Audiences at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival voted films that ranged from bittersweet to plain bitter as the top entries at the 16th annual festival.
The day after the festival ended with a day of encores of popular movies, the festival announced the winners of the AJFF Audience Awards, presented by the Helen Marie Stern Memorial Fund. The three winners were not among the 10 encore films:
- Best narrative — “Naked Among Wolves.”
- Best documentary — “Breakfast at Ina’s.”
- Best short — “To Step Forward Myself.”
All three movies will be shown at Georgia Theatre Co.’s Merchants Walk Cinemas in East Cobb on Sunday, March 6.
“Naked Among Wolves,” which made its North American debut at the festival, is a German Holocaust film set at the Buchenwald concentration camp in the waning days of World War II. Resistance leaders in the camp are planning an uprising until a new prisoner arrives with a 3-year-old boy hidden in his suitcase, and the men focus on protecting the child instead of breaking out.
“Breakfast at Ina’s” tells the story of Ina Pinkney, the “breakfast queen” of Chicago, as she prepares to close her restaurant because of the physical strain from post-polio syndrome.
“To Step Forward Myself,” which had its world premiere at the festival, is the true story of Alex Singer, who made aliyah from upstate New York after college, volunteered for military service and was killed in action in Lebanon on his 25th birthday.
On March 6, “Breakfast at Ina’s” is showing at 12:20 and 6:35 p.m., “Naked Among Wolves” at 2:20 and 8:15 p.m., and “To Step Forward Myself” at 4:55.
Tickets to the two feature-length films are $13; tickets to the short are $8. Visit ajff.org to buy tickets.