Starts November 3, 2018 7 pm — It’s almost here: the 4th annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival (VIJFF) scheduled from November 3 to 6, 2018 at The Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St. With screenings of acclaimed Jewish-themed films from Argentina, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Israel and the United States, the festival starts with The Cakemaker and an opening night reception at the Union Club with live music, a glass of bubbly & tasty sweet bites.
The schedule is:
- SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 7 pm The Cakemaker (Israel, 2017) — The languid, moving love story begins with the central couple, a male Berlin baker and a married Jerusalem businessman. Israel’s submission for “Best Foreign Language Film” at the 2019 Academy Awards, the film challenges conventional divisions between people: religious, political, and gender.
Following the film, viewers are invited to the VIJFF’s Opening Night Reception at the Union Club, 805 Gordon St., featuring tasty bites and bubbly, with music by the Avram McCagherty Trio.
- SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1:30 pm Geula (Redemption) (Israel, 2018) — A touching drama about an Orthodox Jewish widower desperate to raise money for his daughter’s cancer treatment. He tries to re-form the rock band he led before he became religious, but life has changed for each of the band mates.
- SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 4 pm Who Will Write Our History? (USA, 2018) — A dramatic reconstruction of the efforts to record and preserve the details of Jewish life and death in the doomed Warsaw Ghetto. The Oyneg Shabbes archive hid 60,000 pages of writings and memorabilia, much of which survived the war.
A panel discussion coordinated by the Victoria Shoah Project will follow.
- SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 8 pm Budapest Noir (Hungary, 2017) — In this stylish, violent, witty film noir, a crime reporter investigates the murder of an unknown woman in pre-World War II Budapest. Issues of the Jews’ predicament in Europe, including the temptation to assimilate, underlie the careening plot.
- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 6 pm A Land Without Borders (Israel, 2017) —In this even-handed documentary, an Israeli author talks with West Bank residents about prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. He concludes that the key issue is the Palestinians’ desire to return to lands they lost to Israel in 1948.
- MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 8:30 pm The Last Suit (Argentina, 2017) — The drama follows a retired Jewish tailor who journeys from Buenos Aires to Poland to find the long-lost non-Jewish friend who nursed him to health after the Holocaust. Obstinate yet charming, the tailor confronts his painful memories and emotional scars.
- TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 6 pm To Dust (USA, 2018) — In this unconventional black comedy, a Hassidic cantor struggles with his wife’s untimely death by trying to determine the rate of her body’s decay. He sweeps a hapless college professor (Matthew Broderick) into increasingly secular and profane situations.
- TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 8:30 pm Chewdaism(Canada, 2018) — The comedic “YidLife Crisis” duo offers a sometimes zany historical and cultural tour of Jewish metro-Montreal centered around its legendary foods. Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion gorge themselves as they uncover their native city’s Jewish heritage.
FESTIVAL PASSES AND TICKETS
The $100 VIJFF Festival Pass ($85 for students and seniors) provides admission to all films and special events as well as priority access for seating. Single Tickets are $25 for opening night (includes the reception), $13 for adults & $10 for seniors/students. Passes & tickets can be purchased at Ticket Rocket, 101-804 Broughton St., on Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., by calling 1-855-842-7575, or by visiting ticketrocket.co.
British Columbia law requires a $2 annual membership for all festival attendees ages 18 and over. Membership cards are available either at Ticket Rocket on Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. or prior to every festival screening at The Vic Theatre.
For more information, visit vijff.ca