The year marks the 26th edition of the New York Jewish Film Festival, including a special tribute to the life and work of Gene Wilder, films about Jews in Ghana, the importance of hummus, art as a weapon against war, and more.
As usual, the New York Jewish Film Festival includes a roster of international filmmakers and a handful of global, U.S., and New York premieres.
On any given day there are as many as five different films and shorts screened, starting in the early afternoon. Tickets are $12 each, $11 for students and seniors.
In addition to a screening of Mel Brooks’s The Producers, starring Wilder and Zero Mostel, there is a related poster exhibition honoring the life and work of both actors, and film clips. Wilder’s scene where he goes from calm to hysterical in seconds over his beloved blue blanket is one of the funniest and most brilliant scenes in film history.
There’s also a a tribute to actress and cabaret artist Valeska Gert, and a showing of the iconic 1931 Threepenny Opera also starring Lotte Lenya (in the original German, with English subtitles).
And a screening about a modern cabaret performer
Documentaries include the life of Yitzak Rabin, assassinated in 1995 for his efforts to bring peace to the Middle East, and another about the Peshmerga fighters in Syria.
The New York Jewish Film Festival is a collaboration between the Jewish Museum and the Lincoln Center Film Society.
Photo of Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder in a scene from The Producers courtesy the Jewish Museum
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