24th Annual Central Florida Jewish Film Festival
Actress and now debuting director, writer and composer Aurélie Saada pours a tremendous amount of personal nostalgia into ROSE, a wonderfully emotional comedy-drama steeped in love for her North African Jewish roots, from music (all written by Saada) to food — the credits even include her recipe for “makroudh,” a date-filled cookie. The film stars legendary French actress Françoise Fabian (Luis Bunuel’s Belle de Jour and Eric Rohmer’s My Night at Maud’s) as a 78-year-old Parisian who has just lost her most beloved husband—a recent widow whose sorrow gives way to a deep thirst for life. This helps her realize that there is still time for her to redefine herself as a woman, all while emerging from under her children’s straight-jacketing concerns. ROSE is an all-embracing effusion of Jewishness that’s a sure-fire crowd-pleaser.
Mensch Pass $118 (limited quantity): All 6 programs, First Priority Seating, Doors open 30 minutes early
Series Pass $72 (limited quantity): All 6 programs, Discounted Admission, Second Priority Seating
Individual Tickets $13
Passes and individual tickets can be purchased online or in person at Enzian’s box office.
France, 2021, 102 minutes, Directed by Aurélie Saada, In French & Yiddish with English subtitles
“An exuberant and poetic comedy carried by a brilliant actress who proves that class and talent are truly ageless.”– Muriel Del Don, CINEUROPA
“Saada’s lovely, lively first film warmly reflects her parents’ Tunisian roots and her love of music from Yiddish and Maghreb cultures. Audiences will cheer Fabian’s progress.”– Nora Lee Mandel, MAVEN’S NEST