Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2013 – the 21st edition takes centre stage with a wowsee of an opener. It all starts April 11 and runs through April 21.

TJFF Full Launch rls pic
TJFF is a pan-cultural event that examines Jewish identity around the world through movies from 17 countries, including the U.S., France, the UK, Germany, Canada, Australia and even unlikely places like Macedonia and Uruguay. It’s also among the world’s largest showcases of movies from the flourishing Israeli film industry.

Toronto Jewish Film Festival  – April 11 – 21, 2013

**Full Launch Release **

TJFF is a pan-cultural event that examines Jewish identity around the world through movies from 17 countries, including the U.S., France, the UK, Germany, Canada, Australia and even unlikely places like Macedonia and Uruguay. It’s also among the world’s largest showcases of movies from the flourishing Israeli film industry. There are 2 World Premieres, 3 International Premieres, 8 North American Premieres, 38 Canadian Premieres and 16 Toronto Premieres

For the 2013 edition, TJFF has lined up an exceptional selection of features ranging from dramas, comedies, romances and gangster films that reflect the rich diversity of the Jewish experience. Among the highlights: A delightful tale of culture clashes, My Best Holidays is a French comedy set in the 70s where an Algerian-Jewish family vacations in a French rural village that has never met a Jew before.
In the vein of Scorsese’s Mean Streets, God’s Neighbors is an Israeli feature that received much acclaim at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. It tells the story of a religious gang enforcing a strict moral code in a Jaffa suburb, as its leader is torn between a girl who fails to follow their rules and his dedication to the group.
And passions fly in the prize-winning German feature Closed Season, which tells an emotionally-nuanced story about the complications that arise from an unorthodox arrangement between a peasant wife and a Jewish man fleeing Nazi Germany.

TJFF always offers the finest selection of documentaries, and this year is no exception, with a crop of films that not only tell fascinating stories, but also profile some of the most intriguing cultural figures. A taste of some of the docs include: A portrait of the late mayor of New York Ed Koch, where he is presented with warts and all .Joe Papp in Five Acts tells the story of the man who brought us free ‘Shakespeare in the Park’, and stage hits such as Hair, and A Chorus Line. The film also features appearances by Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken and James Earl JonesNeil Diamond: Solitary Man (this will be a FREE screening) tracks Diamond from his childhood in Brooklyn to his early days in the Brill Building, as well as his solo career.  The screening will also feature a live performance by Neil Diamond tribute band, The Hot August Knights. (Visit tjff.com to find out about all of the Festival’s free programmes.) Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir offers the controversial director in his own words, speaking about his life, from his childhood in the Kraków ghetto, to his film career, the tragic death of wife Sharon Tate, the controversy surrounding his arrest in 1977 and his current life in France. Gainsbourg by Gainsbourg: An Intimate Self-Portrait is a beautifully constructed documentary that presents the beloved French musician and ‘enfant terrible’ Serge Gainsbourg entirely in his own words, accompanied by rare archival footage and musical performances. The Festival will close with Hava Nagila (The Movie). Featuring interviews with renowned entertainers such as Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy and Regina Spektor, this energetic piece of cultural history is much more than a tale of Jewish kitsch and bad bar mitzvah fashions, as it reveals the power of one song to express and sustain identity.

A rare screening of the 1932 silent film Oded the Wanderer, the first narrative feature ever made in Israel, makes its North American premiere at TJFF, and will be shown with live piano accompaniment by Jordan Klapman. The Festival also presents a free screening of the rare 1938 Russian anti-Nazi classic, Professor Mamlock, which has been subtitled into English specifically for this event.

In addition, there will be a most interesting talk by filmmaker and Jewish scholar Danny Ben-Moshe – Shalom Bollywood, which will highlight the little-known story of Jews who worked in the Bollywood film industry.

And finally, TJFF this year presents a late-night double bill of two Israeli horror comedies. They are the latest offerings in a series of Israeli horror films that are getting attention around the world.  
A teen horror comedy feature, Cats on a Pedal Boat, is a self-parodying cross between Piranha and The Goonies that offers plenty of hilarious oddball charm. In the 45-minute Poisoned, the awkward son of a military hero is stuck spending the holidays at an army base with fellow soldiers who have turned into flesh-eating zombies.

 

Box office info.

Festival dates – April 11 – 21

Early Bird Flexible passes – available online only until Friday, March 22

Full Festival Film Schedule available –online at tjff.com as of Thursday March 28  

TJFF Ticket Pricing:

$13.00 – Single Tickets

$8.00 – Matinee Screenings

$9 – Seniors/ Students

$20.00 – Gala Opening and Special Presentations

Main Number to Call is Festival Box Office:

416-324-9121

Advance Box Offices:

ORDER TICKETS ONLINE FROM TJFF.COM beginning March 28

In Person –

Toronto Jewish Film Festival Box Office (basement level)* – March 28 – April 11

19 Madison Ave.

Sunday – Friday 12pm – 6pm

*no wheelchair access – please call 416-324-9121 for assistance by phone

Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Centre Cinemas – April 1 – 11

4861 Yonge St. (Sheppard subway stn)

Monday to Sunday – 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Sunday to Friday – 12pm – 6pm

Festival Box Offices:

Toronto Jewish Film Festival Box Office (basement level)*

19 Madison Ave.

Monday – Sunday 12pm – 6pm

*no wheelchair access – please call 416-324-9121 for assistance by phone

Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Centre Cinemas* – 4861 Yonge St. (Sheppard subway stn)

Hot Docs Bloor Cinema* – 506 Bloor St  W. (Bathurst subway stn)

Innis Town Hall*  – 2 Sussex Ave.  (I blk south of St. George subway stn)

*Open 1 hour before the 1st venue screening of the day and closed 30 minutes after the last venue screening of the day.