AJFF Recommends: What to Watch in April

04/3/2017

From the big screen to the small, we have some ideas about what to watch this month. Among our recommendations is a TCM Fathom Special Event, a Netflix original film, and two former AJFF picks. 

In Theatres

The Graduate
TCM Big Screen Classics presents a special 50th anniversary screening of this 1967 classic. Based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Charles Webb, the film tells the story of 21-year-old Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), a recent college graduate, who is seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). To complicate matters further, he then falls in love with her daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross). The film received six Academy Award nominations, including a win for director Mike Nichols. It also features one of the most famous soundtracks of all time by Simon and Garfunkel. 

In Search of Israeli Cuisine
You may remember this mouthwatering glimpse of Israel's food landscape from the Closing Night of the 2016 AJFF. In the film, celebrity chef Michael Solomonov, the James Beard award-winning owner of Zahav, turns guide as he returns to his homeland to discover his culinary heritage anew. Follow him as he introduces himself to peoples’ lives and their kitchens to discusses how they’re preserving traditions and updating recipes with global influences.

The Zookeeper's Wife
Already receiving favorable reviews, the film is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Diane Ackerman. Two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain stars in the real-life story of the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Żabiński, who helped save hundreds of Jews during the German invasion of Poland.

Netflix

Sandy Wexler 
In this Netflix original film, the latest collaboration between Netflix and Adam Sandler, Sandler stars as Sandy Wexler, a talent manager working in L.A. in the 1990s. Representing clients on the fringes of show business, his single-minded devotion is put to the test when he falls in love with his newest client. Jennifer Hudson plays the object of his affection after he discovers her singing at an amusement park. Over the course of a decade, the two of them play out a star-crossed love story. 

Schindler's List
This 1993 epic historical drama was directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and is, believe it or not, technically a student film, based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally. It centers on Oskar Schindler, a German businessman, who employed thousands of Polish-Jewish refugees in his factories to save them from the Holocaust. The film won seven Academy Awards in addition to its many honors and awards worldwide


The Tenth Man
You may remember this comedy, recently screened at the 2017 AJFF. Called, "a wryly amusing peek into Buenos Aires' bustling Jewish quarter", by The Hollywood Reporter, the film revolves around a listless middle-aged everyman who seeks to reconnect with his roots and larger than-life but distant father, in this genial charmer, rich in character and observation, from Argentine auteur Daniel Burman.

DVD & Blu-Ray

Son of Saul
Winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, the highly rated drama and first full-length feature by Hungarian filmmaker László Nemes, tells the story of a Jewish worker at the Auschwitz concentration camp trying to find a rabbi to give a child a proper burial.