JFilm and CMU fests resume this weekend



Another weekend, another bounty of movies courtesy of film festivals stretching back 21 or eight or two years:

JFILM FESTIVAL

The 21st annual JFilm Festival continues through Sunday with the following scheduled to be shown:

 "When Comedy Went to School" -- Portrait of Borscht Belt comedians told through interviews and early footage. 4:45 p.m. today, Manor Theater in Squirrel Hill.

"Brave Miss World" -- Documentary about Linor Abargil, who was raped weeks before being crowned Miss World and eventually healed herself and others by sharing her story without shame. 6:30 p.m. today at Rodef Shalom Congregation in Shadyside with VIP reception at 5:30 p.m. Separate, second showing tonight part of a Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh's Women's Philanthropy Event. See www.jfedpgh.org for details.

"Aftermath" -- Wladyslaw Pasikowski's controversial drama about the 1941 massacre of Jews in a Polish village, nominated for seven top Polish film awards and also branded as anti-Polish propaganda and banned in some cinemas. Polish with subtitles. 5 p.m. Friday, Manor.

• "The Jewish Cardinal" -- Drama about Jean-Marie Lustiger, who was born to Polish Jews, converted to Roman Catholicism and became a cardinal. French with subtitles. 7 p.m. Saturday, Manor.

"Afternoon Delight" -- Adults-only film about a woman who lives in a hip, upscale LA suburb and goes to a strip club to spice up her marriage. She meets a stripper and becomes obsessed with saving her in this film starring Kathryn Hahn. 9 p.m. Saturday, Manor.

• "The Sturgeon Queens" -- A look at the four generations of family behind the Russ and Daughters emporium on New York's Lower East Side. 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Manor.

"Next Year Jerusalem" -- Indie documentary about eight nursing home residents who travel to Israel on a tour. 1 p.m. Sunday, Manor.

"The Zigzag Kid" -- Whimsical coming-of-age tale, adapted from Israeli writer David Grossman's book, about a boy on a grand, illuminating adventure. Dutch, French and English with subtitles. 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Manor.

"It Happened in St. Tropez" -- Ensemble French comedy about sibling rivalry with two brothers who are polar opposites, love triangles, beautiful women and religious conflict. In French with subtitles. 7 p.m. Sunday, Manor.

Special price of $50 for "Brave Miss World" event at Rodef Shalom, movie only, $10. Other tickets: $10 general admission, $8 for advance group tickets and $5 for those 18 and younger.

Available through www.JFilmPgh.org or 412-992-5203 weekdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CMU FESTIVAL

Carnegie Mellon University's International Film Festival continues today through Saturday, with these films:

"Women's Day" (Poland) -- Katarzyna Kwiatkowska portrays a complicated heroine of the labor force in this movie based on a real lawsuit against a supermarket chain that forced humiliating working conditions on its female employees. 5 p.m. today, CMU's University Center, McConomy Auditorium, 5000 Forbes Ave.

"Trapped" (Iran) -- In this thriller about loyalty and betrayal in contemporary Tehran, a diligent student and a party girl must face scarce money, shady business and a dilemma that will test the limits of friendship. Q&A with director. 7 p.m. today, McConomy.

"At Berkeley" (USA) -- Veteran filmmaker Frederick Wiseman trains his eye and camera on the University of California at Berkeley. 4:30 p.m. Friday, McConomy.

"Sweet Dreams" (Rwanda) -- Rwandan women defy the devastation of the genocide to form the country's first all-female drumming troupe and open the country's first ice cream shop in this documentary. Director Q&A and closing night reception. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, McConomy.

Regular admission, $5 for seniors and students and $8 for others. See www.cmu.edu/faces for details.

Linor Abargil is the subject of the documentary "Brave Miss World."


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