REEL Ashkenaz @ the Toronto Jewish Film Festival
THE RHAPSODY (2022)
Directed by David Hoffert
Wednesday June 15, 7:30pm
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St W, Toronto
**also available for online viewing at the TJFF virtual cinema June 16-26**
At the age of ninety-eight, late composer Leo Spellman, a Polish-Canadian Holocaust survivor sets out on a journey toward artistic liberation. Filmmaker David Hoffert presents Spellman’s musical masterpiece composed in a German DP camp, and lost for over fifty years. His secret wartime diary is revealed for the first time with excerpts read by actor Stephen Fry, and his family return to the Polish town of Ostrowiec where he spent eighteen months hiding from the Nazis. This tale of survival is told through animation, interviews with family and colleagues, and powerful live concerts, including the Canadian premiere performance of his signature composition at the 2012 Ashkenaz Festival, at which he was present, just 3 months before his passing.
Presented as part of and in partnership with Toronto Jewish Film Festival