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Belle & Sebastien

France | 2013 | 99 minutes | Nicolas Vanier

2014 Youth Jury Award Prize for Best Films4Families Feature: Grand Jury Prize

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An inspiring story of a boy and his dog who guide Jewish refugees to safety across the alps, Belle et Sébastien is a charming homage to the beloved live-action nature films of Disney, but with a pulse-pounding World War II subplot that will thrill audiences of all ages.

The Dune

France | 2013 | 86 minutes | Yossi Aviram

This award-winning debut feature from Yossi Aviram gathers a strong French cast for the sensitive and suspenseful story of an aging gay cop and his long-estranged son, set in France and Israel.

Ida

Poland | 2013 | 80 minutes | Pawel Pawlikowski

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Acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) returns to his homeland for this intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation.

The Last of the Unjust

France | 2013 | 218 minutes | Claude Lanzmann

Claude Lanzmann (Shoah) unravels the tale of the “model” concentration camp, Theresienstadt, through conversations with former rabbi and Jewish Council leader Benjamin Murmelstein, who spent the war years negotiating on a day-to-day basis with Adolf Eichmann.

The Pawnbroker

USA | 1964 | 116 minutes | Sidney Lumet

Sidney Lumet’s 1964 drama, about a Holocaust survivor-turned-pawnbroker in East Harlem who is haunted by the wickedness of the world, boasts a groundbreaking Quincy Jones score and Rod Steiger’s star-making lead performance. Shown in a newly struck 50th anniversary print. With introduction by Quincy Jones!

A Place in Heaven

Israel | 2013 | 117 minutes | Yossi Madmony

The fateful contract between a secular Israeli army officer and a devout young Holocaust survivor has profound and unexpected consequences in this epic yet intimate portrait, spanning four decades, from director Yossi Madmony (Restoration).

Regarding Susan Sontag

USA | 2014 | 100 minutes | Nancy Kates

Meticulously constructed from a plethora of interviews and archival footage and accompanied by Patricia Clarkson’s terrific voiceover, this engrossing documentary about one of the most prominent and fascinating voices and figures of the 20th century raises the question, “Who was Susan Sontag, and why is she important now?” Director Nancy Kates in attendance.

You Must Be Joking

USA | 2014 | 91 minutes | Jake Wilson

Barb is an aimless, confrontational 27-year-old paralegal in this edgy comedy of reinvention. Sas Goldberg gives a frenetic, biting performance as a listless woman inspired by her childhood best friend, a ballet dancer, to pick up her long-shelved passion for standup comedy.