Diary: Stuart Hands of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival

National Post | Arts

The National Post takes you through a week in the life of a notable cultural figure. This week: Stuart Hands is the program manager of  the Toronto Jewish Film Festival, which runs April 11 to 21. For tickets and information, visit tjff.com.

Monday
This year the Festival screens many remarkable Israeli films as we commemorate the country’s 65th anniversary. Over the years, we have seen new trends emerge in the country’s film output. A number of our programmers and I have noticed a great crop of Israeli “genre films” (such as musicals, horror films, screwball comedies and psychological thrillers). A few years ago, the Festival screened a musical TV miniseries made by Eytan Fox (The Bubble, Yossi) called Mary Lou, about a young drag queen in search of his mother. To me it was clear that Fox understood the conventions of the musical and how they…

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