AJFF Playback Narrative Week Six Results

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s 20th anniversary season continues online with an interactive film contest. We invite you, our loyal audience, to cast a vote for your favorite films from our festival vault, and help determine which will claim the title of “2020 AJFF Playback Winner" in the categories of short, documentary, and narrative.

Fanny's Journey vs. A Matter of Size


Fanny's Journey
Dir: Lola Doillon • Belgium, France • 2016 • 94 mins • French, with subtitles

A brave, resourceful girl leads a band of orphans through Nazi-occupied France in this poignant coming-of-age drama bristling with suspense. Following the arrest of their father in Paris, Fanny and her younger sisters are sent to a boarding school in France's neutral zone. Their safe haven is temporary, however, and the Jewish students are whisked away to another institution where they come under the care of the tough but tender Madame Forman (César-winning actress Cécile de France). As further danger surfaces, the children's fate is entrusted to 13-year-old Fanny who fearlessly treks through the countryside on a perilous mission to reach the Swiss border. Filmmaker Lola Doillon's handsome production is bolstered by impressive period details and fine camerawork. Featured at the 2017 AJFF.


A Matter of Size
Dir: Sharon Maymon, Erez Tadmor • France, Germany, Israel • 2009 • 90 mins • Hebrew, Japanese, with subtitles

From co-directors Sharon Maymon and Erez Tadmor comes this plus-sized Israeli comedy about overweight people learning to accept themselves. Fed up with a diet-obsessed world and being ridiculed for their weight, four blue-collar friends from the small Israeli city of Ramle discover the world of sumo wrestling, where large people are honored and appreciated. With the help of a Japanese former Sumo coach turned restaurant owner, they decide to pursue a new goal of becoming sumo wrestlers and eventually fall in love with the sport. The result is a simultaneously sweet, hilarious, touching and relatable story of self-acceptance and determination. Nominated for 13 Israeli Academy Awards including Best Picture. Featured at the 2010 AJFF.

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