Toronto Jewish Film Festival presents
CHAI TEA & A MOVIE
24 Days / 24 jours
Directed by Alexandre Arcady
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Times: 1:30pm & 4:30pm
France. – RT: 110 minutes
Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, 5095 Yonge St. (North York Centre subway station)
Coffee and tea will be served in-theatre prior to screening
On sale now at www.tjff.com or call 416-324-9121 (calls will be returned)
Cash only at the door (Subject to availability)
More information: www.tjff.com
The Toronto Jewish Film Festival continues its popular Chai Tea & A Movie series on November 16th with the much-talked-about and gripping thriller, 24 Days, directed by Alexandre Arcady (Five Brothers, For Sasha), which 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, and compassionately presents a family under immense pressure of possibly losing their son. The film boasts a top-notch French cast that includes Pascal Elbé (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. Due to Halimi being Jewish, Fofana was convinced that he was wealthy and that a huge ransom would follow. 24 Days won the prestigious Lia Award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, where the Jury stated that “this suspenseful drama manages to avoid clichés and intricately presents the experience of anti-Jewish violence in France. This is a film of great social significance that shows the tragic consequences that arise when violence is ignored and when racist stereotypes are accepted.
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 diversity of the Jewish experience internationally. 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.