A co-presentation with Goethe-Institut Toronto
Germany, 2012, Franziska Schlotterer, director, 100 minutes
Albert, trying to escape to Switzerland during WWII, is given refuge by a German farmer and his wife. Salvation, however, comes with a condition: Albert must impregnate the farmer’s wife. Honour, jealousy and betrayal complicate the relationships in this riveting drama.
A co-presentation with Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, New Israel Fund of Canada and ReelAbilities Toronto
Israel, 2011, Dani Menkin & Yonatan Nir, directors, 72 minutes
After a traumatic incident, Morad, a 17-year old Arab-Israeli boy retreats from reality and all human interaction. Dolphin Boy documents the heart-wrenching journey of how a devoted parent and other intuitive mammals, magnificently heal Morad’s shattered soul.
A co-presentation with City Shul, Spotlight on Israeli Culture and Consulate General of Israel in Toronto
Germany, 2013, Julia von Heinz, director, 100 minutes
Hanna, an ambitious Berliner, travels to Israel to advance her career, confiding to her fiancé that “helping Jews scores points.” Her cynicism is shortlived, as sparks fly in this charming romantic comedy.
A co-presentation with Congregation Shir Libeynu for Pride 2018
Israel, 2012, Doron Eran, director, 86 minutes
When his parents find that he has been secretly wearing women’s clothes, Assaf (Hen Yanni) is locked out of their home. Years later, a private detective learns that Assaf is now Anna, an enchanting woman who sings at a nightclub. Don’t miss this mesmerizing drama about love, loss and acceptance.
A co-presentation with Toronto Film Society
USA, 1958, Peter Glenville, director, 109 minutes
A subdued Danny Kaye plays a Polish-Jewish refugee who needs a way out of Paris before the Germans occupy the city. Kurt Jurgens plays his anti-Semitic ride out of France. This charming treasure is one of the first Hollywood films to refer to the Holocaust.
USA, 1978, Claudia Weill, director, 86 minutes
Before Girls, before Sex and the City, there was Girlfriends. As the TJFS celebrates its 40th year, we look back at this sharp 1978 comedy about female friendship, helmed by thirtysomething’s Melanie Mayron, with her eccentric break-out performance. Featuring Bob Balaban, Christopher Guest and Eli Wallach.
Guest speaker: Cultural Commentator and Contributing Books Editor at NOW Magazine, Susan G. Cole
A co-presentation with Holocaust Education Week Toronto
UK, 2016, Claire Ferguson, director, 78 minutes
Over a decade in the making, Destination Unknown weaves together the first-hand accounts of twelve survivors (some speaking for the first time) into a powerful and pointed testament to survival during and after the war. An intimate and immersive documentary. Toronto Premiere
A co-presentation with Alliance Française Toronto
France/Israel, 2007, Marco Carmel, director, 95 minutes
It’s 1973 and the members of the newly-arrived Maimon family try to make their way in multi-ethnic Paris. Crime drama meets coming-of-age story in this beautiful film told from the perspective of 11-year-old Michel (Jules-Angelo Bigarnet).