“MABUL” (The Flood) – Opens SF Jewish Film Festival – Thursday, 7/21

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Sean Martinfield
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The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival opens this year’s festival with the North American premiere of MABUL (THE FLOOD), a coming of age family drama. Directed by Guy Nattiv, the story takes place on a tumbledown collective farm on Israel’s coast where the Rosko family struggles to keep up appearances while hiding their sins, small and large, from one another. Teacher Miri (Ronit Elkabetz) is having an affair; husband Gidi is surreptitiously unemployed; and late-blooming son Yoni (Yoav Rotman) pacifies class bullies by selling them completed homework assignments. When older autistic brother Tomer (Michael Moshonov) returns to the family, the building pressure explodes. Secrets begin to emerge and Yoni’s bar mitzvah reading – about Noah and the flood – starts taking on deeper meanings. Husband and father Gidi (Tzahi Grad) has lost his job but maintains the charade of his normal workday routine as Yoni desperately navigates the deadly waters of adolescence alone.

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Yoav Rotman

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Ronit Elkabetz

SFJFF welcomes director Guy Nattiv to the Opening Night film presentation, which is followed by fun and festive party at the Swedish American Hall. The sharp performances of the cast earned the film 6 Ophir nominations, the Israeli equivalent of the Oscars.
MABUL – Best Film, 2010
Yoav Rotman – Best Actor

Ronit Elkabetz – Best Actress
Michael Moshonov – Best Supporting Actor
Guy Nattiv and Noa Berman-Herzberg – Best Screenplay
Matthew Cerantola – Best Sound

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MABUL – Michael Moshonov and Ronit Elkabetz

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MABUL – Michael Moshonov and Tzahi Grad

Jewish culture and life is a rich swath of material from which many, many talented minds have spun stories reflecting the diversity and depth of experience unique to its people. The 31st San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screens this year’s selection of cinema stories through August 8th at the Castro Theatre and the JCCSF in San Francisco, Roda Theatre (at Berkeley Repertory Theatre) in Berkeley, the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, and the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael. The first and still the largest of its kind, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF) continues to search the world for the best stories told on film, presenting them as a starting point for discovery and discussion and celebration that highlight 5771 years of culture.

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