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31st Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 1 - 11, 2023



Sponsored By

Karen & Fred Leitner

Screening Information

Canadian Premiere
June 12, 2:00 pm
Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk 2
June 16 – June 26
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country Spain
Year 2021
Running Time 105 MIN
Language Spanish
Subtitles English
Director Violeta Salama

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The town of Melilla, an autonomous Spanish city on the north coast of Africa, provides a stunning backdrop to this family drama. Having turned her back on her Jewish heritage, Alegría lives a quiet life in Melilla where Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities converge. When her family arrives to organize her niece’s Orthodox Jewish wedding, Alegría must reconnect with her past. With her best friend and Moroccan helper, she endeavours to ensure that the wedding will be celebrated according to the unique traditions of Melilla. Based on the director’s own experiences, Alegría pays homage to a city whose blended culture reflects the characters’ interconnected dramas.

Winner for Best Film, Carmen Awards

Presentation Details

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Reviews “It’s a funny, sad, charming and totally enjoyable story that dwells on the personal past of the film director, which is told with the ingenuity and charm of someone that cherishes memories and has accepted the multicultural richness of the little-known Spanish city of Melilla, where the story unfolds.” - Variety

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