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Global Reach of Film Festival

Global Reach of Film Festival


Super heroes, World War II heroes, and everyday individuals who take heroic action will be seen through a cinematic lens at this year’s 2019 East Bay International Jewish Film Festival, starting its nine-day run at the Century 16 Theatres in downtown Pleasant Hill March 2. 

“We’ll be showing two films in memory of Marvel Comics genius Stan Lee, who was the creative force behind many super heroes, as well as showing movies portraying people who have taken a stand against prejudice despite danger to themselves,” says EBIJFF Director Riva Gambert. “This year’s line-up features films from Argentina, Austria, France, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Lebanon, Slovakia, Spain, and the USA. Festivalgoers will enjoy a world tour without leaving the comfort of their movie seats.”

Opening the festival is the lively French romantic light drama Monsieur and Madame Adelman. “It’s a gem of a film. Another comedy is Stockholm, which is a sort of adult-version of Weekend at Bernie’s, with four high school friends, now in their 70s, doing their best to make the world think a recently deceased friend is still alive.”

In contrast, many of this year’s films are historical dramas (Across the Waters, A Bag of Marbles, Fig Tree, Toman, The Unorthodox, Budapest Noir, and A Fortunate Man. “The latter takes place in Copenhagen at the turn of the 19th century,” notes Gambert. More contemporary issues are also addressed, like the subject of immigration in the closing night film Worlds Apart. This Greek drama stars J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Juno) and focuses on how the recent large-scale immigration into southern Europe affects three individuals from different backgrounds.

“Two of our films deal with #MeToo.  Working Woman, a brilliantly acted drama, shows the emotional fallout experienced by a 30ish woman who, for financial reasons, finds it necessary to stay at a company despite her boss’ unwelcome attentions.”

Festival sponsors include the City of Pleasant Hill and Downtown Merchants, Bay Alarm, City National Bank, RINA Accountancy, Merchants Bank, Spiegelman Wealth Management, Aaron Metals, Sunrise Bistro, Destination Wealth Management, and Buttercup Grill.

For the entire schedule and to purchase tickets, go to  Brochures are available at Century 16 Theatres and the Century 14 in Walnut Creek.