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Berlin Jewish Film Festival Turns 18

The words “Mehr Juden ins Kino” (“More Jews to the movies”) are plastered all over Berlin. With its yellow lettering and graffiti-like script, the resemblance to Nazi-era posters is intentional. This is the striking (and somewhat confusing) logo for this year’s Jewish Film Festival Berlin and Potsdam, running from June 4 to 17.

The Hamburg-based artist artist (and son of Israeli parents) Daniel Josefsohn, who designed the poster, intends the text as a way of turning a Nazi ban on Jews going to the movies on its head. Well, the poster definitely is an attention-grabber for one of Europe’s most established Jewish film festivals.

The 18th installment of the festival opened this week with a gala screening of “Max Raabe in Jerusalem,” by Brigitte Bertele, Julia Willmann, Sabine Scharnagl and Bettina Hausler.

The documentary, seen here in its world premiere, chronicles the German cabaret singer Max Raabe and his band, the Palast Orchester, on tour in Israel with their “Tonight or Never” show. Part concert film, part travelogue of Israel, the documentary is most notable for its interviews with Berlin-born Israelis now in their 80s and 90s, who recall the Weimar-era songs that Raabe performs from their youth. Interestingly, many still see themselves as Berliners.

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