Reviews of 2018
Festival Feature Films
We’ll be compiling a selection of reviews of the features exhibited in the 2018 festival, and adding them to this page as they become available.
Our 2018 Opening Night Gala film, “The Women’s Balcony,” received reviewer accolades across the board!
Los Angeles Times Critic’s Pick of the Week!
“A charming, warm-hearted comedy.”
— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“An entertaining, feel-good comedy. You don’t have to be Jewish to love ‘The Women’s Balcony’.”
—Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
Viewers will leave the theater in a joyous mood.
—Alissa Simon, Variety
TRAILER Synopsis, “The Women’s Balcony”
A comedy/drama about community, old traditions and values and the power of women to keep all of these together in the face of modern extremism.
An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis.
Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. This tests the women’s friendships and creates an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community’s women and men.
More 2018 Athens JFF Film Reviews…
2017 Athens JFF Graces the Cover of Current Issue of “Flagpole”
Read Barbette Houser’s Incisive Look at Last Year’s Festival
Athens Jewish Film Festival’s own Barbette Houser, a keen observer of the local arts and culture scene, offers us a view of this year’s festival through the lens of the rich contributions made to cinema by Jewish filmmakers, actors, writers and producers throughout it’s history.
2017 Athens Jewish Film Festival Gets Nod from “Explore Georgia.”
From “Explore Georgia’s” Coverage of Statewide Film Festivals Deserving of Attention
Intimate & Awesome:
8 Film Festivals Worth the Trip:
From independent films to documentaries, these Georgia festivals specialize in spectacular cinema.
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Athens Jewish Film Festival, March 18-21, 2017.
The Athens Jewish Film Festival brings quality Jewish films to Athens, Ga., including a variety of feature films, shorts and documentaries. This four-day event encourages the review, discussion and celebration of films of Jewish interest through a short film competition, conversation with visiting filmmakers and academics, as well as an Opening Night Celebration and a Closing Night Event.
See the entire list of festivals from “Explore Georgia.”