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St. Louis Jewish Light

Those Who Remained

Baker’s dozen of Jewish-related films star at St. Louis festival

BY CATE MARQUIS, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT November 7, 2019

Just as fall brings a dazzling display of foliage to St. Louis, the annual St. Louis International Film Festival delivers its own colorful collection of cinema from around the world. This year’s festival, which takes place Nov. 7-17, features four...

‘Memoir of War’ 

Several excellent Jewish themed short films at SLIFF

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light November 2, 2018

Besides the three documentaries reviewed in this issue, the St. Louis International Film Festival offers a few other films that may interest readers of the Jewish Light.There are several excellent short films in the program, including some from Israel....

Kayte Hollingsworth

‘N of 1’ follows patient around world for a cure

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light November 2, 2018

What connects a non-Jewish Florida woman with a rare liver cancer with a hospital in India and two surgeons, one Israeli and the other British? A Jewish appliance repairman in Canada, whose passion is finding experimental treatments for hopeless cancer...

Elizabeth Rynecki searches for the lost paintings of her great grandfather in “Chasing Portraits.” 

Family looks for lost art in ‘Chasing Portraits’

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light November 2, 2018

In the warm Israeli/American/Canadian/Polish documentary “Chasing Portraits,” filmmaker Elizabeth Rynecki, the great-granddaughter of Jewish-Polish artist Moshe Rynecki, searches for his lost paintings that vanished at the end of the war. Moshe Rynecki...

Birgitta struggles to discover why her father, Swedish diplomat Göran von Otter, was so slow to share early information he received about Nazi concentration camps in the film ‘The Swedish Silence.’

‘The Swedish Silence’ uncovers truth of a nations’s inaction

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light November 2, 2018

In 1943, a Nazi SS officer approaches a Swedish diplomat on an overnight train between Warsaw and Berlin, and tells him, tearfully and in awful detail, about the mass murders being carried out in Nazi concentration camps. The SS officer shows the diplomat...

‘Cloudy Sunday’

Film fest features stellar lineup of Jewish-interest and Israeli cinema

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light November 2, 2016

Beginning Nov. 3, the St. Louis International Film Festival celebrates its 25th year with a sterling 10-day lineup that includes something for nearly everyone. SLIFF, presented by Cinema St. Louis, annually gives movie fans a sneak peak at upcoming big...

Top Row: Maria Schrader, Herbert Knaup and Jerzy Walczak; Bottom Row: Milla Bańkowicz and Oliwier Stańczak in the film In Darkness. 

Film highlights true story of survival in wartime Poland

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light March 14, 2012

The best stories are often true ones, and such is the case with “In Darkness,” from Polish director Agnieszka Holland. The film tells the story of an unexpected partnership between Polish-Jewish families hiding in sewers under a Nazi-occupied town...

‘To Be Heard follows the lives of three teenagers living in the
Bronx and struggling to empower themselves through a Power Writing
poetry class at their high school.

Film Fest features 3 must-see documentaries

BY LILY SIWAK, JUNIOR, CLAYTON November 9, 2011

Every November, St. Louis is home to one of the most celebrated film festivals in America. The St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) is an annual event that was started in 1992 to present and promote films to advance filmmaking as an art form....

Ceija Stojka shows her tattoo in A People Uncounted.

Films of Jewish interest at the St. Louis International Film Festival

by Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light November 9, 2011

Now celebrating its 20th year, the St. Louis International Film Festival offers a first-look at some major Oscar hopefuls as well as a rare chance to see the favorites from other festivals, along with documentaries, shorts and films offering a glimpse...

“David,” directed by Joel Fendelman

‘David’ is highlight of annual film festival

by Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light November 9, 2011

"David," a film about friendship and tolerance, will be featured in the St. Louis International Film Festival as part of its Jewish Sidebar. Although the film's director, Joel Fendelman, is based in New York, he has family roots in St. Louis. "David"...

Helena Bonham Carter (left) stars in ‘Sixty-six.

Festival features four films for families

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light September 7, 2011

In an effort to expand and grow young audiences, the St. Louis Jewish Film Festival is launching a new Jewish Family Film Festival this month with selected features geared toward children in different age groups. Organizers are hoping the festival on...

‘Cars 2.’

Former St. Louisan is driving force of ‘Cars 2’

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light June 22, 2011

If you like what you see—and we do mean see—when “Cars 2” opens here on Friday, you have native St. Louisan Jeremy Lasky to thank. Lasky, who grew up in St. Louis County, is director of photography of the new 3D animated Disney/Pixar movie. Son...

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