TO MARK ITS 20th anniversary, New Jersey Jewish Film Festival (NJJFF) is offering a series of free screenings — “fan favorites” from years past — on the 20th day of most months leading up to the March 19-29 festival.
On Wednesday, Nov. 20, film-goers will have another chance to see “Late Marriage.” This critically acclaimed feature will be screened at 12:30 p.m. at JCC MetroWest in West Orange. Chosen “Best Film” at the Ophir Awards (Israel’s Oscars) in 2001 and Israel’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2001 Academy Awards, it was screened during the second NJJFF.
In “Late Marriage” — described by one critic as a “harsh comedy” — Zaza (Lior Ashkenazi) is 31 years old and unmarried. His family’s Georgian-Jewish traditions dictate the requisite traits of a potential wife. When his parents discover the reason he has dodged their determined efforts to find him a suitable match — he’s in love with a decidedly unsuitable 34-year-old divorcee (Ronit Elkabetz) — Zaza must choose between tradition and the yearnings of his heart.
Tickets for “Late Marriage” are free but pre-registration is encouraged; to register or to become a festival sponsor, visit jccmetrowest.org/njjff or contact festival director Sarah Diamond at firstname.lastname@example.org, 973-929-2938, or 973-530-3417.