Great summer tales to enjoy on J-Flix

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August 3, 2023

As we heard into this long weekend, we invite you to explore TJFF’s curated summer movie playlist on J-Flix, their free streaming archive.

J-Flix is a FREE digital initiative of the Toronto Jewish Film Foundation showcasing the rich legacy of Jewish content films from Canada’s leading presenter for almost 30 years. Over 100 curated titles are available for streaming including documentaries, feature length narratives, shorts, along with beloved archival films – all of which represent the global and inclusive flavour of TJFF programming.

Check back often because new films are added weekly!

Register for J-Flix for free on j-flix.com

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Film selections available on J-Flix include these tiles, and more!

CATS ON A PEDAL BOAT

89 mins | Israel | 2011

Director: Nadav Hollander

Genre: Comedies

Language: Hebrew

Not the sort of film we usually see coming from Israel, this teen horror-comedy is a loving tribute to American films of the 80s. Mili and Noam are high-school students who intend to celebrate their six-month anniversary by losing their virginity. What begins as an innocent pedal boat ride full of raging hormones, becomes a struggle against monstrous cats out for blood. This self-parodying low, low budget, independently produced feature is filled with surprises as well as hilarious oddball charm. “The funniest Israeli film in years!” (Dror Amir, YNET)

27 mins | Canada | 1989

MY GRANDPARENTS HAD A HOTEL

Director: Karen Shopsowitz

Genre: Documentaries

Language: English

The nostalgic story of The Monteith Inn, in the Muskokas, run by Karen Shopsowitz’s grandparents, Harry and Jennie Shopsowitz, from 1935 to 1949. Originally seen as a haven for Canadian (and American) Jews who were kept out of restricted clubs, the hotel soon became a colourful part of the province’s Jewish history.

SUMMER VACATION

23 mins | Israel | 2012

Directors: Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon

Language: Hebrew

Subtitle: English

In this moving short film, Yuval’s idyllic vacation with his wife and children is disrupted by a chance encounter with a man from his past who holds an important secret.

TO LIFE

105 mins | France | 2014

Director: Jean-Jacques Zilbermann

Genre: Dramas

Language: French

A tender and funny drama set in the sunny sixties about the reunion of Hélène, Lili and Rose, three Jewish survivors who haven’t seen each other since Auschwitz. They reconnect during a warm summer in a seaside town in the north of France. In telling his own mother’s story, filmmaker Jean-Jacques Zilbermann (Man is a Woman) lovingly recreates these women’s lives and times. “The surprising contrast between a decidedly sunny mood and dark, cumbersome memories gives À La Vie [To Life] its unique tone: a perfectly effective mix of drollery and tragedy” (Locarno Film Festival).

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