film @ the JCC

JCC Manhattan's film program showcases films that promote change and reflect on pertinent themes. Featuring previews and special engagements, CINEMATTERS emphasizes films on social justice, social action, and matters crucial to our New York community and society at large. Presenting movies from around the world, our screenings include special guest speakers, filmmakers, actors, and other interactive opportunities to further engage with the themes in our award-winning films. We believe films move and impact audiences and are one of the most compelling ways to effect change. We invite you to be inspired, join the conversation, and begin to change our world.

Upcoming Screenings

Winter Season Film Pass
  • 1/1/2017 - 4/30/2017
  • $50.00 / $70.00

Purchase a pass for our acclaimed series and enjoy a spectacular season of preview and premiere films, special cinematic events and discussions. Enjoy cutting-edge films from around the world, documentaries and special engagements, followed by conversations with filmmakers and special guest speakers.

*USAGE NOTES: Winter season runs from 1/1/17-4/30/17. This pass is for personal use only. Passes do not include film festival screenings. To assure tickets to each screening, reservations are still necessary. Please claim tickets in the JCC lobby. Pass does not constitute ticket to films/events.*

One Week and a Day (Shavua v'Yom)
  • Tue, Mar 28 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Asaph Polonsky (Israel, 2016, 98 min.)

When the mourning period over their son ends, a return to routine seems to be in order for Vicky, while her husband, Eyal, opts for a total abdication of routine—stealing his dead son’s bag of medical marijuana and proceeding to get high with his stoner neighbor. Both parents act in outlandish ways as they attempt to regain a sense of control over their lives, having realized that despite the most painful losses imaginable, the world stops for no one.

Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2016

Winner, Best Feature, Jerusalem Film Festival 2016

Screening followed by Q&A with Asaph Polonsky, director, One Week and a Day

Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
  • Tue, Apr 04 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Daniel Raim (USA, 2015, 94 min.)

Academy Award®-nominated director Daniel Raim (The Man on Lincoln's Nose) and Executive Producer Danny DeVito (Pulp Fiction, Man on the Moon) present Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story, a fascinating and deeply moving account of the romantic and creative partnership of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his wife, film researcher Lillian Michelson—a talented couple once considered “the heart of Hollywood.”

Harold and Lillian worked on hundreds of iconic films during Hollywood’s golden age including The Ten Commandments, The Apartment, The Birds, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Rosemary’s Baby, Fiddler On The Roof, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Scarface, Full Metal Jacket, and more.

Although the couple was responsible for some of Hollywood’s most iconic examples of visual storytelling, their contributions remain largely uncredited. Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips, and candid conversations with Harold and Lillian, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Coppola and others, this heartfelt documentary chronicles the remarkable relationship of two extraordinary careers spanning six decades of movie-making history.

Screening followed by Q&A with Wynn Thomas, award-winning production designer. He is an icon in the world of production design (Hidden Figures, A Beautiful Mind, Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing) and was very close to Harold and Lillian.

Special Preview: Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
  • Thu, Apr 13 7:00 PM
  • FREE for s / $5.00

Dir. Joseph Cedar (USA/Israel, 2016, 117 min.)

Richard Gere headlines a marvelous cast (including Lior Ashkenazi, Hank Azaria, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, Isaach De Bankolé, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Michael Sheen, and Dan Stevens) in this richly detailed drama from Oscar-nominated writer-director Joseph Cedar (Footnote), about a veteran "fixer" in NYC’s Jewish community. Norman gets in way over his head when he sets out to impress a visiting Israeli dignitary who later becomes Prime Minister. Director Cedar's wry gaze examines New York's network of fixers, connectors, and middlemen, and the “confidence game” they play. Gere is simultaneously seductive, vulnerable, and enigmatic—a profoundly satisfying balancing act.

Screening followed by Q&A

Joe's Violin
  • Mon, Apr 24 6:00 PM
  • FREE for Everybody

Dir. Kahane Cooperman (USA, 2016, 24 min.)

In the Academy Award-winning short documentary film Joe’s Violin, a donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship between 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold and 12-year-old Bronx school girl Brianna Perez, showing how the power of music can bring light in the darkest of times and how a small act can have a great impact.

Presented in remembrance of Yom Hashoah. Followed by screening of Fever at Dawn. Click here to purchase tickets.


Fever at Dawn
  • Mon, Apr 24 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Péter Gárdos (Hungary, 2016, 110 min.)

In 1945, after having been freed from a concentration camp, a 25-year-old Hungarian man, Miklós, is being treated at a Swedish hospital. The doctors diagnose him with a severe lung disease and tell him that he has no more than six months to live. But he refuses to give up, tries to find a wife with whom he can start a new life, and sends letters to 117 Hungarian girls who are also being treated in Sweden. One of the girls is 19-year-old Lili, who likes Miklós's letter, and they start corresponding. Based on the novel Fever at Dawn.

Presented in remembrance of Yom Hashoah. Screening followed by Q&A

The Wedding Plan (La'avor et Hakir)
  • Wed, Apr 26 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Rama Burshtein (Israel, 2016, 110 min.)

Winner, Best Actress & Best Screenplay, Israeli Academy Awards

The deeply observant Orthodox 32-year-old Michal (Noa Koller) has always been desperate to marry, and finally she's met a man, gotten engaged, and rented the hall for her wedding. But on the eve of the great event, her fiancé confesses he doesn't love her, and the wedding is called off. Undeterred, Michal refuses to cancel her wedding plans. She firmly believes that God will provide a husband by the eighth day of Hanukkah. With the clock ticking and matchmakers on the case, Michal begins her quixotic search for the perfect mate, with results that are hilarious and uncanny.

In her first film, the acclaimed Fill the Void, American-born Israeli filmmaker Rama Burshtein gave us a dramatic study of marriage in the Hasidic community. Here she adopts a looser style, giving us something new: an ultra-Orthodox romantic comedy. In Noa Koller she's discovered a wonderfully expressive comedian who makes the quirky, determined, insecure Michal an unforgettable and unique screen hero.

"Brings romantic comedy to the Hasidic community, with...pleasing results." --Jay Weissberg, Variety

Screening followed by Q&A

Ben Gurion, Epilogue
  • Sun, Apr 30 11:00 AM
  • $5.00

Dir. Yariv Mozer (Israel, 2016, 70 min.)

In the great depths of a film archive, six hours of interview with one of modern history's greatest leaders, David Ben-Gurion, were discovered. They are set in 1968, when he was 82 years old, five years before his death. He lived in the desert, removed from all political discourse, which allowed him a hindsight perspective on the Zionist enterprise. Ben-Gurion's introspective soul searching is the focus of this film, and his clear voice provides a surprising vision for crucial decisions Israel needs to make today.

Screening followed by Q&A

The Guys Next Door
  • Tue, May 09 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Amy Geller & Allie Humenuk (USA/Italy, 2016, 74 min.)

The Guys Next Door is an intimate portrait of a real "Modern Family:" Meet Erik and Sandro, a gay married couple whose friend Rachel is a surrogate for their two daughters. Rachel, who is in her 40s, is married to Tony and they have three children. Together, they form a unique extended family.

Spanning over three years, this lyrical documentary tackles some of the most pertinent issues of our time: gay marriage and parenting, surrogacy as a path to having children, and the extension and redefinition of what it means to be “an American family.” Elegantly shot and edited, and told with candor and humor, The Guys Next Door is an inspiring story of family, friendship and gay rights.

Screening followed by Q&A


Special Preview: Past Life (Hahataim)
  • Tue, May 23 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Avi Nesher (Israel, 2016, 112 min.)

Based on a true story, Past Life tracks the daring 1977 trans-European odyssey of two sisters–one an introverted ambitious classical music composer, and the other a combative politics and porn magazine editor--who are daughters of Holocaust survivors. As they try to unravel a disturbing wartime mystery that has cast a foreboding shadow on their entire lives, they realize that freedom from the shackles of the past requires painful sacrifices, as does the struggle to discover one’s unique voice.

Screening followed by Q&A

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