Audience favorites from the 2018 AJFF are scattered throughout this month's picks as well as a three time Academy Award winner, now over 20 years old.
An unwelcome arrival forces a remote Hungarian town to reckon with its wartime sins, in this gripping, superbly crafted black-and-white drama enhanced by striking cinematography and a melancholy score, and most recently seen by Atlanta audiences at the 2018 AJFF.
A Bag of Marbles
After its Southeast Premiere at the 2018 AJFF, this heartwrenching, lavish, and suspenseful adventure returns to Atlanta. Left to fend for themselves in Nazi-occupied France, two young Jewish brothers must rely on their courage and cunning to escape Nazi barbarism and avoid capture.
Director Aaron Wolf’s personal journey of rediscovery comes alive in this film that tells the extraordinary story of a treasured local temple founded by the Hollywood moguls near demise and a community’s determination to achieve the impossible, serving as a microcosm of what could happen in any community. Note the exclusive special post-screening discussions on Friday, April 27, featuring filmmaker Aaron Wolf and local Atlanta guests, and on Saturday, featuring Wolf and Morris Brown President Stanley Pritchett among others.
Life Is Beautiful
When thinking of the 1999 Academy Awards, it's most likely the film's win for Foreign Language Film that comes to mind. Starring, directed, and co-written by Roberto Benigni, the film is a moving narrative following an open-minded Jewish librarian as he uses wit, humor, and imagination to shield his son from the horrors of the Holocaust.
DVD & Blu-Ray
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.
GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II
A profound salute to patriotism and perseverance, the film, a favorite from the 2018 AJFF, premieres nationwide on Wednesday, April 11 on PBS (check local listings) in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 12). The film will be available to stream the following day via pbs.org/gijews and PBS apps.