Gold Coast International Film Festival’s spotlight on Jewish film

Gold Coast International Film Festival’s spotlight on Jewish film
Photo courtesy of Gold Coast Arts

Gold Coast International Film Festival is proud to present the best new Jewish and Israeli films as part of its 2024 Spotlight on Jewish Film.

The GCIFF lineup showcases 6 critically acclaimed features comprised of a diverse collection of outstanding international narrative and documentary works, featuring an exclusive opening night historical drama “One Life” starring two-time Academy Award winner Sir Anthony Hopkins.

All film screenings will take place at the Manhasset Cinemas, 430 Plandome Road in Manhasset.

“One Life” is a vivid and stirring historical drama based on true events. Two-time Academy Award winner Sir Anthony Hopkins gives an intensely moving performance as Sir Nicholas Winton, a humble, mild-mannered British stockbroker who helped rescue hundreds of Jewish children from Europe on the verge of the Second World War, an act of compassion that was almost forgotten for 50 years.

It’s not until the BBC show “That’s Life!” re-introduces him to some of those he helped rescue that he finally begins to come to terms with the guilt and grief he carried — all the while skyrocketing from anonymity to a national hero. (March 4 at 7:00 pm; English)

“Supernova,” a documentary on the Oct. 7 massacre at the Supernova Festival in the Negev desert marks a historic turning point for Israel.

In this emotional film, survivors, first responders and parents recount their stories and the horrors they witnessed. Filmed just a few days after the events, their trauma is evident, their grief over friends lost is palpable, their continued fear is apparent.

Using materials meticulously collected from dozens of sources, the attacks were documented in real-time, by both perpetrators and victims, providing unprecedented insight into the massacre. With special remarks from Natalie Sanandaji, Nova Music Festival Survivor, in partnership with Combat Antisemitism Movement. (March 6 at 7:00 pm; Hebrew with English subtitles)

“All About The Levkoviches” is a heartwarming family comedy about a generous and stubborn elderly boxing coach who gets along with everyone except his own son. They’re reunited after the death of the old man’s wife and forced to face old grievances.

As they sit shiva and mourn for a week, they embark on a journey of rediscovery, healing, and understanding. (March 11 at 7:00 pm; Hungarian and Hebrew with English subtitles)

“The Boy In The Woods tells the powerful saga of courage and compassion based on the astonishing true-life story of Maxwell Smart, a young Jewish boy who lost his entire family in the Holocaust yet survived the Nazi occupation of Eastern Europe by hiding in the forests of Poland. Max’s epic tale and harrowing journey of survival is an inspiring testament to the indomitable human spirit. (March 13 at 7:00 pm; English)

“The Monkey House” is a splashy cinematic gem melding a literary mystery, a rambunctious comedy, and a moving character study that follows the unexpected connection between two lost souls. Envious of his more celebrated colleagues, a once-successful novelist tries to revive his fading career by launching a highly inventive scam.

He recruits a reckless actress and trains her to assume the somber identity of a lit master’s student. Their lives will alter forever. Nominated for 11 Israeli Academy Awards including Best Director for legendary Israeli director Avi Nesher. (March 18 at 7:00 pm; in Hebrew and Italian with English subtitles)

“Remembering Gene Wilder” is a loving tribute to Gene Wilder that celebrates his life and legacy as the comic genius behind an extraordinary string of film roles.

It is illustrated by a bevy of touching and hilarious clips and outtakes, never-before-seen home movies, narration from Wilder’s audiobook memoir, and interviews with a roster of brilliant friends and collaborators like Mel Brooks, Alan Alda, and Carol Kane. Remembering Gene Wilder shines a light on an essential performer, writer, director, and all-around mensch. (March 21 at 7:00 pm; English)

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