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Where Life Begins Alla Vita

Screening Information

Canadian Premiere

Film Details

Country Italy
Year 2022
Running Time 101 MIN
Language Italian and French
Subtitles English
Director Stéphane Freiss

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In Honour of the Days of Awe, TJFF presents the Canadian premiere of Where Life Begins.

A beautifully-rendered and sensitive love story set in Italy during the holiday of Sukkot. An ultra-orthodox Jewish family from Aix-les-Bains in France comes to a farm in Calabria for a brief stay every year to carry out a sacred mission: harvesting citrons. Here, the farm owner Elio, played by Riccardo Scamarcio (Eden is West, John Wick Chapter 2) connects with Esther, the rebellious rabbi’s daughter. At age 26, she is under much family pressure to marry. Through their time together, Esther discovers her own path, and Elio finds the inner-peace he had lost for a long time. An impressive directorial debut by French film star Stéphane Freiss (Call My Agent).

Featuring a video introduction by director Stéphane Freiss.


Co-presented with:

 Italian Cultural Institute

Presentation Details

Online Screening Available to watch online Tuesday, October 11 - Thursday, October 13
Online Household Ticket : $18
In-Person Screening Sunday, October 2 at 2PM.
In-Theatre Film and Discussion: $15
Cineplex Cinemas Varsity and VIP, 55 Bloor St. W.
* Masks appreciated and encouraged.