Beginning on Monday, March 10, the Gershman Y raises the curtain on the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, a presentation of the best in Jewish film over five Monday evenings.
The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival occurs multiple times throughout the year, but this season’s series falls under the theme of “CineMondays: Films of Love, Faith, and Devotion.” Each film presented in its spring series is also a Philadelphia premiere.
Over the course of five Monday evenings through April 28 — March 10, March 24, 31, April 7 and 28 — renowned films fill movie screens across the city.
The festival opens with a screening of Fading Gigolo at the Prince Music Theater on Monday, March 10. Fading Gigolo tells the story of Murray (Woody Allen), a New Yorker and bookstore owner who looks to pimping to help fund his failing business.
Purchase tickets for the opening night film at the Prince Music Theater’s box office or by calling the box office at 215-893-1999. Following the opening night film, all ticket-holders are invited to a post-show reception at 10 Arts at The Ritz-Carlton.
The folks of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival are particularly excited for the centerpiece screening, Ida, a film that has won honors at festivals like Sundance, the London Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Ida is about an orphaned Polish nun in the 1960s who goes to meet her only living relative before joining the convent. While meeting her Aunt, she is informed that not only was she going by the wrong name for years, but she is also Jewish.
Ida is set to screen on Monday, March 31.
On April 28, the festival closes with a screening of Closed Season, a film about a man’s search for his biological father and the unopened past he learns about. The acclaimed film won awards at festivals including the Shanghai International Film Festival and the Montreal World Film Festival.
Click here for the complete film lineup.
While the complete festival pass, access to all five films, is completely sold out, individual tickets to the films are still available. Individual film tickets are $12 for general admission, $11 for seniors and $7 for students. Click here for ticketing information.
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
When: Mondays, March 10, 24, 31, April 7 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Various Locations
Cost: $12 for general admission, $11 for seniors, $7 for students
More info: www.pjff.org