Hollywood Blacklist Revisited at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival + Karlovy Vary Winners

Gor for Zucker Alles auf Zucker Henry HubchenThe Hollywood Blacklist and Hollywood Jews: San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2005

The 25th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the largest of its kind in the United States, will be held all over the Bay Area in late July / early August. (Please see more specific dates below. Photo: Henry Hübchen Go for Zucker!.)

Among this year's SFJFF highlights are the U.S. premiere of Dani Levy's box office hit and German Academy Award contender Go for Zucker! / Alles auf Zucker!, and a series of films focusing on the work of Jews who were blacklisted during the House Un-American Activities Committee's reign of terror in the late '40s and early '50s. Jews, in particular, were singled out for political persecution by American right-wingers.

Hollywood Blacklist scholar Paul Buhle of Brown University will moderate a panel that will include blacklisted writers Walter Bernstein (Fail-Safe, The Front), Norma Barzman (author of the original story for the psychological thriller The Locket, starring Laraine Day, and which is part of the festival's program), and Dan Bessie, whose father, screenwriter Alvah Bessie (whose credits include the Errol Flynn vehicles Northern Pursuit and Objective, Burma!), was one of the Hollywood Ten.

In the words of festival Program Director Nancy Fishman, the panel will offer a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to talk to people who lived through that period.”

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival dates

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, which comprises a total of 49 feature films, documentaries, and shorts from 15 countries, runs between July 21-28 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco; July 31-Aug. 6 at the Roda Theatre in Berkeley; July 31-Aug. 4 at the Mountain View Century Cinema 16 in Mountain View; and Aug. 6-8 at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael.

Henry Hübchen Go for Zucker! photo: Filme Bayerischer Rundfunk Arte.

Karlovy Vary Film Festival winners

2005 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: July 1-9, 2005 

Crystal Globe for Best Film: Mój Nikifor / My Nikifor by Krysztof Krauze (Poland)

Special Jury Prize: Elze makom nifla / What a Wonderful Place by Eyal Halfon (Israel)

Best Director: Krysztof Krauze for Mój Nikifor / My Nikifor (Poland)

Best Actress: Krystyna Feldman for Mój Nikifor / My Nikifor (Poland)

Best Actor (tie): Uri Gavriel in Elze makom nifla / What a Wonderful Place (Israel) and Luca Zingaretti for Alla luce del sole / Come into the Light (Italy)

Special Mention: Noriko no Shokutaku / Noriko's Dinner Table by Sion Sono (Japan)

Best Documentary (longer than 30 minutes): Estamira by Marcos Prado (Brazil)

Best Documentary (shorter than 30 minutes): Boa moy / My God by Galina Adamovich (Belarus)

Special Mention: Mad Hot Ballroom by Marilyn Agrelo (US)

East of the West Award: Ragin by Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia / Austria)

Special Mention: Wesele / The Wedding by Wojciech Smarzowski (Poland)

FIPRESCI Prize: Kinamand / Chinaman by Henrik Ruben Genz (Denmark / China)

Audience Award: La Vie avec mon père / Life with My Father by Sébastien Rose (Canada)

The Ecumenical Jury Award: Kinamand / Chinaman by Henrik Ruben Genz (Denmark / China)

Don Quijote Prize (IFCC International Federation of Film Societies): Noriko no Shokutaku / Noriko's Dinner Table by Sion Sono (Japan)

Special Mention: Mój Nikifor / My Nikifor by Krysztof Krauze (Poland)

Young Czech Critics Jury Award (Best Debut Film): Parvane ha bradaghe mikonand / The Butterflies Are Just a Step Behind by Mohammad Ebrahim Moaiery (Iran)

Award for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema: Jirí Krejcík, Robert Redford, Sharon Stone, Liv Ullmann

Narrative Film Jury: Michael Radford (UK, president), Frédéric Fonteyne (Belgium), Ali MacGraw (US), Fernando Méndez-Leite Serrano (Spain), Kornél Mundruczó (Hungary), Rubba Nada (Canada), Zuzana Stívinová (Czech Republic)

Documentary Jury: David Fisher (president, Israel), John Appel (The Netherlands), Flavia de la Fuente (Argentina), Jana Hádková (Czech Republic), Ninos Feneck Mikelides (Greece)

East of the West Jury: Andrei Plakhov (president, Russia), Jannike Åhlund (Sweden), Mira Erdevichki (UK), Viera Langerová (Slovakia), Roland Rust (Germany)

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