AJFF Recommends: What to Watch in April

04/4/2018

Audience favorites from the 2018 AJFF are scattered throughout this month's picks as well as a three time Academy Award winner, now over 20 years old. 

In Theatres

1945
An unwelcome arrival forces a remote Hungarian town to reckon with its wartime sins, in this gripping, superbly crafted black-and-white drama enhanced by striking cinematography and a melancholy score, and most recently seen by Atlanta audiences at the 2018 AJFF.

A Bag of Marbles
After its Southeast Premiere at the 2018 AJFF, this heartwrenching, lavish, and suspenseful adventure returns to Atlanta. Left to fend for themselves in Nazi-occupied France, two young Jewish brothers must rely on their courage and cunning to escape Nazi barbarism and avoid capture.

Netflix

Life Is Beautiful
When thinking of the 1999 Academy Awards, it's most likely the film's win for Foreign Language Film that comes to mind. Starring, directed, and co-written by Roberto Benigni, the film is a moving narrative following an open-minded Jewish librarian as he uses wit, humor, and imagination to shield his son from the horrors of the Holocaust.

DVD & Blu-Ray

Bombshell:The Hedy Lamarr Story
A standout feature from the 2018 AJFF, this revealing documentary concentrates on the legacy of Hedy Lamarr, primarily known in the 1930s and ‘40s for her glamour and sex appeal, and narrates her trailblazing story to reveal her thwarted ambitions as a brilliant inventor who impacted today’s wireless technology.

Special Mention

GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II
A profound salute to patriotism and perseverance, the film, a favorite from the 2018 AJFF, premieres nationwide on Wednesday, April 11 on PBS (check local listings) in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 12). The film will be available to stream the following day via pbs.org/gijews and PBS apps.