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

Carol of the Bells


Screening Information

June 16 – June 26
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Countries Ukraine, Poland
Year 2021
Running Time 121 MIN
Languages Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, German
Subtitles English
Director Olesya Morgunets-Isaenko
Cast Yana Koroliova,Andrey Mostrenko,Polina Gromova,Alla Binieieva,Miroslaw Haniszewski,Andrii Isaienko,Joanna Opozda,Tomasz Sobczak,Eugenia Solodovnyk,Khrystyna Ushytska

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Adapted from a popular Ukrainian folk melody, the Christmas classic “Carol of the Bells” came to represent the spirit of brotherhood over the world. Set in pre and postwar Ukraine, this ultimately life-affirming film centres on three families— Polish, Ukrainian and Jewish—who share a large house and musical evenings. Their peaceful existence is shattered by the Nazi and Soviet occupations. In order to ensure their survival, these families must learn to trust one another. With an enchanting orchestral soundtrack, the film’s emphasis on the resilience of the Ukrainian people is particularly resonant today.

Presentation Details

Pre-recorded Q & A Director Olesya Morgunets-Isaenko
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