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Chai Tea + A Movie - Marcos Carnevale's Anita in Toronto Feb 20

From a media release:

Toronto Jewish Film Festival Presents
Directed by Marcos Carnevale
Argentina 2009, 104 min
Spanish with English subtitles
Cast: Alejandra Manzo, Norma Aleandro, Luis Luque, Leonor Manso, Peto Menahem

Sunday February 20, 2011

Toronto - We dare you to not be moved by this lovely award-winning film.

Anita Feldman (Alejandra Manzo), a young woman with Down Syndrome, lives a happy, routine life being meticulously cared for by her mother (Oscar nominee Norma Aleandro) while helping her run their family-owned stationery shop. The morning of July 18, 1994 begins like any other day, but things change suddenly when the nearby Argentine Israelite Mutual Association is bombed, sending Anita’s life into a tailspin. A confused Anita sets out to search for her mother and wanders through the city - causing her brother Ariel (Peto Menahem) to set off on his own journey to find his sister.

Adrift in a sea of streets filled with people – many of them as disoriented as herself – Anita learns basic life lessons, not only in terms of self-preservation, but in the less tangible rewards of caring for others. While developing a sense of self, she touches the lives of those around her, from an alcoholic, to a family of Asian immigrants.

This multicultural portrait of Buenos Aires is a panorama of individuals full of love to give and simultaneously starved for tenderness. As Anita, Manzo delivers a stunning performance in one of the best films to come out of Argentina in years. The movie also boasts a stunning performance by Norma Aleandro, the “Meryl Streep” of Argentinian film.

The Details:
• Cineplex Odeon Sheppard -  4861 Yonge Street
• Tea – 4:00pm  |  Film – 5:00pm
• Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 416-599-8433 # 0
• Or online through the TJFF website,
• Tickets: $15
• Tickets also available at the door (cash only, subject to availability)

The Toronto Jewish Film Festival presents the best feature films, documentaries and shorts from around the world, on themes of Jewish culture and identity.  The Festival is dedicated to using film for its contemporary popular value and accessibility, in order to reflect the diversity of the Jewish experience internationally.  The TJFF provides an opportunity to heighten awareness of Jewish and cultural diversity around the world, to audiences of all cultural backgrounds, and to present films in their original languages with subtitles, in an effort to break down racial, cultural and religious barriers and stereotypes.


  1. I have to say there's been a good number of great films coming out of Argentina in the last few years; films like Nine Queens (Nueve Reinas), Son of the Bride (El hijo de la novia) and the Oscar winner The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos), to name a few


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