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The 25th edition of Toronto Jewish Film Festival will take place from May 4 to May 14, 2017 and will present 5 French feature films and 7 coproductions.


The Toronto cultural service of the French Embassy in Canada will support the venue of the French movie maker Malik Chibane for his film The Children of chance.

 

The Children of chance by Malik Chibane - France 2015, 90 MIN

May 8 - 3:30pm Innis Town Hall with the director
May 14 - 5:00pm Empress Walk 9

Children of Chance - Trailer from Toronto Jewish Film Festival on Vimeo.

A broken leg is a blessing in disguise for Maurice Gutman, a young Jewish boy who is taken away by ambulance just as the Jews of Paris are being rounded up by the French police. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, Maurice is sheltered in a children’s hospital ward. As the war intensifies, the chief physician and senior nurse resort to drastic measures to keep Maurice and the other Jewish patients safe. Based on a true story, this tender coming-of-age drama is a testament to the resilience and bravery of youth.
Recommended for ages 14 and up

A bag of marbles by Christian Duguay - France/Canada/Czech Republic 2017, 110 MIN

May 7 - 5:30pm Empress Walk 9 with the director

A heartwarming, family-friendly film, similar to Louis Malle’s Au Revoir Les Enfants, that explores the Nazi treatment of Jews from a child’s perspective. Based on the autobiographical novel by Joseph Joffo, the film tells the story of two brothers whose parents send them away from Vichy France to join their siblings in the free zone in Nice. The boys face possible capture and deportation along the way. Beautifully shot on location, the film appeals widely to children and adults alike. Featuring a top-notch French cast that includes Patrick Bruel and Elsa Zylberstein. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Dark Diamond by Arthur Harari - France/Belgium/Canada 2016, 115 MIN

May 9- 5:00pm Empress Walk 6 with the director
May 11 - 6:00pm Innis Town Hall

Dark Diamond - Trailer from Toronto Jewish Film Festival on Vimeo.

A heart-stopping thriller that boldly blends film noir and family tragedy. After he accidentally amputates his hand, Victor Ulmann’s family disinherits him and puts his brother Joseph in charge of their diamond business. After Victor dies in poverty, his son, Pier, is given the opportunity to exact revenge on the uncle that he believes robbed his father of his rightful legacy.

The origin of violence by Élie Chouraqui - France/Germany 2016, 111 MIN

May 8 - 6:00pm Empress Walk 9
May 13 - 9:00pm Innis Town Hall

A dramatic story of love and betrayal. Director Élie Chouraqui deftly moves between past and present to piece together this generational tale that begins when Nathan Wagner, a teacher on a trip to Buchenwald, discovers a photo of a prisoner that looks uncannily like his father. Realizing that his family has kept their history secret, he is determined to discover the truth. What he finds will forever change his life. Based on the autobiographical novel by Fabrice Hubert, the film boasts outstanding performances by Richard Berry (Father’s Footsteps) and Michel Bouquet (The Art Dealer).

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe by Maria Schrader -  Austria/Germany/France 2016, 106 MIN

May 5 - 1:00pm Empress Walk 6
May 9 - 8:30pm Innis Town Hall

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe - Trailer from Toronto Jewish Film Festival on Vimeo.

Stefan Zweig is one of the most read German-language writers of his time (his stories later inspired Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel). Known for her performances in Aimee and Jaguar and In Darkness, filmmaker Maria Schrader goes behind the camera and offers a quietly stunning film recounting Jewish-Austrian writer Zweig’s final years in exile from the Nazi regime. Moving between Rio de Janeiro, New York and Petrópolis, Zweig struggles to find a new home in the world. “Schrader’s film isn’t only about the literary icon but at least as much about evoking what’s happening offscreen in Zweig’s beloved Europe, which is going up in flames.” (Hollywood Reporter)

Ben-Gurion, Epilogue by Yariv Mozer - Israel/France 2016, 70 MIN

May 7 - 4:00pm Empress Walk 6 with the director
May 9 - 3:30pm Innis Town Hall with the director

Ben-Gurion, Epilogue - Trailer from Toronto Jewish Film Festival on Vimeo.

The result of a lucky piece of cinematic archaeology, Ben-Gurion, Epilogue is a documentary based on a previously unknown six-hour interview that filmmakers Yariv Mozer (My First War) and Yael Perlov stumbled upon when working on a restoration of another film about him. Conducted five years after Ben-Gurion left office, the interview is an intimate portrait of the former Prime Minister as he reflects on his life’s work, including things that he would have done differently in hindsight. Political reflections are mixed with more personal archival footage, including Ben-Gurion challenging Yehudi Menuhin to a handstand competition.

Once upon a time... The mad adventures of Rabbi Jacob by Auberi Edler - France 2009, 52 MIN with The mad adventures of Rabbi Jacob by Gérard Oury - France 1974, 96 MIN

May 5 - 12:00pm Empress Walk 9
May 7 - 7:15pm Alliance Francaise Toronto

A compelling look at the history behind the ground-breaking French comedy. Released in 1973, fifteen days after the start of the Yom Kippur War, The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob starred Louis de Funès as a bigoted French businessman who is forced to pose as an Orthodox rabbi when he reluctantly helps an Arab revolutionist. Through rare behind-the-scenes footage and interviews, this revealing documentary examines the eventful production led by director and writer Gerard Oury. It also explores the events in the ever-changing Middle East conflict that influenced both the film and its immense box-office success.

Shimon Peres, Self Portrait by Samuel Lajus - France 2007, 100 MIN

May 11 - 3:00pm Empress Walk 6

Shimon Peres, Self Portrait - Trailer from Toronto Jewish Film Festival on Vimeo.

TJFF pays tribute to one of the most important Jewish figures of the 20th century. Over the course of two weeks of interviews, Peres narrates his life story with his trademark flair for storytelling, supported by never- before-seen archival footage and private photographs. From the little boy who immigrated to Palestine, Peres would go on to become one of Israel’s most notable statesmen. His encounters with Ben-Gurion, Sadat, Kennedy, Clinton and Arafat form an extraordinary trip through history, from the country’s founding to the historic peace talks. A repeat screening of an audience favourite.

Taam, a taste of rue des rosiers by Sophie Bramly - France 2016, 55 MIN

May 7 - 3:30pm Alliance française de Toronto
May 9 - 3:00pm Empress Walk 6

Taam, a Taste of Rue des Rosiers - Trailer from Toronto Jewish Film Festival on Vimeo.

The Parisian neighbourhood of Le Marais is universally famous for being the gay and Jewish village of Paris. Before becoming the headquarters of the gay community, this quarter, and especially the Rue des Rosiers, was always Europe’s most Jewish street. Despite rising anti-Semitism in France, it remains a peaceful and protected bubble where the gay and Orthodox communities co-exist. Interviewing members of the neighbourhood’s Jewish community, filmmaker Sophie Bramly captures the life of the street—its restaurants, shops, synagogues—which remains a safe haven for two oppressed communities.

Find all the information on the festival here

Innis Town Hall 2 Sussex Avenue Toronto

TORONTO - Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2017

When
May 4 to May 14, 2017
Where
Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Avenue
Toronto

The 25th edition of Toronto Jewish Film Festival will take place from May 4 to May 14, 2017 and will present 5 French feature films and 7 coproductions.


The Toronto cultural service of the French Embassy in Canada will support the venue of the French movie maker Malik Chibane for his film The Children of chance.

 

The Children of chance by Malik Chibane - France 2015, 90 MIN

May 8 - 3:30pm Innis Town Hall with the director
May 14 - 5:00pm Empress Walk 9

Children of Chance - Trailer from Toronto Jewish Film Festival on Vimeo.

A broken leg is a blessing in disguise for Maurice Gutman, a young Jewish boy who is taken away by ambulance just as the Jews of Paris are being rounded up by the French police. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, Maurice is sheltered in a children’s hospital ward. As the war intensifies, the chief physician and senior nurse resort to drastic measures to keep Maurice and the other Jewish patients safe. Based on a true story, this tender coming-of-age drama is a testament to the resilience and bravery of youth.
Recommended for ages 14 and up

A bag of marbles by Christian Duguay - France/Canada/Czech Republic 2017, 110 MIN

May 7 - 5:30pm Empress Walk 9 with the director

A heartwarming, family-friendly film, similar to Louis Malle’s Au Revoir Les Enfants, that explores the Nazi treatment of Jews from a child’s perspective. Based on the autobiographical novel by Joseph Joffo, the film tells the story of two brothers whose parents send them away from Vichy France to join their siblings in the free zone in Nice. The boys face possible capture and deportation along the way. Beautifully shot on location, the film appeals widely to children and adults alike. Featuring a top-notch French cast that includes Patrick Bruel and Elsa Zylberstein. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Dark Diamond by Arthur Harari - France/Belgium/Canada 2016, 115 MIN

May 9- 5:00pm Empress Walk 6 with the director
May 11 - 6:00pm Innis Town Hall

Dark Diamond - Trailer from Toronto Jewish Film Festival on Vimeo.

A heart-stopping thriller that boldly blends film noir and family tragedy. After he accidentally amputates his hand, Victor Ulmann’s family disinherits him and puts his brother Joseph in charge of their diamond business. After Victor dies in poverty, his son, Pier, is given the opportunity to exact revenge on the uncle that he believes robbed his father of his rightful legacy.

The origin of violence by Élie Chouraqui - France/Germany 2016, 111 MIN

May 8 - 6:00pm Empress Walk 9
May 13 - 9:00pm Innis Town Hall

A dramatic story of love and betrayal. Director Élie Chouraqui deftly moves between past and present to piece together this generational tale that begins when Nathan Wagner, a teacher on a trip to Buchenwald, discovers a photo of a prisoner that looks uncannily like his father. Realizing that his family has kept their history secret, he is determined to discover the truth. What he finds will forever change his life. Based on the autobiographical novel by Fabrice Hubert, the film boasts outstanding performances by Richard Berry (Father’s Footsteps) and Michel Bouquet (The Art Dealer).

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe by Maria Schrader -  Austria/Germany/France 2016, 106 MIN

May 5 - 1:00pm Empress Walk 6
May 9 - 8:30pm Innis Town Hall

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe - Trailer from Toronto Jewish Film Festival on Vimeo.

Stefan Zweig is one of the most read German-language writers of his time (his stories later inspired Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel). Known for her performances in Aimee and Jaguar and In Darkness, filmmaker Maria Schrader goes behind the camera and offers a quietly stunning film recounting Jewish-Austrian writer Zweig’s final years in exile from the Nazi regime. Moving between Rio de Janeiro, New York and Petrópolis, Zweig struggles to find a new home in the world. “Schrader’s film isn’t only about the literary icon but at least as much about evoking what’s happening offscreen in Zweig’s beloved Europe, which is going up in flames.” (Hollywood Reporter)

Ben-Gurion, Epilogue by Yariv Mozer - Israel/France 2016, 70 MIN

May 7 - 4:00pm Empress Walk 6 with the director
May 9 - 3:30pm Innis Town Hall with the director

Ben-Gurion, Epilogue - Trailer from Toronto Jewish Film Festival on Vimeo.

The result of a lucky piece of cinematic archaeology, Ben-Gurion, Epilogue is a documentary based on a previously unknown six-hour interview that filmmakers Yariv Mozer (My First War) and Yael Perlov stumbled upon when working on a restoration of another film about him. Conducted five years after Ben-Gurion left office, the interview is an intimate portrait of the former Prime Minister as he reflects on his life’s work, including things that he would have done differently in hindsight. Political reflections are mixed with more personal archival footage, including Ben-Gurion challenging Yehudi Menuhin to a handstand competition.

Once upon a time... The mad adventures of Rabbi Jacob by Auberi Edler - France 2009, 52 MIN with The mad adventures of Rabbi Jacob by Gérard Oury - France 1974, 96 MIN

May 5 - 12:00pm Empress Walk 9
May 7 - 7:15pm Alliance Francaise Toronto

A compelling look at the history behind the ground-breaking French comedy. Released in 1973, fifteen days after the start of the Yom Kippur War, The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob starred Louis de Funès as a bigoted French businessman who is forced to pose as an Orthodox rabbi when he reluctantly helps an Arab revolutionist. Through rare behind-the-scenes footage and interviews, this revealing documentary examines the eventful production led by director and writer Gerard Oury. It also explores the events in the ever-changing Middle East conflict that influenced both the film and its immense box-office success.

Shimon Peres, Self Portrait by Samuel Lajus - France 2007, 100 MIN

May 11 - 3:00pm Empress Walk 6

Shimon Peres, Self Portrait - Trailer from Toronto Jewish Film Festival on Vimeo.

TJFF pays tribute to one of the most important Jewish figures of the 20th century. Over the course of two weeks of interviews, Peres narrates his life story with his trademark flair for storytelling, supported by never- before-seen archival footage and private photographs. From the little boy who immigrated to Palestine, Peres would go on to become one of Israel’s most notable statesmen. His encounters with Ben-Gurion, Sadat, Kennedy, Clinton and Arafat form an extraordinary trip through history, from the country’s founding to the historic peace talks. A repeat screening of an audience favourite.

Taam, a taste of rue des rosiers by Sophie Bramly - France 2016, 55 MIN

May 7 - 3:30pm Alliance française de Toronto
May 9 - 3:00pm Empress Walk 6

Taam, a Taste of Rue des Rosiers - Trailer from Toronto Jewish Film Festival on Vimeo.

The Parisian neighbourhood of Le Marais is universally famous for being the gay and Jewish village of Paris. Before becoming the headquarters of the gay community, this quarter, and especially the Rue des Rosiers, was always Europe’s most Jewish street. Despite rising anti-Semitism in France, it remains a peaceful and protected bubble where the gay and Orthodox communities co-exist. Interviewing members of the neighbourhood’s Jewish community, filmmaker Sophie Bramly captures the life of the street—its restaurants, shops, synagogues—which remains a safe haven for two oppressed communities.

Find all the information on the festival here