By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The 32nd Annual Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival kicks off Saturday night, showcasing 20 films and six shorts.
“The Jewish have for centuries been spread all over the world,” says Olivia Antsis, the director of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, the second oldest Jewish film festival in the US.
She says this year’s event will feature films from countries that include Israel, Austria, and Germany that deal with everything from terrorism to romance and stories about family bonds.
One of the highlights is the premiere of The Day I Saw Your Heart.
“It’s our opening-night film,” she says. “It’s a French, quirky family romance dramedy starring Melanie Laurent of Inglourious Basterds and Beginners. It’s really a celebratory night for everyone. We even have little gifts when you walk out of the theatre.”
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“We have this really great film, Hava Nagila,” Antsis says, “which talks about the history of the song and dance, where it came from, how Jewish people are regarded all over the world and what Jewish people think about it, what non-Jewish people think about it.”
Antsis says the films are for the whole family and not just for those interested in Jewish culture.
“The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival has the ability to transcend the subject matter and really appeal to everybody and not just people who are Jewish,” says Antsis. “The films are very touching, very moving.”
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