Washington Jewish Film Festival
January 3–13

11 Days. 10 Venues. 55 Films. 15 Countries.

The DCJCC's Washington Jewish Film Festival is one of the world's oldest and largest Jewish film festivals, offering a diverse mix of narrative films and documentaries. This year's slate offers everything from indie romance and coming-of-age tales to heavy-hitting documentaries dealing with universal experiences such as divorce and mental illness. Complex issues like religious intolerance and the ever-present tensions of life in Israel receive thoughtful cinematic treatment as well.

The 23rd annual Washington Jewish Film Festival, January 3-13, includes more than fifty films from France, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Germany, Israel, Nigeria, Poland, Serbia, Russia, the UK and the US, and more than twenty filmmaker guests are expected to attend. The festival will feature two Spotlight Series, one showcasing contemporary French Jewish Cinema and one focusing on the relationship between film and music.

Information and tickets: wjff.org

Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, December 14. Advance tickets for all screenings can be purchased ONLY online at wjff.org or boxofficetickets.com, or by calling 800.494.8497.

LORE

Left to fend for themselves after their Nazi parents are arrested by the Allies at the end of WWII, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. Along the way, they find help from a seemingly unlikely source—a charismatic Jewish refugee named Thomas. Australia's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.

DIR/SCR Cate Shortland; SCR Robin Mukherjee, after the novel by Rachel Seiffert; PROD Karsten Stöter, Liz Watts, Paul Welsh, Benny Drechsel. Germany/Australia/UK, 2012, color, 109 min. In German with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Sun, Jan 6, 9:10

Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, December 14. Advance tickets for all screenings can be purchased ONLY online at wjff.org or boxofficetickets.com, or by calling 800.494.8497.

NO PLACE ON EARTH

Out of options, a group of families descends into underground caves in southern Ukraine to escape Nazi persecution in October of 1942. Five hundred days later, the families emerge from the dark, having endured unimaginable hardships and proving the indomitability of the human spirit. This survival story of heart-stopping risk and youthful ingenuity may have been forever buried were it not for one industrial spelunker who happened across remnants of the refuge during a caving expedition. Winner of the Audience Award at the Hamptons Film Festival.

DIR/SCR/PROD Janet Tobias; SCR/PROD Paul Laikin; PROD Rafael Marmor, Nadav Schirman, Susan Barnett. US/UK/Germany, 2012, color, 81 min. In English. NOT RATED

Sun, Jan 6, 7:15

Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, December 14. Advance tickets for all screenings can be purchased ONLY online at wjff.org or boxofficetickets.com, or by calling 800.494.8497.

SHARQIYA

No one really appreciates Kamel Najer, the young Bedouin security guard at the Be'er Sheba central bus station—neither his family nor his Israeli colleagues. When the destitute tin shacks he shares with his family are threatened by demolition orders, Kamel makes a curious set of fateful decisions in his attempt to act as a hero.

DIR Ami Livne; SCR Guy Ofran; PROD Eyal Shiray, Elie Meirovitz, Itai Tamir. Israel/France/Germany, 2012, color, 85 min. In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Mon, Jan 7, 7:00

Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, December 14. Advance tickets for all screenings can be purchased ONLY online at wjff.org or boxofficetickets.com, or by calling 800.494.8497.

MY DAD BARYSHNIKOV

It's Moscow 1986, and Boris Fishkin is an awkward, ballet-obsessed teenager faced with an inconvenient truth: he is the worst dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. After discovering a VHS tape of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Boris becomes convinced the famed dance icon is his father. Naturally, Boris comes to the conclusion that he's destined for greatness, too, in this hilarious coming-of-age tale.

DIR/SCR Dmitry Povolotsky; PROD Natalya Mokritskaya, Mila Rozanova, Ouliana Savelieva. Russia, 2011, color, 88 min. In Russian with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Tue, Jan 8, 7:00

Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, December 14. Advance tickets for all screenings can be purchased ONLY online at wjff.org or boxofficetickets.com, or by calling 800.494.8497.

PARIS-MANHATTAN

Idealistic pharmacist Alice (Alice Taglioni) is completely and utterly obsessed with Woody Allen. She's constantly quoting lines from his films, engaging him in imaginary conversations and even prescribing her customers his classic works to help alleviate their ailments. Alice's increasingly concerned Jewish parents hope to cure her fixation by setting her up with a handsome French gentleman (Patrick Bruel), but he quickly realizes that he's no match for the man of her dreams. A romantic romp through the city of lights, the glorious luxury of cinematic nostalgia, with a special cameo by the original Alvy Singer.

DIR/SCR Sophie Lellouche; PROD Philippe Rousselet. France, 2012, color, 77 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Preceded by:
WOODY BEFORE ALLEN

DIR/SCR/PROD Masha Vasyukova. France/Russia/US/Germany, 2011, color, 14 min. NOT RATED

Wed, Jan 9, 7:00

Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, December 14. Advance tickets for all screenings can be purchased ONLY online at wjff.org or boxofficetickets.com, or by calling 800.494.8497.