Rating: NNNNNTHE TORONTO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL returns to its original home at the Bloor Cinema with a great lineup and.
THE TORONTO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL returns to its original home at the Bloor Cinema with a great lineup and a fetching theme — Jewish comedy. Mel Brooks’s classic The Producers and a recent Oscar-nominated documentary about Lenny Bruce showcase the light and dark sides of Jewish humour, setting up Sunday’s Comedy On Wry panel discussion. The opening-night film is a genial documentary about Canadian folk group the Travellers (This Land Is Your Land) that takes a Machiavellian turn as the original members start voting each other out, Survivor-style. Dramas at the festival range from a middling Israeli effort about a drug that makes three slackers fall in love with one girl (Total Love) to the more accomplished Simon Magus, a British horror/romance starring Noah Taylor as a dangerous village idiot, Ian Holm as Satan and Rutger Hauer as a landowner who must decide whether Jews or Christians will control a new railway station. The must-see film of the festival is Kapo, a riveting documentary about the Jews charged with keeping order in WWII’s ghettos and concentration camps. Some became sadists and were tried for war crimes afterward, while others saw cooperation with the Nazis as the only means for survival. The film asks all the hard questions from every possible angle. Stunning. NNN (April 26- May 3, Bloor Cinema)