Film Festivals continue to go virtual and the Albuquerque (Virtual) Film Fest is following suit.
The local festival will present eight contemporary films from Israel, United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Italy, Argentina, France/Egypt.
According to Phyllis Wolf, director of Arts, Culture & Education at Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque, tickets are on sale for the films, which will screen Sunday, Jan. 31 through Feb. 28.
“Each year, the fest endeavors to weave a colorful fabric of uniquely Jewish stories that come to us through movies from around the world,” she says. “That mission is unchanged, and this line up is particularly noteworthy for its diversity in content, themes and countries of origin. The only thing that’s different is that instead of the community gathering at theatrical venues, we will be watching the fest movies in the safety and comfort of our own homes. We will get together for follow-up conversations with the filmmakers, virtually, using the Zoom platform. After all, the show must go on.”
The Fest curators research current films showing at Jewish film fests worldwide to select a representative line-up of the finest films for Albuquerque audiences to enjoy.
Wolf said this year that was an arduous task because not only has the roster of Jewish films grown substantially, but the quality of the films has equally progressed.
“Even though the task was daunting, it was truly a labor of love,” Wolf says.
Each film has a 72-hour screening window, to watch from the comfort of your living room. Tickets include conversations with the filmmakers on Zoom, directly following the screening period.
The schedule includes:
Jan. 31-Feb. 3 — “Aulcie,” 2020, Israel/USA, 75 min, Dani Menkin;
Feb. 4-7 — “The Crossing,” 2020, Norway, 90 min, Johanne Helgeland;
Feb. 7-10 — “Here We Are,” 2020, Israel, 94 min, Nir Birgman;
Feb. 11-14 — “The Keeper,” 2019, UK, 113 min, Marcus Rosenmuller;
Feb. 14-17 — “Syndrome K,” 2019, USA/Italy, 80 min, Stephen Edwards;
Feb. 18-21 — “Bukra Fil Mish Mish,” 2019, France/Israel, 73 min, Tal Michael;
Feb. 21-24 — “Shiva Baby,” 2020, USA/Canada, 77 min, Emma Seligman;
Feb. 25-28 — “The House on Wannsee St.,” 2019, Argentina, 70 min, Poli Martinex Kaplun.
Albuquerque (Virtual) Film Fest
The festival runs from Jan. 31-Feb. 28. Ticket prices are $8 individual, $15 household per film. Series passes range from $56 and $100. Information can be found at abqjewishfilmfest.com