March 16 - 7:30pm; March 18 - 2pm (Fidelio)
March 23 - 7:30pm; March 25 - 2pm (The Magic Flute)
The Toronto City Opera presents 2 classic operas: Fidelio by Beethoven and The Magic Flute by Mozart. Fidelio will be presented in German with projected titles in English, The Magic Flute will be presented in English. Both operas will be accompanied by a large Chorus.
A co-presentation with City Shul, Spotlight on Israeli Culture and Consulate General of Israel in Toronto
Germany, 2013, Julia von Heinz, director, 100 minutes
Guest speaker at 4:00 pm: Toronto Jewish Film Festival Program Manager, Jeremie Abessira
Guest speaker at 7:30 pm: Rabbi Elyse Goldstein
Hanna, an ambitious Berliner, travels to Israel to advance her career, confiding to her fiancé that “helping Jews scores points.” Her cynicism is shortlived, as sparks fly in this charming romantic comedy.
A co-presentation with Congregation Shir Libeynu for Pride 2018
Israel, 2012, Doron Eran, director, 86 minutes
When his parents find that he has been secretly wearing women’s clothes, Assaf (Hen Yanni) is locked out of their home. Years later, a private detective learns that Assaf is now Anna, an enchanting woman who sings at a nightclub. Don’t miss this mesmerizing drama about love, loss and acceptance.
A co-presentation with Toronto Film Society
USA, 1958, Peter Glenville, director, 109 minutes
A subdued Danny Kaye plays a Polish-Jewish refugee who needs a way out of Paris before the Germans occupy the city. Kurt Jurgens plays his anti-Semitic ride out of France. This charming treasure is one of the first Hollywood films to refer to the Holocaust.
USA, 1978, Claudia Weill, director, 86 minutes
Before Girls, before Sex and the City, there was Girlfriends. As the TJFS celebrates its 40th year, we look back at this sharp 1978 comedy about female friendship, helmed by thirtysomething’s Melanie Mayron, with her eccentric break-out performance. Featuring Bob Balaban, Christopher Guest and Eli Wallach.
Guest speaker: Cultural Commentator and Contributing Books Editor at NOW Magazine, Susan G. Cole
A co-presentation with Holocaust Education Week Toronto
UK, 2016, Claire Ferguson, director, 78 minutes
Over a decade in the making, Destination Unknown weaves together the first-hand accounts of twelve survivors (some speaking for the first time) into a powerful and pointed testament to survival during and after the war. An intimate and immersive documentary. Toronto Premiere
A co-presentation with Alliance Française Toronto
France/Israel, 2007, Marco Carmel, director, 95 minutes
It’s 1973 and the members of the newly-arrived Maimon family try to make their way in multi-ethnic Paris. Crime drama meets coming-of-age story in this beautiful film told from the perspective of 11-year-old Michel (Jules-Angelo Bigarnet).