AJFF Announces 2017 Opening and Closing Night Films


The full line-up for the 2017 AJFF will be unveiled on January 6 and we can't wait to show you everything in store for the festival. But, as in year's past, we've got something extra special planned for Opening, Closing, and Young Professionals Nights. We thought we'd fill you in a little early on these films.

Opening Night (Tuesday, January 24)

The festival begins at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre with Alone in Berlin, a WWII drama starring Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson, who portray an ordinary working-class German couple quietly waging a personal campaign of anti-Nazi resistance. The film, directed by Vincent Pérez,  is inspired by a true story and adapted from Hans Fallada's international bestseller.

Closing Night (Wednesday, February 15)

We end the festival on a lighter note at Atlanta Symphony Hall, with the comical and feminist narrative, The Women's Balcony. Nominated for five Israeli Academy Awards, it follows the collapse of a women’s balcony at an Orthodox shul. A young and charismatic Rabbi first appears as a savior in the face of crisis, but his fundamentalist ways soon divide the close-knit Sephardic congregation along gender lines. As the self-righteous interloper insists that the accident is a divine warning against female unconformity, a battle of the sexes ensues, threatening to tear apart families and friends. Igal Naor (as Zion) and Evelin Hagoel (as Ettie) portray husband- and-wife congregational stalwarts and lead a wonderful ensemble cast. 

Young Professionals Night, Presented by ACCESS (Saturday, February 11)

Also taking place at Woodruff Arts Center is Young Professionals Night, presented by American Jewish Committee's ACCESS. In this year's film, Family Commitments, ethnic identity, family dysfunction, and an unexpected pregnancy complicate the planned marriage of an Arab-Jewish gay couple. This German culture-clash romantic comedy marks the directorial debut of Hanno Olderdissen, who mixes classic screwball comedy with eye-catching production design, a goofy fun soundtrack, and an inclusive multicultural worldview.

In Case You Missed It...

Take a look at our sneak peek of some other films that will be a part of the festival this year. Our special events, and these first wave of films, are just a small taste of what promises to be one of the most diverse and entertaining lineups in AJFF history.