AJFF Recommends: What to Watch in November

10/27/2017

Among our film picks for this month is a classic returning to the big screen, a documentary filled with never before seen footage, and several films adapted from best-selling novels.

In Theatres

Call Me By Your Name
This romantic coming-of-age drama film is based on the 2007 novel of the same name. A young man named Elio (Timothée Chalamet), living in Italy during the 1980s, meets Oliver (Armie Hammer), an academic who has come to stay at his parents' villa, and a passionate relationship develops between them as they bond over their sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the landscape.

Casablanca
TCM celebrates this classic film's 75th anniversary for two nights on the big screen. The script for this romantic drama, penned by identical twin Jewish brothers Julius and Philip Epstein, along with Howard Koch, was named the best screenplay of all time by the Writers Guild of America in 2006. 

Netflix

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton
With 100 hours of footage, most never before seen, from the set of Man on the Moon, filmmaker Chris Smith documents Jim Carrey's transformation into Carrey's hero, controversial Jewish performance artist and comedian, Andy Kaufman. The film sheds light on Carrey's creative process, his philosophy, and the debt he feels towards Kaufman.

The Reader
Kate Winslet won an Academy Award for this 2008 drama, based on a novel of the same name, which tells the story of Michael Berg, a German lawyer who, as a mid-teenager in 1958, had an affair with an older woman, Hanna Schmitz, who then disappeared. Years later she resurfaces as one of the defendants in a war crimes trial stemming from her actions as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp. 

DVD & Blu-Ray

Jungle
Daniel Radcliffe stars as Israeli explorer Yossi Ghinsberg in this adventure film based on adapted from Ghinsberg’s 2006 bestseller “Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival”.  Said Radcliffe of filming, “It’s about this guy that got lost in the jungle and survived on his own for three weeks,” Radcliffe told EW last year, during the film’s shoot in Australia. “It’s testing everybody: the crew, myself, everyone. It’s a very intense but a very seriously fun shoot.”