DOUBLE FEATURE/CLOSING NIGHT

Hummus the Movie/The Last Blintz

Monday, July 10

Running Time Hummus 70 minutes, Last Blintz 30 minutes, English

*Hummus and blintz tasting – arrive by 6:30

 

Hummus the Movie
If you love hummus, you’ll love its history! Travel around the world across religious and cultural divides to discover the origins of the nutritious chickpea dish and meet a diverse group of hummus disciples. Universally consumed and found in at least 25% of all U.S. households, it's safe to say hummus, a spread made from chickpeas and tahini, is a delicious staple of worldwide cuisine. This documentary takes us to Israel, which claims the food as its own, to meet three passionate hummus aficionados and hear their stories. Combining the stories of each individual’s personal journey with historical hummus facts and appetizing footage of the hummus-making process, director Oren Rosenfeld's documentary shows how the food has positively affected Israeli culture —and is even able to transcend religious and political divides.
 

The Last Blintz

The closing of the The Cafe Edison (aka The Polish Tea Room), the Broadway diner immortalized in Neil Simon's 45 Seconds from Broadway, is not just a story about another famous show business haunt shutting its doors; it is the fading away of a piece of America’s past. It's too late for The Cafe Edison, but looking to the future, The Last Blintz is an impassioned plea for 'progress' that honors the past, protects the future, and preserves the heart and culture of our great cities...before there's nothing left.

 

All movies will be shown at Lourdes University – Franciscan Theatre in Sylvania at 7 p.m. Free parking.

 

General admission - $7 per film, per person

Series package - $25 all 5 dates, per person

All pre-purchased tickets and passes will be available the day of each film. Popcorn and water is included.

 

How to purchase your tickets:

By phone: 419-724-0361

By email: colette@jewishtoledo.org

Online: www.jewishtoledo.org/filmfestival

At the door (on a first come, first served basis. Seating is limited.)

 

Remember

Monday, May 22

Running Time 95 minutes, English

Remember tells the story of Zev Guttman (Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer), a 90-year-old struggling with memory loss, and his close friend, Max (Academy Award Winner Martin Landau), who is wheelchair-bound but in full command of his mental faculties. Both former prisoners in Auschwitz, Max and Zev embark on a cross-continental road-trip to bring justice once and for all to the Nazi guard who destroyed both of their lives.

 

The Pickle Recipe

Monday, June 5

Running Time 97 minutes, English

*Meet the Writer/Producer Sheldon Cohen

Pickle tasting starts at 6:30 p.m.

A cash-strapped party emcee and his conniving uncle scheme to steal a secret family recipe in this crowd-pleasing family comedy co-starring comedian Jon Dore, Academy Award nominee David Paymer and Sex and the City actress Lynn Cohen. Endearing as it is funny, The Pickle Recipe equally imparts laughs with a heartwarming metaphor about the people and memories that comprise the special ingredients of family, however dysfunctional. 

 

The Midnight Orchestra

Monday, June 12

Running Time 105 minutes, Arabic, English, French with subtitles

The estranged son of a once famous Moroccan musician (Marcel Botbol) is unexpectedly transformed after returning to his homeland. Expounding on Moroccan-Jewish life and generational divides with humor and heart, The Midnight Orchestra is the winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Montréal World Film Festival.

 

Indignation

Monday, June 19

Running Time 110 minutes, English

James Schamus — acclaimed screenwriter (The Ice Storm; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and producer (Happiness, Brokeback Mountain) — makes his directorial debut with this painterly and insightful adaptation of Philip Roth’s 2008 novel, a look at a young Jewish man (Logan Lerman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) from New Jersey who heads to a small Midwest town. Amidst the conformity and political conservatism of 1950s America, Marcus Messner avoids the Korean War draft and joins a Christian college in Ohio instead, but finds himself at odds with everyone from classmates to the dean, especially in matters of religion, or lack of it.