A virtual film series celebrating German Jewish cinema takes place throughout January.
The Miami Jewish Film Festival and the Consulate General of Germany in Miami will present the series. Each of the German films presented during the program originally received their premieres at past MJFF editions and will be made available to stream for free for a limited time to all Florida residents.
Igor Shteyrenberg, the film festival’s executive director, said in a news release, “At this time of incredible challenge and change brought on by the global pandemic, these films celebrate our resilience, our diversity and our capacity for creativity and inspiring tolerance and cultural understanding.”
“For us, each of these films is a testament to the necessity and power of filmmaking, and we cannot wait for our audiences to discover and rediscover them,” Shteyrenberg continued.
The series kicks off on Jan. 6 with “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe.” The film, directed by Maria Schrader, was a audience award winner at the 2017 European Film Awards. It tells the story of the Jewish Austrian author who at the height of his worldwide fame, was driven into exile after the downfall of Europe during Word War II.
The series continues with “Bye Bye Germany,” directed by Sam Garbarski and starring German actor Moritz Bleibtreu from Steven Spielberg’s “Munich.” The comedy about Jews in post-war Germany features a klezmer-style soundtrack.
Another film presented during the series is “The Collini Case,” directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner and starring Franco Nero. The courtroom drama takes place in contemporary Germany. It is about a young lawyer who, while investigating a murder case, unearths a legal scandal that stretches back to the aftermath of Nazi Germany.
The series concludes with “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit,” directed by Academy Award winner Caroline Link. It is based on the best-selling novel of the same name, and tells the real-life story of a German Jewish family’s journey through Europe in search of safety and a new home during the rise of Fascism.
“When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit” received its North American premiere at the 23rd annual MJFF in January 2020 and has since won numerous international awards, including at the Bavarian Film Awards and German Film Awards. Florida International University will host a moderated panel discussion to accompany the film’s streaming premiere on Jan. 28 in honor of Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week.
Visit miamijewishfilmfestival.org for more information on the series and to find out how to start watching the films.
The film festival, which celebrates its 24th edition from April 14-29, is a program of the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education, a subsidiary of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.