A movie that won four Israeli Oscars (Ophir Awards) will kick off the 12th annual Omaha Jewish Film Festival with a 7 p.m. Sunday screening.
“The Ballad of the Weeping Spring,” released in Israel in 2012 and subtitled in English, will be screened at the Jewish Community Center Theater, 333 S. 132nd St. Tickets are $8 for each of the four movies in the festival, which concludes Aug. 25.
Mary Sue Grossman, program coordinator for the Center for Jewish Life, said the film festival is one of the center's most popular events.
For information about the festival, call 402-334-6463. The lineup for this year:
» “The Ballad of the Weeping Spring,” 7 p.m. Sunday. A young man wants to grant his dying father's last wish, to play one last song for him. He sets out to find his father's old bandmates to join him and encounters an interesting cast of characters. Uri Gavriel stars. In Hebrew, subtitled. Unrated.
» “The Other Son,” 7 p.m. Aug. 18. Two young men learn, at age 18, that they were switched at birth during a missile attack. The discovery has a strong impact on their families, one Jewish and the other Palestinian. A Cannes Film Festival selection in 2012. In French, Hebrew, Arabic and English, with subtitles. Stars Emmanuelle Devos, Pascal Elbe, Jules Sitruk, Mehdi Dehbi, Areen Omari, Khalifa Natour and Mahmud Shalaby. Rated PG-13.
» “Hava Nagila: The Movie,” 7 p.m. Aug. 21. A whimsical documentary exploring the history of the popular song traces its origins to a wordless prayer in the Ukraine. A 2012 American film, in English, unrated. Among those who comment in the film: Harry Belafonte, Glen Campbell, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis.
» “Up the Wrong Tree,” 7 p.m. Aug. 25. A restless bum and cynic named Nits returns from one of his journeys determined to win back his ex-girlfriend and their dog. Later he finds himself atop a tree overlooking her apartment, uncharacteristically leading an environmental battle against real estate sharks. Writer-director Gur Bentvich is popular in Israel. In Hebrew, subtitled, 2013. Stars Sarah Adler, Sasha Agronov and Gur Bentvich.