24th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off This February


The 24th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival is kicking off this month and includes an extensive lineup of great films. Here is a brief look at some of the exciting highlights taking place at the festival:

This year’s official opening night on February 6th will feature a San Diego Premiere of It Happened in Saint Tropez, a French comedy directed by Daniele Thompson. Showdowns, misunderstandings, betrayals all serve to blow up the family landscape. But out of the rubble will blossom a beautiful love story – or two! In addition to the official opening, the festival will feature a Teen Screen on February 11th of Brave Miss World directed by Cecilia Peck (daughter of Gregory Peck). The incredibly beautiful Linor Abargil was just 18 years old when she won the title of Miss Israel. Just a few weeks before she was crowned Miss World, she was brutally raped. Ten years later, she speaks about her ordeal and travels the world to hear the stories of other rape victims. The film traces Linor’s inspiring journey and personal transformation as the former beauty queen who helps women find strength to speak up and battle for justice.

The Congress

The Congress

Another highlight on February 11th is The Congress, which blends live-action and psychedelic animation. Directed by Ari Folman, it stars 2014 Golden Globe winner Robin Wright, Jon Hamm, Paul Giamatti and Harvey Keitel. A late entry to our roster of films, is a special screening of Walking With the Enemy. Directed by Mark Schmidt of San Diego / Liberty Studios (a local San Diego film company), the film is screening on February 16 at 4pm at Clairemont Reading 14. The film stars Jonas Armstrong, Ben Kingsley, and Hannah Tointon.

Venues that are hosting the San Diego Jewish Film Festival include ArcLight Cinemas La Jolla, La Jolla’s David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, Carlsbad Village Theatre, Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18, and Reading Cinemas Town Square 14. The festival will be running from February 6th to the 16th. Ticket prices range from $33 to $210. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at (858)-362-1348 or visit the San Diego Jewish Film Festival at sdcjc.org.

Will you be attending the 24th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival? Share with us your favorite moments at the festival by posting your photos to Facebook and using #LJBB & #SDJFF!

[Images: sdcjc.org, collider.com]

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Vanessa Turkeltaub
Vanessa Turkeltaub graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Communication. She has been with Blue Book Publishers for over 5 years, and has written over five-hundred La Jolla related articles. She enjoys going to concerts, art, and traveling. (vanessa@lajollabluebook.com)

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