LIFE IS STRANGE to Make NYC Premiere at Quad Cinema, 1/24-30
A living document of a lost world, Isaac Hertz's film Life Is Strange will receive its NYC premiere in a limited engagement, January 24 - 30, at the Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street, NYC. Tickets: $11 adults; $8 children/seniors.
The deep cultural content and vivid human elements of pre-Holocaust Europe are exquisitely portrayed in Life Is Strange, a film that documents, through childhood memories of survivors, the vibrant life of Jewish families before the war.
The colorful cast of characters interviewed in Life Is Strange includes a blend of both the internationally celebrated and the little known. Among the notables are Shimon Peres, President of the State of Israel and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize; Walter Kohn, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry; Robert Aumann, Nobel Laureate in Economics; and award-winning children's author Uri Orlev, along with Peter Marcuse, professor emeritus of urban planning at Columbia University and son of famed philosopher of the New Left, Herbert Marcuse.
Five of those seen in Life Is Strange now reside in NYC: the scion of a great Chasidic dynasty, Joseph Glikman; Devorah Spira, granddaughter of the legendary Rebbe of Tzans and daughter of the famed Tshechoiver Rebbe; Ruth Orenstein & Yocheved Friedenson, sisters who are known for their years of devotion to a rejuvenation of Jewish life in America; and successful diamond dealer David Mikel, who emerged from the war to become a pivotal member of his community.
Begun as an attempt by two friends to trace a family history, Life Is Strange became an evocative mosaic, weaving 25 intimate conversations with a stunning collection of rare film and still footage. Through the highly crafted collaboration of esteemed writer/producer/editor Alain Jakubowicz and writer/director Isaac Hertz, the film offers insights into the ways personal lives intersect with historical transformations.
The words and the warm glow of their countenances present poetic, poignant, and highly perceptive recollections of the interviewees' pre-war childhoods. Says filmmaker Isaac Hertz, "You can see in their eyes that they experienced something beautiful when they were young. It colors their entire personalities."
Explains Holocaust survivor Uri Orlev, "Children remember differently than adults do."
LIFE IS STRANGE, A LOOKBACK FILM BY ISAAC HERTZ
WHERE: Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St., NYC 10011
Friday, Jan. 24 - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 25 - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 26 through Thursday, Jan. 30 - 1:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
RUN TIME: 1 hour 36 minutes
Please visit the Life Is Strange website for additional details.
Watch the trailer below!