Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

MENASHE

 

Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 81 minutes

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MENASHE

Set within the New York Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, MENASHE follows a kind but hapless grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven after his wife Lea passes away. Since they live in a tradition-bound culture that requires a mother present in every home, Rieven is supposed to be adopted by the boy’s strict, married uncle, but Menashe’s Rabbi decides to grant him one week to spend with Rieven prior to Lea’s memorial. Their time together creates an emotional moment of father/son bonding as well as offers Menashe a final chance to prove to his skeptical community he can be a capable parent. Shot in secret entirely within the Hasidic community depicted in the film, and one of the only movies to be performed in Yiddish in nearly 70 years, MENASHE is a warm, life-affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son that also sheds unusual light on a notoriously private community. Based largely on the real life of its Hasidic star Menashe Lustig, the film is a strikingly authentic and deeply moving portrait of family, love, connection, and community. —A24

MENASHE

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, April 07, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 7:10 PM

Sidebar
JEWISH AND ISRAELI VISIONS

Competition
American Independents Competition

Director
Joshua Z. Weinstein

Producers
Joshua Z. Weinstein, Alex Lipschultz, Traci Carlson, Daniel Finkelman

Screenwriting
Alex Lipschultz, Musa Syeed, Joshua Z. Weinstein

Cinematography
Yoni Brook

Editing
Scott Cummings

Principal Cast
Menashe Lustig

Director Bio
Joshua Z. Weinstein has been nominated for a Cannes Lion for his advertising work and won a first place POY Award for his work with The New York Times. MENASHE marks his debut as a director of narrative fiction.

Select Filmography
"Flying on One Engine" (2008), "Drivers Wanted" (2012), MENASHE (2017)

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