Entering it’s 25th year, the Toronto Jewish Film Festival presents
the first CHAI TEA SERIES screening of the season
The Last Laugh
Directed by Ferne Pearlstein
Sunday October 30, 2016
Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk
5095 Yonge St., (North York Centre subway station)
Two Screenings: 1:00pm and 4:00pm
Tickets available here : $16 (cash only at door, subject to availability)
Coffee and tea served in theatre prior to screenings
Seating guaranteed until 15 minutes prior to screening
Both Screenings are followed by a Skype Q&A with
director Ferne Pearlstein and producer Robert Edwards
Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Rob Reiner, Jeffrey Ross, Alan Zweibel, Gilbert Gottfried, Judy Gold, David Steinberg, Lisa Lampanelli, David Cross, Etgar Keret,
“The Holocaust itself is not funny. There’s nothing funny about it. But survival, and what it takes to survive, there can be humor in that.” -Rob Reiner, Director
“I am…privy to many of the films that are released on a yearly basis about the Holocaust. I cannot think of one project that has taken the approach of THE LAST LAUGH. THE LAST LAUGH dispels the notion that there is nothing new to say or to reveal on the subject because this aspect of survival is one that very few have explored in print and no one that I know of has examined in a feature documentary.” -Richard Tank, Executive Director at the Simon Wiesenthal Center
What’s funny about the Holocaust? Join Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Etgar Keret, and many other comedians and writers, as they share their thoughts on whether humour can be used when discussing the Holocaust.
“The Last Laugh is about taboos in humor, starting from the premise that the Holocaust would seem to be an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy,” says director Pearlstein “but is that actually true? History shows that even the victims of the concentration camps used humor for survival and resistance. But where’s the line? If we make the Holocaust off-limits, what are the implications for other controversial subjects — AIDS, racism, 9/11 — in a society that prizes freedom of speech?”
This entertaining and emotional documentary examines clips ranging from The Producers and Curb Your Enthusiasm, to rare footage of cabarets that took place inside the concentration camps themselves.
The Last Laugh had its World Premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and its International Premiere at Hot Docs 2016.
About Toronto Jewish Film Festival
The Toronto Jewish Film Festival presents the best feature films, documentaries and shorts from Canada and around the world, on themes of Jewish culture and identity. The Festival is dedicated to using film for its contemporary popular value and accessibility, in order to reflect the diversity of the Jewish experience internationally. The TJFF provides an opportunity to heighten awareness of Jewish and cultural diversity around the world to audiences of all cultural backgrounds, and to present films in their original languages, with subtitles, in an effort to break down racial, cultural and religious barriers and stereotypes.
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