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

The Wordsmith

Sponsored By

The Leonard Wolinsky Foundation

Screening Information

June 1 – June 14
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country Canada
Year 1979
Running Time 72 MIN
Language English
Director Claude Jutra

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Penned by Mordecai Richler and set in wartime Montreal, this touching telefilm stars Saul Rubinek as Mervyn Kaplansky, a young writer from Toronto who boards with a family on St. Urbain Street only to find his aspirations undermined by the colourful yet desperate characters that surround him. Rubinek delivers a very touching performance as the boyish idealistic writer, and he is backed by a strong supporting cast that includes Harvey Atkin, Janet Ward and Peter Boretski.

Presentation Details

Photo Credit CBC Still Photo Collection