The Gershman’s Y’s Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival has a long history of presenting provocative films about the human condition, and this year they’ve really stepped up their game, with an exceptionally strong bill of fare.
This colorful cinematic fall festival kicks off on Saturday, November 3. Its slate includes the Philadelphia premiere of several films that have already proven to be hits on the film festival circuit.
Check out a few highlights we’re particularly excited about:
• Kaddish for A Friend, about a cultural clash between a Jewish war vet and a Palestinian refugee, has won audience awards in Boston, Dayton, Pittsburgh and Washington fests.
• Room 514, a psychological thriller that explores complexities between duty and justice, snagged a Special Jury Mention at the Tribeca Film Festival.
• Omar Killed Me a taut courtroom drama based on actual events, was the Moroccan entry for the 2012 Academy Awards.
• Along with the serious fare, there are comedies, like All In (La Suerte En Tus Manos) a comedy about love lost and found, directed by Daniel Burman, who has the distinction of being known as “Argentina’s Woody Allen.”
• There are also delightful documentaries, like Hava Nagila, which focuses on the wedding song and dance that needs no introduction. It’s so popular it’s already sold out, and they’ve added a second screening.
The two-week fall festival closes on November 17, with a musical comedy, Downtown Express, to be followed by an after-party with drinks and appetizers.
Tickets are available online.
Gershman Y’s Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
When: Saturday, November 3-Sunday, November 18
Where: Various locations in the city
Cost: $10 general admission, $9 seniors (Sunday-Thursday), $5 student rush tickets; cost for special events, such as opening and closing night, varies
More info: www.gershmany.org