‘Samy’ to open Boston Jewish Film Festival

'Almost Peaceful,' 'Sewing,' 'Hammer' also to unspool

BOSTON — More than 40 films representing 16 different countries will unspool in seven locations at the 15th annual Boston Jewish Film Festival, to be held Nov. 6-16.

Fest, which hopes to top last year’s 13,000 admissions, opens with Argentinean romantic comedy “Samy and I,” with director Eduardo Milewicz introducing the film. It will close with “Almost Peaceful,” a drama about French Holocaust survivors.

Also on the schedule is a panel discussion featuring Martin Peretz of the New Republic and Scott Sossel of the Atlantic Monthly, following a screening of “Decryptage,” a French docu about media bias in coverage of the Middle East. Israeli film “Yossi and Jagger,” about two male soldiers in a love affair, will be introduced by Congressman Barney Frank.

Also on the schedule are the Israeli docu “Sewing for Bread,” about 57 women who react to the shutdown of their sewing factory by taking it over; “The Hebrew Hammer,” a spoof of ’70s blaxploitation films; “Metamorphosis,” a Russian film of the classic Kafka tale; “Bit by Bit,” a Swedish comedy introduced by director Jonathan Metzger; and “Secret Passage,” a costume drama set during the Spanish Inquisition and starring John Turturro.

Main screenings will be held at the Remis Auditorium of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline. This year the West Newton Theater (in suburban Newton, Mass.) will host several screenings, as will the Harvard Film Archive. Some films will also have repeat screenings in satellite outposts of the festival in Framingham, Danvers and Randolph.

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