A guide to the 2017 Athens Jewish Film Festival

The Athens Jewish Film Festival is consistently the most masterfully curated and eclectic movie series in town. Beginning Saturday at Athens Ciné and continuing through Tuesday, the 2017 program of feature films and documentaries from around the world represents a selection of some of the finest works of contemporary cinema, films that you’re unlikely to see anywhere else. With an exciting mix of genres and subjects, this year’s lineup offers something compelling for all ages and interests.

Times for screenings could shift within the days scheduled, so visit athensjff.org or athenscine.com for the latest showtimes and ticket information.

MOOS (Mar. 18)

The surprise arrival of a childhood friend on Hanukkah night causes the title character to reevaluate her life as caregiver for her elderly father. Dutch language drama/romantic comedy with English subtitles, 91 min. Trailer: https://youtu.be/3RO83nS0n54

ABULELE (Mar. 19)

Grief-stricken over his older brother’s death, a 10-year-old boy meets an ancient bear-like monster that becomes his new best friend. Hebrew language fantasy drama with English subtitles, 90 min. Trailer: https://youtu.be/U9VgKkuCafU

ON THE MAP (Mar. 19)

The true story of an Israeli basketball team that beat the odds to win the 1977 European Championship while still in recovery from recent war and tragedy. English language documentary, 85 min. Trailer: https://youtu.be/0xUGknkk-Yc

A BLIND HERO: THE LOVE OF OTTO WEIDT (Mar. 19)

Known as the “unsung Schindler,” factory owner Otto Weidt hid his Jewish employees from the Nazis and journeyed to Auschwitz to save his secretary from the gas chamber. German language historical drama with English subtitles, 90 min. Trailer: https://youtu.be/vgQ2uZNhV10

FIRE BIRDS (Mar. 19)

A grizzled detective estranged from his wife and daughter is assigned to a homicide investigation that leads him to a club of youthful Holocaust survivors. Hebrew language drama with English subtitles, 105 min. Trailer: https://youtu.be/-UsuHsQIrAI

THE KIND WORDS (Mar. 20)

Following the death of their mother, three Jewish siblings go on a quest to find their real father after learning of her life-long affair. French and Hebrew language drama/comedy with English subtitles, 118 min. Trailer: https://youtu.be/_jxWK1F6QJU

FEVER AT DAWN (Mar. 20)

After being freed from a concentration camp, a 25-year-old man is determined to find a wife despite being diagnosed with a terminal lung disease. Hungarian language drama with English subtitles, 110 min. Trailer: https://youtu.be/IzlJ3MdueRE

PETER THE 3RD (Mar. 20)

In order to be eligible for a government pension, a 65-year-old actor enlists the help of a young waitress to assist in his run for the Israeli parliament. Hebrew language comedy with English subtitles, 81 min. Trailer: https://youtu.be/PXJE3lRoSSc

SHORT FILM PROGRAM (Mar. 21)

FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK (Mar. 21)

The life story of Leonard Nimoy -- who played the character of Spock for nearly 50 years — as told by his son Adam and his “Star Trek” costars from the original series and later films. English language documentary, 111 min. Trailer: https://youtu.be/VwbdeyymCU8

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