Sunday, January 5, 2014

The New York Jewish Film Festival starts Wednesday

New York Jewish Film Festival, a co-presention of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Jewish Museum starts Wednesday at Lincoln Center and all I can say is go. I’ve been spending the better part of the last couple of weeks wading in and sampling a good number of the films screening and I have to say that there are some really good films.

While the festival has only been around for 23 years I only started attending it in 2012 when I went to see some interviews that had been trimmed from Shoah and a documentary on artist and film maker Joann Sfar (The Rabbi’s Cat). Last year I saw three films and this year- I’ve seen a good many more and there are some real winners here (Favorites so far include The Congress, Amy Winehouse, Ain't Misbehavin and Before the Revolution).

I know some of you are backing off going because you think the films are going to be all about Jewish subjects, but that's not the case. In the case of something like The Congress the film is being included because it was made by a Jewish filmmaker. Other films touch on Jewish subjects but aren't just about being Jewish, Ain't Misbehavin is about Marcel Ophuls's life and films, some of which had Jewish subjects. The Amy Winehouse film is about a singer who just happens to be Jewish. This is a festival many good films with only lose connections to Jewish life. Mostly it's just a festival of good films which is why I'm covering the festival.

Over the course of the festival we'll be doing lots of reviews. Tomorrow we begin a week of reviews from the festival. Monday,Tuesday and Thursday will be full on reviews of films, while Wednesday and Friday I'll have some capsule reviews (some reviews didn't move me to do full write ups).  After that there is going to be some more reviews scattered through out the run of the festival.

For tickets and more information go to the festival website here.

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