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Seven Blessings Sheva Brachot


Screening Information

Toronto Premiere
June 5, 8:00 pm
Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk 5
June 7, 1:00 pm
Innis Town Hall

Film Details

Country Israel
Year 2024
Running Time 108 MIN
Languages Arabic, Hebrew, French
Subtitles English
Director Ayelet Menahemi

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Winner of 10 Ophir awards and Israel’s submission to the Oscars, Seven Blessings unfolds over a riotous week of “sheva brachot,” seven nights where two newlyweds are honoured with festive dinners. What is meant to be a week of unbridled celebration proves to be a catalyst for family conflict, as long held resentments and unresolved issues stemming from an old Moroccan tradition rise to the surface. Adding to the tension are the groom’s French Ashkenazi parents unused to Sephardic traditions. Inspired by director Ayelet Menahemi’s (Noodle) own multi-ethnic background, the film boasts a stellar cast led by Reymonde Amsallem (The Attack). In the capable hands of the director, this complex tangle of relationships, culture and tradition is infused with humour, empathy and forgiveness.
ASL Interpretation available for introduction and post-film Q&A (in-person screening only).


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Guest Star Reymonde Amsallem also in The Future

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Jury Statement From a diverse list of accomplished films directed by women, the jury unanimously chooses Ayelet Menahemi’s SEVEN BLESSINGS as the 2024 TJFF Micki Moore Award recipient. Told in Israel over the seven nights of festive meals hosted by the bride’s family, Seven Blessings slowly unwinds decades of secrets and pain rooted in a traditional custom common among Jewish families who immigrated to Israel from Morocco. Propelled by stunning performances from its ensemble cast, the film weaves layers of relationship dynamics in boisterous, captivating scenes, hushed conversations, and silent looks. Beautifully produced, Menahemi has crafted an impressive tapestry of family life that resounds with heartbreak, humor and ultimately, the endurance of love.
Other Festivals - Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2024
- Miami International Film Festival 2024
- Palm Springs International Film Festival 2024