From the big screen to the small, we have some ideas about what to watch this month. Among our recommendations are two former AJFF picks, two World War II thrillers, and a coming-of-age comedy.
This new thriller, directed by Robert Zemeckis is a 1940s period drama following an American intelligence officer, played by Brad Pitt, who falls for a French Resistance fighter, played by Marion Cotillard, while on a deadly mission in North Africa. The pair eventually reunites in London, though their romantic bond is tested by the pressures of war.
The Edge of Seventeen
Produced by veteran Jewish producer, James L. Brooks and starring Hailee Steinfeld, who is half-Jewish, this coming-of-age film takes a page out John Hughes' playbook and is being lauded as a candid and often hilarious look at what it's like to grow up as a young woman in today's modern world. High school junior Nadine is at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian begins to go out with her best friend Krista. Nadine soon feels more alone than ever, until a new friendship in her life makes it seem that things just might not be so terrible after all. The film also stars Kyra Sedgwick as Nadine's mother and Woody Harrelson as Nadine's History teacher, mentor and reluctant advisor.
Jonathan Pryce stars as an old Jewish baker whose faltering business is inadvertently saved by his young Muslim apprentice in this British dramedy, which had its world premiere at the 2015 AJFF. The film, directed by John Goldschmidt, is a warmhearted and gently humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places.
DVD & Blu-Ray
50 Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan takes on a new role in this historical thriller that follows the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the World War II mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich in December of 1941.
The film will be the Opening Night feature for this year's UK International Jewish Film Festival. This powerful and profound tale, based on the best-selling novel by Philip Roth, tells the story of the gifted son of a kosher butcher from Newark who wins a scholarship to better himself at a prestigious university in mid-West America. The film, directed by Oscar nominee James Schamus, creates a riveting portrait of 1950s America where love and idealism is pitted against the unyielding ties and expectations of country, family and tradition.
The Kind Words
A stand-out of the 2016 AJFF, the film follows three Jerusalem siblings who take a life-changing trip to uncover the truth of their parentage in the latest Israeli box office hit from writer-director Shemi Zarhin. The film, nominated for 12 Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay, is an insightful melodrama that taps both melancholy and humor in its exploration of a family in crisis.