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BAWIFM co-presents "Hello I Must Be Going" @ SFJFF

  • 29 Jul 2012
  • 8:50 PM
  • Berkeley Roda Theatre
Bay Area Women in Film & Media is proud to co-present two films at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival -- July 2012


Castro Theatre – Sat. July 21st at 4:25 p.m.
Berkeley Roda Theatre – Sun. July 29th at 6:45 p.m.
CineArts – Mon. July 30th at 8:30 p.m.
Smith Rafael Film Center – Sun. August 5th at 6:45 p.m.

Two of Israel’s strongest actresses, Ronit Elkabetz and Evgenia Dodina, play two women who share a terrible bond. The film begins with their chance encounter during an altercation between settlers and IDF soliders and a group of Palestinian villagers harvesting olives. Leftist activist Lily (Elkabetz) stands her ground, chastising the young men for their brutish behavior. Nira (Dodina), a film editor involved in making a documentary about the conflict, looks on with admiration and realizes she has met this regal woman once before during a police lineup 20 years earlier when they both testified against a serial rapist. Despite their dramatic differences, the two troubled mothers begin to forge an uneasy but ultimately cathartic friendship. Based on real-life events, Invisible builds slowly, like a crackling bonfire. Veteran documentary filmmaker and San Francisco State University alumna Michal Aviad makes innovative use of historical news footage in her first fiction film and incorporates taped interviews with two of the women attacked by the so-called Polite Rapist, a married father of three who assaulted 16 victims on the outskirts of Tel Aviv in the mid-1970s. Fueled by the smoldering performances of its two stars, the film explores the aftershocks of sexual violence with surprising restraint.undefinedHagar Scher

Hello I Must Be Going

Berkeley Roda Theatre – Sun. July 29th at 8:50 p.m.

Celebrated character actress Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures, television’s Two and Half Men) gives a breakout performance as Amy Minsky, a thirtysomething divorcee, back under the suburban Connecticut roof of her parents (wonderful supporting turns by Blythe Danner and John Rubenstein). Spending her days in sweatpants watching old Marx Brothers movies (a favorite pastime shared with her father), Amy has put her life on hold, waiting for something or someone to ignite the spark lacking in her life. She meets a handsome 19-year-old actor on his summer break from school. Before long the two misfits become embroiled in a passionate affair. Unbeknown to her overbearing mother, Amy sneaks out of the house late at night like a lovestruck teen. More alive than ever, she discovers a new independence and purpose in her life that her mother had always sought but could never find. With a sharply written script and hilariously uncomfortable moments of Jewish family dysfunction, Hello I Must Be Going maintains an endearing respect for its characters. Debut screenwriter Sarah Koskoff and director Todd Louiso (Love Liza) have crafted a pitch-perfect neurotic comedy/romance about learning to like yourself, warts and all.undefinedJoshua Moore

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