Tel Aviv on Fire

Salam, a charming 30-year-old Palestinian, is an assistant on a Palestinian soap opera “Tel Aviv on Fire”, a big hit with both sides, that’s produced in Ramallah which means everyday he must negotiate an Israeli checkpoint.
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A joyous film about a joyous man, Itzhak takes a look at the life, work and religious heritage of one of the world’s foremost violinists.
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The Wedding Plan

When Michal (Noa Kooler), a 32 year old Orthodox Jewish woman is blindsided by her dour fiancé’s decision to call off their wedding with only a month’s notice, she trusts in God to provide her groom.
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Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt

This new documentary is about one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt, who caused an uproar when she coined the phrase the “banality of evil” while covering the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann for the New Yorker magazine.
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The 2015 Animated Oscar Nominated Short Films

In Woodstock 
Feb 14 15 16
See below for times
Watch the Oscar-nominated shorts before the Academy Awards on February 22nd! Upstate will screen the Live Action and the Documentary shorts this Saturday through Monday (Feb 14-15-16). The distributor of the Oscar shorts sent us basic ratings guidelines which we’ve included per category.
(PG-13?) no violence or tragedy, some cursing, one of the strongest live action programs in a long time!
Rhinebeck: Wed (Feb 11) 8:10/Sat (Feb14) 8:15
Woodstock: Sat (Feb 14) 1:00


  • PARVANEH (Switzerland / Directed by Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger)
  • BOOGALOO AND GRAHAM (UK / Directed by Michael Lennox and Ronan Blaney) 
  • AYA (Israel and France / Directed by Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis) 
  • THE PHONE CALL (UK / Directed by Mat Kirkby and James Lucas) 
  • BUTTER LAMP (France and China / Directed by Hu Wei and Julien Féret)
(R?) A tough collection this year with films about cancer, slaughterhouse workers, and an infant with a rare respoiratory disorder. There are some tough to watch scenes in some that may be difficult for some. 
Rhinebeck Sun (Feb 15) 3:30/
Woodstock: Sun(Feb15) 1:30

documentary SHORTS

  • JOANNA (Poland / Directed by Aneta Kopacz)
  • CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1 (USA / Directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry)
(R?) There are some tough to watch scenes in THE REAPER and OUR CURSE that may be difficult for some.

Rhinebeck Mon (Feb 16) 3:30/
Woodstock Mon (Feb 16)4:30

  • OUR CURSE (Poland / Directed by Tomasz Sliwinski and Maciej Slesicki)
  • WHITE EARTH (USA / Directed by J. Christian Jensen)
  • THE REAPER (Mexico / Directed by Gabriel Serra Arguello)
View Oscar Shorts Website 

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Now showing
in Woodstock
*Moves to Rhinebeck
Friday March 27 
March 23 – 26
Mon – Thur 7:30 
(Israel 2014 dir by Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz )
Rating / 115 mins
* Academy Award Nominee Best Foreign Language Film
Divorce Israeli Style: In this uncompromising, heart-rending powerhouse courtroom drama, an Israeli woman struggles to overcome an unmoving patriarchy so that she can get divorced and live a life of her own design. Just in time for Women’s History Month.
In Israel marriage and divorce is a religious matter; only rabbis can legalize a union or its dissolution, and this is only possible with the husband’s consent. When Viviane Amsalem (Ronit Elkabetz) after decades of marriage, goes to court seeking to get a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband, she finds herself put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Viviane Amsalem and her lawyer spend years in this quest thwarted by her husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian) who continually refuses. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom, and the ambiguous role of the rabbinical judges shape a procedure where tragedy vies with absurdity.
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