The 2017 lineup is now live! This year's festival features a record number of screenings: 202 of them, showing 75 films from 24 countries. That means the countdown has begun to Wednesday, January 18, when tickets for the festival will go on sale. Now you can make your picks for the 2017 AJFF.
Premieres at the festival include the gripping story of survival and rescue Across the Waters, a North American Premiere; the tender coming of age drama The Children of Chance, a North American Premiere; the timely and cautionary tale of nationalism and demagoguery Forever Pure, a U.S. Premiere; and short film Schube Strong, part of Shorts Program 1, a World Premiere featuring a resilient Atlanta family and their courageous battle with cancer, and the generational effects of a genetic gene mutation.
Opening Night, on January 24, will once again be at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and will feature the the moving drama, Alone in Berlin, starring Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson. The film's theme is a topical one. Other films that speak to today's issues include The Freedom to Marry, which documents the fight for gay marriage, while Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You explores race relations. Several films dive into political-religious extremism, from The Settlers to Keep Quiet to Mother with a Gun.
We're a little obsessed with our comedies for this year, which include the quirky romance, Moos, The Pickle Recipe, and Family Commitments, and the star-studded, provocative and thoroughly entertaining The Last Laugh will make you smile and think, as it asks if there is humor to be found in history’s darkest hour.
Our sports fans have plenty to cheer for with The 90 Minute War, On the Map and the NAACP Image Award nominated Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, which also has an Atlanta connection with the filmmaker as well as a number of the interviewees in the film including former Mayor Bill Campbell, Ambassador Andrew Young, Olympic medalist Terrence Trammel being Atlanta-based.
And, we always have plenty of arts films to boast about, which this year include a multitude of choices like, BANG! The Bert Berns Story, a biopic narrated, by Steven Van Zandt, of one of the most audacious, musically gifted and influential songwriters and producers of the 1960s; and Harmonia, a 5 time Israeli Academy Award nominee; and Mr. Gaga, which profiles leading Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin’s life and works.
The festival will end once again at Woodruff Arts Center's Symphony Hall with The Women’s Balcony, an inspiring blend of comedy and feminism that sees a divided Orthodox community reunited by a rebellious spirit.
Sort through more of the lineup here by schedule venue, type, country, or subject.
We cannot wait to share these films with you and see you this year!