AJFF Tickets – Friday Double Feature Tickets (The Other Story, 11:00AM & Leona, 1:30PM)

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Friday Double Feature Tickets

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The Other Story
Friday November 22nd, 2019, 11:00am
Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane (5657 Spring Garden Road)

**Please note that the doors of the theatre will open at 10:30am**

COUNTRY: Israel | YEAR: 2018 | RUNNING TIME: 112 minutes

Anat Abadi, a bright and intense young woman, long part of Tel Aviv’s wild club scene, has found God. Renouncing promiscuity, pork, and smartphones for a life of solemn devotion, she moves to Jerusalem, enrolls in an ultra-orthodox seminary and gets engaged to a charismatic musician who’s also recently found religion. Anat’s grandfather Shlomo—a wary widowed psychologist and avowed old-school atheist—is shocked by his granddaughter’s sudden embrace of religious zealotry and her denouncement of the family’s secular ways. Shlomo is desperate to force Anat off her new path, from which there will soon be no turning back.

The ensuing roller coaster ride, by turns suspenseful, poignant, and humorous, will test the strength of their resolve while offering them a last chance at a personal and family reckoning and—could it be?—a modicum of redemption. The characters’ warring personal convictions and intimate anxieties in the clash between secular and religious worldviews also come to embody the struggle for identity animating present-day Israel.

Leona
Friday November 22nd, 2019, 1:30PM
Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane (5657 Spring Garden Road)

**Please note that the doors of the theatre will open at 1:00pm**

COUNTRY: Mexico | YEAR: 2018 | RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes

Ariela is an independently-minded artist living with her family in a cloistered Jewish neighborhood in Mexico City. Pressured to find an appropriate suitor, serendipity leads to a passionate courtship with Ivan, a non-Jewish writer who shows her a world of possibilities beyond her sheltered life. As their feelings deepen, Ariela must weigh their unsanctioned relationship against rejection by her Syrian-Jewish family and community, where religious values and traditions run deep.

Bridging the divide between generations and cultures, writer-director Isaac Cherem’s directorial debut deftly blends romantic comedy with an incisive feminist journey of discovery and self-determination.