ANDOVER – The Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation will hold its annual Jewish Film Festival over three days in various locations, beginning Saturday, May 18, and ending on Monday, May 20.
The festival will feature four films: “Magic Men,” “The Samuel Project,” “The Invisibles,” and “Shoelaces.” All four movies have won numerous awards.
“Magic Men” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Congregation Shalom in Chelmsford. Admission is $24 per person and includes an opening night reception.
In the film, Avraham – a Holocaust survivor who has renounced his faith – resents the piety of his son Yehuda, a devout Hassidic rapper. When the aging Avraham decides to return to his native Greece to find the man who offered him shelter and taught him magic, he brings his son with him and they confront their prickly relationship, with help of a kindhearted prostitute. So begins an engaging road trip during the search for reconciliation amidst enchanting moments of humor. (English, Greek, Hebrew, with English subtitles)
“The Samuel Project” will be shown on Sunday, May 19, at 1:30 p.m. at 1580 Osgood Landing in North Andover. Admission is $12.
This is a heartwarming story of an outcast teen who connects with his isolated grandfather, Samuel (played by Hal Linden), when he makes him the subject of an animated art project for school. The boy discovers that his grandfather, a Jewish dry cleaner, has a surprising past. The movie is suitable for students, seventh grade and up. (English)
“The Invisibles” will be shown on Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m., also at Osgood Landing. Admission $12.
In June 1943, Germany declared Berlin “Judenfrei” – free of Jews. But at that moment, there were still 7,000 Jews living there, hiding and protected by courageous Berliners, while desperately trying to avoid deportation. The movie depicts the experiences of four survivors – one a teenager – interweaving their testimony with highly accomplished dramatizations, an unusual hybrid approach that brings edge-of -the-seat suspense to their years underground. (German with English subtitles)
The admission to see both movies on Sunday, May 19, is $20 per person.
“Shoelaces” will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Temple Emanuel in Andover. The $18 admission includes a Dessert Wrap Party.
In this award-winning Israeli family dramedy, surly mechanic Reuven takes in his exuberant adult special need’s son, Gadi, after his ex-wife’s untimely death. As Gadi becomes accustomed to living with Reuven, and Reuven begins to enjoy parenthood, their world is turned upside down by Reuven’s failing kidneys. When Gadi wants to donate one of his own kidneys, the transplant committee objects. Furious, Gadi sets out to claim to do something meaningful on his own and help his father. (Hebrew with English subtitles)
The package admission for all four movies is $50, and there are sponsorships available for $180. Donations from the event will benefit the many programs of the federation. Call 978-688-0466 for more information. All tickets can be purchased online at mvjf.org, or by sending a check to MVJF, PO Box 937, Andover, MA 01810.