The Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto is pleased to co-present with the Toronto Jewish Film Foundation the Canadian premiere of Where Life Begins.
A beautifully-rendered and sensitive love story set in Italy during the holiday of Sukkot. An ultra-orthodox Jewish family from Aix-les-Bains in France comes to a farm in Calabria for a brief stay every year to carry out a sacred mission: harvesting citrons. Here, the farm owner Elio, played by Riccardo Scamarcio (Eden is West, John Wick Chapter 2) connects with Esther, the rebellious rabbi’s daughter. At age 26, she is under much family pressure to marry. Through their time together, Esther discovers her own path, and Elio finds the inner peace he had lost for a long time. An impressive directorial debut by French film star Stéphane Freiss (Call My Agent).
The film will be available for both in-theatre and online screenings. See details below.
The in-theatre screening will be followed by a discussion led by Rabbi Larry Englander.
Sunday, October 2 | 2:00PM
Cineplex Cinemas Varsity and VIP, 55 Bloor St. W.
* Masks appreciated and encouraged
Tuesday, October 11 to Thursday, October 13
COUNTRY | ITALY
YEAR | 2022
RUNNING TIME | 101 MIN
LANGUAGE | ITALIAN AND FRENCH
DIRECTOR | STÉPHANE FREISS