THE 16th ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

Welcome to the 16th Annual Ventura County Jewish Film Festival. Ventura, California, the county seat of Ventura County, is an hour’s drive north of Los Angeles. It is located along the scenic southern-most part of California’s beautiful Central Coast. Ventura is known for its majestic beauty and Mediterranean climate.

We are proud to celebrate fifteen years of film screenings that represent the best of contemporary Jewish-related movies from around the world. Our committee of volunteers works year round to carefully select the highest quality full-length features, documentaries, and short films for your enlightenment and entertainment. This year’s theme is “True Stories – Great Films”: a mix of ten-plus entertaining documentaries, and dramas mostly based on true stories.

FULL FESTIVAL PASS – $95.00 includes 8 movies & brunch LIMITED FESTIVAL PASS – $65.00 includes 5 movies & brunch

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS – $15.00
(At the door – $18.00)
FREE Event – Sunday Feb 3 at TBT 2 PM
16th Annual Season: February 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 & March 9, 10, 16,17

Tickets may be purchased by mailing a check to:

Ventura County Jewish Film Festival
℅ Temple Beth Torah
7620 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA 93004

Upcoming Films

1945

Director: Ferenc Török
91 Minutes
2017, Hungary, Russian & Hungarian with English subtitles
$15 advanced purchase, $18 at the door
Sponsored by Fran & Ed Elson

Saturday, Feb 9, 2019
7 PM
Regency Buenaventura 6, 1440 Eastman Ave., Ventura 93003

1945 In this astonishingly haunting film, deep undercurrents run beneath the simple surface in a quaint village that’s ultimately forced to face up to its “ill-gotten gains” from the Second World War.

On a sweltering August day in 1945, villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. Meanwhile, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes labeled “fragrances.” The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back, originally lost during the second World War. Other villagers are afraid more survivors will come, posing a threat to the property and possessions they have claimed as their own.

Woman in Gold

Director: Simon Curtis
109 Minutes
2015, UK English & German with English subtitles
$15 advanced purchase, $18 at the door
Sponsored by Jessica & Harvey Harris

Sunday, Feb 10, 2019
2 PM
Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura, CA 93004

Woman in Gold Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.

Black Book

Director: Paul Verhoeven
2 hours 25 Minutes
2006, Netherlands | Germany | UK | Belgium with English subtitles
$15 advanced purchase, $18 at the door
Sponsored by Jessica & Harvey Harris

Saturday, Feb 16, 2019
7 PM
Regency Buenaventura 6, 1440 Eastman Ave., Ventura 93003

Black Book Israel 1956. Rachel, a Jew, rather unexpectedly meets an old friend at the kibbutz where she is working as a teacher. It brings back memories of her experiences in The Netherlands during the war, memories of betrayal. September 1944. Rachel is in trouble when her hiding place is bombed by allied troops. She gets in contact with a man from the resistance and joins a group of Jews who are to be smuggled across the Biesbosch by boat to the freed South Netherlands. Germans from a patrol boat murder them all however. Only Rachel is able to escape. She is rescued by a resistance group under the leadership of Gerben Kuipers. When Kuipers’ son is captured after trying to smuggle weapons, he asks Rachel to seduce SS-hauptsturmführer Ludwig Müntze. Soon she will find out the attack in the Biesbosch wasn’t a coincidence.

A Bag of Marbles

Director: Christian Duguay
110 Minutes
2018, France | Canada | Czech Republic with English subtitles
$15 advanced purchase, $18 at the door
Sponsored by Barbara Meister

Sunday, Feb 17, 2019
2 PM
Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura, CA 93004

A Bag of Marbles The adventure of a Jewish boy and his brother escaping Nazi persecution in occupied France.

Itzhak

Director: Alison Chernick
82 Minutes
2018, Israel, USA
$15 advanced purchase, $18 at the door
Sponsored by Jordan Laby

Saturday, March 9, 2019
7 PM
Regency Buenaventura 6, 1440 Eastman Ave., Ventura 93003

Itzhak A look at the life, work and religious heritage of violinist Itzhak Perlman.

Late Summer Bluess

Director: Renen Schorr
110 Minutes
1988, Israel – Hebrew with English subtitles
$15 advanced purchase, $18 at the door
Sponsored by Joel and Barbara Aaronson &
The Affordable Living Choices Trust

Sunday, Sun Mar 10, 2019
2 PM
Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura, CA 93004

Late Summer Blues A group of close friends celebrate the bittersweet changes coming to their lives during the summer of their high-school graduation: adult responsibilities, adult romance — and the soberingly adult fact that some of their number are being drafted into the Israeli army. This has very much the feel of a high-school beach-party movie — with music, and in Hebrew — until a sudden and disturbingly realistic reminder of their own mortality finally slashes through the kids’ cheerful, close-knit obliviousness.

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

Director: Samuel D. Pollard
100 Minutes
2017, USA, France
$15 advanced purchase, $18 at the door
Sponsored by Joel & Arlene Goldenberg, & Goldenberg Family Dentistry

Saturday, March 16, 2019
7 PM
Regency Buenaventura 6, 1440 Eastman Ave., Ventura 93003

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me A star-studded roster of interviewees (including Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal) pay tribute to the legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man


Keep The Change
Director: Rachel Israel
94 Minutes
2018, USA
$15 advanced purchase, $18 at the door
Sponsored by Temple Beth Torah Brotherhood

Sunday, March 17, 2019
Brunch (included with purchase of film ticket) at 12 noon followed by film at around 1PM
Guest Speaker: Rick Clemens, MA is a consultant on autism education
Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura, CA 93004

Keep The Change When aspiring filmmaker David is mandated by a judge to attend a social program at the Jewish Community Center, he is sure of one thing: he doesn’t belong there. But when he’s assigned to visit the Brooklyn Bridge with the vivacious Sarah, sparks fly and his convictions are tested. Their budding relationship must weather Sarah’s romantic past, David’s judgmental mother, and their own pre-conceptions of what love is supposed to look like.