section YidLife Crisis in Film and other Canadian-Jewish stories

Lies My Father Told Me

  • Ján Kadár
  • CA
  • 1975
  • 102 Min

Six-year-old David lives with his parents and grandfather Zaida in a Jewish ghetto in 1920s Montréal. A gripping drama about a deep intergenerational friendship and the life of immigrant Jews in Catholic Canada.

LIES MY FATHER TOLD ME was the last film by Czechoslovakian director Ján Kadár, who died in 1979 at the age of 61. Similar to THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ (1974), the film is centered on life in Montréal's Jewish community at the beginning of the century, taking a compelling look at an existence in which Anglophone Jews lived and worked side by side with French-Canadian Catholics.
The original story was written by Ted Allan in 1949. He himself came from a Jewish family that lived in Montréal's Mile End. His short story is a dramatisation of his own childhood memories.
Among other awards, the film received the 1976 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won five Genie Awards (Canada's leading film award), including that for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Text: Charlotte Kühn
English: Peter Rickerby

On 13.6. at 21:00 at Thalia - Das Programmkino, Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman, curators of the JFBB series "YidLife Crisis in Film and Other Canadian-Jewish Stories," will be present for an introduction before the film.


original title Lies My Father Told Me

international title Lies My Father Told Me

german title Lies My Father Told Me

JFBB section YidLife Crisis in Film and other Canadian-Jewish stories

  • director Ján Kadár

country/countries CA

year 1975

duration 102 Min