A comedy drama starring Inglourious Basterds’ Mélanie Laurent opens the 32nd Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival Saturday, Nov. 3. The Day I Saw Your Heart follows the tumultuous life of a Parisienne artist, grappling with romantic and familial issues. Veteran Gallic thespian Michel Blanc plays Laurent’s character’s dad. Also in the JFF’s opening weekend lineup: Kaddish for a Friend, about an elderly Jewish war veteran and a young Palestinian immigrant living in the same Berlin apartment building, screening Sunday evening at the Gershman Y; Room 514, a drama about four young Israeli soldiers, screening the same day and time at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, and Omar Killed Me, a tense courtoom drama about a Moroccan immigrant accused of murdering his employer, showing Monday night at the Gershman Y.
More than 20 features, docs and shorts are on the schedule for the season, which runs through April. Venues include the Gershman Y, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, the National Museum of American Jewish History, and the Hiway Theater. For complete schedule and ticket info, call: 215-545-4400, or go to www.pjff.org.