Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

(Nes B'Ayara)


Year: 1979
Country: Israel
Run Time: 82 minutes

Nine-year-old Topele, who can't pronounce all his vowels but can find words for boyish mischief and unintentional matchmaking, may well be immortalized in Israel's first color musical. The story reveals the warmth, the heart and the gentle satire of its creator Sholem Aleichem at his best. Topele's pranks, as well as his crisis of conscience, and the blissful romance between Eliahu and the seemingly unobtainable Esterke, are part of a story full of charm and songs reminiscent of "Fiddler on the Roof." TOPELE was produced by Menahem Golan, Israel's leading film producer (1972's "I Love You Rosa") and the director of "The Magician of Lublin" (1979).

"Sunny musical comedy, the film is good fare for grownups and kids." - Variety

Uriel Ofek (from a story by Sholem Aleichem)

Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus

Principal Cast
Gedi Yagil, Yaakov Nitzan

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