If you think Jewish cinema begins and ends with Mel Brooks, might we gently suggest that you expand your references? And the 17th Annual International Jewish Film Festival of Dallas is an excellent place to get a glimpse of how alive and, well, international Jewish films are right now. The festival starts off at the Angelika Film Center in Plano, 7205 Bishop Road, with Paris-Manhattan, a French film about a woman who has fallen in love with Woody Allen through his movies (we’ve all been there). So of course her love life is a shambles because no guy can measure up to that nebbish ideal. Nine films in total (plus one more showing of Paris-Manhattan) will screen throughout the festival, from Germany, Croatia, the Netherlands and Israel. It all wraps up on September 29 with Hava Nagila (The Movie), a documentary about the most famous song that you aren’t sure you’re spelling right. Tickets for all shows are $11 in advance, $13 at the door (except Hava Nagila, which is $18). Check jccdallas.org for showtimes and locations. Call 214-239-7115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sept. 7-29, 2013