Magic Men

Magic Men  {Ha-ben shel elohim}
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Magic Men
Ha-ben shel elohim
Israel, 2014, 100 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topics: Comedy, Jewish Interest, Road Movie
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Hebrew English Sub-Titles

Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor had the idea for "Magic Men" more than a decade ago, when they started comparing notes and realized that both their grandfathers had survived the Holocaust, and that both had journied back to Poland in an effort to reconnect with the saviors they credited for their escape.

The young filmmakers even recreated that pilgrimage in an effort to understand the process, even though they didn’t have a name to go on. Their protagonist, a 78-year-old Greek Jew, at least has that much in his favor when he returns to his homeland after decades in Israel. He also has the help of his middle-aged son, from whom he has been estranged (not necessarily a big help in the old man’s opinion).

Their road trip brings revelations and also resentments out into the open. There is also an encounter with a Greek prostitute (Ariane Labed, from Alps, Attenberg and Before Midnight) – and of course a chaotic society in the midst of financial meltdown. But redemption, too, is on the card...

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Guy Nattiv, Erez Tadmor
Producer: Shemi Shoenfeld, Amitan Manelzon
Editor: Einat Glaser Zahrin
Screenwriter: Guy Nattiv, Erez Tadmor, Sharon Maymon
Cinematographer: Benji Cohen
Music: Ophir Leibovitch
Principal Cast: Makram J. Huri, Zohar Strauss, Ariane Labed
Filmography: Nattiv:
The Flood (2011)
A Matter of Size (2009)
All Is Well by Me (2005)
Nattiv & Tadmor:
Strangers (2007)
Print Source: ComeBack Films

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