FILM

     

  • MONDAY, JANUARY 9 - HUNTING ELEPHANTS

 

  • Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and an impressive cast of Israeli top talent give bravura comic turns in HUNTING ELEPHANTS, a bank heist caper and coming-of-age tale from writer-director Reshef Levi (Lost Islands). At the bank where his father works, 12-year-old Jonathan (Gil Blank) watches helplessly as his father succumbs to a sudden heart attack while testing a new high-tech security system. In a cruel double blow, the evil bank manager (Moshe Ivgy) refuses to pay the father’s pension. In the aftermath, widow Dorit (Yael Abecassis) leaves her son in the care of his cantankerous grandfather Eliyahu (Sasson Gabai) and mate Nick (Moni Moshonov), both former Zionist freedom fighters now barely existing in a nursing home. Guilt-ridden over his father’s death, and mortified when his mother begins dating the bank manager out of financial desperation, Jonathan and the aging misfits hatch a plot to rob the bank that wronged his family. Joining the misadventure is Jonathan’s great uncle, a disgraced British lord and frustrated actor (Stewart in a scene-stealing role). 

Nominated for seven Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film, HUNTING ELEPHANTS is a delightful concoction of jocular hijinks and tender moments sure to leave audiences smiling.

107 minutes / Comedy / Israeli / Year: 2013 / English Hebrew/with Subtitles

 

  • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 AT 7:00 PM

*SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM -MOVIE & DISCUSSION!

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FLORIDA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM; MOVIE AND DISCUSSION          WITH YAN GROSS

 

  • AFTERMATH- Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer, are brothers from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 80’s, and cut all ties with his family.  Only when Jozek’s wife arrives in the US, without explanation, does Franek finally return to his homeland. Franek discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community, and constantly receives various threats. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue. The two brothers eventually uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family and their hometown. Upon its release in Poland, Aftermath received acclaim and also generated intense controversy. Polish nationals have accused the film of being anti-Polish propaganda, as well as a distortion of a sensitive piece of Polish history, leading the film to be banned in some Polish cinemas.

            Poland, Holland, Russia / Released: 2013 / Polish /110 minutes / SUB-TITLED

 

  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6- MATTER OF SIZE
  • A Matter of Size is an Israeli comedy (yes, comedy!) like nothing you've seen before, a hilarious and heart-warming tale about about a coming out of a different kind: four overweight guys who learn to love themselves through the Japanese sport of sumo wrestling! Herzl (Itzik Cohen) has been struggling with his weight ever since he was young, and his overbearing mother made it no easier on him. His friends Aharon (Dvir Benedek) and Gidi (Alon Dahan) struggle with the issue of weight in their personal lives as well; from fear of losing a spouse to a "thinner" man, to coming out as a gay bear. When Herzl loses his job as a cook and starts washing dishes in a Japanese restaurant, he discovers the world of Sumo, where large people such as himself are honored and appreciated. Through the restaurant owner Kitano (Togo Igawa), a former Japanese Sumo coach (supposedly hiding from the Yakuza in Israel) , Herzl and his friends fall in love with a sport involving "two fatsos in diapers and girly hairdos". However, Herzl's dedication to this demanding men-only sport threatens his budding relationship with Zehava (Irit Kaplan), a plus-size social worker.

Israel / Released: 2010 / Hebrew, Japanese / 90 minutes / sub-titled

  • *SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM –PJ LIBRARY INVITES YOU TO THE MOVIES!

            SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 – 3:00 – 5:00 – FREE FAMILY PROGRAM BGFJCC

 

PJ LIBRARY FRIENDS WILL ENJOY ANIMAL FRIENDLY CRAFTS & PLAY ALONG WITH THE MOVIE THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS .

PJ LIBRARY GIVES BACK! BRING A DONATION OF PET FOOD OR A PET TOY AND RECEIVE A FREE MOVIE SNACK PACK (JUICE BOX/POPCORN/GUMMY TREAT). ALL GIFTS WILL BE DONATED TO THE LOCAL HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PET SHELTER.

SNACK PACKS AVAIBALE FOR PURCHASE AT $3 / RESERVATIONS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR THIS EVENT

 

  • MONDAY, APRIL 3 –NORA’S WILL
  • Nora's Will is a comedy like nothing you've seen before, a truly unique tale of lost faith and eternal love from one of Mexico’s most talented new filmmakers, writer/director Mariana Chenillo. Nora's Will was named Mexico’s Best Picture of the Year, taking home seven Ariel Awards. Chenillo is the first female director ever to win Mexico’s Best Picture award. When his ex-wife Nora dies right before Passover, José (Fernando Luján) is forced to stay with her body until she can be properly put to rest. He soon realizes he is part of Nora's plan to bring her family back together for one last Passover feast, leading José to reexamine their relationship and rediscover their undying love for each other.

 

            Mexico / Released: 2010 / Spanish / 90 minutes sub-titled

 

  • MONDAY, MAY 8- LA RAFLE3/3
  • In picturesque Montmarte, three children wearing a yellow star play in the streets, oblivious to the darkness spreading over Nazi-occupied France. Their parents do not seem too concerned either, somehow putting their trust in the Vichy Government. But beyond this view, much is going on. Hitler demands that the French government round up its Jews and put them on trains for the extermination camps in the East. The collaborators start to put the plan into effect and within a short time, 13,000 of Paris’s Jews, among them 4,000 children, will be rounded up and sent on a road with no return. The fateful date: July 16th, 1942, 71 years ago. With a meticulously constructed script based on extensive research and first-hand accounts, writer/director Rose Bosch brings to the screen one of the most moving dramas of the year. Powered by fluid direction and a string of stars- from Jean Reno (The Da Vinci Code, Leon: The Professional) to Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds, The Concert)- La Rafle (The Roundup) became a big box-office hit in France, and its audiences included thousands of young people who came to learn about a dark chapter in their country’s history.

 

            France / Released: 2012 / French, German, Yiddish / 124 minutes / sub-titled

 

 

  • MONDAY, JUNE 5- THE ZIG ZAG KID APPROPRIATE FOR AGES 10+ (EASY SUBTITLES!)

 

  • In this spirited and action-packed adventure young Nono, a nearly 13 year old dreamer, longs to be a detective like his father, the famous police inspector; but his wild nature constantly gets him into trouble. Fed up with Nono's fantasies and antics, his father sends him off to his uncle's. On the train, the very imaginative Nono discovers one last chance to prove himself.  He meets the charming international thief Felix Glick, an old acquaintance of his father's, with whom he travels to the French Rivera and enters a world of intrigue and pursuits, crossing paths with the famous singer Lola Ciperola (Isabella Rossellini) and the mysterious Zohara whose secrets will change his life forever. Based on the beloved novel by David Grossman, The Zigzag Kid appeals to adults and children alike through its wit and humor.

 

Belgium, Netherlands / Released: 2015 /Dutch, English, French /95 minute /sub-titled

 

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