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Checking Out (2004, directed by Jeff Hare, in English; Miami premiere): This comic twist on King Lear stars Peter Falk as an old actor planning a final curtain for his 90th birthday. The indie picture boasts David Paymer, Laura San Giacomo, and Judge Reinhold as Falk's children, and the director already has been hailed at the Palm Beach International Film Festival.
Awake, Zion (2004, directed by Monica Haim, in English; South Florida premiere): Hasidic Jews and Rastafarians who knew? Miamian Monica Haim, a nice Jewish girl who loves reggae, explores unexpected affinities such as those between klezmer and ska, a Reggae Passover CD, and the annual Sukka Jam. Preceded by a world-premiere screening of Avery Pack's short Artifact.
Looking for Victoria: An Argentine Story (2004, directed by Tom Vriens, in Spanish with English subtitles): Sadly, inevitably, tales of those who disappeared during Argentina's military dictatorship have become a staple of the Jewish Film Festival and force us to confront the unsettling fact that the alliance of fascism and anti-Semitism did not end in 1945. In Tom Vriens's harrowing documentary, Adriana Victoria Lewi tries to piece together the true tale of her parents, who were taken away from her forever in 1978.
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