It’s the biggest film festival Atlanta sees all year, one of the biggest Jewish film festivals in the world, and it’s known for its inclusivity and broad appeal across demographics. In its 20th anniversary year, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival opens a month of compelling LGBTQ-inclusive films, characters and themes of queer interest on Monday, Feb. 10.
The evolution of what used to be referred to as “gay movies” is apparent in the AJFF lineup. No longer relegated to “special interest” genres only, LGBTQ representation appears within the fabric of all sorts of film genres and narratives.
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival not only includes characters, historical figures and themes of same-gender-loving people but also of transgender folks.
To supe up your interest even more, Out on Film sponsors AJFF’s screening of Flawless on Oct. 15 at Plaza Theatre. Here’s the full lineup of the 2020 LGBTQ track:
A young woman’s murder leads a police detective into a murky underworld of sex and intrigue, in this twisting thriller set in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. The chief inspector’s ties to the Polish Underground jeopardize his probe, as he seeks to unravel this noir whodunit layered with hidden identities and startling turns.
Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn
An unflinching look at one of the country’s most vilified figures, this riveting profile of the closeted, self-loathing power broker reveals the man behind the Machiavellian mask. From McCarthyism’s chief architect to Trump mentor, Cohn’s amoral career stained U.S. politics. Filmmaker Ivy Meeropol, granddaughter of the Rosenbergs, executed as spies, adds a personal prism to this interrogatory account.
A sisterhood of outcasts seeks to remake themselves in this provocative, poignant, coming-of-age dramedy, wherein the trio goes to queasy extremes to bankroll cosmetic surgery and prom dresses. This beguiling, cautionary tale of self-discovery and prejudice features a standout performance by the first transgender woman nominated for Israel’s top acting prize.
This film screens with a Q&A sponsored by Out on Film on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8:20 p.m. at Plaza Theatre. Buy tickets.
The Glass Room
An iconic home (the stunning Villa Tugendhat) takes center stage as secret affairs and history’s shifting tides shatter a Czech marriage, in this mesmerizing, erotic wartime saga. A wealthy Jewish industrialist and his gentile wife see their dream house become home to passionate, dark desires as 1930s idealism gives way to Hitler. Based on Simon Mawer’s hit novel.
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
British-born neurologist and literary giant Oliver Sacks is posthumously feted in this profoundly engaging, deeply personal memoir. Known by the film Awakenings, early fame came from his brilliant writings on cognitive disorders and natural world splendors. Sacks battled drugs, homophobia, and a skeptical medical establishment, and after a terminal diagnosis, vividly faces the meaning of his existence.
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival screens at multiple venues around Atlanta Feb. 10 – 27 with special guests and speakers often part of the mix. View the full lineup with showtimes, and buy tickets at ajff.org.
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