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26TH TORONTO JEWISH FILM FESTIVALFESTIVAL MAY 3-13, 2018

Menashe

Drama

Screening Information

Canadian Premiere
May 14 - 5:30PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Film Details

Countries United States, Israel
Year 2017
Running Time 82 MIN
Languages Yiddish, English
Subtitles English
Director Joshua Z Weinstein
Themes Families and Family Stories,
Religious Issues,
Yiddishkeit
Rating PG

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Description

A critical hit at both the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, Menashe’s popularity seemed an unlikely bet given that the setting is Brooklyn’s Hasidic community and the dialogue is in Yiddish. Loosely based on the life of the lead actor, Menashe Lustig, the film follows the widowed Menashe as he tries to prove that he is fit to be a single parent to his son despite his menial job at a grocery store and his unwillingness to remarry. Firmly grounded in the insular word of the ultra-Orthodox, the naturalistic performances of the non-professional actors confer a degree of emotional accessibility that accounts for the film’s universal acclaim.

Presentation Details

Guest Director Joshua Z Weinstein
Co-presented With
Media Coverage http://exclaim.ca/film/article/heres_the_full_lineup_for_the_25th_toronto_jewish_film_festival

Sponsored By

Honourable Jerry, Carole & Michael Grafstein
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