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October 28, 2005

Fifth Annual Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival tops list of November events at CW's Kimball Theatre

During November, Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre hosts the Fifth Annual Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival. From Nov. 12-17, a series of movies will focus on stories of the people and stories of Nazi Germany.

At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12, festivities begin with a tango dance performance by the Williamsburg National Cotillion. Following the film, the Gallery on Merchants Square will hold a reception. Opening night tickets are $15. All other tickets are $6.50 for general admission and $5.50 for students and seniors (Kimball Theatre movie vouchers are not valid for festival films). Guests can enjoy:

  • Rashevski’s Tango, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 12. The film spans three generations of the Rashevski family as they experience the Holocaust, war-torn Europe and modern Western culture. Not rated.
  • Bit by Bit, 1:30 p.m., Nov. 13. Ben and Jerry’s will host an ice cream social in the lobby prior to the film. Bob Mondello, movie critic for National Public Radio and “All Things Considered,” will be the guest speaker. “Bit by Bit” is a warm, engaging coming-of-age comedy that shows we must put away childish things and learn where the real prizes lie. Swedish with subtitles. Not rated.
  • Gloomy Sunday, 7 p.m., Nov. 13. In exotic Budapest, the characters fall in love, enjoy the bonds of friendship and confront Nazi occupation. Winner of Best Cinematography and Best Direction at the 2000 Bavarian Film Awards. German with subtitles. Not rated.
  • Watermarks, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., Nov. 14-15. This documentary tells the story of the Hakoah, an Austria sports club of lady swimmers who dominated the sport in Austria in the 1930s before the club was shut down by the Nazis. English, German and Hebrew with subtitles. Not rated.
  • Walk on Water, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., Nov. 16-17. Marc Raphael, William and Mary professor of Judaic Studies and Chairman of the Department of Religion, will speak Wednesday night before the screening. In this suspenseful drama, an assassin who loses everything must rediscover himself and his beliefs on a mission to kill a Nazi war criminal. English, German and Hebrew with subtitles. Not rated.

    Films feature the best of foreign and American cinema and include:

  • Asylum, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., Nov. 1-2. Set in 1950s England, “Asylum” tells the story of Stella Raphael (Natasha Richardson), who is desperate to find romantic love. Rated: R.
  • Junebug, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., Nov. 3-9. When Madeline and her new husband George take a detour from an art acquisition trip to visit his eccentric family, what emerges is a low-key drama full of truth and humor. Rated: R.
  • Broken Flowers, 7 and 9 p.m., Nov. 9-17. “Broken Flowers” stars Bill Murray in a characteristically deadpan comedy of a man’s cross-country search for his son. Also stars Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone and Tilda Swinton. Rated: R.
  • 2046, 6:45 and 9 p.m., Nov. 18-23. “2046” is a seductive story of memory and regret reflected through one man’s experiences. Winner of the Screen International Award at the European Film Awards. Cantonese/Mandarin/Japanese with subtitles. Rated: R.
  • Aristocrats, 10:30 p.m., Nov. 18-19. Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Izzard, Billy Connolly, Eric Idle, Chris Rock, Hugh Hefner and dozens more deliver their own version of the world’s dirtiest joke, far too extreme to be performed in public. Nominated for Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize. Not rated. (If obscene language offends you, please skip this late show.)
  • Everything is Illuminated, 7 and 9:10 p.m., Nov. 22-30. This film tells the story of a young man’s (Elijah Wood) quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather during the Holocaust. Winner Venice Film Festival, Laterna Magica Prize. Rated: PG-13.
  • Constant Gardener, 6:45 and 9:15 p.m., Nov. 29-Dec. 5. A gripping thriller, an unbelievably romantic love story and a biting political take-down of pharmaceutical corporations. Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz shine in their starring roles. Rated: R.
  • Grizzly Man, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m., Dec. 8-14. This documentary follows Timothy Treadwell as he lived among the grizzly bears of Alaska until he was killed by a rogue bear in 2003. Directed by Werner Herzog. Winner of Sundance’s Alfred P Sloan Award. Rated: R.
  • Separate Lies, 7 and 9 p.m., Dec. 14-21. This dark yet comic romantic mystery examines the nature of love and relationships. Rated: R.
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, 6:45 and 9 p.m. Dec. 22-30 and on Dec. 24 at 6:45 only. This film is set in the early 1970s during the later stages of China’s “Cultural Revolution,” as two city-bred teenager best friends are sent to a backward mountainous region for Maoist reeducation. Mandarin with subtitles. Not rated.

    Movie admission is $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors, students and children.

    In addition, guests can enjoy special performances, such as theater, concerts and lectures, this fall. Live performances in November kick off with a program from the 2005 Jamestown Lecture Series. At 7 p.m. Nov. 1, Dr. Martin D. Gallivan, assistant professor, Department of Anthropology, College of William and Mary, will present “Archaeological Investigations at Werowocomoco, Political Center of the Powhatan Chiefdom.” The third and final program in the series will be held Dec. 13. Dr. William Kelso, director of archaeology, APVA Preservation, will discuss “The New World, Who is Captain X? and Other Mysteries of the 2005 Field Season Revealed.” Tickets for individual lectures are $9 and are available at the Kimball Theatre box office or at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket facility.

    Evan Feldman will direct the College of William and Mary Jazz Ensemble 8 p.m. Nov. 2. General admission is $7 and seniors/students, $5. “Together Again: Legends of Bulgarian Wedding Music,” which is based on Balkan folk music and infused with a riveting mix of jazz and rock, Gypsy, Turkish and Indian music, can be heard 8 p.m. Nov. 3. General admission is $15, seniors/students $10. “Latin Rhythms” will be the focus of the latest Williamsburg Symphonia concert 8 p.m. Nov. 8 and Nov. 10. Tickets are $37 and $27. For tickets or information, call (757) 229-9857.

    Binns of Williamsburg presents “History of Fabergé,” a slide lecture presented by Tatiana Fabergé, the last member of their dynasty. All seats $15.

    Sample what the 18th century has to offer during special performances that include:

  • “Founding Fathers: Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry or George Washington,” 2 p.m. every Monday through Friday Nov. 1-18 and Nov. 29-30; 2 and 3:30 p.m. every Monday through Friday Nov. 21-25; 2 p.m. every Monday through Friday Dec. 1-9; 2 and 3:30 p.m. every Saturday through Friday Dec. 10-24 (except Dec. 18); 2 p.m. Dec. 20; and 2 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 26-30. Admission is free with a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor pass. Reservations required.
  • Martha Washington: Her Life and Times, 2 p.m. Nov. 5 and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and 17. General admission $5, seniors/students $4. Reservations required
  • 18th-century Play Series. Colonial performance ticket is $12.
  • “A Miss in Her Teens,” 8 p.m. Nov. 4, 19, 24, Dec. 12, 19 and 29. Miss Biddy Bellair challenges her beaus to prove their love.
  • “A Way to Keep Him,” 8 p.m. Nov. 11, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 24. Join Mr. Lovemore, Sir Brilliant Fashion and Sir Bashful Constant as they struggle to school their wives and lovers in The Way to Keep Him.
  • “The Guardian,” 6 p.m. Dec. 29. This play is a fast-paced comedy of arranged marriages, mistaken love interests and a meddling servant that helps things go from bad to worse.
  • Grand Medley of Entertainment, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, 18, 21, 28, Dec. 16, 22, 25 and 27. This program re-creates an 18th-century traveling show. Colonial performance ticket is $12.

    The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre offers live performances and art films seven days each week. For theater program information, call (757) 565-8217. Tickets are available at any Colonial Williamsburg ticketing location or by calling toll-free (800) HISTORY or visiting The Kimball Theatre box office opens one hour before performances.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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