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Recipes from Jerusalem: A Cookbook

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi are the men behind the 2011 runaway bestseller Plenty, which broke boundaries bringing inventive vegetarian cookery to a much wider audience.  They followed up in 2012 by turning their attention to their shared home city: Jerusalem.  Both Yotam and Sami were born there in the same year, Sami on the Arab east side and Yotam in the Jewish west.  Nearly 30 years later they met in London, and discovered they shared a language, a history, and a love of great food.

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SF Jewish Film Festival Exudes a Sense of Responsibility

by Michael Fox

Sometimes a movie is just a movie, to appropriate the one-liner apocryphally attributed to Sigmund Freud. (“Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar” actually sounds to my ears more like something another Jewish intellectual, Groucho Marx, would have said. But I digress.) As far as the typical filmgoer is concerned, movies are stories, diversions, entertainment and, on rare and special occasions, art. But for a great swath of movies, even some produced by Hollywood studios (credo: “Profits first, last and always”), palpable moral consciousness is as central as the plot. To those of us who esteem cinema as a social good, those films are often the most exciting and profound.  Continue reading

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SFJFF Berkeley Big Night: THE STURGEON QUEENS

by Joyce Goldstein

The Sturgeon Queens (2014) is a charming paean to the Russ & Daughters appetizer store on the Lower East Side of NYC, now celebrating its hundred-year anniversary. The story is told by many different voices: three generations of the Russ family; celebrity patrons of the store such as Calvin Trillin, Maggie Gyllenhal, Mario Batali and Ruth Bader Ginsberg; and narrated by long-time customers who read from a script written by director Julie Cohen.

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Orson Welles’ World, and We’re Just Living in It: A Conversation with Norman Lloyd

by Ryan Lattanzio

Near-centenarian Norman Lloyd‘s career has spanned over eight decades in film, television and theater.  He has worked with the likes of Alfred Hitchcock—for whom he produced and directed episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents—Elia Kazan, Joseph Cotton, Jean Renoir, Charles Chaplin and, perhaps most notably of all, Orson Welles.  Continue reading

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Critics Corner: BOYHOOD

Read two critical perspectives on Boyhood  (2014, Richard Linklater), from Alexandros Anas and Terrence Arjoon.  Boyhood  opens in San Francisco at Landmark’s Embarcadero Cinema on Friday, July 18, 2014.  Writer / director Richard Linklater will appear in person on Friday, July 18 for Q&As after the 8:00pm and 8:30pm shows.  Continue reading