Schedule - Thursday, 12/8/2016

7:00pm - Closing Night: Personal Affairs
2016 | 90 minutes | Narrative
U.S. Premiere
Director: Maha Haj

In this witty and modern family drama, a Palestinian family’s personal affairs unfold. In Nazareth, an aging couple lives wearily to the rhythm of the daily routine. On the other side of the border, in Ramallah, their son Tarek wishes to remain an eternal bachelor, their daughter is about to give birth, her husband lands a movie role, and their grandmother loses her head. Between checkpoints and dreams, frivolity and politics, some want to leave and others want to stay, but all have personal affairs to resolve. Official Selection, 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Followed by conversation and dessert reception with filmmakers and special guests.

Thu 12/8 7:00pm JCC Manhattan Tickets

7:00pm - Closing Night: Personal Affairs

Join us for a closing night celebration featuring the NY premiere of the Cannes Film Festival-raved film, Personal Affairs. With music from Polyphony and the announcement of the winner of the Bob Simon Award.

Dir. Maha Haj
2016 | 90 min | Narrative
US PREMIERE

In this witty and modern family drama, a Palestinian family’s personal affairs unfold. In Nazareth, an aging couple lives wearily to the rhythm of the daily routine. On the other side of the border, in Ramallah, their son Tarek wishes to remain an eternal bachelor, their daughter is about to give birth, her husband lands a movie role, and their grandmother loses her head. Between checkpoints and dreams, frivolity and politics, some want to leave and others want to stay, but all have personal affairs to resolve. Official Selection, 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Followed by conversation and dessert reception with filmmakers and special guests.

Thu 12/8 7:00pm JCC Manhattan Tickets

9:30pm - Encore Screening: Beyond the Mountains and the Hills

*JUST ADDED: Special encore screening of Beyond the Mountains and the Hills following closing night screening of Personal Affairs.*

Dir. Eran Kolirin
2016 | 90 min | Narrative
US PREMIERE

David is discharged from the army after serving 27 years. He finally returns to his family and tries to find himself in his new civilian life. When a friend suggests working for a company that markets dietary supplements, David sees this as an opportunity to get his foot in the door of the business world and make something out of himself. But this decision slowly gets him and his family entangled in the web of dark forces that rule life in Israel. In theaters March 2017.

Thu 12/8 9:30pm JCC Manhattan Tickets

9:30pm - Beyond the Mountains and the Hills
2016 | 90 minutes | Narrative
U.S. Premiere
Director: Eran Kolirin

David Greenbaum is discharged from the army after serving for 27 years, and tries to find himself in his new civilian life. His family seems at first to be in decent shape, but things unravel in dramatic ways as the Greenbaum family faces life-changing decisions. The film has been compared to an Israeli American Beauty, and explores the disturbed feelings of many Israelis who try to rationalize their sense of personal identity against the dysfunction of the state.

Copresented by B’nai Jeshurun, the Department of History at Sarah Lawrence CollegeGerman Consulate New York, If Not Nowthe J Street Education Fund, and J Street U.

From our partners: Don’t miss the world premiere musical adaptation of The Band’s Visit, based on Eran Kolirin’s critically acclaimed screenplay that received 36 major international awards. Click here for more information.

Thu 12/8 9:30pm JCC Manhattan Tickets