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29th Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 3 - 13, 2021

The Specials



Screening Information

Ontario Premiere
June 13 - June 14

Film Details

Country France
Year 2019
Running Time 114 MIN
Language French
Directors Olivier Nakache,Éric Toledano
Cast Reda Kateb,Vincent Cassel

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Chosen as the closing night film at the Cannes Festival, The Specials (Hors Normes) is a heartfelt drama inspired by a true story. Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Eastern Promises) plays Bruno, a Jewish man who runs a shelter for autistic teens turned away from other institutions. His friend Malik (Reda Kateb, A Prophet) is a Muslim who runs a non-profit that trains disadvantaged teenagers to be caregivers. Frustrated by lack of funding, the two men join forces to confront systemic neglect and fight for those marginalized by society. Directed by the popular duo behind the French smash hit, The Intouchables.

Nominated for 9 César awards.

Presentation Details

Zoom Q & A With Real-life film subjects Stephane Benhamou and Daoud Tatou to take place on Monday June 14th at 1pm. ASL interpreter present at Q&A.
Co-presented With
Reviews "A wonderful film, which takes an inherently difficult subject and uses it to tell a touching and powerful story that deftly blends tragedy and comedy as few filmmakers today can." (The Jerusalem Post)

"The Specials is a rare film that comes both from the heart and reality: it's a potent mix which allows access to a hidden subject yet welcomes the audience in with grace and humour" (Screen International)