This year’s festival will present 180 screenings at various Atlanta venues including Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, Regal Perimeter Pointe, Regal Atlantic Station, UA Tara Cinemas, and The Woodruff Arts Center.
The AJFF will kick off Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre with the Atlanta premiere of the Israeli dramedy “Shoelaces.” Nominated for eight Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film, this tender family story follows the complicated relationship between an irascible father and his special-needs son.
Another highlight will be the Feb. 16 premiere of “Leona” at the Woodruff Art Center. The night begins with a pre-screening party at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by the film at 8 p.m. Making the transition into adulthood, a young woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her Syrian-Jewish family and a forbidden love, in this delicate, melancholic romance.
The festival closes with a screening of “Chewdaism: A Taste of Montreal” on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Byers Theater at City Springs. In this “nosh-umentary,” Canadian funnymen and best friends Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman return to their hometown to explore their heritage by eating their way across the city.
The full lineup for the festival can be seen at AJFF.org.