Film Festival | Washington Jewish Film Festival


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One of the largest and most respected Jewish film festivals in North America, the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) is an international exhibition of cinema that celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience through the moving image. In addition to the annual festival, the WJFF presents an ongoing, year-round film series, in our home venue at the Edlavitch DCJCC.

The 27th Festival lights up screens throughout the DC metropolitan area from MAY 17-28, 2017.

Opening Night | ''The Woman's Balcony''
When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Where: AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD
Tickets: you can purchase tickets here.

This year the WJFF will be screening four Austrian films based on different Jewish stories from romances to dramas.


THE BLOOM OF YESTERDAY | Dir. Chris Kraus

A self-serious, dour, German Holocaust researcher—and grandson of a prominent Nazi war criminal—is struggling with his family history, career, and a general state of misanthropy. At the height of his personal and professional crisis, he’s assigned a new intern who might be his exact opposite.

She’s young, passionate, Jewish, and eccentric. As she mows down the measured academic’s staid defenses, both of them begin to reveal long-kept secrets, and a surprising, dubious, and audacious romance emerges (albeit one with a serious message).

Screenings |
Wednesday, May 24, 7:00 pm
AFI Silver Theatre

Saturday, May 27, 8:30 pm
Edlavitch DCJCC

© Studiocanal

© Studiocanal


FOG IN AUGUST | Dir. Kai Wessel

Director Kai Wessel’s first feature film addresses one of the greatest taboos of German history—the Nazis’ euthanasia program. Based on Robert Domes’ 2008 historical novel, Fog in August concerns the fate of 13-year-old Ernst Lossa, who is committed to a mental hospital in 1942 because of his Roma origins (and not due to actual illness).

He soon discovers the truth behind the hospital’s façade and sets about sabotaging its euthanasia program with the help of other patients, at great personal risk.

Screenings | 
Thursday, May 18, 8:30 pm
Bethesda Row Cinema

Thursday, May 25, 7:00 pm
AFI Silver Theatre

© Studiocanal

© Studiocanal


A GERMAN LIFE | Dir. Christian Krönes, Florian Weigensamer, Roland Schrotthofer, and Olaf S. Müller

Although Brunhilde Pomsel described herself as a minor figure disinterested in politics, she got closer to one of the worst criminals in history than anyone else. Aged 105 during filming, she worked as secretary for the Nazi-Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels.

Her life mirrors the major historical ruptures of the 20th century. While the dangers of fascism are tempting to consider as a past concern, Pomsel’s story makes it clear that history is never all that far from repeating itself.

Screenings |
Sunday, May 21, 12:00 pm
Bethesda Row Cinema

© Blackbox Films

© Blackbox Films


Stefan Zweig: FAREWELL TO EUROPE | Dir. Maria Schrader

Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, New York, Petrópolis: stages in Stefan Zweig’s life that could not replace his homeland despite hospitable receptions at each stop. The Austrian Jewish intellectual foresaw Europe’s decline earlier than most, fleeing his native land in 1934, never to return from exile.

Actress-turned-director Maria Schrader (the brilliant lead in Aimee & Jaguar) tells the story of Zweig’s exile years in five lyrical chapters, bringing to light the liminal expatriate existence of one of the century’s greatest minds.

Screenings |
Tuesday, May 23, 8:30 pm
Bethesda Row Cinema

Sunday, May 28, 4:00 pm
AFI Silver Theatre

© Stefan Zweig These events are part of the European Month of Culture #EUMC2017.  More events can be found at: www.EUintheUS.org/EUMC

© Stefan Zweig

These events are part of the European Month of Culture #EUMC2017.  More events can be found at: www.EUintheUS.org/EUMC

www.EUintheUS.org/EUMC