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October 26, 2007

CW's Kimball Theatre hosts international and independent films in November and December

Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre will host several international and independent films in November and December during “Film Movement: 2007 Independent and International Film Series” and the Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival.

The Kimball Theatre, the College of William and Mary’s Films Studies Program and Swem Library will host the Independent and International Film Series. All showings will be held at 7 and 9 p.m. in the screening room. Each movie is followed by a short film. The lineup includes:

  • Viva Cuba, Nov. 2. In a tale akin to “Romeo and Juliet,” the friendship between two children is threatened by their parents’ differences. Malú is from an upper-class family and her single mother does not want her associating with Jorgito, whose background she believes is coarse and commonplace. Jorgito’s mother, a poor socialist who is proud of her family’s social standing, places similar restrictions on her son. What neither woman recognizes is the immense strength of the bond between Malú and Jorgito. Spanish with subtitles. Not rated. Short Film: “Cousin” by Adam Elliot.
  • The Way I Spent the End of the World, Dec. 3. Bucharest 1989, the last year of Ceausescu’s dictatorship. Eva, 17, lives with her parents and her 7-year-old brother Lalalilu. When Eva and her boyfriend accidentally break a bust of Ceausescu at school, they are forced to confess their crime before a disciplinary committee. Eva is expelled and transferred to a reformatory establishment where she meets Andrei and decides to escape Romania with him. Lalalilu is convinced that Ceausescu is the reason for Eva’s decision to leave and, with his school friends, devises a plan to kill the dictator. Romanian with subtitles. Not rated. Short Film: “The Last Man in Brooklyn” by Roberto Bentivegna.

    Movie admission for the film festival is $3 for adults and $1 for William and Mary students, staff and faculty (William and Mary ID required).

    The Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival features a diverse set of award-winning films tied to the universal themes of individuality, family, community and cultural conflict. Opening night will be held Saturday, Nov. 10. Following the film, attendees are invited to a dessert reception catered by Creative Cuisines at the WILLIAMSBURG At Home® store on North Boundary Street. The popular klezmer band “Bagels and Fraylox” will entertain. Opening night tickets are $20 each. Other films follow regular Kimball Theatre pricing.

  • The Year My Parents Went on Vacation, Nov. 10, 7 p.m. This film tells the story of a 12-year-old Brazilian boy Mauro and his preoccupation with Brazil’s efforts to win the 1970 World Cup. Mauro’s world is in turmoil as Brazil is locked in a military dictatorship, the Vietnam War rages on and his left-wing parents are forced into hiding. He goes to live with his grandfather in the multiethnic Bom Retiro district and encounters numerous unexpected surprises along the way. Mauro’s love of the World Cup never wanes as he goes on a journey of new places, friends and struggles. Portuguese and Yiddish with subtitles. Not rated.
  • To Die in Jerusalem, Nov. 11, 2 p.m. This documentary surrounds the 2002 case in which Rachel Levy, a 17-year-old Israeli, was killed in a suicide bombing. The bomber was Ayat Al-Akhras, a 17-year-old Palestinian. While the two girls had different religious upbringing, they lived only four miles apart. “To Die in Jerusalem” maintains personal and human viewpoints as it explores each family’s grief and the continuous trend of violence. Hebrew/Arabic/English with subtitles. Not rated. At 1:30 p.m. Ben & Jerry’s will host an ice cream social in the Kimball Theatre lobby. Following the film, Hilla Medalia, the film’s director, will lead a discussion.
  • Souvenirs, Nov. 11, 7 p.m. Israeli filmmaker Shahar Cohen brought his personal and professional lives together for this documentary about the Jewish Infantry Brigade that fought in World War II. Cohen and his father Sleiman, a member of the brigade, take a road trip from Italy to Amsterdam, tracing the route the soldiers took during the war. Along the way the pair’s relationship grows as they explore the possibility that Sleiman may have fathered children with two Dutch girls during the war. English and Hebrew with subtitles. Not rated.

    The Jewish Film Festival continues next year with the following movies: Steal a Pencil For Me, Jan. 26–27; Bad Faith, Feb. 23–24; and The Rape of Europa, March 29–30.

    Kimball Theatre movie vouchers are not valid for festival films.

    Movie admission is $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors, students and children. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

    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 box office is open 1-9:15 p.m.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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