Jewish Film Series


Montreal premieres of great new films from Jewish film festivals

Tickets: $15 (The full series for only $45) 

To subscribe to the full series, please call Box Office at 514.739.7944.

Ask Dr. Ruth

Sunday, May 12, 2019 | 2:30 p.m. + 7 p.m.       

Directed by Ryan White
USA | 2019 | 100 min.


"Size doesn't matter!"
One of the hottest docs at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, a portrait of the gutsy Dr. Ruth Westheimer at 90. Orphaned by the Holocaust, she became a mother, America's most famous sex therapist, and found love.


Promise at Dawn - La promesse de l'aube

Sunday, May 19, 2019 | 2:30 p.m. + 7 p.m.        

Directed by Eric Barbier
Written by Eric Barbier, Marie Eynard, Romain Gary
France, Belgium | 2018 | 2 hours 11 min 
Drama, Romance

In French - First Montreal screening of English subtitled version 

Winner of the Jury Prize, Best Narrative Feature, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, 2019

“I made the promise to straighten the world and lay it at his feet.”
From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this tragi-comedy tells the romantic story of Romain Gary, one of the most famous French novelists and sole writer to have won the Goncourt Prize for French literature two times.

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Fig Tree - Drzewo Figowe - Etz Teena

Sunday, May 26, 2019 | 2:30 p.m. + 7 p.m.   
Directed and written by Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian
Israel, Germany, France, Ethiopia | 2018 | 1 hour 33 min

In Amharic with English subtitles



Aalam-Warqe Davidian's won the Audentia Award for Best Female Director at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival
Ethiopian-Israeli writer-director Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian makes a startlingly confident feature debut with this story of lives torn asunder by civil war. Set in Addis Ababa in 1989, Fig Tree follows a teenage girl's harrowing coming of age.

Mina is 16 years old. The Ethiopian Civil War has been underway her entire life. She lives with her brother and grandmother in a humble house with newsprint for wallpaper. The family is Jewish and is planning to flee Ethiopia for Israel, where Mina's mother awaits their reunion. But this plan leaves out the person Mina loves most: Eli, her Christian boyfriend, who lives in the woods so as to evade being drafted into Mengistu Haile Mariam's army. Mina hatches a scheme to save Eli, but everyone and everything seems set against her.

Drawing upon Davidian's own memories of growing up in wartorn Ethiopia, which she left at age 11, Fig Tree offers us a rare opportunity to better understand the impact of civil war on the lives of ordinary people — and it pulls no punches.


My Polish Honeymoon - Lune de miel à Zgierz

Sunday, June 2, 2019 | 2:30 p.m. + 7 p.m.          

Directed and written by Élise Otzenberger
France | 2019 | 1 hour 28 min
Comedy / Drama

In French with English subtitles

FIPRESCI Critics' Prize at the Moscow International Film Festival


A young Parisian couple of Jewish origins, Anna and Adam, are about to travel to Poland for the first time to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the destruction of Adam's grandfather’s village.They are just married and technically speaking this will be their honeymoon. As they venture out with mixed emotions, their journey turns out to be full of surprises.



Films Curated by Edit Kuper (Chair) and Irene Angelico, Martin Malina, Gisele Rucker, Beverly Shaffer





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