A pair of smaller but ongoing film festivals bring new movies in early November.
Running Nov. 1 to 10, the 16th annual Austin Polish Film Festival kicks off with Agnieszka Holland’s “Mr. Jones,” starring James Norton as the Welsh journalist Gareth Jones (1905-1935). Jones broke the story on Stalin’s genocidal famine in Ukraine in 1933, risking his own life to do so. George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” was inspired in part by Jones’ articles.
Holland will be in attendance for the Nov. 1 screening of “Mr. Jones.” And prior to the Austin Polish Film Festival, the multi-Oscar-nominated director is being honored by an Austin Film Society mini-retrospective of her best-known films including “Europa, Europa” and “The Secret Garden.” Holland will be at the Oct. 30 screening of her Golden Globe-winning “Europa, Europa.”
Six of the films featured in this year’s APFF are directed and/or written by women.
In its 17th year, the Austin Jewish Film Festival runs Nov. 2 to 8, with most of the 14 films showcased the Regal Arbor @ Great Hills. Movies include the documentary “Ask Dr. Ruth” and “Tel Aviv on Fire,” a comedic romance co-written by Jewish and Palestinian screen writers.
See the AJFF schedule at austinjff.org/2019-film-scheduler/