10th Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival

March 8-23, 2014

10th Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival

The 10th Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival proudly continues its tradition of presenting an entertaining, thought-provoking and high-quality line-up comprised of the best Jewish and Israeli films from across the world. Presented in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this year’s festival will provide you with your pick of documentaries, dramas, comedies, and musicals.

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2014 Houston Jewish Film Festival Trailer


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Ticket Information 

Individual Tickets
$8 ERJCC Member/Patron of the Arts & MFAH Film Buff/Students/Seniors 60+
$10 Public
All 5:00 PM Movies at the ERJCC are $5

Purchase Tickets 
ERJCC Screenings 
Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) Screenings
ForwardHolocaust Museum Houston (HMH) Screening 

Festival Pass
$60 ERJCC Member
$80 Public
$5 discount for students and seniors

Event Highlights

Directed by Yuval Adler
Israel/Germany/Belgium, 2013, 99 min
Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles
Houston Premiere, Drama

Bethlehem tells the story of the unlikely bond between Razi, an Israeli secret service officer, and his Palestinian informant Sanfur, the younger brother of a senior Palestinian militant. Razi recruited him when he was just 15, and developed a very close, almost fatherly relationship with him. Now 17, Sanfur tries to navigate between Razi’s demands and his loyalty to his brother, living a double life and lying to both. When the Israeli secret service discovers how deeply involved Sanfur is in his brother’s activities, Razi is faced with an impossible dilemma.

Directed by Jason Chaet
USA, 2012, 88 min, English
Houston Premiere, Comedy

New York’s Upper West Side provides the setting for this quirky comedy described by one critic as “a lost Woody Allen movie from the 70s, strangely transplanted into the 21st century”. Thirty-something Walter – nicknamed Putzel -- aspires to take over Himmelstein’s, his family’s smoked fish emporium, when his Uncle Sid retires.  But Sid gives him some surprising news, and things get tricky with the arrival of the charismatic Sally (Melanie Lynskey, Two and a Half Men) who flirts with both men. Ultimately Walter makes some major life decisions that assure his own future. 

The AttackThe Attack
Directed by Ziad Doueiri
France, 2013, 102 min
Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles

Amin Jaafari is an Israeli Palestinian surgeon, fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society. He has a loving wife, an exemplary career, and many Jewish friends. But his picture-perfect life is turned upside down when a suicide bombing in a restaurant leaves nineteen dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife Sihem, who also died in the explosion, was responsible. Convinced of her innocence, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland and enters the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the truth. Once there, he finds himself in ever more dangerous places and situations. Determined, he presses on seeking answers to questions he never thought he would be asking.

The Zigzag KidThe Zigzag Kid
Directed by Vincent Bal
Netherlands/Belguim, 2013, 95 min
Dutch, French, English with English subtitles
Houston Premiere, Drama

Based on the novel of the same name by Israeli writer David Grossman, this coming of age detective story follows the adventures of Nono, a thirteen year old boy with a wild imagination who wants to be like his father, the best police detective in the world. After creating havoc at a cousin’s bar mitzvah, and a few days before his own, his father sends him to visit an uncle, a shrink. On the train, Nono meets up with an international thief, searches for a famous chanteuse played by Isabella Rossellini, and tries to prove himself as a detective.


For more information about the Houston Jewish Film Festival, please contact Amy Rahmani at arahmani@erjcchouston.org or 713.729.3200 ext. 3299. 

Learn more about other ERJCC film programs.