This year at the Atlantic International Film Festival (FIN), three films have Jewish topics and themes.
Gala Presentation: The Song of Names
On Saturday, September 14, at 6:30, The Song of Names will be playing at Park Lane Cinema.
A bold journey through friendship, betrayal and reconciliation, The Song of Names is an emotional detective story spread over two continents and half a century, culminating in a song that speaks the unspeakable. As Europe erupts into World War II, 9-year-old Martin comes to love his new brother Dovidl, a highly gifted violin prodigy and Polish-Jewish refugee to London. But hours before Dovidl’s debut concert performance at the age of 21, he vanishes without a trace. A lifetime later, a young violinist shows a 56-year-old Martin (Tim Roth) a stylistic flourish that could only have been taught by Dovidl (Clive Owen). This triggers Martin’s odyssey in search of his lost brother, one that will lead to surprising revelations. Directed by François Girard (The Red Violin), and based on Norman Lebrecht’s novel, The Song of Names shows that within the darkest of mysteries, sometimes only music has the power to illuminate the truth, heal and redeem.
Tickets and information can be found at http://program.finfestival.ca/Guide/3cf0b0db-b802-446f-a220-f41c0ba4bdf0/The-Song-of-Names
Documentary: King Bibi
On Monday, September 16, at 4 PM, King Bibi will be playing at Park Lane Cinema.
King Bibi explores Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rise to power, relying solely on archival footage of his media performances: from his days as a popular guest expert on American TV, through his public confession of adultery, and his mastery of the art of social media. From one studio to another, “Bibi” evolved from Israel’s great political hope, to a controversial figure whom some perceive as Israel’s savior, and others — as a cynical politician who will stop at nothing to retain his power.
Tickets and information can be found at http://program.finfestival.ca/Guide/d28fe6f4-ae69-43ba-8adb-82f15e4ac990/King-Bibi
Feature: Dolce Fine Giornata
On Wednesday, September 18, at 4:10 PM, Dolce Fine Giornata will be playing at Park Lane Cinema.
Maria Linde (Krystyna Janda), a free-spirited, Jewish Polish Nobel Prize winner, lives in Tuscany surrounded by warmth and chaos in her family’s villa. After a terrorist attack in Rome, Maria refuses to succumb to the hysterical fear and anti-immigrant sentiment that quickly emerge, deciding in her acceptance speech of a local honor to boldly decry Europe’s eroding democracy—but she is unprepared for the public and personal havoc her comments wreak.
Tickets and information can be found at http://program.finfestival.ca/Guide/36dad56d-dc35-4132-8850-d6e34c7cdd48/Dolce-Fine-Giornata