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