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Jews and the World

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF): Jewish themed films

TIFF  is dedicated to presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema to film lovers.  For Jewish  themed flms there is The NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival.

What began as a ten-day film festival has grown to embrace programming 365 days a year. TIFF offers screenings, lectures, discussions, festivals, workshops industry support and the chance to meet filmmakers from Canada and around the world.  

In September 2010, the opening of our new home, TIFF Bell Lightbox, has enabled TIFF to expand to truly become a creative, community and global leader, and one of the world’s premiere organizations in the discovery and understanding of film.

Here is a selection of Jewish themed films playing at TIFF.
  
ZAYTOUN (Israel/UK/France)
Director: Eran Riklis (A Syrian Bride, Lemon Tree, The Human Resources Manager) Producer: Gareth Unwin (The King’s Speech) Starring: Stephen Dorff and Abdallah El Akal
This film tells the story of the unusual and testy alliance between a 12-year-old Palestinian refugee and an Israeli fighter pilot shot down over Beirut in 1982. Their initial distrust and disdain evolves into friendship as they travel together across war-torn Lebanon on a perilous journey to a destination they both consider home. The film stars American actor Stephen Dorff as the Israeli fighter pilot and Palestinian actor Abdallah El Akal. It also includes Alice Taglioni, Loai Nofi, Ali Suliman and Ashraf Barhom.
Tues., Sept. 11 9:30 p.m., Scotiabank 2; Sun., Sept. 16 3:45 p.m., TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
 
OUT IN THE DARK (ALATA) (Israel/ USA)
Director: Michael Mayer
The Israel-Palestine conflict gets played out in a Tel Aviv love story between a Palestinian graduate student Nimr and an Israeli lawyer Roy. It’s a tale rife with family loyalties, political tensions and personal struggles. When Nimr’s Israeli student visa is revoked, Roy tries to keep Nimr from being deported and Nimr has to decide between his dream of a new life abroad or his love for Roy.
Fri., Sept. 14, 4:30 p.m., Scotiabank 11
 
FILL THE VOID (LEMALE ET HA’CHALAL) (Israel)
Director: Rama Burshtein
Just before her coming arranged marriage with a man she wants, Shira, a young Orthodox Chassidic girl, and her family are struck by tragedy when her older sister Esther dies in childbirth. When her sister’s husband gives in to pressure from his family to remarry, Shira’s mother, faced with losing her grandchild to Esther’s husband’s potential match in Belgium, makes an alarming proposition. Shira must choose between obedience to her family and her heart’s desire.
Tues., Sept. 11; 6:45 p.m., Scotiabank 3; Wed., Sept. 12, Noon, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2; Sun., Sept. 16, 12:30 p.m.,Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 3
 
THE GATEKEEPERS (Israel/France/Germany/Belgium)
Director: Dror Moreh
This documentary delves into the Palestine-Israeli conflict from the point of view of the Israeli Security Agency (a.k.a. the Shin Bet), Israel’s primary intelligence and counterintelligence agency. Combining interviews and never-seen-before archival footage, the film gives unprecedented access to the decisions, thought-processes and regrets of Israel’s most powerful homeland security officials. Featured in the film is an interview with Shalom, who headed the operation to kidnap Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann from Buenos Aires in 1960.
Sun., Sept. 9 12:45 p.m., TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
 
STATE 194 (Israel/Palestine)
Director: Dan Setton
This film follows Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and his coterie over two years as they work to change decades of violent conflict and unsuccessful diplomacy to fulfill Palestine’s quest – to become the 194th country to be recognized by the United Nations as an independent state. The filmmaker gains intimate access to the high levels of Palestinian leadership.
Wed., Sept. 12, 9 p.m., Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 9; Sun., Sept. 16, 12:30 p.m., Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 7
 
EAGLES (Israel)
Director: Dror Sabo
Efraim and Moshka, old soldiers from an elite military unit and lifelong friends, have met for years every afternoon at the same coffee shop in Tel Aviv, watching the decadent world pass by as they feel increasingly disconnected from it. The film looks at the invisibility of the elderly in a world that values youth over the elders’ experience.
Tues., Sept. 11, 4 p.m., Jackman Hall (AG0); Sun., Sept. 16, 9:30 p.m., Scotiabank 4
 
IGOR & the CRANES JOURNEY (IGOR VEMASA HA’AGURIM) (Israel/Poland/Germany) (TIFF KIDS)
Director: Eygeny Ruman
This film was adapted from the novel by Aki Shavit and shot on location in Poland and Israel. Eleven-year-old Igor and his ornithologist father Peter watch the birth of a crane. Igor calls the young bird Karl and promises to watch over him. Karl has survival issues and Igor has family troubles to overcome. A bonding father and son movie.
Sat., Sept. 15, 12:45 p.m., Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 9
 
HANNAH ARENDT (Germany)
Director: Margarethe von Trotta
The great actor Barbara Sukowa stars in Margarethe von Trotta’s biography of the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist, Hannah Arendt (1906-75) focusing on Arendt’s visits to Jerusalem in 1961 to cover the trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the Nazi’s ‘Final Solution.’ The camp survivors’ testimonies and Eichmann’s attempts at self-exoneration, led Arendt to formulate the famous concept of the “banality of evil.”
Tues., Sept. 11, 6 p.m., Visa Screening Room (Elgin); Thurs., Sept. 13, 11 a.m., Visa Screening Room (Elgin): Sat., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m., Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 6
 
LORE (Germany)
Director Cate Shortland
Abandoned and left to fend for herself and her younger siblings when her SS officer father is captured by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II and her mother leaves to join him, Hannalore (Lore) a 14-year-old German girl must strike out on a perilous journey with her little rag-tag family across the war ravaged countryside in search of her grandmother’s farm and grudgingly accept help and learn to trust someone she was taught to hate.
Mon., Sept. 10, 4:30 p.m., Winter Garden Theatre; Wed., Sept. 12, 3 p.m., Ryerson Theatre; Sun., Sept. 16, 9:15 a.m., TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
 
NO PLACE ON EARTH (USA/UK/Germany)
Director Janet Tobias
This documentary by Emmy-winning producer/director Janet Tobias, uncovers an extraordinary tale of survival, detailing how 38 Jews of all ages lived in Ukraine’s caves for 18 months during the Holocaust to hide from the Nazis. It includes an emotional trip back to the caves in 2010.
Mon., Sept. 10, 9:15 a.m., Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 9; Tues., Sept. 11, 5 p.m., Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 2; Sun., Sept. 16, 6:15 p.m., Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 9
 
SHOW STOPPER: THE THEATRICAL LIFE OF GARTH DRABINSKY (Canada)
Director: Barry Avrich
Veteran filmmaker Barry Avrich recounts the life and exploits of Garth Drabinsky, for 40 years one of Canada’s major players in the entertainment industry, especially in movie exhibition and live theatre. The film features interviews with many people who worked with the controversial and compelling Drabinsky, a man who apparently didn’t know where to stop.
Tues., Sept. 11, 6:45 p.m., TIFF Bell Lightbox 1; Thurs., Sept.. 13, 2 p.m., Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 7
 
You can buy tickets in three ways: online at tiff.net, by phone at (416) 599-8433 or in person at the Festival Box Office, 225 King St. W., Metro Centre (entrance at the foot of Duncan St.

About Anni Orekh

Anni Orekh (which translated from Hebrew means: I m an editor (Publisher) it is the online pen-name of author and Managing Director of MD Enterprises.

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