Weekend Film Agenda March 12

The Seattle Jewish Film Festival kicked off with a pre-opening night party at Palace Ballroom featuring food and drinks, Israeli singer/songwriter Anna He, and local filmmaker Andy Schocken presenting clips from his films, including the Oscar-nominated documentary he co-produced, The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner. The SJFF officially opens Saturday, with Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film nominee Ajami, a “gritty, urban crime drama that tells the interwoven stories of Jewish, Muslim and Christian neighbors living in bloody disharmony in Israel’s impoverished Jaffa neighborhood”.

The festival continues through March 21 with films and special events at a variety of venues including SIFF, Cinerama, the Stroum Jewish Community Center, and the Washington State History Museum. Films being screened include dramas (like Jaffa, a modernized take on Romeo and Juliet relocated to the port city of Jaffa where a young Jewish woman has a secret love affair with an Arab man), comedies (like, Hey, Hey It’s Esther Blueberger stars Little Miss Sunshine‘s Toni Collette and Whale Rider‘s Keisha Castle-Hughes in quirky tale of coming of age and finding your own identity) and a slew of documentaries from around the world including Look Into My Eyes, filmmaker Naftaly Gliksberg examination of anti-Semitism on two continents, and Amnon’s Story about master violin maker, Amnon Weinstein who restores Holocaust-era instruments. See schedule for full details.

NW Film Forum screens 45365 for a week, starting Friday. Directors Bill and Ross Turner turn their cameras on their own hometown of Sydney, Ohio, for a look at the ordinary lives of ordinary people presented without judgment. Saturday and Sunday only, NWFF screens Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight, 1970 and Saturday only see Lunch Films a collection of short films each made for about the cost of a good lunch – topping out at $67.50 but averaging under $40.

The Grand Illusion goes back to the garden with Gold: Before Woodstock, Beyond Reality, a 1968 film by director Bob Levis. Considered a “lost” film for 40 years, Gold is the result of Levis leading a motley group of the tuned in and dropped out into the wilderness to make a movie that defies simple description. An artifact of a different time, to be sure.

Central Cinema pays tribute to everyone’s favorite spy with a series of James Bond films. Friday and Saturday see Goldfinger, Sunday through Monday see On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and wrap up the fest early next with with Moonraker.

“Hello, handsome. Is that a ten-gallon hat or are you just enjoying the show?” Blazing Saddles, Midnight at the Egyptian.

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