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PVJFF Hits You Can Stream Online


Dear Film Friends,

We hope that you are staying healthy and safe during these uncertain times.

The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival is proud to share with you 10 festival favorites from recent PVJFFs. Thanks to a partnership with Menemsha Films, a distributor that our festival works with throughout the year, these films can be rented or purchased for a discount on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes.

Enjoy these selections and let us know what you think!  We look forward to seeing you very soon.


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Closed Season

Closed Season (PVJFF 2014)

In 1942, childless couple Fritz and Emma hide Albert, a Jewish refugee, at their remote farm in the forest. Fritz offers Albert an unorthodox deal -- sleep with his wife to conceive a child on his behalf. The consequences are dramatic in this sumptuously shot and gorgeously paced tale.

Directed by Franziska Schlotterer | Germany | 2014 | German (with subtitles) | Drama | 104 minutes

Fanny's Journey

Fanny’s Journey (PVJFF 2018)

A resourceful young girl leads 11 orphans through Nazi-occupied France in this coming-of-age, family friendly drama bristling with suspense and poignancy. Based on a true story and Audience Award winner at 22 Jewish film festivals.

Directed by Lola Doillon | France/Belgium | 2016 | French (with subtitles) | Drama | 94 minutes

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel (PVJFF 2019)

A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, this documentary charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic.

Directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger | USA/Israel/Japan/South Korea | 2018 | English | Documentary | 86 minutes

Mr. Kaplan

Mr. Kaplan (PVJFF 2016)

A downtrodden Jewish retiree attempts to restore his self-worth by unmasking an alleged Nazi fugitive in this quirky dramatic comedy, which was Uruguay’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission.

Directed by Álvaro Brechner | Uruguay/Spain/Germany | 2014 | Spanish (with subtitles) | Comedy/Drama | 98 minutes

Once in a Lifetime

Once in a Lifetime (PVJFF 2016)

A dedicated history teacher at a French high school taps lessons of the Holocaust in an effort to motivate her troubled students in this uplifting schoolhouse drama based on a true story.

Directed by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar | France | 2016 | French (with subtitles) | Drama | 105 minutes

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (PVJFF 2016)

This entertaining documentary focuses on the rags-to-riches life of Sophie Tucker, an iconic superstar who ruled the worlds of vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television and Hollywood throughout the 20th century.

Directed by William Gazecki | USA | 2015 | English | Documentary | 96 minutes

Run Boy Run

Run Boy Run (PVJFF 2015)

A superlative saga of courage and compassion, this film tells the extraordinary true story of a Polish boy who seeks the kindness of others in his solitary struggle to outlast the Nazi occupation and keep alive his Jewish faith.

Directed by Pepe Danquart | Germany | 2014 | Polish, German, Russian, Yiddish (with subtitles) | Drama | 107 minutes

To Life!

To Life! (PVJFF 2017)

An uplifting story bringing together two disparate wounded souls, this drama-romance tells of the growing bond between an aging Polish-born cabaret singer and a young German man driven by a secret.

Directed by Uwe Janson | Germany | 2016 | German (with subtitles) | Drama | 86 minutes

The Women's Balcony

The Women's Balcony (PVJFF 2017)

An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gendered rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. Funny, poignant, and an Israeli box office smash!

Directed by Shlomit Nehama and Emil Ben-Shimon | Israel | 2016 | Hebrew (with subtitles) | Comedy/Drama | 96 minutes

The ZigZag Kid

The ZigZag Kid (PVJFF 2014)

The son of the world’s greatest detective embarks on a rollicking adventure to solve the mystery of his true identity in this family-friendly, action-packed adaptation of the beloved book by Israeli writer David Grossman (Intimate Grammar).

Directed by Vincent Bal | Belgium/Netherlands | 2015 | Dutch, English, French (with subtitles) | Drama | 95 minutes