AJFF Recommends: What to Watch in April

04/2/2019

A comic book legend's final film appearance, former AJFF picks, and the narrative of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg are highlighted in this month's edition.

In Theatres

Avengers: Endgame
The direct sequel to 2018's Avengers: Infinity War and the 22nd film in the Marvel Universe, the film will feature numerous characters by Jewish comic book icon, Stan Lee. It will also feature Lee's final cameo appearance among the characters he created, which include: Spider-Man, Thor, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Black Widow, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, and so many more. Both films, Infinity War and Endgame, were shot back-to-back at Pinewood Atlanta Studios. 

Video on Demand

A Fortunate Man
Coming to Netflix later this month, this epic and sprawling film, recently screened at the 2019 AJFF, is among the most expensive Danish film productions to date. Based on Dutch writer Henrik Pontoppidan's Nobel Prize-winning novel, the film features moving performances, dazzling cinematography, and sumptuous costume design and period detail. 

Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People 
Premiering on PBS on April 12, this documentary, recently screened at the 2019 AJFF, resonates strongly in the "fake news" era. Narrated by Adam Driver, with Liev Schreiber as the voice of Pulitzer, this superbly crafted biography heralds freedom of the press at a time when First Amendment rights are challenged.

Blu-Ray & DVD

The Invisibles
Part of the 2018 AJFF, the film, combining edge-of-the-seat dramatizations with survivor testimonies, brings emotion and authenticity to the little-known story of Jewish teens and young adults who outlasted the Third Reich while hiding in Berlin. Brilliantly mixing oral histories with striking re-enactments, this unusual hybrid docu-drama offers a powerful and uplifting message of resilience and courage.

On the Basis of Sex
A young Ruth Bader Ginsburg works with her husband on her first landmark case of gender discrimination, taking strides to become the icon we know today. The film's premiere fell in line with Justice Ginsburg's 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court.