A 1919 queer-themed silent movie ‘Totally different From the Others’ can be screened at JxJ, a reboot of the Washington Jewish Movie Competition. (Photograph courtesy JxJ)
Varied venues in Metro Washington
Maryland Movie Competition
Varied venues in Baltimore’s Station North
This week, the Washington Jewish Movie Competition (WJFF) returns in an thrilling new format. A program of the Eldavitch D.C.-JCC, the brand new multi-disciplinary arts competition known as JxJ encompasses the WJFF and the Washington Jewish Music Competition and also will incorporate unique cutting-edge hybrid arts programming.
In line with JxJ director Ilya Tovbis, the brand new competition will embrace 83 feature-length and 21 brief movies from 22 nations, in addition to dwell musical performances, artwork reveals, conversations with artists, meals and extra. The celebration of the worldwide Jewish expertise will embrace programming in 30 or so languages.
JxJ will embrace the return of “Rated LGBTQ,” the favored queer cinema sequence, together with a brand new programming strand known as BEATSxJ that may give attention to cinema that showcases music and musicians.
The competition opens Might Eight with “Redemption,” a transferring and exuberant movie a couple of single father who returns to his rocker previous to boost cash for his daughter’s medical therapy. The competition closes Might 26 with “The Tobacconist” a couple of younger man’s friendship with Sigmund Freud throughout the Nazi occupation of Vienna. Freud is performed by the legendary actor Bruno Ganz in his remaining movie efficiency.
This yr, “Rated LGBTQ” consists of 5 fascinating movies. Two films provide a historic view of the struggle for LGBT liberation. “The Einstein of Intercourse” by acclaimed director Rosa von Praunheim chronicles the efforts of German Jewish sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld to problem anti-homosexual legal guidelines within the decade main as much as World Warfare II. The 1919 silent queer basic “Totally different From the Others” is a couple of younger musician who’s blackmailed when his relationship with one other man is found.
On a extra up to date word, “Capturing Life” and “Household in Transition” look at the challenges of coping with sexual and gender id in present-day Israel.
Lastly, the fascinating “Black Hat” (a part of the “Set Aside” program of brief movies) is a couple of Hasidic man whose double life is threatened when he loses his hat.
As well as, LGBT followers of musicals will need to take a look at “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles,” a historical past of the beloved and ground-breaking musical “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Mack the Knife: Brecht’s Threepenny Movie,” a surrealistic recreation of the chaotic filming of Brecht’s notorious decadent socialistic critique of capitalism.
LGBT music followers will need to take a look at “E-book of J,” an enthralling duo whose vocal stylings embody Yiddish songs, Piedmont blues and queer politics, and “Isle of Klesbos,” an all-gal klezmer sextet that has carried out at Satisfaction celebrations all around the world.
In the meantime in Baltimore, the Maryland Movie Competition runs Might Eight-12. Now in its 21st yr, the competition will current over 50 movies in Baltimore’s revitalized Station North arts district.
One of many perennial highlights is a screening personally curated by iconic Baltimore filmmaker and competition board member John Waters. This yr’s decide is “Mother and Dad.” Starring Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair, the 2017 flop is a couple of mysterious pandemic that causes mother and father to assault their youngsters.
Administrators Carolina Monnerat and Theodore Collatos can be readily available to host the world premiere of “Queen of Lapa,” a strong documentary about Luana Muniz, a proud veteran transgender intercourse employee who runs a “hostel” for a brand new era of trans youngsters on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“Being Inconceivable” is about Ariel, a younger lady who discovers that she was born intersex and now faces troublesome choices about the way to dwell the remainder of her life.
A number of the great queer shorts embrace “Docking,” wherein Canadian author/director Trevor Anderson displays on his concern of courting; “Lavender” a couple of younger man who turns into more and more entangled within the marriage of an older couple; “Solely Trumpets” a couple of younger man and his relationship with sexual know-how; “Miller & Son” a couple of transwoman mechanic who runs her household’s auto store throughout the day and expresses her femininity at evening; and “One thing to Cry About,” a touching and humorous documentary concerning the issue of expressing intimacy between males, the complexities of need and the reward of a superb cry.