Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Mr. Kaplan

Year: 2014
Run Time: 98 minutes

Mr. Kaplan
Mr. Kaplan
Mr. Kaplan
Mr. Kaplan

This offbeat comedy—with eccentric characters and a unique cinematic style—will certainly charm the audience to MR. KAPLAN. Seventy-six-year-old Jacob Kaplan is having an existential crisis. What has he done with his life? Yes, as a young Jewish boy he escaped by himself from Poland to Uruguay during World War II. Yes, he has been married to doting wife Rebecca for 50 years. Yes, he has two adult sons, high-strung Isaac and slacker Elias, and one granddaughter, Lottie. But how will he be remembered by future generations? When Jacob is declared unfit to drive, his chances of accomplishing anything of significance, at least in his eyes, seem slim. But his granddaughter’s offhand remark about a German bar owner whom she calls “the Nazi” gives Jacob a harebrained idea: to prove the bar owner’s guilt as a war criminal and bring him to trial in Israel. With the help of a slovenly ex-cop named Wilson, Jacob embarks on a mission to make MR. KAPLAN a name we will never forget. (In Spanish with subtitles) – E.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 4:20 PM -
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 8:45 PM -
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 10:25 PM

Cinema en Español
Jewish and Israeli Visions

Álvaro Brechner

Uruguayan director Álvaro Brechner earned a bachelor's degree in Media Studies from the Catholic University of Uruguay and a master's degree in Creative Documentary from the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain, where he currently resides. His first film, "Bad Day to Go Fishing"-34th CIFF, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009, won numerous awards, and garnered widespread international acclaim.

"Bad Day to Go Fishing" (2009)-34th CIFF, MR. KAPLAN (2014)

Álvaro Brechner, Mariana Secco

Álvaro Brechner

Álvaro Gutiérrez

Nacho Ruiz Capillas

Principal Cast
Héctor Noguera, Néstor Guzzini, Rolf Becker, Nidia Telles, Nuria Fló, Leonor Syarcas

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