The 33rd Annual New York Jewish Film Festival (January 10-24, 2024)

The Books He Didn’t Burn

The Books He Didn’t Burn, © © Andy Lehmann / Florianfilm GmbH

02.01.2024 - Article

The Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center present the 33rd annual New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF) from January 10 through 24, 2024. The German Consulate General is proud to support three German films at the festival.

The Jewish Museum and Film at Lincoln Center are delighted to continue their partnership to bring you the 33rd annual New York Jewish Film Festival, presenting films from around the world that explore the Jewish experience. The 2024 festival presents a dynamic lineup of 28 films including narratives, documentaries, and shorts with screenings at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center.

The German Consulate General is proud to support the following three festival films from Germany:

The Books He Didn’t Burn
Claus Bredenbrock and Jascha Hannover, 2023, Germany, 92m
English, French, and German with English subtitles
New York Premiere

This powerful documentary takes a critical look at the history of racism and antisemitism, and examines the remains of Adolf Hitler’s private library. The library, which comprised approximately 16,000 books by the time of his death, remains an object of intense study—more than 1,200 of them are currently housed in Washington D.C. at the Library of Congress. Claus Bredenbrock and Jascha Hannover’s gripping, provocative documentary, narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, follows Timothy W. Ryback, an eminent American historian and expert on Hitler’s library, as he tries to make sense of the historical meaning of this collection. Note: some images may be disturbing.
Monday, January 15 at 1:00pm
(Director Jascha Hannover (from Berlin) will speak at the festival).

No Name Restaurant
Stefan Sarazin and Peter Keller, 2022, Germany, 120m
Hebrew, Arabic, and English with English subtitles
New York Premiere

In this spirited and absurdist culture-clash comedy, two men of different strict religious faiths must work together to survive in the Sinai Desert. One is the lost and befuddled Ben (Luzer Twersky, Castles in the Sky; Felix and Meira), an ultra-Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn who has missed his flight to Alexandria, where he is to help the ever-dwindling Jewish community in need of a 10th man for its Passover celebration. The other is the dyspeptic Adel (Hitham Omari), a Bedouin man driving a Renault 4 trying to track down his runaway camel. After Adel’s car breaks down, the men must travel on foot, giving them a chance to get to know one another’s personal lives (and love of food) better, and giving their plans—which end up including a night in a Greek monastery—a chance to go increasingly haywire.
Thursday, January 18 at 8:30pm

Asaf Saban, 2023, Israel/Poland/Germany, 101m
Hebrew with English subtitles
New York Premiere

A common rite of passage for many young Jewish people becomes the anchor for a work of stirring drama and striking realism in the hands of filmmaker Asaf Saban. The film follows a trio of Israeli high school friends—Frisch, Nitzan, and Ido—on a class trip to Poland to visit former Nazi concentration camps and memorials of the Shoah. As with so many teenagers, the weight of history sometimes takes a back seat to seemingly more pressing concerns of the day, like love, jealousy, and friendship, as they begin to reckon with the tragic past and the question of their unknown future. A road trip movie and a coming-of-age drama, Delegation is about the search for one’s identity against the backdrop of an ever-present, unblinking history.
Sunday, January 21 at 7:15pm
Monday, January 22 at 2:00pm

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