Martin Landau, left, and Christopher Plummer in Remember.
Martin Landau, left, and Christopher Plummer in Remember.

The 16th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) will offer an impressive lineup of 77 films from 26 countries that will be screened from Jan. 26 to Feb. 17. Tickets are on sale now via AJFF.org.

“We are proud to unveil the sprawling lineup for the 2016 AJFF, featuring diverse, high-caliber films from around the globe,” said Kenny Blank, executive director for AJFF. “This is a cultural celebration and an artistic showcase meant to feed the soul and the mind, as well as entertain. It is more than just a night at the movies –it is a curated experience that engages and inspires diverse audiences with film through a Jewish lens.”

The festival kicks off with director Atom Egoyan’s Remember, a potent revenge thriller starring Oscar-winners Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau.

More twists and turns await in the murder mysteries A Grain of Truth and Fire Birds, while there’s plenty to laugh about in the coming-of-age comedy Time to Say Goodbye and subversive satire Atomic Falafel.

A scene from the documentary In Search of Israeli Cuisine ,

In the wake of the Paris terror attacks and as prelude to the upcoming U.S. elections, topical films tackle terrorism, immigration and reproductive rights in, respectively, Je suis Charlie, Children of Giant, and The Law.

Unforgettable performances define Wedding Doll and the U.S. Premiere of The People vs. Fritz Bauer, and music takes center stage in East Jerusalem West Jerusalem, Flory’s Flame and the U.S. Premiere of The Midnight Orchestra.

Biographies include filmmaker Sidney Lumet, Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer, and philosopher Hannah Arendt. The 20th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination has prompted two portrayals of the fallen leader: Rabin in His Own Words and Rabin, the Last Day.

The closing night screening will be In Search of Israeli Cuisine with a post-film sampling of Israeli delicacies.
AJFF is the largest of its kind in the world, with a record-breaking attendance of nearly 39,000 film lovers last year.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.