From hummus to Yinglish drama, movie buffs can look forward to over two weeks of acclaimed kosher cinema
A deliciously offbeat fixture in Vienna’s busy cultural calendar, since the early 1990s Vienna’s Jewish Film Festival has celebrated the living culture of one of the city’s oldest and most vibrant communities. Now in its 25th year, this edition will include lots of food, parties and, as always, exceptional cinema, with most films either shown or subtitled in English.
The festivities will start on Oct 1 with 1945, a film set in postwar Hungary revolving around the war’s survivors and the trials they face during the Russian occupation. Director Ferenc Török will attend the screening at Urania Kino. Another must-see this year is Joshua Z. Weinstein’s Menashe (pictured), which follows the life of a widowed Jewish-Orthodox man in New York who struggles with the challenges of fatherhood. The dialogue is fully spoken in Yiddish and Yinglish. Other highlights include Hummus! The Movie, a documentary about food’s potential to help overcome religious differences; and Antenna, a dramedy by Arik Rothstein about holocaust survivor Yehoshua who attributes all his ailments to a cellular antenna he discovers on his roof.
If Hummus! The Movie made you crave Yiddish cuisine, the live cooking show and concert with Benjy Fox-Rosen (who will also attend KlezMore), Deborah Gzeshand and Alexander Shevchenko will sate your appetite: The music will be accompanied by Yiddish favorites like gefilte fish, knish and chopped liver. Finally, the festival will come to an end with a closing party at Top Kino. Mazel Tov!