We've got our film picks ready for this month. Among our recommendations are a former AJFF Selects, a Mel Brooks classic, and the Opening Night film from the 2017 AJFF.
The Wedding Plan
We're delighted that our pick for our first AJFF Selects is coming back to Atlanta! This charming romantic comedy from acclaimed writer-director Rama Burshtein (Fill the Void) tells the story of a jilted bride who decides to keep her wedding date, trusting that God will provide her with a husband in time. Nominated for nine Israeli Academy Awards, the film is the winner of Best Actress and Best Screenplay honors, and claimed Best Actress prize at the Haifa International Film Festival.
After 75 years, Wonder Woman is getting her big screen debut. Already receiving rave reviews, the film is being celebrated on many levels, including much love and fanfare for Israeli actress and star of the film, Gal Gadot. The film revolves around (you guessed it) an Amazon princess (Gal Gadot) living an idyllic life on an island occupied only by female warriors. Things are interrupted when a pilot (Chris Pine) crash-lands nearby. After rescuing him, she learns of World War I and vows to use her superpowers to restore peace.
With an all-star cast including Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ruth Wilson, and Margot Robbie, this British-French-Belgian romantic World War II drama is based on Irène Némirovsky's 2004 novel of the same name. Taking place in the early years of the German occupation of France, the film centers on a romance between a French villager and a German soldier and was filmed on location in France and Belgium.
We're not sure what will come to mind first when this film comes up. For us, it's something between "Puttin' on the Ritz" and Gene Hackman's hysterical cameo. If you don't know what we're referring to, it's past time to view this classic Mel Brooks film. Directed by Brooks and co-written with Gene Wilder, it also stars Wilder as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. With a supporting cast featuring Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, and Madeline Kahn, this one is not to be missed.
DVD & Blu-Ray
Alone in Berlin
Many might remember this film as the Opening Night film of the 2017 AJFF. Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson star as an ordinary working-class German couple who quietly wage a personal campaign of anti-Nazi resistance, in this affecting wartime drama. Director Vincent Pérez, who attended Opening Night to discuss the film, also spoke to the true story depicted in the film, which was adapted from Hans Fallada’s international bestseller.