TJFF Announces Opening + Closing Night Films | May 1 – 11, 2014

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Toronto Jewish Film Festival

May 1 – 11, 2014

Announcing Opening and Closing Night Film Presentations



24 Days / 24 Jours (International Premiere)

written and directed by Alexandre Arcady

opens the 22nd edition of the Festival May 1

Alexandre Arcady will be in attendance


Fading Gigolo

written and directed by John Turturro

will close the Festival May 11

One of the largest Jewish Film Festivals in the world, the Toronto Jewish Film Festival (TJFF), kicks off its 22nd edition on May 1 and runs for 11 solid days with narratives, documentaries and shorts from around the world, ending on May 11.

The Festival will open with the International Premiere of one of the most anticipated films this year 24 Days, the latest film from celebrated French filmmaker Alexandre Arcady, who will be in attendance at the screening.

The Festival will end, 10 busy film days later, with Fading Gigolo, a sophisticated adult comedy about an elderly and middle-aged man suddenly taking up a new career in the hope of making some much-needed money.

With 24 Days, Arcady (Five Brothers, For Sasha) offers a gripping and carefully-plotted thriller that tells the true story of the kidnapping of Ilan Halimi. Based on the book by Ilan’s mother Ruth, Arcady’s film follows the police as they try to keep one step ahead of the kidnappers, as it compassionately presents a family under immense pressure of possibly losing their son.  The film boasts a top-notch French cast that includes Pascal Elbe (The Other Son) Zabou Breitman (Almost Peaceful), Jacques Gamblin (The Names of Love) and Sylvie Testud (Fear and Trembling).

24 Days is part of France’s renewed interest in the Halimi affair.  Halimi was kidnapped in Paris in January 2006 by The Gang of Barbarians, led by Youssouf Fofana, a professed anti-Semite who held Halimi in a cellar for 24 days before he was dumped in the suburbs of Paris. Due to Halimi being Jewish, Fofana was convinced that he was wealthy and that a huge ransom would follow. Initially considered a freak occurrence, the Halimi affair has people reconsidering it over the past few years as a watershed moment in sectarian violence.

Arcady has said that this film attempts to refocus attention on the Halimi family, due to anti-Semitic attacks in the recent past – such as the Toulouse killings in 2012.

TJFF closes the Festival on a lighter note with a new film featuring Woody Allen in his second acting gig in eight years, the hilarious comedy Fading Gigolo, written and directed by John Turturro (best known for his extensive work with the Coen brothers).

Fading Gigolo tells the story of a cash-strapped bookseller, Murray (Allen), whose dermatologist (played by Sharon Stone) is looking to have a ménage-a-trois with another man and her best friend, Selima (Sofia Vergara). Murray turns to Fioravante (Turturro), and they quickly begin a business as pimp and gigolo, respectively. Turturro’s film features an all-star supporting cast that also includes Liev Schreiber, Bob Balabanand Vanessa Paradis.

Writer/director John Turturro’s fifth directorial film was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International 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 – May 1 – 11, 2014

Early Bird Flexible passes – available online only until Friday, April 11

Full Festival Film Schedule available –online at as of Monday April 14

Advance Box Office  – opens Thursday  April 17  

TJFF Ticket Pricing:

$13.00 – Single Tickets

$8.00 – Matinee Screenings

$9 – Seniors/ Students

$20.00 – Opening Night and Special Presentations

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