by Jim Ridley
Boasting one of its strongest lineups yet, the 14th annual Nashville Jewish Film Festival begins tonight with a 5:30 cocktail supper at Cabana, followed 7:30 p.m. at The Belcourt by the Nashville premiere of Eran Riklis’ well-reviewed drama Zaytoun, starring Stephen Dorff as a downed Israeli pilot rescued by a 12-year-old Palestinian boy. A $75 ticket covers both dinner and the movie, while the screening alone is $10.
Coming entries include one of the most acclaimed Israeli films of recent years, Rama Burshtein’s marital drama Fill the Void; a retrospective of Jeremy Paul Kagan’s 1981 cult favorite The Chosen; Michael Cantor’s self-explanatory Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy; the doc When Comedy Went to School, about the comics who honed their craft in the Catskills; and the banned-in-22-Arab-nations terrorist-aftermath thriller The Attack, directed by Ziad Doueiri (a longtime Tarantino associate who also worked on the Nashville-shot actioner The Expert back in the ’90s).
Screenings are split this year among several venues, including The Belcourt, the Franklin Theatre and the Gordon Jewish Community Center. Watch Country Life and the Scene for updates, and click here for information on tickets, films and screening times.