Woody Allen turns pimp in ‘Fading Gigolo’ at the Washington Jewish Film Festival

The lineup has been announced for the 24th Washington Jewish Film Festival (Feb. 27-March 9) and one of the titles might pique the interest of Woody Allen fans.

The recent winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award doesn't often star in movies that aren't his, but he's made an exception for writer-director-actor John Turturro's latest, "Fading Gigolo." Allen plays a man who stumbles into the prostitution business, when he pimps out his friend, Turturro, to his dermatologist. Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara and Vanessa Paradis co-star in the movie, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival.

Among the 63 other movies from 18 countries, there's also "Regina," a documentary about the first female rabbi, narrated by Rachel Weisz, and the thriller "Bethlehem," which follows a Palestinian informant working for the Israeli authorities. Meanwhile, the Polish drama "Ida" tells the 1960s-set story of an orphan turned nun preparing to take her final vows when she meets a distant relative and uncovers the truth about her roots.

You can find the full lineup on the film festival's Web site, and start plotting what tickets to buy when they go on sale later this month.

 

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Washington-area native Stephanie Merry covers movies, theater and art for Weekend and the Going Out Guide. She’s also the section’s de facto expert on yoga, gluten-free dining and bicycle commuting.
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