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November 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

$6 – $15

Ruth’s Reels & Archie’s Archives

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General Admission: $15 | Seniors: $13 | *Students: $6

*Because student ID is required, tickets may only be purchased in-person.

GIRLFRIENDS was also shown at GPJFF’s second festival in 1982!

Everything about Claudia Weill’s overlooked gem, GIRLFRIENDS (1978), is ahead of its time. It’s no wonder that after first seeing the film, Lena Dunham could not fathom how she had not discovered the film before making her hit HBO series, Girls (2012-17). This film about two best friends and roommates trying to make it in NYC resonated so much with Dunham that she immediately invited Weill to direct an episode of her show. From indie filmmakers Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach to legendary director Stanley Kubrick, it’s not surprising that Weill’s brilliant exploration of female friendships and the devastating experience of their loss has inspired filmmakers for decades. Shocking, however, are the facts that barely anyone has heard of the film or that it hasn’t seen the same level of critical acclaim as contemporary NYC films like Annie Hall.

GIRLFRIENDS follows Susan (Melanie Mayron), a photographer, and Anne (Anita Skinner), a would-be poet and Susan’s best friend. When Anne announces she is getting married and starting a new life with her husband, the symbiotic relationship these young women have enjoyed is cut short. Breaking up is hard to do, but breaking up with your best friend because you’re suddenly on different paths can be one of the loneliest feelings in a young woman’s life. While Susan struggles with her nascent career and the solitude of freedom, Anne discovers that domestic bliss isn’t as idyllic as she had hoped it would be. Representing the two women’s narratives that have arisen out of post-60s womanhood, Susan and Anne soon learn that no matter what role they choose, there’s always a sacrifice.


November 20, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$6 – $15


Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF)
(215) 545-4400


National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S Independence Mall E
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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(215) 923-3811