Playing this weekend at Theatre N: “Aida’s Secrets,” “Ferrari 312B” and a holiday classic, “White Christmas.”
“Aida’s Secrets” is a moving documentary that shows how the discovery of records from WWII sparks a family’s quest for answers as two brothers separated as babies reunite with each other and their elderly mother, who hid more from them than just each other. Izak Szewelwicz was born in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945 and sent for adoption in Israel. Though Izak was able to form a relationship with his birth mother, his life was turned upside down years later when he located not only his birth certificate, but also another of a brother he never knew existed. Filmmakers Alon and Shaul Schwarz set out to find answers for Izak, uncovering questions of identity, resilience, and the plight of displaced persons as Izak and his brother Shep—both nearly 70 years old—finally meet in Canada before traveling to a nursing home in Quebec to introduce Shep to his elderly mother, Aida, for the first time. “Ferrari 312B” is the sensational story of one of the most groundbreaking, beautiful Ferraris ever made, in celebration of the company’s 70th anniversary. Some of the most legendary drivers in the sport’s history, including Niki Lauda, Jacky Ickx, Jackie Stewart, Gerhard Berger and Damon Hill, pay tribute to a unique car that changed the landscape of Formula 1 racing forever. • “Aida’s Secrets” showtimes: Saturday, Dec. 23, 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 24, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. • “Ferrari 312B” showtimes: Friday, Dec. 22, 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 23, 4 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 24, 2 p.m.
And of course, you know “White Christmas.” Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye play nightclub entertainers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, while Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen are cast as singing-sister act Betty and Judy. The foursome ravel to Vermont to visit Bob and Phil’s old commanding officer, General Waverly (Dean Jagger), who now runs a rustic old inn. Discovering that the general is in dire financial straits, the four entertainers secretly make plans to bail the old guy out with a big musical show, enlisting the aid of Bob and Phil’s army buddies. Corny? Yes. Heartfelt? Absolutely. • “White Christmas” showtime: Saturday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m.