JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival final weekend February 23-26

Valiant Hearts

The JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival prepares for its final weekend on February 23-26, 2023, with three fascinating films including two premieres. The festival will continue in a hybrid festival format, with all three films streaming online and in theater on Sunday, February 26.

“Really strong storytelling and beautiful cinematography are common to all three films that will close-out our 2022-23 Festival,” said Ilene Uhlmann, Director of the Festival. “Additionally, the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival continues the longstanding tradition of bringing movie premieres to our discerning community.”

To date, the Festival has screened more than 250 films, debuted over 100 premieres, and engaged 60,000+ viewers. And as always, the special films that have been selected this year seek to showcase culturally diverse, Jewishly inspired films that will captivate, educate, and inspire audiences of all generations.

The Festival is scheduled for Thursday–Sunday, February 23-26, with three films streaming and also showing on Sunday, February 26 at Landmark’s Theater in The Glen in Glenview. 

 ·    Valiant Hearts streaming and in theater on Sun., Feb. 26 at 11am: ILLINOIS PREMIERE, Drama; The odyssey of 6 Jewish children hidden during World War II, who went to find refuge where no one would think to look—in the Chambord castle, its park, and among the hidden works of art from the Louvre.

·      Farewell Mr. Haffmann streaming and in theater on Sun., Feb. 26 at 1pm: Drama; In Paris 1941, François works for Mr. Haffmann, a Jewish jeweler. Under the German occupation, employer and employee are forced to strike a deal, upending the fate of all concerned.

·      Where Life Begins streaming and in theater on Sun., Feb. 26 at 3:30pm: MIDWEST PREMIERE, Drama; An ultra-orthodox Jewish family comes to a farm in Calabria for a brief stay every year to harvest citrons. When Elio, the farm owner, meets the rabbi’s daughter, who is tired of the constraints imposed by her religion, he will find the peace he had lost for a long time.

View trailer on youtube

At the conclusion of the festival, a film will be shown beginning in April in conjunction with Violins of Hope—an international sensation comprised of 70 violins that “survived” the Holocaust that JCC Chicago is bringing to Chicago and across Illinois for performances, demonstrations, and educational purposes. The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center will be hosting these films in their Goodman Auditorium and the Opening Night Concert will take place on April 20 at North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe.

Find details and tickets for the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival at  jccfilmfest.org. 

For information on Violins of Hope, visit: jccchicago.org/violinsofhope 

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