Atlantic Jewish Film Festival


Atlantic Jewish Film Festival:

November 13-16, 2014



TICKET PRICES Tickets: $12 | Students & Seniors: $10 | AJFF Gala Party : $15

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE Online at | Atlantic Superstore Ticket Outlets Purchase by Phone: 902-451-1221 | Toll free: 877-451-1221 Ticket Atlantic Box Office: Scotiabank Centre Carmichael & Duke Street entrances Don’t be disappointed… Purchase your tickets early!

PARKING Free Parking at the Museum of Natural History during AJFF screenings

VENUE ADDRESSES Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane: 5657 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History: 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia



The must-see films include:

OPENING: Thursday, November 13th: 7PM

Park Lane Cinema | The Jewish Cardinal (France, French with English subtitles) 

(reception for sponsors/supporters at 6:00 PM).


Friday, November 14th: 1PM |

Museum of Natural History, Summer Street | The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (USA).


Saturday, November 15th, 7:30PM |

Museum of Natural History, Summer Street| How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire (UK).

Saturday AJFF Gala: 9PM:  Museum of Natural History, Summer Street.


Sunday, November 16th: 2:00PM |

Museum of Natural History, Summer Street | The Zig Zag Kid (Netherlands, Dutch with English subtitles). 

4:00PM: Welcome and Our Condolences(Hebrew/Russian with English subtitles) screened with Cupcakes (Israel, Hebrew with English subtitles) | Museum of Natural History, Summer Street |

7:30PM CLOSING: Park Lane Cinema

24 Days (France, French with English subtitles)


2014 ATLANTIC JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL FILMS: THE JEWISH CARDINAL France, 2013, 90 Minutes (French with English sub-titles) Produced and directed by Ilan Duran Cohen Screening at Cineplex Cinemas Park Lake, 5657 Spring Garden Road Thursday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m.   The true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Jewish-Polish immigrants who maintains his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. As a priest he finds a platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew. “Emotionally rich and intellectually satisfying!” –Allen Ellenzweig, The Jewish Daily Forward   THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER USA, 2014, 96 minutes Produced by Lloyd and Susan Ecker and directed by William Gazecki Screening at Museum of Natural History, 1747Summer St. Friday, November 14, 1:00 p.m.   The rags to riches story of Sophie Tucker, the iconic superstar who ruled the worlds of vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television, and Hollywood throughout the 20th century. Before Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Bette Midler, Marilyn Monroe, and Mae West, Sophie Tucker was the first woman to infatuate her audiences with a bold, bawdy and brassy style unlike any other.   HOW TO RE-ESTABLISH A VODKA EMPIRE UK, 2012, 75 minutes Produced and directed by Daniel Edelstyn (who will be in attendance) Screening at Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St. (AJFF Gala Party at 9:00 p.m.) Saturday, November 15, 7:30 p.m.   British filmmaker Daniel Edelstyn became obsessed with his family history after discovering his grandmother’s journals in the attic. When he travels to the Ukraine in search of his roots and discovers that the vodka distillery established by his great grandfather is still in operation he decides to become a liquor entrepreneur and import the vodka to the UK. A funny and charming screwball documentary.   THE ZIGZAG KID Belgium/Netherlands, 2012, 95 minutes (English sub-titles) Produced by BosBros, directed by Vincent Bal Screening at Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St. Sunday, November 16, 2:00 p.m.   A witty, spirited, and action-packed adventure about an almost-thirteen-year old over-imaginative boy named Nono, his world of confusion, fears and fantasies. Based on the novel by Israeli writer David Grossman, this film uses wit and humour to explore the most fundamental questions of good and evil.   WELCOME….AND, OUR CONDOLENCES (Double Feature with Cupcakes) Israel, 2012, 26 minutes (Hebrew with English sub-titles) Produced by Haim Mecklberg and Estee Yacov-Mecklberg, directed by Leon Produvsky Screening at Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St. Sunday, November 16, 4:00 p.m. (followed by Cupcakes)   The year is 1991, the beginning of the massive Jewish immigration wave from the USSR to Israel. The already traumatic experience reaches absurd proportions when the family’s old aunt dies on the plane. Now, the family will have to go through various levels of bureaucracy with an immigrating corpse.   CUPCAKES France, 2013, 100 minutes (Hebrew with English sub-titles) Directed by Etyan Fox   A group of friends in a Tel Aviv suburb get together to watch Universong, a Eurovision-like television song contest. They are not impressed with Israel’s entry. When they compose a song to cheer up one of the group and make a cellphone video of it, their song becomes Israel’s entry for the next year.  Variety says “Israeli helmer Eytan Fox’s candy-colored musical is an endearingly goofy celebration of the right to be yourself.” 24 DAYS France, 2014, 110 minutes (French with English sub-titles) Produced by Alexandrea Films, Orange Studios, New Light Films, directed by Alexandre Arcady Screening at Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane, 5657 Spring Garden Road Sunday, November 16, 7:30 p.m.   January 20, 2006. After Friday night dinner with his family, 23 year old Ilan Halimi called an attractive girl he had met at work and made plans to meet her for coffee. The next time his family heard from him it was through an on-line message from kidnappers demanding a ransom. Based on the book written by his mother, Ruth Halimi, this harrowing film revisits the 24 nightmarish days in which Halimi and her ex-husband received nearly 700 calls, ransom demands, insults and threats from their son’s captors, who targeted Ilan because of his Jewishness.    

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