Paul Sorvino (left) and Martin Landau star in “Abe and Phil’s Last Poker Game”
Paul Sorvino (left) and Martin Landau star in “Abe and Phil’s Last Poker Game”

Ten films to see at Jewish Film Institute’s WinterFest

Four Israeli films and an American drama starring the late actor Martin Landau are among the 10 films that will be presented at the two-day WinterFest by the Jewish Film Institute. Five films will screen at the Vogue on Feb. 10 and five at Alamo Drafthouse on Feb. 11 in San Francisco.

JFI executive director Lexi Leban described the program as “an eclectic lineup that mixes music, literature, comedy, politics and culture that resonates with the Bay Area’s diverse film going audience.”

Two of the Israeli films are features — the neo-noir thriller “Shelter” and “Foxtrot,” which was Israel’s entry for a best foreign language Oscar. Two of the six documentaries in the festival are also from Israel: “Operation Wedding” and Amos Gitai’s “West of the Jordan River,” an update of his 1982 film “Field Diary.” Gitai’s film premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and observes how Israelis and Palestinians could together overcome the consequences of occupation.

Another foreign drama, “An Act of Defiance,” is a Dutch-South African co-production in the Afrikaans language dealing with 10 political activists (including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of black and Jewish supporters) as they face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage in the summer of 1963.

Elliott Gould leads in the American feature “Humor Me,” and “Abe and Phil’s Last Poker Game” stars Martin Landau in his final film performance.

The documentary lineup also includes two bios, “Itzhak,” about violinist Itzhak Perlman, and “Arthur Miller, Writer,” a portrait of the great playwright by his daughter, Rebecca Miller. “Seeing Allred” is Roberta Grossman and Sophie Sartain’s intimate documentary about women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred.

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