The largest Jewish film festival in the world returns for its Sweet Sixteen. Here is a list of titles for you to check out during the 23-day event.
We love that each new year of the Georgia film festival circuit kicks off with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. The city’s most widely attended film event stretches out over three weeks at eight different venues across Midtown Atlanta, Buckhead, Alpharetta, Marietta, Vinings and Sandy Springs. No film festival in the state packs the house as consistently as AJFF and we are looking forward to joining in the opening night ceremonies on Tuesday, January 26 at the Cobb Energy Centre.
This year’s lineup is as strong as ever, with films pouring in from all over the world and covering all sorts of thematic ground. Whether you want academic documentaries, Israeli award-winners, Japanese biopics, romantic comedies, musicals or whatever else you can think of—AJFF ’16 has it.
We’ve compiled a long list of films you must see this year! See our picks after the jump.
Academy Award-winner Christopher Plummer is a dementia-stricken Holocaust survivor out for revenge in master director Atom Egoyan’s supremely suspenseful thriller “Remember.”
Two attractive young strangers forge a magnetic if uncertain connection in “Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong,” a charming fish-out-of-water romance with stunning visuals and sparkling banter.
Several selections at AJFF each year come from the annual Ophir Awards—the Israeli Oscars. Last year, films like “Fire Birds,” “The Kind Words” and “Wedding Doll” dominated the nominations. Other films like “Atomic Falafel,” “Jeruzalem” and documentary “Censored Voices” were also among those shortlisted.
- “Atomic Falafel”
- “Censored Voices”
- “Fire Birds”
- “The Kind Words”
- “Wedding Doll”
This festival is known for powerful documentaries, but the range of subject matter showcased in the nonfiction program continues to surprise. While many Holocaust and Israeli historical docs feature, you’ll also find tributes to film legends “By Sidney Lumet” and portraits of little-known artists “Carvalho’s Journey.”
- “By Sidney Lumet”
- “Carvalho’s Journey” (pictured)
- “Censored Voices”
- “Children of Giant”
- “East Jerusalem West Jerusalem”
Anniversary screenings have become more popular in recent years for AJFF and while none of this year’s titles are household names, there is plenty of intrigue to be found. John Schlesinger’s “Marathon Man” features Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier in an Oscar-nominated role. “The Front” was nominated for its screenplay and features Woody Allen as an actor only. “Singing in the Dark” and “His Wife’s Lover” are both celebrated musicals.
- 40th: “The Front”
- 40th: “Marathon Man” (pictured)
- 60th: “Singing in the Dark”
- 85th: “His Wife’s Lover”