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SHTTL Centrepiece Film


Sponsored By

The Leonard Wolinsky Foundation

Screening Information

Ontario Premiere
June 11, 1:00 pm
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
June 13 – June 14
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Countries France, Ukraine
Year 2022
Running Time 114 MIN
Language Yiddish
Subtitles English
Director Ady Walter

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Audience Award Winner, Rome Film Festival 2022
Photographed in a shtetl that the production team constructed outside of Kyiv, this single-shot film is entirely in Yiddish. Set in the twenty-four hours before the Nazi invasion of Ukraine, SHTTL tells a story about life, love and hope set in an unnamed Yiddish Ukrainian village at the border of Poland. Amid communal tensions between tradition and modernity, two young men are fighting over a woman they both desire to marry. The cast features some native Yiddish speakers, including Saul Rubinek. With its focus on life rather than death, it is a tribute to those who perished.

Reminder: all festival films not in English are subtitled.

Presentation Details

In-person Guest Actor Saul Rubinek

With Support From Peretz Miransky Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto;

May & Gerald Cohen Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto;

The Committee for Yiddish of UJA Federation
Co-presented With
Reviews “A towering, single-take masterpiece of the lives we've lost ... A keenly observed, deeply cathartic movie" Slash Film

"‘SHTTL’ is already one of the year’s best films ... It is a film that deserves a viewing on the loftiest screen available. This film left me breathless." Reel News Daily