Vancouver Jewish Film Festival 2024

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26.03.2024 - Article

The 35th Vancouver Jewish Film Festival (VJFC), Canada's longest-standing Jewish film festival, kicks off on April 4, 2024.

It’s the go-to event for anyone keen to dive into the world of Jewish culture, heritage, and identity, all through the lens of film. This year, the festival goes hybrid: you can catch films in person from April 4 to 14 and then switch to online viewings from April 15 to 19. The lineup includes two remarkable German films, which are delightful highlights amidst a broad and vibrant array of international films ready for you to explore.

No Name Restaurant

Date & time: in person: Wednesday, April 10, 2024 | 7:00 pm
Venue: Fifth Avenue Cinemas | 2110 Burrard St | Vancouver, BC (NOTE: all screenings at this venue are 19+.)
Guest: Luzer Twersky (actor)

Online screening: VIEW from April 15 to 19

2022 | Germany | Language: English, Hebrew, Arabic w/English subtitles | Runtime: 120 min

In Alexandria, Egypt, a critical synagogue faces closure. Ben, an ultra-Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn, is sent as the essential tenth man for Pesach. But fate strands him in the Sinai, where he and Adel, a Bedouin with his own quests, form an unlikely alliance. Amidst adversity and mishaps, their journey evolves into a touching tale of camaraderie, survival, and the shared human spirit, all set against the backdrop of a mission to save a historic community.

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Date & time: Wednesday, April 10, 2024 1:00 pm
Venue: Fifth Avenue Cinemas | 2110 Burrard St | Vancouver, BC (NOTE: all screenings at this venue are 19+.)
2023 | Italy, France, Germany | Language: Italian, Hebrew, Latin w/English subtitles | 135 min

In 1858, a dramatic event unfolds as the Pope's forces remove young Edgardo Mortara from his Jewish family in Bologna, invoking a controversial baptism as their warrant. Amidst their heartbreak, the Mortaras fight tirelessly to retrieve their son, garnering widespread support and sparking a significant political confrontation. Their battle not only tests the faltering papal authority of the era but also draws a poignant line to contemporary themes of faith, freedom, and identity, making Edgardo's story a timeless reflection on belief and belonging.

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