It's a Mitzvah! Jewish Film Fest Hits Orlando

by Matthew Curtis
November 17, 2007 12:37 AM
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This Sunday and Monday, November 18 & 19, Enzian Theater and the JCC of Greater Orlando will be presenting the 9th annual Central Florida Jewish Film Festival--a program of five outstanding films and certainly one of our strongest lineups yet. Kicking off the celebration as opening film on Sunday at 10:45 AM is LIVE AND BECOME, the latest epic from French director Radu Mihaileanu (TRAIN OF LIFE, still one of most popular films to ever play the festival). Following this profound work about culture, identity, and the immigrant experience at 2:00 PM is Adam Hootnick's outstanding documentary on the pullout from the Gaza Strip, UNSETTLED. All this film has done in the past year was win the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance and the Audience Award at the Florida Film Festival--it's that good!

Monday afternoon at 4:30 PM brings a double feature: Best Student Foreign Film Oscar-nominee DARK NIGHT, about two Israeli soldiers in a precarious situation behind enemy lines, precedes an exceptional documentary about the amazing Polish city of Vilna, THE WORLD WAS OURS. And closing the festival at 7:00 PM will be the Florida Premiere of ARRANGED, a beautifully acted and culturally provocative NY indie about an unconventional friendship between two young women co-workers--one an Orthodox Jew, the other a devout Muslim. Lead actresses Zoe Lister-Jones and Francis Benhamou will be in attendance for what promises to be a spirited Q&A.

Check out your 3-D BEOWULF flick and by all means don't miss the new Coen brothers film, but be sure to make time and join us Sunday and Monday for this terrific community event.

--Matthew

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