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Short Film Program – Maine Jewish Film Festival

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2016 MJFF Short Film Program

Rite Turns – A Collection of Short Films
Religious traditions with a twist

Shorts – various genres / Dirs: various / Starring: various / Total running time: 94 min

Often tender, sometimes hilarious, and consistently provocative this collection of international shorts is full of surprises. From kosher to haram, from circumcision to communion, a panoply of characters and stories take themes of religious rituals and traditions in unexpected directions. Stylistically and thematically diverse, this remarkable series is colorful, evocative and entertaining.

Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion Dir: Shimmy Marcus / 2012 UK / English / 13 min

Washington Jewish Film Festival – Audience Award
Cork International Film Festival – Nominated Grand Prix Irish

Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJaioFo1LLg

Ave Maria Dir: Basil Khalil / 2015 France / Hebrew w/English subtitles / 15 min

Berlin Short Film Festival – Best Film runner up
Cannes Film Festival – Palme D’Or short film nomination
Palm Springs International Film Festival – Cinema Without Borders Award
Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival – Short Film Audience Award
Grenoble Short Film Festival – Best Screenplay

Trailer Link: https://vimeo.com/127600451

Bacon and God’s Wrath Dir: Sol Friedman / 2015 Canada / English / 8 min

Toronto International Film Festival – Short Cuts Honorable Mention
Hamptons International Film Festival – Golden Starfish Award nomination

Dear God Dir: Erez Tadmor, Guy Nattiv / Starring: Lior Ashkenazi, Reymond Amsalem / 2014 Israel / Silent / 13 min

Bangalore Short Film Festival – Award of Excellence, Best Editing Award
Toronto Short Film Festival
Jerusalem International Film Festival

Trailer Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQW93WSyeMI

The Funeral Dir: Nick Green / 2013 UK / English / 14 min

UK Jewish Film Festival 2015

Trailer Link http://loosemoose.net/works/the-funeral-trailer-2/?category=all

Sneak Preview of a new, award-winning short from the UK!
2015 UK/ English / 16 min

Yidlife Crisis: Off The Top Dir: Jamie Elman, Eli Batalion / 2015 Canada / English,Yiddish w/English subtitles / 16 min

“Unholy hilarity!” — Montreal Gazette

TUESDAY, 3/15 8:00PM – MECA
FRIDAY, 3/18 1:00PM – PMA