The Arty Semite

Out and About: Talmudists at Cannes; Busking Tryouts Hit New York

By Ezra Glinter

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  • “Beaufort” director Joseph Cedar has made a splash at Cannes with “Footnote,” a film about a competitive father-son pair of Talmudists.

  • The LABA fellows at the 14th street Y will culminate their year-long journey into eros with the LABA festival, starting tonight.

  • The National Yiddish Book Center is raising money to restore a collection of recorded Yiddish books.

  • New York City’s buskers just went through their annual auditions for permits to play in the subway. Let’s just hope that Xylopholks made the cut.

  • The winners of this year’s DocAviv film festival have been announced, including the “El Sicario Room 164” by Gianfranco Rosi for best international documentary, and “Life in Stills” by Tamar Tal in the Israeli competition.

  • Woody Allen, Elaine May and Ethan Coen will be staging a triple-bill of one-act comedies on Broadway this fall.

  • The Awl has the greatest Beastie Boys lyrical references to New York, in order.

  • Philip Roth has won the Man Booker International Prize, though not without some controversy.

  • Roger Ebert on director Lars von Trier and his “Yes, I am a Nazi!” line.


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