Café Nagler


Film & Food
Philadelphia Premiere
Sunday, November 13
 11:00 AM
The Gershman Y

Director: Mor Kaplansky
Genre: Documentary
Country: Israel
Year: 2015
Running Time: 55 min
Language: Hebrew and German w/ English subtitles

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During the 1920s, CAFÉ NAGLER was one of the hottest caféŽs in all of Berlin. Celebrities the likes of Albert Einstein, Franz Kafka, and Bertolt Brecht frequented Nagler for afternoon tea and intelligent conversation – or did they?

Israeli director Mor Kaplansky channels the cinematic roots of her acclaimed documentarian grandmother, Naomi Kaplansky, to create a film that tackles the unanswered questions of a nearly century-old family legend. In hopes of making a documentary that will satisfy her grandmother’s sentimental yearning for a past long gone, Kaplinsky sets out to Moritzplatz, Berlin, the home of Naomi’s beloved childhood caféŽ. Learning that the real CaféŽ Nagler paled in comparison to her grandmother’s glamorous recollections, Mor commits to recreating the myth that was so integral to Naomi’s identity. With the help of some imaginative Berliners, she constructs a documentary that illuminates the many ways memory, myth, and storytelling make us who we are.

Special Event: Film includes Berlin-inspired Continental breakfast

Guest Speaker: Chris Cagle, Associate Professor of film history and theory at Temple University

Sponsor: Friends of CaféŽ Nagler

[Screened with THE LAST BLINTZ]

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Awards and Honors: Official Selection of the 2016 Berlinale, City Food & Film Festival, DOK.fest

Subjects: Aging, Berlin, cafŽé culture, family history, German-Jewish society, identity, memory

For Fans Of: Berlin in the 1930s, cafŽé society, family stories, female directors, personal documentaries, Israeli cinema

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