AJFF Recommends: What to Watch in July

07/2/2018

Former picks from AJFF's annual festival, AJFF Selects, AJFF Connects, and more populate this month's edition.

In Theatres

The Cakemaker
AJFF audiences may remember this film from the 2018 AJFF. Unwittingly united in grief by a closet affair, a gay German baker and his deceased lover’s weary Israeli widow seek mutual catharsis, in this compassionate meditation on the human urge for connection.

The Catcher Was a Spy
Paul Rudd helms an all-star cast portraying the true story of Major League baseball player Moe Berg (Rudd) who lives a double life as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. Based on the novel of the same name.

Three Identical Strangers
AJFF's latest Selects is back in theatres after AJFF hosted its Atlanta premiere. This Sundance-winning documentary is the stranger-than-fiction story of identical triplets, separated at birth and reunited by fate.

Netflix

The Last Laugh
The 2017 AJFF featured this film which asks: Is a tragedy on the scale of the Holocaust ever an appropriate subject for comedy? Filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein puts the question to a pantheon of funny people, including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock and Harry Shearer, as well as Holocaust survivors and prominent Jewish leaders. 

DVD & Blu-Ray

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.

Disobedience
Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams star in this drama based on the novel of the same name. Weisz portrays a photographer who returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier only to reignite a relationship with the woman she left behind (McAdams).

Maynard
Screened just this past month as AJFF's first Connects, the film celebrates the legacy of Atlanta’s first black mayor. Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Pollard, who also directed the 2018 AJFF Opening Night film, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me