Opening Night Will Feature the Atlanta Premiere of the Suspense Thriller Remember
Directed by Atom Egoyan, and Starring Christopher Plummer & Martin Landau
Opening Night will feature a screening of the thriller Remember, from Oscar-nominated director Atom Egoyan and starring Oscar-winners Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau. AJFF will return for another expansive 23 days from Tuesday, January 26 through Wednesday, February 17, 2016. Opening Night will return to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, where it’s been held since 2014.
Marking the 16th annual edition of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, a “Sweet Sixteen”-themed Gala reception for Sponsor-level and Patron-level supporters will be held beginning at 5:00 PM with the program starting at 7:30 PM.
The Gala will feature a food tasting by local and Israeli celebrity chefs, an open bar, and live entertainment. Restaurants and chefs participating in the Gala include Bistro Niko, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Del Frisco’s Grill, Dolce, For All Occasions & More (Kosher), The General Muir, Ouzaria (Israeli Chef), Paces & Vine, Il Giallo Osteria & Bar, Restaurant Eugene, Rumi’s Kitchen, South City Kitchen, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Batdorf & Bronson.
Sponsor-level and Patron-level benefits are still available by contacting AJFF Development Director Lesli Greenberg at email@example.com. General admission tickets for the Remember screening, which grant access to the film only, are available to the public starting January 10, 2016.
Returning for a fourth year as Chair of Opening Night festivities, Martha Jo Katz has been one of Atlanta’s premiere event organizers since the 1980’s. She has served as Social Director with a number of multi-star hotels, including the Ritz Carlton and Intercontinental Hotel Atlanta.
Last year's attendance at AJFF Opening Night was an astounding 2,000 film fans. Of more than 200 other Jewish film festivals worldwide, AJFF has achieved the rank of the world’s largest such festival, with record-breaking attendance of 38,600+ moviegoers in 2015. This milestone achievement adds to AJFF’s existing status as the largest film event of any kind in Atlanta. The 23-day festival includes more than 170 screenings of 77 films representing 26 countries. In just 15 years, AJFF’s broad-based multi-cultural audience has enabled the festival to emerge as one of the South’s foremost arts celebrations.
Burdened with memory loss and the recent death of his beloved wife, 90-year-old Zev Guttman (Plummer) is in a race against time to find personal catharsis and overdue justice. Having seemingly suppressed the wartime horrors of decades earlier, he is prompted to track down his fugitive Nazi tormentor by fellow Auschwitz survivor Max (Martin Landau), a wheelchair-bound resident of their New York City nursing home. Seizing on an elaborate mission of vengeance, Zev embarks on a cross-country odyssey to find the former commander responsible for murdering their families, now believed to be living somewhere in the country under an assumed identity. As Zev closes in on his target, his manhunt is complicated by his own constantly crumbling sense of self, leading inexorably to a shocking climax.
With Plummer lending considerable dignity and contained anguish to his character, Remember braids together themes of mourning and self-denial in an intensely paced and intricately plotted story under the skilled direction of the Oscar-nominated Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter).