The Washington Jewish Film Festival began yesterday, January 3, and is in full-swing through January 13. The festival’s program includes contemporary films ranging from romances and coming-of-age tales to heavy-hitting documentaries.
During the two weeks, the Jewish Film Festival will screen 55 films from 15 different countries, and will show these films at 10 different venues throughout the District.
There are strong French and German influences, as well as 17 different films from Israel. Fifteen countries are represented including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Nigeria, Luxembourg, Poland, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
“This year’s carefully curated festival is bursting with a wide variety of films and events that will appeal not only to seasoned film-lovers, but also will bring wonderful film experiences to new audiences and casual theater-goers across Washington,” said Carole Zawatsky, DC Jewish Community Center (DCJCC) CEO in a press release statement. “As a regional hub for arts and culture, the DCJCC is proud to bring this exciting lineup of films to locations across the community. The Washington Jewish Film Festival is a 23-year tradition that celebrates Jewish arts and culture and represents the best of what the DCJCC has to offer.”
This year’s Centerpiece Film features “Dorfman,” which follows Deb Dorfman, a quirky 28-year-old accountant, as she moves to L.A. in her quest for love. The evening includes an on-stage conversation with actor Elliot Gould, who plays Deb’s father in the movie. “Dorfman” will screen Tuesday, January 8 at 8:30 pm at the Avalon Theatre and on Wednesday, January 9 at 8:30 pm at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
The festival website is online at www.wjff.org. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (202) 777-3231. In addition to single tickets, WJFF will be offering full festival passes ($75 for general tickets, $30 for patrons 30-years-old and younger).
When it comes to film appreciation, my tastes run the gamut. A long closeted hip-hop dance movie aficionado, I also logged hours helping to manage the Baltimore Museum of Art’s independent film series. I’ve watched every independent film National Geographic has put out over the last few years. I also saw the newest Muppet Movie on opening night last week, only slightly justified by taking my nieces along.
Get the Festival Schedule: 27 films are being shown at the JCC’s Goldman Theater at 16th and Q Streets NW. More films are being show at other venues.
If you are similarly inclined to appreciate everything from art house to kitsch (or even if you prefer one to the other), get yourself out to see at least one of the films in the 22nd Washington Jewish Film Festival. The festival opens tomorrow with the Israeli film Mabul (The Flood) about an Israeli boy, about to become a man, and his family in crisis. It’s winning the hearts of critics and moviegoers in festivals; I’m hoping to see it while it’s here.
But the films don’t stop there. With 47 films ranging from documentaries (such as Yoo-hoo Mrs. Goldberg and An Encounter with Simone Weil) to heart-warming and heart-wrenching features (such as Je T’Aime, I Love You Terminal, Kaddish for a Friend and My Australia), there’s a little something for everyone.
The festival runs December 1 through 11; more information (film information, times and ticket info) can be found on the Washington Jewish Film Festival website. Films are being shown at nine different venues, including the DC Jewish Community Center at 16th and Q Streets NW.