I was glad to get a head start on this year's SFJFF by pre-screening and providing some program notes for a few films (my former colleagues Jay Rosenblatt and Joshua Moore know me well enough to send me films they figured I would like).
Check out my early take on these titles:
A few other titles I am eager to see at the upcoming festival:
- Alan Berliner's latest film, First Cousin Once Removed
- the documentary profile of Joseph Papp
- Margarethe von Trotta's drama about Hannah Arendt
- new episodes of the wonderful TV series Arab Labor
I can also recommend two more films I have had a chance to screen elsewhere: 50 Children and After Tiller, the latter an especially important doc about some very courageous abortion providers.
Finally, I hear from well-placed SFJFF officials who prefer to remain anonymous that the dramas The Attack and Aya are well worth seeking out. Or maybe it's just that they start with "A."