The Season


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Explore the lives and works of some of the greatest Jewish writers:

Sholem Aleichem, Sholem Asch, David Grossman, Nicole Krauss,

Arthur Miller, Amos Oz, Isaace Basevis Singer, Art Spiegelman

7:30 PM Wednesday, October 25th
October 25 - December 10
various venues

Herman Wouk, Saul Bellow, Phillip Roth, Arthur Miller, and Michael Chabon are among the great writers and playwrights of the 20th and 21st centuries. All were winners of the Pulitzer Prize, and these and many more were also Jewish. The contributions of Jewish writers and the thread that binds them is the focus of the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival’s LITERARY GEMS – JEWELS FROM AMERICA, EASTERN EUROPE AND ISRAEL.

The ALL FILM pass is no longer available. Single film tickets are $10. There is no charge for talks by NICOLE KRAUSS, JEREMY DAUBER, and JESSICA COHEN, but tickets are required.


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"... elegant and intimate ..."
The New York Times

"... a beautiful film ..."
Chicago Sun Times

"... emotionally impactful ..."
Film Inquiry

11:00 AM Sunday, November 19th
CCA Studio

A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS is based on Amos Oz’s book of the same name. It is heartfelt rendering of his memories growing up in Jerusalem before the establishment of the State of Israel, and it’s a story of a family with hopes and dreams living through the terror of war. Amos Oz, one of Israel’s greatest writers, witnessed the birth of a nation as he came to terms with his own new beginning.

Natalie Portman makes her directorial debut with this film and also portrays Oz’s mother.



"... a powerful study of bigotry and fear ..."
Houston Chronicle

“ ... movie’s pitch is almost perfect ...”
St. Paul Pioneer Press

"... the acting is terrific all around ..."
Jam! Movies

4:15 PM Sunday, November 19th
Intro by Emmy award-winner
CCA Studio

Based on Arthur Miller’s only novel, FOCUS centers on Lawrence Newman (William H. Macy) who is mistaken as Jewish in an anti-Semitic neighborhood in Brooklyn. He and his wife (Laura Dern) find that formerly friendly neighbors look at them askance while flaming an environment of anti-Semitism. FOCUS is as timely today as it was when the book was written in the 1940s.


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"... a beguiling excursion ..."

"... exquisitely stylalized ..."

WINNER! Best Picture - Odessa Int'l Film Festival

11:00 AM Sunday, December 3rd
CCA Studio

1905. A Jewish Shtetl. Shimek and Buzya are two 10 year olds. Of course, she is a princess and he is a prince. They live in the same yard, in neighboring palaces. What Buzya really means to him, Shimek begins to understand only years later when, far away from home, he receives the news that Buzya is about to be married off.

Award-winning Ukranian director Eva Neumann translates Sholem Aleichem’s words into a lyrical portrait that leisurely unfolds on the screen.


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"... poignant ..."

"... powerful ..."
Critical Movie Review Critics

WINNER! Best Picture, Jerusalem Film Festival

11:00 AM Sunday, December 10th
Director Nir Bergman via Skype
Center for Contemporary Arts

INTIMATE GRAMMAR is an inner journey rich in detailed observation. Based on critically acclaimed Israeli author David Grossman’s THE BOOK OF INTIMATE GRAMMAR, the film follows the young Aharon Kleinfeld as he strives to survive a domineering mother, an anti-intellectual father and his own diminutive stature.

Award-winning director Nir Bergman, who also wrote the screenplay, joins us via Skype to discuss the challenges of bringing Grossman’s novel to the screen



Comics and the graphic novel

FILM: The Art of Spiegelman


4:30 PM Sunday, December 10th
Center for Contemporary Arts

The role of Jewish artists/writers in comics and the graphic novel is the subject of FROM SUPERMAN TO SPIEGELMAN – COMICS AND THE GRAPHIC NOVEL. This talk, accompanied by the insightful documentary THE ART OF SPIEGELMAN, will look at the development of the graphic novel and its roots in comics, tracing the contributions of Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman and others. Spiegelman’s groundbreaking MAUS catapulted the graphic novel into the sphere of high art when it won the Pulitzer Prize.