Films of Jewish interest: upcoming in early 2011

Lots of films of Jewish interest are coming up in early 2011.  Here is a summary (with apologies to readers outside of Australia; these release dates are Australian – in some cases the films been released, or will be released earlier in the USA).

Late December 2010 (all in current release)

Love and Other Drugs – not a Jewish story, but director Edward Zwick (a co-creator of thirtysomething) is.  A nice romantic drama with two very appealing stars (Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway) and a fascinating sub-theme: that of a pharmaceutical rep (for Pfizer!) pushing drugs on to doctors.  

Sarah’s Key – a French Holocaust drama starring Kristin Scott Thomas, intersecting the past and the present.  A great story, too bad it’s fiction.

Meet the Parents: Little Fockers – the third in the series starring the great match-up of Ben Stiller the Jewish nurse with the retired CIA agent played by Robert de Niro.  I love the casting of Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman (two classic breakthrough Jewish actors from the 1960s) as Stiller’s parents.

Life During Wartime – the latest installment from Todd Solondz, a bleakly humorous film that almost no-one went to see when it screened in North America in July/August.  Limited release in Australia.  Read my review of the film here.

January 2011

True Grit, Jewish directors Joel and Ethan Coen directors remake the classic.

Black Swan, Jewish director Darren Aronofsky plus Jewish actresses Natalie Portman, Winona Ryder and Barbara Hershey.

Catfish, a documentary by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, starring Nev Schulman, who is obviously Jewish.  Is this real or fiction?

Another Year, by British Jewish director Michael Leigh.

The Fighter, directed by David O. Russell, who has a Jewish father and lots of his characters have been Jewish.

February 2011

How Do You Know, directed by James L. Brooks (“The Simpsons”) who is Jewish.

No Strings Attached, Directed by Ivan Reitman (Jewish) and starring Natalie Portman again.

Inside Job, a documentary about the Wall Street fiasco, must surely feature many Jewish players.

Conviction, dir by Tony Goldwyn who is Jewish, and a direct descendent of Samuel Goldwyn the film mogul.

The Human Resources Manager, an award-winning Israeli film shot partly in Romania.

Barney’s Version, a very Jewish story based on Canadian Jewish writer Mordechai Richler’s novel.

March 2011

The Debt, a thriller about Mossad agents and Nazi war criminals starring Sam Worthington and Helen Mirren.

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One Response to Films of Jewish interest: upcoming in early 2011

  1. dee says:

    Surely you’re not going to miss Jake Gyllenhaal (Jewish on his mother’s side) in Love and Other Drugs, not to mention a huge Jewish supporting cast (Hank Azaria, Gabriel Macht, etc.). And of course Paul Rudd (Jewish) in How Do You Know, not just the director.

    Tony Goldwyn’s paternal grandfather was Jewish, his other grandparents were not.

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