Ashkenaz is pleased to partner once again with our friends at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival for three screenings as part of the 29th annual edition of their event (and the 3rd virtual edition). All screenings are available for a 48 hour period (midnight to midnight), viewable only in Ontario. Click HERE or the “more info” links below to visit the TJFF box office page and purchase screening passes. Use promo code ASHKENAZ@TJFF to receive a 25% discount on screening passes.
LEONARD COHEN: PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST (1996) – Screening June 13-14
In this newly-restored documentary by French artist Armelle Brusq, we are offered a rare view into Leonard Cohen during the five years that he lived at Mount Baldy Zen Center. As the camera follows him through his daily routine as a Buddhist and disciple of the Zen teacher, Kyozan Joshu Sasaki Roshi, Cohen reminisces on his life and discusses his decision to live at the Zen Center. Cohen also allows us a glimpse of his archives and waxes eloquent over a meal at Canter’s deli in L.A. A glimpse of the artist as you’ve never seen him before, this documentary is a must for Cohen fans and features a soundtrack of some of his best songs. TJFF presents the North American premiere of the new restoration.
Featuring a pre-recorded Q&A with Director Armelle Brusque, in conversation with Michale Posner (author of Leonard Cohen: Untold Stories)
THE LIGHT AHEAD (1939) – Screening June 10-11
Originally produced in 1939, Edgar Ulmer’s (Detour, The Black Cat) Yiddish film classic has been newly-restored by the National Centre for Jewish Film. David Opatoshu and Helen Beverley are luminous as two passionate but poor and physically-disabled lovers who dream of a better life in Odessa. Both a romantic tale and a critique of shtetl life, the film is particularly timely in its depiction of how shtetl residents embrace superstition over science amidst a cholera outbreak. Ulmer’s moody cinematography underscores the plight of the shtetl inhabitants and reflects a painful awareness of the events that will soon devour European Jewry. TJFF presents the Ontario premiere of the new restoration.
Featuring a pre-recorded Q&A with Sharon Rivo and Lisa Rivo of the National Center for Jewish Film, and Professor and Author Anna Shternshis
RAYMONDE EL BIDAOUIA (2020) – Screening June 10-11
Acclaimed actress Yaël Abecassis (Kadosh, Live and Become) goes behind the camera to follow her mother, one of the most recognized voices of Morocco, Raymonde El Bidaouia. A Jewish-Moroccan icon, El Bidaouia has dedicated the last fifty years of her life performing and promoting Judeo-Arabic music on both sides of the Mediterranean. Travelling between Israel and Morocco, mother and daughter share their passion for music as well their personal struggles. The result is both a vivid portrait of a diva and an intimate exploration of a mother-daughter relationship.
Zoom Q&A with Director Yaël Abecassis to take place on Sunday June 13th at 2pm