Rockville Synagogue to Host Its 8th Annual Israel Film Festival

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Congregation Tikvat Israel will show a pair of prize-winning Israeli films during the 8th Annual Israeli Film Festival on two Saturdays in January.

The films are “Footnote” on Jan.19 and “Human Resources Manager” on Jan. 26. (Snow date: Feb. 2). The programs begin at 7:45 p.m.

Tickets are $10 ($12 for non-members). Admission includes a post-film facilitated discussion over light refreshments led by Anton Goodman, community shaliach and Israel engager with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

RSVP to adulted@tikvatisrael.org or call the office at 301-762-7338.

Tikvat Israel is located at 2200 Baltimore Road.

Film descriptions follow:

Footnote (2011), directed by Joseph Cedar

The film depicts a great rivalry between a father and son, both eccentric professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The son has an addictive dependency on the embrace and accolades that the establishment provides, while his father is a stubborn purist with a fear and profound revulsion for what the establishment stands for, yet beneath his contempt lies a desperate thirst for some kind of recognition. The Israel Prize, Israel's most prestigious national award, is the jewel that brings these two to a final, bitter confrontation.
Submitted to the Best Foreign Language Category of the 84th Annual Academy Awards 2012

The Human Resources Manager (2010), directed by Eran Riklis

The film starts off with the death of a Romanian immigrant in Israel. Although her death was not work-related, an investigative reporter--"The Weasel"--decides to publicize the case as an example of the cold-hearted approach of the company to its employees. (The company officials did not realize that she had died.) To counteract the negative publicity, the human resources manager is sent to accompany the body to Romania, and to arrange for burial. Of course, The Weasel shows up in Romania as well and complications ensue. See how the HR Manager tries to handle the crisis while not speaking Romanian and out of his element-- a Jew among Christians. Even though he is trying to act in good faith, personal problems, mechanical problems, and religious problems continue to obstruct progress.


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