By Stephanie Zacharek
By Simon Abrams
By Michelle Orange
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Nick Schager
By Amy Nicholson
By The Invisible Woman
By I Used to Be Darker
The tenth Denver Jewish Film Festival gets under way Thursday, February 9, with a 7:30 p.m. showing of Isn¹t This a Time!, a high-spirited concert documentary honoring legendary music promoter and social activist Harold Leventhal. On-screen performers include Pete Seeger and the Weavers, Peter, Paul and Mary, Theodore Bikel and Arlo Guthrie.
The festival, sponsored by Mellon Financial and presented by the Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, continues through February 16 with eleven more films. Saturday, February 11: Only Human, a Spanish-language international co-production that "suggests Meet the Parents crossed with Billy Wilder and early Pedro Almodóvar"; When Do We Eat, Salvador Litvak's comedy about a family patriarch (Jack Klugman) who tries to draw his Hassidic son into the Christmas-ornament business; and a short, Yitz Brilliant's Christ in the City. Sunday, February 12: A Journey of Spirit, which chronicles the life of singer-songwriter Debbie Friedman; A Cantor¹s Tale, which traces the return of a Brooklyn-born cantor to his old neighborhood and traditions; The First Time I Was Twenty, a coming-of-age story from France; and 10 Days in Gaza, Dov Gil-Har's look at Israel's disengagement from Gaza settlements.
Monday, February 13: Protocols of Zion, Marc Levin's disturbing exploration of anti-Semitism after 9/11. Tuesday, February 14: Metallic Blues, a road comedy set in Israel, and repeats of Isn't This a Time! and The First Time I Was Twenty. Wednesday, February 15: Go For Zucker, billed as "Germany's first Jewish comedy since World War II," about a wayward young pool shark in East Berlin. Thursday, February 16: Wondrous Oblivion, the heartwarming tale of an eleven-year-old English boy, David Wiseman, who burns to play cricket despite a complete lack of talent.
All showings will be at the Mizel Center, 350 South Dahlia Street, in the Shwayder Theatre; several guest appearances and post-film discussions are scheduled. For information and showtimes, call 303-316-6360 or go to www.mizelcenter.org.
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