Menorah Film Club

Bringing Jewish Film to Manchester…

Our aim is to bring you the best of films, with a Jewish/Israeli link or theme, from around the world.

All showings are on Tuesdays and begin at 7.45 pm.  Enquiries to

Guests can be admitted to each show for £5.00, subject to availability.

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Film Club: The Jewish Cardinal
2013 France Drama dir: Ilan Duran Cohen. 96 min. The amazing true story of a Catholic cardinal, Jean-Marie Lustiger, son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and even after later joining the priesthood. He distinguished himself by vehemently protesting the construction of a convent on the grounds of Auschwitz.
Film Club: Shalom Y’All
2003 USA Documentary dir: Brian Bain. 59 min.  Travelling in a vintage Cadillac, Brian Bain, a third generation Jew from New Orleans, sets out on a 4200-mile road trip though the American South. The film is a funny, anecdotal and poignant look at a young Jewish man's struggle and search for his own Southern Jewish identity. Travelling through delta flatlands, small towns in Mississippi, suburban subdivisions, Texas ranches, and sprawling Sunbelt metropolises, he uncovers the unique and diverse history of Southern US Jews. Before this documentary we will show a short film too.
Film Club: The Frisco Kid
1979 USA Action/Comedy/Adventure dir: Robert Aldrich. 162 min. Rabbi Avram Belinsky (Gene Wilder) lands in Philadelphia intending to travel to San Francisco, where he plans on starting a synagogue. Quickly relieved of his belongings by a group of con artists, Avram optimistically sets out alone on foot toward the Wild West. He gets into one scrape after another until he is rescued by a compassionate horseman named Tommy Lillard (Harrison Ford). Unfortunately, Tommy may not be quite as heroic as he seems, and it is still a long way to California.
Film Club: The Last Metro
1980 France Drama dir: François Truffaut. 131 min. In Nazi-occupied Paris, Jewish theatre owner Lucas Steiner goes into hiding in the cellar, ceding control of the theatre to his gentile wife, Marion. She mounts a new play, and gives a break to upstart actor Bernard Granger by casting him in the lead. The two soon develop feelings for one another, and she is torn between the two men. Things grow more complicated when Marion discovers that Bernard is harbouring a secret of his own. Equal parts romance, historical tragedy and even comedy, The Last Metro is considered by critics to be François Truffaut’s ultimate tribute to art overcoming adversity.
Film Club: Broadway Musicals – A Jewish Legacy
2013 USA Documentary dir: Michael Kantor. 90 min. Over the fifty year period of its development, the songs of the Broadway musicals were created almost exclusively by Jewish Americans. Michael Kantor’s riveting, toe-tapping film features interviews and conversations with some of the greatest composers and writers of the Broadway stage, including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Kurt Weill, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Jules Styne and many others. Unmissable.
Film Club: The Wonders
2012 Israel Drama dir: Avi Nesher. 110 min.  A complex relationship develops between a Jerusalem graffiti artist and a mysterious prophet imprisoned in an apartment across from the artist's window. Inspired by a true story, Avi Nesher’s new film combines genres, moods and influences – everything from film noir to Alice in Wonderland – to create a unique and compelling movie that mixes mystery, comedy, psychological thriller, political intrigue and romance.
Film Club: Mr Kaplan
2014 Uruguay Drama/Thriller dir: Álvaro Brechner. 98 min.  After fleeing Europe for Uruguay during WWII, Jacob Kaplan has built a quiet life. Now 76, he begins to question his worth. After learning of a mysterious German prowling the shores of a nearby beach, he becomes convinced that he has found a runaway Nazi in hiding and plans to expose him. Expertly distilling a potent mixture of emotional depth and deadpan comedy, Mr Kaplan is a vivacious meditation on family, aging, and the drive for significance.
Film Club: Another Road Home
2004 USA Documentary dir: Danae Elon. 79 min Shortly after the Six-Day War in 1967, Danae Elon's highly educated parents hired a Palestinian man named Musa, the father of eleven children, to take care of their six month old daughter on a daily basis. It was a job he would continue for the next twenty years. The last time Danae saw Musa, in 1991, he proudly showed her the house he constructed in the Palestinian village of Battir. Then, against the mounting tensions of the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian Intifada, the two families lose track of each other. During that time, Danae begins to realise how much of an influence Musa had on her life and she seeks to reconnect with him. Her quest leads her from New York to Battir.
Film Club: The Concert
2009 France/Russia Comedy dir: Radu Mihaileanu. 119 min Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, the renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was fired for hiring Jewish musicians. Now a cleaner at the Bolshoi, he learns by accident that the Châtelet Theatre in Paris has invited the Bolshoi orchestra to play there. He decides to gather together his former musicians and to perform in Paris in place of the current Bolshoi orchestra. A delicious comedy, we are showing this film again by popular request.

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