Final screenings of Jewish festival


April 06, 2001|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

The 13th annual Baltimore Jewish Film Festival wraps up next week with a pair of films that depict both the privileges and burdens of being a modern-day Jew:

Tuesday, French director Thomas Gilou's 1997 film, "If I Lie," is the story of a man mistaken for a Jew by Paris' Sephardic community. He then becomes a key player in the city's Tunisian/Jewish garment district. The comedy, in French with English subtitles, was a blockbuster in France, and stars Richard Anconina and Richard Bohringer.

Sun TV critic David Zurawik, co-host of WJHU-FM's "Media Matters," will serve as host for the 7:30 p.m. screening.

Thursday, the festival concludes with "Kippur," from director Amos Gitai, whose "Kadosh" was the hit of last year's festival. The semi-autobiographical 2000 film follows members of a helicopter rescue team as they repeatedly fly into a combat zone during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Initially filled with vigor and a sense of patriotism, the team gradually succumbs to the horrors and pressures of life on the front lines.

James Dasinger, WBAL-AM's "Doctor Jim," will be on hand to lead a discussion of the film after the 7:30 p.m. screening.

Festival organizer Claudine Davison says only a few tickets remain for each film. In fact, she notes, the festival has been so successful that all three showings of the opening-night feature, "Left Luggage," including a second encore scheduled for April 16, have sold out.

Tickets for the festival cost $6 per film and may be purchased at the Gordon Center box office, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., one hour before show time. Tickets may also be purchased at the adjacent Owings Mills Jewish Community Center and at Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave.

For more information, call 410-542-4900, ext. 239.

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