Our monthly feature film recommendations are back! Among our film picks for this month are three former AJFF picks, one an encore event, and a four-time Oscar nominee.
7 Days in Entebbe
This gripping thriller is inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and depicts the most daring rescue mission ever attempted. Daniel Brühl (of the 2017 AJFF Opening Night film, Alone in Berlin) and Rosamund Pike star.
Bombshell:The Hedy Lamarr Story
A standout feature from the 2018 AJFF, this revealing documentary concentrates on the legacy of Hedy Lamarr, primarily known in the 1930s and ‘40s for her glamour and sex appeal, and narrates her trailblazing story to reveal her thwarted ambitions as a brilliant inventor who impacted today’s wireless technology.
Direct from the 2018 AJFF, Israel’s bold, controversial submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this audacious, brilliantly crafted critique of Israel’s military confronts the absurdity of war through the ordeal of a young Israeli soldier and his grief-stricken parents. Nominated for 13 Israeli Academy Awards.
Brave Miss World
Nominated for an Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking, the film follows an Israeli beauty queen, Linor Abargil, who embarks on a quest to turn personal tragedy into a global awareness campaign against sexual violence. An impactful film in the 2014 AJFF lineup, AJFF later partnered with Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta to return to the important subject matter in 2017.
Wet Hot American Summer
The film that resulted in two Netflix spin-offs returns to the small screen. The Jewish cult classic, helmed by Michael Showalter is worth returning to as temperatures rise. As one blog highlights, "The film is full of absurd little Jewish grace notes. When the camp's nerds must build a device to prevent SkyLab from crushing them..., they quickly huddle and pray together in Hebrew. A... child who hosts an imaginary radio show also informs listeners that he can be heard on Jewish day school radio. When Showalter confesses his love to a fellow camper, he tells her he doesn't mind that she's occasionally late to shul."
DVD & Blu-Ray
Call Me By Your Name
This romantic coming-of-age drama, now nominated for four Academy Awards, 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.
King of Jazz
The recovered film stars Jewish jazz great, bandleader Paul Whiteman, widely celebrated as the King of Jazz. The film draws from Broadway variety shows to present a spectacular array of sketches, performances by such acts as the Rhythm Boys (featuring a young Bing Crosby), and orchestral numbers—all lavishly staged by veteran theater director John Murray Anderson. Presented here in the most complete form possible and restored to its original early-Technicolor glory, the film offers a fascinating snapshot of the way mainstream American popular culture viewed itself at the dawn of the 1930s.