MOVIES: Film festival launches final act


The 10th annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival heads into the homestretch tonight (Jan. 26) with six movies at five different venues through Sunday evening.

Tonight's attraction: the Israeli drama "Seven Minutes in Heaven," about a young Jerusalem woman trying to regain her memory following a suicide bombing; it's at 7 p.m. at the South Point.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, UNLV's Greenspun Hall hosts "Breath Made Visible," a Swiss documentary focusing on American dance pioneer Anna Halperin, presented by director Ruedi Gerber. (That one's a free screening, with limited seating.)

Late great Tony Curtis takes on the title role of "Lepke" — alias Murder Inc. leader Louis "Lepke" Buchalter — at 5 p.m. Saturday at downtown's Historic Fifth Street School. Another free screening with limited seating, this one's a tie-in with the future Mob Museum, presented by Mayor Oscar Goodman and the Mob Museum's Jonathan Ullman.

The romantic comedy "Adam" and the Winston Churchill documentary "Walking With Destiny" screen at 1 and 4 p.m., respectively, at the Adelson Educational Campus in Summerlin; "Walking With Destiny" director Richard Trank is scheduled to attend.

The festival wraps at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Palms' Brenden Theatres with the Las Vegas premiere of "Howl," starring Oscar nominee James Franco as Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, followed by a closing-night bash.

Except for free programs, festival screenings are $10; schedule and ticket information is available online at www.jfsalv.org.