Prepare for world premieres, provocative sexual themes, comedy, classic horror, “lost” treasures, geopolitical issues and intensely personal storytelling. It’s all there in this year’s Toronto Jewish Film Festival – May 1 – 11, 2014 – an annual event that has reflected the world back to us in all its joy, anguish and glory for 22 years.
A pan-cultural showcase that examines Jewish identity around the world, this year’s TJFF features movies from 23 countries, including Argentina, France, China, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Philippines, Sweden, the U.K., U.S. and Venezuela. As well, it is among the world’s largest showcases of works from the flourishing Israeli film industry.
This year’s TJFF is a boon for eager film enthusiasts with 2 World Premieres, 4 International Premieres, 5 North American Premieres, 44 Canadian Premieres and 20 Toronto Premieres.
Some of the movies that we are most excited to see are:
24 Days, directed by Alexandre Arcady (France) *INTERNATIONAL Premiere*
24 Days by Alexandre Arcady, has brought the tragic story of Ilan Halimi to the big screen; he was kidnapped, held prisoner, tortured and eventually killed in a Parisian suburb in 2006 by a gang known as the “Gang des Barbares”. The cast includes Zabou Breitman, Pascal Elbé, Jacques Gamblin, Eric Caravaca and Sylvie Testud.
Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor, directed by John Wager (USA)
“A brilliant and moving movie that finds big laughs” (Bill Maher). five severely injured American veterans from the iraq and Afghanistan wars confront their disabilities and wartime experiences through the healing power of comedy, as comedians such as Zach Galifianakis and Lewis Black mentor the budding stand-ups.
Huntin Elephants, directed by Reshef Levi (Israel) *TORONTO Premiere*
Patrick Stewart joins a cast of top Israeli actors— Moshe Ivgy, Sasson Gabai, Yael Abecassis and Moni Moshonov—in this endearing comedy. A 12-year-old misfit joins various eccentric characters from his grandfather’s seniors home in planning a carefully-orchestrated bank robbery. An Israeli box-office hit.
The Pin, directed by Naomi Jaye (Canada) *TORONTO Premiere*
The FIRST and ONLY YIDDISH feature ever produced in Canada, The Pin is a haunting love story about two young adults hiding out in a barn in Lithuania during the Second World War. featuring rich atmospheric camera work and moving performances by the two leads.
Box office info.
Festival dates – May 1 -11
Early Bird Flexible passes – available online only until Friday, April 11
Full Festival Film Schedule available –online at tjff.com as of Monday , April 14.
ORDER TICKETS ONLINE FROM TJFF.COM beginning April 17
In Person –
Toronto Jewish Film Festival Box Office (basement level)* – April 17 – April 30
19 Madison Ave.
Sunday – Friday 12pm – 6pm
*no wheelchair access – please call 416-324-9121 for assistance by phone
Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk – April 22 – May 1
5095 Yonge St. (North York Centre subway stn)
Monday to Sunday – 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
For Full schedule, listing, tickets and so much more visit TJFF.com