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If “attending more cultural events” isn’t on your list of 2013 resolutions, it damn well should be. Why? Well, partly because this year begins with another promising Washington Jewish Film Festival, now in its 23rd year. Paris Manhattan, a gentle romantic comedy about a beautiful Parisian woman obsessed with Woody Allen, opens the festival tonight. January 8 brings Dorfman (shown), a festival highlight about a woman from the Valley who struggles to find love after relocating to an industrial loft in downtown Los Angeles. Elliott Gould, who plays the woman’s father, is scheduled to appear when the film plays The Avalon. January 6 and 13, the festival presents Hava Nagila (The Movie), a documentary about the song played at millions of Jewish weddings and bar/bat mitzvahs every year. (I trust the filmmakers delve into hard-hitting statistics about how many injuries occur during the chair-hoisting hora dance.) With 55 different films from all around the world, there are plenty of opportunities to meet your resolution early and with gusto. So quit kvetching and just do it.
The festival runs to Jan. 13 at the United States Navy Memorial, D.C. Jewish Community Center, Goethe-Institut, The Avalon, and other venues. Most tickets $11. Passes available. (202) 518-9400. See a complete schedule and list of venues at wjff.org.