AJFF Playback Narrative Week Nine 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.

Turn Left at the End of the World vs. The Last Suit

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Turn Left at the End of the World
Dir: Avi Nesher • France, Israel • 2004 • 111 mins • English, French, Hebrew, with subtitles

Among Israel's highest-grossing films of all time, Turn Left at the End of the World travels back to 1969, where two immigrant families become unlikely neighbors in a tiny village in the middle of the Israeli desert. One family is from Morocco, the other from India. Apart from the dream of a new life and the raw deal given to them by the Israeli government, they have nothing in common. Obliged to live side by side, they become embroiled in a culture war, flexing their muscles and trying to assert their identity. Both cling to their imperial traditions and try to impose them on the other. Only Sara (Liraz Charhi) and Nicole (Garti Netta) break through the resentments to forge a bond of friendship. Charming and comical, Turn Left at the End of the World ultimately explores the complex tensions among immigrant families in a profoundly divided country. Featured at the 2005 AJFF.

 

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 vs. Lore

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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.

 

Lore
Dir: Cate Shortland • Australia, Germany, United Kingdom • 2012 • 108 mins • German, with subtitles

In this visually spellbinding, acclaimed coming-of-age story, a bewildered German teen is suddenly confronted with the harsh realities of survival and adulthood in the grim final days of the Third Reich. Left to fend for themselves after their Nazi parents are imprisoned, Lore (a standout debut by Saskia Rosendahl) and her siblings seek refuge with their grandmother in Hamburg. Along the journey, the children are exposed to the consequences of Nazism and meet a young Jewish survivor (Kai Malina), prompting them to question their anti-Semitic indoctrination. This lyrical and intense adaptation of a Rachel Seiffert novel is directed by Cate Shortland. Featured at the 2013 AJFF.


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