Restoration | 2011

Iraqi-born, veteran Israeli actor, Sasson Gabai (“The Band’s Visit”) plays Fidelman, an elderly wood restorer who is lost following the

The Flood | 2010

Everything is complicated in Yoni’s life. He’s almost 13, intellectually gifted, but physically underdeveloped. Yoni struggles daily to grow before

Shalom!

We are happy to be back for the 7th edition...

Precious Life | 2010

One of the most emotionally thrilling films seen in recent...

Israel Film Festival

Discover Israel through its films. I believe that physically visiting the country is the best way to learn about it. However, if an El Al flight to Tel Aviv isn't in your immediate plans, the 4th Toronto Israel Film Festival invites you on a fascinating "voyage of discovery". Israeli society, including its diversity and complexities, is on full view in our program. Israel is a filmmaker's paradise. Like the country's landscape, very small and incredibly diverse, Israeli society, too, is extraordinarily varied with contrasting milieus from conservative Ultra-Orthodoxy to Tel Aviv's wild night life. Emerging from this diversity and Israel's astonishingly multicultural society is a highly successful cinema. Within Israel's cinematic paradise, some filmmakers have stood out. We are fortunate that they have accepted our...

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Welcome

Once again, for the fourth time in five years, an Israeli film was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film. This year, Joseph Cedar’s “Footnote” was deemed among the best in the world, the second time one of his films was nominated for the honor (the first being “Beaufort” – also presented at the Montreal Israel Film Festival)!

Israeli cinema continues to flourish with a wide variety of films on a vast array of topics being produced. There is no better place to see these cinematic offerings than at the Montreal Israel Film Festival.

It all started eight years ago with a modest three day programme. It was then, at the closing night of the first Festival, when people gathered around pleading with me: “Promise us you will be here again next year.” It was then that I entered into an unwritten contract with my Montreal audience. For my part: I, for as long as I possibly can, will continue to organize this Festival, a top class festival, in my humble opinion.

Your part of the contract: you continue to come to see the best in Israeli film.
Since this pact took place eight years ago, I have put my heart into the Festival and, each year, seek out the best Israeli films and most interesting speakers to bring to Montreal.

Since this pact took place eight years ago, I have put my heart into the Festival and, continuously seek out the best Israeli films and most interesting speakers to bring to Montreal.

And you? Each year you fill the theaters, discuss the films and talk about the speakers. You truly provide us with the incentive to take the Festival to new heights . Above all, it is your commitment that guarantees our return to Montreal again and again.