TJFF 2015 Opening/Closing

Toronto Jewish Film Festival

April 30 – May 10, 2015

Announces Opening and Closing Night Film Presentations

*Ontario Premiere*

A Borrowed Identity (aka Dancing Arabs)

Directed by Eran Riklis

Opens the 23rd edition of the Festival April 30

8:00 pm – Varsity Cinema, 55 Bloor St. W.

*Ontario Premiere*

Mr. Kaplan 

Written/directed by Álvaro Brechner

Will close TJFF May 10

8:30 pm – Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. 

Stills from “A Borrowed Identity” (left), and “Mr. Kaplan”

Now in its 23rd year the Toronto Jewish Film Festival (TJFF) is thrilled to announce that the Ontario Premiere of Eran Riklis’s A Borrowed Identity (aka Dancing Arabs) will kick off the Festival on April 30. Ten film-filled days later, the Ontario debut of Álvaro Brechner’s Mr. Kaplan will close the Festival on May 10.

A Borrowed Identity is directed by one of Israel most acclaimed filmmakers, Eran Riklis (Zaytoun, The Syrian Bride, Lemon Tree), who will be in attendance for the opening night.

Based on Sayed Kashua’s (Arab Labor) celebrated novel Dancing Arabs,  A Borrowed Identity tells the story of Eyad, an Arab-Israeli boy accepted into a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. At school he finds himself struggling with issues of language, culture, and identity – trying to survive and to find his way in a place where war constantly rages around him.

Closing the Festival is Álvaro Brechner’s (Bad Day to Go Fishing) touching comedy Mr. Kaplan. 76-year old Jacob Kaplan desperately wants to achieve greatness in his life, but he feels his time is running out. When Jacob hears about an old German bar owner jokingly referred to as “the Nazi,” he embarks on a fool’s errand to capture him, full of comic twists. The Hollywood Reporter referred to Mr. Kaplan as ” Uruguay’s best shot ever at the Best Foreign Language Oscar®.”

ASL Translators will be present at both screenings for Introduction and post-screening Q&A.

ABOUT THE TORONTO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL  The Toronto Jewish Film Festival presents the best feature films, documentaries and shorts from 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 Jewish experience internationally.  The TJFF provides an opportunity to heighten awareness of Jewish and cultural diversity, 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.

Box office info:

Festival dates – April 30 – May 10, 2015

Full Festival Film Schedule available –online at as of Monday April 13

TJFF Ticket Pricing:

$14.00 – Single Tickets

$9.00 – Matinee Screenings

$10 – Seniors/ Students

$20.00 – Opening Night

Main Number to Call is Festival Box Office: 416-324-9121