11 Days. 14 Venues. 64 Films. 18 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 something for everyone: from romance and comedy to drama and poignant real-life tales. In between, join in the fun with outrageously kitschy late-night screenings, an online film festival, talks at the Library of Congress, award ceremonies, parties and much more!

The 24th annual Washington Jewish Film Festival, February 27–March 9, includes more than sixty films from Argentina, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Tanzania and the United Kingdom, with more than thirty filmmaker guests in attendance.

ADVANCE TICKET SALES
Tickets may be purchased online starting January 31 at WJFF.org or by calling 1-888-718-4253 (9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., M-F).

Advance ticket sales for every film close at 8:00 a.m. the morning of the show. Once advance sales close, tickets may still be available for purchase on-site (see Same Day Tickets below).

Tickets purchased online can be picked up at the Will Call table in the AFI Silver lobby prior to each screening. Tickets purchased through WJFF's online ticket broker, Showclix, are subject to the company's service charges.

SAME DAY TICKETS
Same day tickets may be purchased at the WJFF table in the AFI Silver lobby, starting one hour before the show. Space permitting. See WJFF.org for updates on sold out shows.


BETHLEHEM
DC Premiere!

Israel's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. Shuttling back and forth between conflicting points of view, the film is a raw portrayal of characters torn apart by competing loyalties and impossible moral dilemmas, giving an unparalleled glimpse into the dark and fascinating world of human intelligence. Winner of six Ophir Awards (Israeli Oscars), including Best Feature and Best Director.

DIR/SCR Yuval Adler; SCR Ali Wakad; PROD Sébastien Delloye, Diana Elbaum, Sonja Ewers, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Steve Hudson, Talia Kleinhendler. Israel/UK/Belgium/Germany, 2013, color, 99 min, DCP. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Tickets may be purchased online starting January 31 at WJFF.org or by calling 1-888-718-4253 (9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., M-F).

Sat, Mar 1, 5:00

IDA
Mid-Atlantic Premiere!

Introduction and post-film discussion led by Annette Insdorf, professor in the Graduate Film Division of Columbia University's School of the Arts and Director of Undergraduate Film Studies and author of "Philip Kaufman" (2012), "François Truffaut" (1994) and "Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust" (1983).

Direct from its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, this Oscar contender seamlessly weaves together two deeply resonant narratives of identity set in Poland in 1962. Eighteen-year-old Anna, a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when she first meets her only living relative. Her aunt Wanda, a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, shocks Anna with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey to the countryside, to the old family home and into the secrets of a repressed past.

DIR/SCR Pawel Pawlikowski; SCR Rebecca Lenkiewicz; PROD Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzieciol, Ewa Puszczynska. Poland, 2013, color, 80 min, DCP. In Polish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Tickets may be purchased online starting January 31 at WJFF.org or by calling 1-888-718-4253 (9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., M-F).

Sat, Mar 1, 7:15

FRIENDS FROM FRANCE [Les interdits]
Mid-Atlantic Premiere!

It is 1979. Carole and Jérôme are 20, and going on an organized trip to Odessa in the USSR, deep behind the Iron Curtain. During the day, they pose as simple tourists and visit monuments and museums. In the evening, they secretly rendezvous with "refuseniks," Jews persecuted by the Soviet regime for wanting to leave the country. There, they discover an underground world, cruel and absurd. While Carole is motivated by political commitment and a taste for risk, for Jérôme, the real motivation behind this trip is Carole herself.

DIR/SCR Anne Weil, Philippe Kotlarski; PROD Yael Fogiel, Laetitia Gonzalez. France/Germany/Canada/Russia, 2013, color, 92 min, DCP. In French, English, Russian and Hebrew with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Tickets may be purchased online starting January 31 at WJFF.org or by calling 1-888-718-4253 (9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., M-F).

Sat, Mar 1, 9:45

FOR A WOMAN [Pour une femme]
Mid-Atlantic Premiere!

In her mid-thirties, Anne knows practically nothing of her family's past. After her mother's death, Anne discovers old photos and letters that convince her to take a closer look at her parents' life after the concentration camps of World War II. In a journey that stretches from post-war France to the 1980s, Anne's destiny intertwines with her father's past until they form a single, unforgettable story in the latest film from veteran director Diane Kurys (SAGAN). Featuring French stars Nicolas Duvauchelle, Benoît Magimel and Mélanie Thierry.

DIR/SCR/PROD Diane Kurys; PROD Alexandre Arcady. France, 2013, color, 110 min, DCP. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Tickets may be purchased online starting January 31 at WJFF.org or by calling 1-888-718-4253 (9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., M-F).

Sun, Mar 2, 1:00

HANNA'S JOURNEY [Hannas Reise]
Mid-Atlantic Premiere!

Hanna's motives for spending several months in Israel working with disabled youths and elderly Holocaust survivors aren't exactly noble: a sharp-eyed careerist, the young German woman figures this charity work will make her resumé sparkle. What she doesn't count on is Itay—the brusque but charming social worker she meets on her first day abroad. He teases her with off-color jokes about the Holocaust and for being German—all of which she considers ancient history, having nothing to do with her at all. As she reluctantly warms to Itay's insistent flirtations, however, she discovers that she's more tied to this "ancient history" than she could have imagined.

DIR/SCR Julia von Heinz; SCR John Quester, from the novel by Theres Bäuerlein; PROD Harry Flöter, Jörg Siepmann. Germany/Israel, 2013, color, 100 min, DCP. In German, English and Hebrew with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Tickets may be purchased online starting January 31 at WJFF.org or by calling 1-888-718-4253 (9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., M-F).

Sun, Mar 2, 3:30

MY GERMAN FRIEND [El amigo alemán]
DC Premiere!

In the late 1950s, Sulamit Löwenstein strikes up a casual friendship with her neighbor Friedrich in a quiet, affluent section of Buenos Aires. She is the daughter of German-Jewish immigrants and he is the son of a senior SS officer—a tragic political legacy that will haunt them both. Following the teenaged Friedrich to Germany, Sulamit finds him caught up in the radical politics of late-1960s student life; later, he returns to Argentina to join the fight against the military junta. This film distills the momentous sweep of post-war Argentinian history into a story that is intimate, tender and always humane.

DIR/SCR/PROD Jeanine Meerapfel; PROD Ricardo Freixa. Germany/Argentina, 2013, color, 100 min, DCP. In Spanish and German with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Tickets may be purchased online starting January 31 at WJFF.org or by calling 1-888-718-4253 (9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., M-F).

Sun, Mar 2, 5:45

ARABANI
Mid-Atlantic Premiere!

The first feature by an Israeli Druze filmmaker, Adi Adwan's film is a beautifully crafted tale about Yosef, who, newly divorced from his Jewish wife, returns to his Druze village. There he attempts to rekindle old friendships, connect with his former bride-to-be, and mend relations with his mother. Meanwhile his children—bright, irreverent, secular Jews—find that adjusting to the traditional and restrained Druze ways comes with as many adventures as dangerous pitfalls.

DIR/SCR Adi Adwan; PROD Itai Tamir. Israel, 2013, color, 82 min, DCP. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Tickets may be purchased online starting January 31 at WJFF.org or by calling 1-888-718-4253 (9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., M-F).

Mon, Mar 3, 7:30

AFTERMATH [Poklosie]
DC Premiere!

A tense and gripping thriller, this film tells the story of two brothers: Józef (Maciej Stuhr) and Franciszek (Ireneusz Czop), who discover a terrible secret and are forced to revise their perception of their father, their entire family, their neighbors and the history of their nation. Inspired by real-life mass killings in the town of Jedwabne, the film caused controversy in its native Poland due to its present-day reckoning with that dark period in the country's history.

DIR/SCR Wladyslaw Pasikowski; PROD Dariusz Jablonski, Violetta Kaminska. Poland/Netherlands/Russia, 2013, color, 107 min, DCP. In Polish with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Tickets may be purchased online starting January 31 at WJFF.org or by calling 1-888-718-4253 (9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., M-F).

Tue, Mar 4, 7:15

RUSSENDISKO
US Premiere!

Berlin 1989—The Wall has just fallen, and Jewish citizens from the Soviet Union are now free to immigrate to Germany. Vladimir and his best pals Andrej and Mischa seize their chance to leave Moscow for Berlin, which, in the early nineties, is one of the most exciting places on the globe. Vladimir and Andrej quickly get their permanent residence permits; Mischa, who is Russian but not Jewish, only gets a three-month visa, while dreaming of starting a music career. Vladimir is more aimless, happy loafing about and helping out his friends. That is, until he meets Olga, the most beautiful woman he's ever seen.

DIR/SCR Oliver Ziegenbalg, from the novel by Wladimir Kaminer; PROD Arthur Cohn, Christoph Hahnheiser. Germany, 2012, color, 96 min, DCP. In Russian and German with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Tickets may be purchased online starting January 31 at WJFF.org or by calling 1-888-718-4253 (9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., M-F).

Wed, Mar 5, 7:30

REGINA
Mid-Atlantic Premiere!
Introduction and post-screening Q&A with director Diana Groó and executive producer George Weisz

Regina Jonas, played here by Rachel Weisz, was the first female rabbi—a prototypical feminist, who would have never copped to the term. The daughter of an orthodox Jewish peddler, Jonas was ordained in Berlin in 1935, but not without a fight. During the rise of the Nazi era, her sermons soothed and encouraged persecuted Jews, but she could not save herself, eventually perishing in Auschwitz in 1944. Director Diana Groó employs a jazzy archival style reminiscent of Péter Forgács, and gives voice to Regina's life.

DIR/SCR/PROD Diana Groó; PROD Iván Angelusz, Alan Reich. Hungary/UK/Germany, 2013, b&w, 63 min. In English and Hungarian with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Tickets may be purchased online starting January 31 at WJFF.org or by calling 1-888-718-4253 (9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., M-F).

Thu, Mar 6, 7:15

WJFF Centerpiece Evening:
FADING GIGOLO

DC Premiere!
John Turturro will participate in an extended Q&A after the screening.

Facing the imminent closure of his business, a New York City bookstore owner (Woody Allen) teams up with his florist friend (John Turturro) on an outlandish scheme. Surveying the landscape, they realize that a city full of lonely, wealthy older women is the perfect place to ply the world's most ancient profession. Shedding their commonplace identities, and dubbing themselves "Virgil Howard" and "Dan Bongo," the pair tear through Gotham, along the way bedding legendary sexual icons Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara. The surprisingly mature climax (if you will) is wrapped around Turturro's newfound romance with an orthodox Jewish widow (Vanessa Paradis), who is forced to slyly deceive Liev Schreiber—an overzealous member of the Jewish neighborhood police force—at every turn. Sidesplittingly funny and cleverly insightful, this may well be John Turturro's crowning achievement.

DIR/SCR John Turturro; PROD Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte. US, 2013, color, 98 min, DCP. RATED R

Tickets may be purchased online starting January 31 at WJFF.org or by calling 1-888-718-4253 (9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., M-F).

Sat, Mar 8, 7:15

THE APPLE

Classic 1980s kitsch, this wildly entertaining dystopic vision of a futuristic "1994" rivals ROCKY HORROR and HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH in the cult musical genre. Menahem Golan's trippy reinterpretation of the Book of Genesis centers on Bibi (Catherine Mary Stewart) and Alphie (George Gilmour), two budding rockers who fall under the control of the wickedly evil record producer Mr. Boogalow (Vladek Sheybal). Featuring outlandish choreography from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE's Nigel Lythgoe and so-bad-they're-good songs from Israeli songwriters Coby and Iris Recht.

DIR/SCR/PROD Menahem Golan; PROD Yoram Globus. US/West Germany, 1980, color, 90 min, 35mm. RATED PG

Tickets may be purchased online starting January 31 at WJFF.org or by calling 1-888-718-4253 (9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., M-F).

Sat, Mar 8, 10:00

SHADOW IN BAGHDAD
Sneak Preview!

Jews once played a major role in Iraqi society, and this investigative documentary traces their story, plus that of the brutal campaign that eventually drove them out from Baghdad. The story follows a young Iraqi journalist who sets out to write about Linda Abdel Aziz Menuhin, who escaped to Israel in the early '70s and whose father, a prominent lawyer, had been kidnapped in Baghdad. The continuous dialogue between the two slowly uncovers the tragic end of her father, as well as that of a whole Jewish community that thrived in Iraq for more than 2,000 years.

DIR/SCR/PROD Duki Dror. Israel/France/UK/Jordan/Iraq, 2013, color, approx. 70 min, DCP. In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles. NOT RATED

Tickets may be purchased online starting January 31 at WJFF.org or by calling 1-888-718-4253 (9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., M-F).

Sun, Mar 9, 1:45