2/24 Update - They have just posted this on Goldstar for $6 - a great deal. Here's the link for that.
The Washington Jewish Film Festival (www.wjff.org) is one of the best-run and most exciting festivals in the city. It begins on Thursday with a film called The Wonders and a reception at the DCJCC on 16th and Q. We'll get our taste of it on Sunday at the wonderful venue AFI Silver in Silver Spring with this rom-dram from German filmmaker Julia von Heinz - Hanna's Journey. It's very satisfying to be able to support top women filmmakers.
I like what the Montreal Gazette wrote when it played at their World Film Festival last summer: This "film is rich in characterization and moral questions, and makes a clear visual contrast between the hot chaotic bustle of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (beautifully filmed by Daniela Knapp) and the wintry symmetry of Berlin...A coming-together of cultures is what a film festival is all about, and when you get it on one movie – and it opens your mind – you know your time in the cinema is well-spent."
Okay, to get a ticket and guarantee your entrance, first try Goldstar - I just saw it there for $6! Here's the link for that. If that sells out, go to the WJFF link here. That cost is $13.65 including fees. Be sure to click on the March 2 at 3:30 showing. We can get a bite to eat afterwards to discuss, and then head out to our respective Oscar parties at night! :-)
Here is a full description:
Hanna's motives for spending several months in Israel working with disabled youths and elderly Holocaust survivors aren't exactly noble: a sharp-eyed careerist, the young German woman figures this charity work will make her resumé sparkle. What she doesn't count on is Itay—the brusque but charming social worker she meets on her first day abroad. He teases her with off-color jokes about the Holocaust and for being German—all of which she considers ancient history, having nothing to do with her at all. As she reluctantly warms to Itay's insistent flirtations, however, she discovers that she's more tied to this "ancient history" than she could have imagined.