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Published on January 27th, 2013 | by Celina

New York Jewish Film Festival: In Case I Never Win The Golden Palm

The New York Jewish Film Festival drew to a close this past week after screening dozens of fascinating documentaries, laugh-out-loud comedies, and a surprising collection of short films that explore the theme of the Jewish experience around the world. We had a great time at the 2013 festival and were lucky enough to attend two compelling film screenings. Earlier, we reviewed Oma and Bella, a German documentary by director Alexa Kaolinski.

This past weekend, we attended the screening of French filmmaker Renaud Cohen’s satire In Case I Never Win The Golden Palm. This entertaining feature film is semi-autobiographical, starring Renaud himself, who stars in the film as Simon, a middle-aged director who has not made a film in 10 years. Simon is struggling with his confidence as he has one film proposal after the next rejected, even going so far as to attend a support group for ex-filmmakers. When he is forced to shave his head in a bet, Simon discovers a cranial lump that may or may not be the indicator of a fatal disease. Faced with his own mortality, he throws himself into the production of his final film: the story of his impeding death. Both comedic and self-effacing, and more than a little auto-biographical, In Case I Never Win The Golden Palm delights and puzzles the audience.

Director Renaud Cohen was in attendance, kindly clarifying questions the audience had about his (real life) cranial bump and his family’s reaction to their involvement in the film (his wife, children, and parents played themselves in this self- financed project).

If you didn’t get a chance to attend this year’s film festival lineup, some of this years films are available for purchase or streaming online. And we certainly hope to see you next year at what we can only anticipate will be another lineup of compelling films.

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About the Author

Celina Kelly is passionate about New York, scarves, and puppies. She also loves writing about herself in the third-person. She graduated from Barnard College having double majored in English & German Literature. While a student, she worked with The New Yorker as part of the editorial department for ‘Goings On About Town’. Since she was not busy enough, she added a concentration of creative writing, completing her thesis project in the form of a yet-unpublished novel under the guidance of a bestselling author. Celina operates a retail store on the Upper West Side, where she spends most of her time. She enjoys being able to design, order and merchandise a new collection twice a year with the help of a talented staff of minions. She is also currently pursuing a certificate in Millinery at the Fashion Institute of Technology. If you ask her nicely, she might make you a hat!



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