The Buzz: What’s Hot in the Arts

The Buzz: What’s Hot in the Arts

Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel and acclaimed actor John Turturro aren’t the most obvious names to be paired for an event. But Francisco Rosi’s 1997 film, “The Truce,” brings them together this weekend. The film, starring Turturro (“Do the Right Thing,” “Miller’s Crossing, “O Brother, Where Art Thou”) as Primo Levi, is based on Levi’s memoir, “The Reawakening,” which recounts his journey home to Turin after surviving Auschwitz. Wiesel and Turturro will appear at the Forum on Law, Culture & Society’s annual film festival, which focuses on the law/culture intersection, and the ways in which the legal system is portrayed in film. After the screening, the two will be in conversation with the Forum’s director, Thane Rosenbaum.—Forum on Law, Culture & Society, Fordham Law School, 140 W. 62nd St. Sun., Oct. 21, 3 p.m., $10-$15. See for tickets.

The Ponzi schemer seeks redemption in Deb Margolin’s play, “Imagining Madoff.” The play (Margolin made changes after Elie Wiesel, a Madoff victim, threatened legal action for being portrayed) focuses on Madoff’s relationship with Solomon Galkin, a Holocaust survivor and Madoff client (based on Wiesel). The play is part of the JCC in Manhattan’s “Repair: Tikkun Olam Festival of New Performance,” which features artists whose work looks at the notion of healing. Also on tap: a Shabbat Social Justice Salon on Friday and “Yo Miss!” a one-woman play by Judith Sloane based on her experiences teaching in prisons and immigrant high schools.—JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave. (646) 505-5708. Sun., Oct. 21, 3 p.m., $15-$20.

Organized by the Great Neck Arts Center, the Second Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival features several Jewish-themed films this year. Nominated for 11 Israeli Academy Awards, Yossi Madmoni’s “Restoration” tells the story of the owner of an antique restoration workshop who struggles to save his business. “The Rabbi’s Cat” is an adult animation film based on Joann Sfar’s comics about a 1920s Algerian cat who learns to speak. And “Orchestra of Exiles” is a documentary that focuses on Bronislaw Huberman, a well-known Polish violinist who came to the rescue of dozens of Jewish musicians who had been removed from European orchestras during the Nazi regime. Through Oct. 28.—(516) 829-2570. See for information on venues and ticket prices.

Basia Rosenbaum

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