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Year: 2017
Country: United States
Language: Middish
Run Time: 81 minutes


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

CIFF41 Screenings

Friday, April 07, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 7:10 PM


American Independents Competition

Joshua Z. Weinstein

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.

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

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

Alex Lipschultz, Musa Syeed, Joshua Z. Weinstein

Yoni Brook

Scott Cummings

Principal Cast
Menashe Lustig

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