The first Annual Jewish Film Festival kicks off Saturday with Michael Verhoeven's "The Nasty Girl," about a young girl whose research about her town's doings during the Third Reich era is a little too successful. Verhoeven based his German-made movie on the real-life experience of Anna Elisabeth Rosmus; she and the director will take part in a panel discussion following the screenings at 6:30 and 9:15 at the Biograph.
The weeklong series at the Biograph continues with "The Jewish Cemetery," a Russian documentary about the search for Jewish identity in the USSR; "Passport," a French-Israeli-Soviet comedy; and "Himmo, King of Jerusalem," about the bond that develops between a nurse and a paraplegic victim during the 1948 war.
Director Rafi Bukaee will attend the screenings Tuesday of his "Avanti Popolo," about two Egyptian soldiers who get lost in the Negev desert. The series also includes "One of Us," a story of intrigue and investigation set on an Israeli army base; and "Song-Filled Tomorrows," about a Parisian family whose identity as communists and Jews is tested by the mood of the 1950s. The festival concludes Dec. 9 with Polish director Andrej Wajda's "Korczak," about an activist who willingly goes to his death alongside the children he has been protecting from the Nazis.
General admission to each film is $7, but panel discussions, which follow every movie, are free and open to the public. Tickets can only be bought the same day at the Biograph. For showtimes, see the daily movie listings; for more information, call 202/775-1765.