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Friday, December 14, 2007

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival: As good as it gets?

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(Photo courtesy THINKFilm)

The 2008 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival has released its film schedule, and everyone's kvelling.

The festival spans 11 days (Jan. 16-27) and will feature 39 films, from the United States and Israel and all points in between. There are plenty of documentaries, enough Holocaust films to satisfy even the most morbid of tastes and, of course, lots of independent narrative. Some movies will press hot buttons, and some, I imagine, will tug heartstrings, but all focus on some aspect of Jewish faith and its people.

The star the AJFF is claiming is Then She Found Me, a narrative feature marking Helen Hunt's directorial debut based on the 1990 novel by Elinor Lipman. The film stars Hunt and Colin Firth (pictured), Matthew Broderick, and Bette Midler (whom the website lists as "Bette Milder").

And that's just one of the many movies that promise to be fresh, entertaining and remarkably Jew-y.

For a full list of films and showtimes and to see the festival trailer, cast your mouse here.

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