April 18, 2013
Category: Multicultural Attractions
The Toronto Jewish Film Festival celebrates its 20th Anniversary with over 95 films representing 15 countries.
Sweden, Austria and the United Kingdom don’t produce many films dealing with Jewish history and identity. However, this year we present films from those places, which offer unusual or little-known stories and unconventional takes on familiar themes and genres.
From the UK, How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire offers a unique look at Jewish history in both the Ukraine and Northern Ireland. Simon and the Oaks, a Swedish family drama, offers a sumptuously-photographed and intricate psychological portrait of a young man, who must confront his newly-discovered Jewish identity in the years immediately following the Second World War. My BestEnemy is a thriller set during the Nazis’ annexing of Austria, which is audaciously filled with entertaining plot twists and elements of farce.
There are also wonderful comedies that should not be missed. From Argentina, My First Wedding is a comedy of errors filled with a cast of eccentric family members, and of course, a priest and a rabbi. Let My People Go is a charmingly offbeat French comedy that mocks Jewish and gay stereotypes. OSS 117: Lost in Rio is a laugh-outloud parody of 1960s spy films, from Michel Hazanavicius and Jean Dujardin, the Oscar®-winning director and star of The Artist. And many more…
For more details: www.tjff.com
Location: Various Venues
Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture describes a generation of
artists who juxtapose urban youth culture with Aboriginal identity to create
innovative and unexpected new works—in painting, sculpture, installation,
performance and video—that reflect the current realities of Aboriginal peoples
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and based on an initiative of
grunt gallery, the exhibition includes work by: Jackson 2bears, KC Adams,
Sonny Assu, Bear Witness, Jordan Bennett, Raymond Boisjoly,
Corey Bulpitt & Gurl 23, Kevin Lee Burton, Raven Chacon,
Nicholas Galanin, Maria Hupfield, Mark Igloliorte, Cheryl L’Hirondelle,
Duane Linklater, madeskimo, Dylan Miner, Kent Monkman,
Marianne Nicolson, Skeena Reece, Hoka Skenandore, and
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