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TORONTO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL HONOURS MORLEY TORGOV

The OJA is proud to co-present with the Toronto Jewish Film Festival this exciting series honouring the work of humourist and novelist, Morley Torgov. Morley Torgov has brought to life stories about the Canadian Jewish experience with humour, warmth and a critical eye. The OJA is the home to Torgov's vast collection of manuscripts and drawings.

TJFF honours him with the following retrospective of film and TV adaptations of his work, featuring special guests, as part of their Canadian Archival Series:

Saturday, May 5, 1:00pm & 3:30pm
THE MAKING OF A PRESIDENT, 1944 (CBC 1978)
Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Rd.
A funny and endearing portrait of Jewish life in wartime Sault Ste. Marie, based on a short story by Morley Torgov. When the mayor invites the president of the Jewish congregation to speak at the town’s upcoming ecumenical war bonds rally, the Jewish elders see this as a window of possible acceptance by the non-Jewish leaders of the town. Unfortunately, the president has just quit and nobody in their right mind wants the thankless position. Who can they find to properly represent the Jews of the town? A sadly-forgotten CBC teleplay starring Melvyn Douglas, Nehemiah Persoff, Paul Soles, Paul Kligman, Alfie Scopp, Harvey Atkin and a fifteen-year-old Mike Myers.

Saturday, May 12, 12:00pm
THE OUTSIDE CHANCE OF MAXIMILIAN GLICK (1988)
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. (at St. George subway)

“A delightful family film filled with wonder and insight” (Douglas Kirshner, Video Insider). A rare chance to catch this endearing Canadian classic currently out of circulation. Based on Morley Torgov’s award-winning novel, Maximilan Glick is the story of a Jewish twelve-year-old boy in Beausejour, Manitoba (played by Noam Zylberman) who becomes smitten with Celia Brzjinski (Fairuza Balk), a girl from a Polish family whom he is partnered with in a piano competition. Under the thumb of his strict family, he finds guidance in the town’s newly-arrived Hassidic rabbi (Saul Rubinek). Featuring a wonderful supporting cast that includes Jan Rubes, Aaron Schwartz and Howard Jerome. 35mm print courtesy of TIFF’s Film Reference Library. Recommended for Ages 9 and up.

Saturday, May 12, 3:00pm
TODAY I AM A FOUNTAIN PEN (CBC 1978)
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. (at St. George subway)
With a teleplay written by Israel Horovitz, this rarely-screened CBC production is a sensitive adaptation of a story from Morley Torgov’s award- winning memoir, A Good Place to Come From, about growing up Jewish in Sault Ste. Marie. Living above his family’s dry goods store, ten-year-old Irving Yanover (Allan Levson) has a crush on his family's Ukrainian housekeeper Annie, played by Hollis McLaren (Outrageous). Meanwhile, Annie is going against the wishes of her father by secretly pursuing a romance with an Italian hockey player, a secret she shares only with Irving. Also starring Harvey Atkin, Helen Burns and Sean McCann.

For more information and for tickets, visit tjff.com
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