One of the highlights of every annual Program Guide is Professor Matthew Bernstein’s* must-see films list. He painstakingly reviews a slew of films in each year's lineup, and 2016 has him as enthusiastic as ever.
We'll be featuring his picks, one-by-one, leading up to the festival's Opening Night on January 26. Of course, if you can't wait to see his entire write-up, make sure to grab your copy of the official Program Guide. First up on his list:
I love expertly-done farces, even on the most grave and timely of subjects, for the opportunity to laugh at our deepest fears. Atomic Falafel, about a potentially imminent Israeli-Iranian nuclear battle, mocks Israeli military machismo with testosterone-fueled characters that are descendants of Dr. Strangelove. But director Dror Shaul’s fast-paced comedy is fresh and original. From the soldiers who insist that a comely widow deliver her delicious falafels to them during war games, to the military’s insistence that International Atomic Energy inspectors be taken to Yad Vashem instead of an actual nuclear facility, Shaul’s portrait of the inanities of adult, security-obsessed Israelis and maladjusted but sensible teens spares no one.
*Dr. Matthew Bernstein is the Goodrich C. White Professor of Film and Media Studies and department chair at Emory University.