Jewish film festival begins tomorrow

Film: Eight films will be shown on a schedule continuing through April 30.


March 31, 2000|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC

"Soleil" ("Sun"), Roger Hanin's evocative film about the coming of age of a young French boy in Algeria during World War II, will kick off the Baltimore Jewish Film Festival tomorrow at the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts.

The film stars a radiant Sophia Loren as a mother trying to raise her five children in safety while her husband (Phillipe Noiret) works for the French resistance. The film, which begins at 8: 45 p.m., will be the centerpiece of a post-screening discussion led by Loyola College French professor Andre-Pierre Colombat.

"After the Truth," a German fiction film in which a young lawyer finds himself defending the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele, will be shown on Sunday at 3 p.m., also at the Gordon Center.

The Baltimore Jewish Film Festival will comprise eight films, which will be shown through April 30. Coming offerings include "After the End of the World" on April 6 and the highly acclaimed "Kadosh" on April 8.

Tickets are $6. The Gordon Center is at 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills. For details, call Claudine Davison at 410-542-4900, Ext. 239.

It's a wrap

Umoja Productions will throw a "Film Finishing Gala" Saturday to celebrate the wrap of filmmaker Kim Moir's work-in-progress, "Sinsitivity."

The Derrick Thompson Quartet, Aaron-Aaron and poet Ron K. Williams will perform at the party, which begins at 9 p.m. and features food, drinks and door prizes. Moir will show clips from "Sinsitivity," the story of a minister's son whose love for an exotic dancer throws his life into upheaval.

The party will be held at the Gallery of Events, 429 N. Eutaw St. The suggested donation is $50, and proceeds will be used to finish the film's principal photography and editing. For more information, call 410-488-0674; e-mail or visit

`Roxanne' at Towson

Towson University's Film and Video Society continues its annual spring film series "Comedies of Romance and Marriage" Monday with a free screening of "Roxanne," directed by Fred Schepisi and starring Steve Martin in a contemporary version of the Cyrano de Bergerac story.

The film will be presented at 7: 30 p.m. in the Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium on the Towson campus. For more information, call the box office at 410-830-2787.

Series on eating

The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Office of Cultural Affairs announces its 2000 Spring Film Series, "The Cultures of Eating." The program will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesdays from April 5 through May 3.

The free series, which will explore "the significance of preparing, consuming and sharing food in a variety of cultures," kicks off Wednesday with a screening of Barry Levinson's debut feature, "Diner." Future films include "Babette's Feast," "Like Water for Chocolate," "Eat, Drink, Man, Woman" and "Tampopo."

Screenings will be held in the Mountcastle Auditorium of the Preclinical Teaching Building, 725 N. Wolfe St.

For more information, call 410-955-3363.

For Baltimore's `Faith'-ful

At 8: 30 p.m. April 7 the Senator Theatre, at 5904 York Road, will present an exclusive screening of "Keeping the Faith," a romantic comedy starring and directed by Columbia native Edward Norton.

Norton will attend the screening with co-star Jenna Elfman. He plays a Catholic priest in the film, Ben Stiller plays his best friend, a rabbi, and Elfman plays their childhood friend who comes back into their lives with unexpected results.

Tickets are $75. Proceeds will benefit the Living Classrooms Foundation and St. Francis Academy in memory of Norton's mother, Robin, who died of brain cancer in 1997. For details, call 410-730-9260.

Our apologies

Finally, your correspondents at the Film Desk apologize for recent errors. In last week's column Chris Kaltenbach incorrectly referred to the 1978 film "Heaven Can Wait" as a remake of Ernst Lubitsch's 1943 film of the same name; it was a remake of "Here Comes Mr. Jordan."

On Sunday, Ann Hornaday incorrectly wrote that Gary Cooper starred in "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit." The actual star was the incomparable Gregory Peck. Thanks to all our alert readers, and apologies to the injured parties.

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