AJFF Playback Narrative Week Eleven 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.

The Last Suit vs. The Cakemaker

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The Last Suit
Dir: Pablo Solarz • Argentina, Spain • 2017 • 86 mins • German, Polish, Spanish, Yiddish, with subtitles

An aging Jewish tailor leaves his life in Argentina to embark on a journey back through time and halfway around the world. Eighty-eight-year-old Holocaust survivor Abraham Bursztein (Miguel Ángel Solá) is about to be put out to pasture by his children, who have sold his house in the suburbs of Buenos Aires and booked him into a retirement home. Refusing to bow to family pressure, he sets off on an adventure from which he doesn’t expect to return. Fueled by a sense of duty, and a quest for closure and fulfillment, Abraham seeks out an old friend to fulfill a promise. Heartfelt and charming, this bittersweet road movie exudes a poignant message of the enduring importance of family, friends and honor. Featured at the 2018 AJFF.

 

The Cakemaker
Dir: Ofir Raul Graizer • Germany, Israel • 2017 • 105 mins • German, Hebrew, with subtitles

Unwittingly united in grief by a closet affair, a gay German baker and weary Israeli widow seek mutual catharsis, in The Cakemaker, a compassionate meditation on the human urge for connection. The emotionally distant Tomas (Tim Kalkhof) leads a lonely life as a Berlin coffee shop pastry chef, until starting a passionate tryst with Oren (Roy Miller), a married Israeli businessman. When his lover is killed, Tomas seeks solace in Oren’s hometown, Jerusalem, taking a job at a struggling café run by his dead lover’s unsuspecting wife Anat (Sarah Adler). As business flourishes with Tomas’s kitchen talents, the bereaved pair forges a bond that blurs lines of nationality, religion and sexuality. Featured at the 2018 AJFF.


Fanny's Journey vs. Dough

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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.

 

Dough
Dir: John Goldschmidt • Hungary, United Kingdom • 2014 • 94 mins • English

Jonathan Pryce stars as an old Jewish baker whose faltering business is inadvertently saved by his young Muslim apprentice, in the British dramedy Dough. Widowed and down on his luck, Nat Dayan (Pryce) is desperate to save his bakery in London's East End. In a pinch, he reluctantly enlists the help of teenager Ayyash (Jerome Holder), a refugee from Darfur. The Muslim boy assists with the bakery's daily chores while selling cannabis on the side to help his struggling mother make ends meet. When Ayyash one day accidentally drops his stash into the dough, the challah starts flying off the shelf, and an unlikely friendship forms between the old Jewish baker and his young Muslim apprentice. Directed by John Goldschmidt, Dough is a warmhearted and gently humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places. Featured at the 2015 AJFF.


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