Up-Starts: An Evening of Jewish Shorts

 

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Director: Leon Prudovsky
Genre: Dark comedy | Mockumentary | Short
Country: Israel Year: 2012 Running Time: 26 min
Language: Russian with English subtitles
Date: Thursday, November 14, 7 pm
Location: The Gershman Y
Subjects: immigration, bureaucracy, death, Israel
For fans of: Everything is Illuminated, Little Miss Sunshine
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Test to go here. It’s 1991. Gera and Ola have just emigrated from Russia to Israel with their son and aunt in tow. But when their aunt dies on the plane ride over, the couple find themselves trying to figure out how to overcome Israeli bureaucracy and bury their aunt. Based on director Leon Prudovsky’s own immigration traumas, this absurdist short radiates with dark hilarity.


Not Your Time

Director: Jay Kamen
Genre: Black comedy | short
Country: USA
Year: 2010
Running Time: 25 min
Language: English
Date: Thursday, November 14, 7 pm
Location: The Gershman Y
Subjects: film, scriptwriting, theater, dance, entertainment
For fans of: Chicago, Barton Fink, Sunshine
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Text to go here. Sound editor and frustrated screenwriter Sid Rosenthal (played by Seinfeld star Jason Alexander) has a brilliant idea for a new musical film. But when no one will produce the work, Sid tells Hollywood execs that he is going to kill himself—which they believe is the best “pitch” they’ve heard in a long time.


Aya

Director: Mihal Brezis | Oded Binnun
Genre: Drama | short
Countries: France | Israel
Year: 2012
Running Time: 40 min
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles
Date: Thursday, November 14, 7 pm
Location: The Gershman Y
Subjects: loneliness, connection, humanity, sexual tension
For fans of: Lost in Translation
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Waiting at the airport to pick someone up, Aya finds herself unexpectedly playing chauffeur to Danish musician, Mr. Overby, who thinks Aya is his driver. In this variation on the themes of human longing and desire for connection, Aya and Overby bond in surprising ways during their drive from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Winner of Best Short Feature at the Israeli Oscars.

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