Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

THE WOMEN'S BALCONY
(Ismach Hatani)

Year: 2016
Country: ISRAEL
Language: Hebrew
Run Time: 96 minutes

THE WOMEN'S BALCONY
THE WOMEN'S BALCONY
THE WOMEN'S BALCONY
THE WOMEN'S BALCONY

On bar mitzvah day, a close-knit Sephardic congregation is moving through the streets of Old Jerusalem toward their synagogue. Their elderly spiritual leader begins the ceremony, and their happiness is palpable. But suddenly, the women’s balcony collapses, amidst screams and dust. The rabbi’s wife is rendered comatose, leaving him confused and unable to carry out his duties. Into the void steps a man in a black hat—charismatic, ultra-orthodox Rabbi David. As he takes over from their rabbi, he suggests the congregation’s immorality may have caused the accident. Their wives, he tells the men, should dress modestly. The apprehensive women collect money for the construction of a new female space in the synagogue. Rabbi David wants to use their proceeds for a new Torah instead, and to relegate them to an anteroom. But these delightfully scrappy women are having none of it. Determined to remain part of their congregation, they stage a protest outside Rabbi David’s seminary. THE WOMEN’S BALCONY boasts a fine ensemble cast and an upbeat score that will leave viewers dancing happily out of the theater. (In Hebrew with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF41 Screenings

Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 8:15 PM

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Sidebars
JEWISH AND ISRAELI VISIONS
WOMEN OF THE WORLD

Director
Emil Ben-Shimon

Emil Ben-Shimon was born in Tel Aviv and has directed work for television. THE WOMEN'S BALCONY, his first feature film, was nominated for five Israeli Film Academy Awards.

Filmography
THE WOMEN'S BALCONY (2016)

Producers
Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Talia Kleinhendler

Screenwriting
Shlomit Nehama

Cinematography
Ziv Berkovich

Editing
Einat Glaser Zarhin

Principal Cast
Evelin Hagoel, Igal Naor, Orna Banay, Einat Sarouf, Aviv Alush, Itzik Cohen, Yafit Asulin, Sharona Elimelech, Herzl Tobey, Haim Zanati

Media Partner

Cleveland Jewish News

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