The Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, Canada’s longest-running festival of its kind, takes place November 7 to 14 at Fifth Avenue Cinemas (2110 Burrard Street).The festival celebrates comedies, dramas, thrillers, documentaries, and short films celebrating Jewish cinema.
The 25th annual festival includes 11 Canadian premieres, as well as special events, live music, guest speakers, and Q & A sessions with directors, filmmakers, and educators.
This year’s highlights include opening film, The Zig Zag Kid. Director Vincent Gal’s coming-of-age film follows a young boy who discovers the truth behind his own nature when he is swept into an adventure with a notorious jewel thief and seductive chanteuse. The film adapted from David Grossman’s novel is set in Holland and shown in Dutch with English subtitles.
Other film highlights are When Jews Were Funny, a Canadian documentary surveying the history of Jewish comedy, and Two Sided Story, which follows a group of 27 Palestinians and Israelis who meet through a project.
Tickets to the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival can be purchased online in advance.