Co-written and Directed by: Joshua Z. Weinstein
Cast: Menashe Lustig, Meyer Schwartz, Yoel Weisshaus, Ruben
Niborski and Yoel Falkowitz
USA / 2017 / Drama / PG for mature theme / Language: Yiddish
with English subtitles / 82 min.
“Despite being set in an almost impenetrably closed society, Menashe is a touching story with the universal theme of being unable to fit in a world of hard rules and expected behavior.” – Jim Slotek, Original Cin
“ The subtle on-screen chemistry between father and son gives this sweet and poignant drama a solid emotional base.” – Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
Deep in the heart of New York’s ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, Menashe – a kind, hapless grocery store clerk – struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven, following his wife Leah’s death. Tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven’s strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken. Meanwhile, though Menashe seems to bungle every challenge in his path, his rabbi grants him one special week with Rieven before Leah’s memorial. It’s his chance to prove himself a suitable man of faith and fatherhood, and restore respect among his doubters.
NOMINATED – Narrative Feature Competition, Dallas International Film Festival, 2017
NOMINATED – Best International Feature Film, Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2017
NOMINATED – International First Film, Jerusalem Film Festival, 2017
NOMINATED – Audience Award/ Best of Next!, Sundance Film Festival, 2017
WON – Lipscomb Ecumenical Prize, Nashville Film Festival, 2017
WON – Terry Porter Visionary Award, Sarasota Film Festival, 2017