Toronto Jewish Film Festival announces line up for its 24th edition

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Toronto Jewish Film Festival 
Announces full 24th edition line-up
May 5 to 15, 2016 – TJFF.COM
Starting May 5, the 24th edition of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival will feature 4 World Premieres, 11 North American and 31 Canadian Premieres, while 12 films will be seen in Toronto for the first time.
The 24th TJFF boasts an impressive feature film slate, including: Atomic Falafel, which has been called an Israeli Dr. Strangelove as it tackles the Israel-Iran nuclear showdown; fresh off its Berlinale and Tribeca premieres, The Tenth Man, filmmaker Daniel Burman’s (Lost Embrace) low-key romantic comedy about a New York-based economist who returns to the old Jewish Buenos Aires neighbourhood where his father runs a charitable foundation that looks after the community’s needy; a Sundance hit, Princess, an audacious feature debut by newcomer Tali Shalom Ezer that offers a bold coming-of-age story; Freak Out, a playful Israeli horror comedy, part of the country’s growing wave of genre filmmaking; writer Sayed Kashua’s (Dancing Arabs) autobiographical TV series The Writer, a follow up to his very successful TV comedy Arab Labor; the screen adaptation of Amos Oz’ memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness, starring and directed by Natalie Portman; and Raphael Nadjari’s Night Song, an elegant drama set in Montreal, starring Luc Picard.
An equally compelling documentary selection will be presented at the 2016 edition of the Festival. The titles include: Hagiga – The Story of Israeli Cinema, a 2-part inside look at this young country’s rich cinematic history; Imaginary Feasts, a powerful exploration of the little-known phenomenon of prisoners secretly sharing their favourite recipes in Nazi concentration camps, Russian gulags and Japanese war camps; Last Folio, which follows Slovakian-Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc as he undertakes a personal, artistic and historical journey into the past and present of Slovakia’s Jewish community; and That Daughter’s Crazy, where Richard Pryor’s daughter, Rain, explores her experience as a Black-Jewish young woman in Los Angeles in the 1970s.
TJFF’s lineup will also tell the stories of some of the 20th century’s most interesting figures: Bette Midler’s journey from pineapple processing plant employee to film and stage star is told in Imagine…. The Divine Miss M; Albert Einstein’s unpublished journals written during his trip to Israel help retrace the famous physicist’s steps in Einstein in the Holy Land; shown at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, By Sidney Lumetentertainingly covers the life and career of the director of Dog Day Afternoon, Network, and Serpico; in I, Dalio or The Rules of the Game, celebrated filmmaker Mark Rappaport (From the Journals of Jean Seberg, Rock Hudson’s Home Movies) examines the life and work of French-Jewish character actor Marcel Dalio (Casablanca, Grand Illusion); and Marcie Begleiter’s beautifully-constructed biography of a trailblazing artist, Eva Hesse offers a unique window onto the New York art scene of the Sixties.
Some remarkable Canadian individuals will also be recognized at the Festival, such as: Ed Mirvish, as TJFF screens Honest Ed Mirvish: The World’s Most Unusual Shopkeeper during the final year of his famous retail store; David Teitel, the Big Carrot’s larger-than-life cashier is the subject of Vanessa Jung’s beautifully-made film, Numbers Guy; the architect of many iconic Toronto buildings (including U of T’s Faculty Club, the Balfour Building, the Herman Building at Dundas Square, and the Beth Jacob Synagogue), is honoured inBuilding History: The Story of Benjamin Brown; and the life of polarizing doctor, activist and Holocaust survivor Henry Morgentaler is chronicled in The Singing Abortionist.
TJFF is also very pleased to present an encore presentation of the Globe Theatre’s live production of The Merchant of Venice, with Jonathan Pryce playing Shylock; and in the same vein, Shylock’s Ghost follows Man Booker-Prize winner Howard Jacobson and BBC host Alan Yentob as they travel to the Venice Ghetto, exploring the history of Shakespeare’s controversial character.
Rounding out the Festival’s remarkable 2016 programme is a selection of award-winning top-shelf short films, which will be shown before a number of feature screenings.
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.  TheTJFF provides an opportunity to heighten awareness of Jewish and cultural diversity, to audiences of all 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 5 to 15, 2016
Full Festival Film Schedule available –online at
TJFF Ticket Pricing:
$14.00 – Single Tickets
$9.00 – Matinee Screenings
$10 – Seniors/ Students
$20.00 – Opening Night
$18.00 – Special Event
Main Number to Call is Festival Box Office: 416-324-9121
Advance Box Office:
In Person: 
Toronto Jewish Film Festival Box Office (basement level)* – April 24 – May 15
19 Madison Ave.
12pm – 6pm  Daily
*no wheelchair access – please call 416-324-9121 for assistance by phone
Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk Advance Box Office April 29 – May 5
5095 Yonge St.  (North York Centre subway stn)
2pm – 6pm  Daily
Festival Box Offices:  
Toronto Jewish Film Festival Box Office (basement level)*
19 Madison Ave.
12pm – 6pm  Daily
*no wheelchair access – please call 416-324-9121 for assistance by phone
Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk* – 5095 Yonge St. (North York Centre subway stn)
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema* – 506 Bloor St  W. (Bathurst subway stn)
Alliance Française* – 24 Spadina Rd  (Spadina subway stn)
Innis Town Hall * – 2 Sussex Ave. (St. George subway stn)
The ROM Eaton Theatre* – 100 Queen’s Park Circle (Museum subway stn)
*Opens 1 hour before 1st venue screening of the day and closes 30 minutes after last venue screening of the day.