Levis JCC Sandler Center Announces 3rd Annual Judy Levis Markhoff Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival (BRJFF) Line-Up

Three Weeks, 40 Films, Two Thumbs Up

Boca Raton, FL (January 8, 2019) – It’s time for ‘lights, camera, action’ as The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center’s Sandler Center announces its 2019 line-up for its newly named Judy Levis Markhoff Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival (BRJFF), which runs from March 10 – March 31, 2019. Now among the top 10 Jewish Film Festivals in the US, this year’s BRJFF features the best narrative, documentary and short films from around the world. The broad array of films explores the Jewish experience, culture, history, identity and topics relevant to Jewish life with a diverse collection of over 40 international and independent premiere films from over 19 countries. Films will be screened at Cinemark Palace 20 Theaters in Boca Raton from March 10-23 and at Movies of Delray from March 24-30.

A grand Red Carpet Event for patrons and sponsors will be held on March 7 at The Polo Club of Boca Raton and will feature a premiere screening of the dramedy Holy Lands starring James Caan, Rosanna Arquette, Tom Hollander and Jonathan Rhys Myers. Adapted from director Amanda Sthers’ critically acclaimed novel, Les Terres Saintes, Holy Lands is a universal story about love, family, loss and tolerance, told with incredible humor and heart. A limited number of patron, sponsor and Festival passes that provide reserved seating are now on sale.

The Festival’s opening night on Sunday, March 10 will take audiences on an unlikely adventure with the dark comedy To Dust starring odd couple Matthew Broderick and Géza Röhrig. To Dust was the winner of both the Audience Award and Best New Narrative Director at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and is a Palm Beach County Premiere. Director and South Florida local, Shawn Snyder and the star of the film, Géza Röhrig (star of the Academy Award winning ‘Son of Saul’) will be making special guest appearances and will host a post-screening discussion.

The closing night film at Cinemark on March 23 will feature the US Jewish Film Festival Premiere of The Bird Catcher, a Norwegian thriller about a 14-year old girl who had to assume a new identity as a boy in order to navigate her survival on a remote snow bound farm amidst the hostility of Nazi-occupied Norway. The event will be attended by Director Ross Clarke and select cast members.

Fans of the BRJFF will mambo their way into the final closing night of the Festival on March 31 at Zinman Hall with the premiere screening of the documentary ‘Mamboniks,’ a film with a huge connection to the New York transplants of South Florida. Surprisingly, many of Mambo’s biggest fanatics were Jewish, a diverse, offbeat group of devotees whose zeal for mambo dancing earned them the hipster nickname: “Mambonik.” Following the film there will be a concert and dance party with several local ‘Mamboniks,’ and the Grammy and Latin Grammy nominated band PALO, who will be performing their own style of Cuban music they call “Afro-Cuban Funk.”

Other not-to-be-missed films:

  • Golda’s Balcony – a film of the original Broadway show starring Tovah Feldshuh
  • The Unorthodox – a film that is one of Israel’s biggest box office hits of the year
  • The Other Story – directed by Avi Nesher, one of Israel’s most renowned filmmakers
  • King Bibi – a film based on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Additionally, three official entries to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film will premiere at the Festival including Slovakia’s The Interpreter, Austria’s The Waldheim Waltz, and Russia’s Sobibor.

“In this 3rd annual Festival year we are proud to present year-round programming and an unsurpassed line-up of outstanding films and speakers for your education and entertainment. We hope you leave the theater feeling as passionate about cutting-edge Jewish films as we do,” said Wendy Honig and Lesley Rich, BRJFF Artistic Director and BRJFF Program & Production Director, respectively.

Individual general admission tickets will become available in mid February. The full 2019 Program Guide including dates, show times, a synopsis of each film and theater location will be available on bocajff.org. For more information on sponsorships and passes, please call 561-558-2514 or visit the Levis JCC Sandler Center Box Office located at 21050 95th Avenue S., Boca Raton.

About The Judy Levis Markhoff Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival

The mission of the Judy Levis Markhoff Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival is to provide the newest, most stimulating and thought provoking films that encourage audiences to expand their awareness and understanding of the Jewish world and engage in dialogue to explore the many diverse perspectives portrayed by the films presented.

About the Levis JCC Sandler Center

The Levis JCC’s Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center, which highlights renowned talent from artists and actors to authors and so much more, gives adults of all ages and faiths an opportunity to connect with others who share similar interests in continuing education, travel and social events. Learn more at levisjcc.org/culture.