Big Nights

The 28th Festival’s major evenings consist of Opening Night, Closing Night, the WJFF Visionary Award Ceremony, and our Spotlight selections.

A Tree of Life

Dir. Trish Adlesic
( 80 min, USA , 2021 )

In 2018, a white supremacist opened fire at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue in the deadliest antisemitic attack in American history. The survivors recount the harrowing experience and detail how their lives have fundamentally changed.

Any Day Now

Dir. Hamy Ramezan
( 81 min, Finland , 2020 )

Presented as part of the 2022 Immigration Film Fest.

Ramin and his Iranian family have been living in a refugee centre in Finland. Just as Ramin starts to enjoy the holidays, the family learns that their asylum application has been denied.


( 137 min, Russia , 2019 )

Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins of Leningrad in 1945.

Cha Cha Real Smooth (Sneak Preview)

Dir. Cooper Raiff
( United States , 2022 )

Cooper Raiff writes, directs and stars alongside Dakota Johnson, Brad Garrett, Leslie Mann and newcomers Vanessa Burghardt and Evan Assante in this tale of unconventional love that brims with emotional honesty.

Greener Pastures

Dirs. Assaf Abiri Matan Guggenheim
( 90 min, Israel , 2020 )

A nursing home resident gets a new lease on life as a cannabis dealer, in this airy and unrestrained comedy, which garnered 12 Ophir nominations.

Last Flight Home

Dir. Ondi Timoner
( 101 min, , 2022 )

Eli Timoner, a dedicated husband, father, and entrepreneur who founded the airline Air Florida in the 1970s, decides to medically terminate his life.

Love & Stuff

Dir. Judith Helfand
( 78 min, USA , 2020 )

Told in the first person, Love & Stuff explores the transformative power of parenting, our complex and very emotional attachment to “stuff,” and what we really need to leave our children.