AJFF Recommends: What to Watch in July

07/1/2019

Stories from WWII, women's narratives, and former AJFF picks are featured in this month's edition. 

In Theatres

The Spy Behind Home Plate
In baseball's Golden Age, enigmatic and brilliant Jewish baseball player Morris "Moe" Berg turned spy for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). His efforts in Europe played a prominent role in America's efforts to undermine the German atomic bomb program during WWII.

Video on Demand

The Exception 
This former AJFF Selects is adapted from Alan Judd’s best-selling novel The Kaiser’s Last Kiss. In his film debut, Tony-nominated theater director David Leveaux assembles an all-star cast for this WWII period piece about a German soldier who must make the ultimate choice between honoring his country and following his heart. 

The First Wives Club
Bette Midler stars, alongside Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton, as one of three women who reunite, newly bonded when their husbands leave them for younger women. Brenda's (Midler) suffering hits a high point when her ex-husband brings, to their son's bar mitzvah, his new girlfriend, as played by a pre-Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, who plays her arm candy role with comedic zeal. 

Inglourious Basterds 
With this "what might have been" fictional narrative, writer and director Quentin Tarantino snagged his highest-grossing film at that point in his career (It would later be surpassed by Django Unchained). The film follows two plotlines in Nazi-occupied France during World War II where a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Blu-Ray & DVD

Working Woman
Recently screened at the 2019 AJFF, this Israeli narrative takes on sexual harassment in the #MeToo era, bringing nail-biting tension and squirm-inducing realism to the story of an ambitious young mother trapped between escalating office misogyny and financial strain at home. Award-winning feminist-activist filmmaker Michal Aviad eschews contrivance or easy answers, to deliver a nuanced depiction of gray workplace dynamics, and a multifaceted lead character burdened with impossible choices.