FNE at Berlinale 2017: Menashe (Forum)


    BERLIN: Joshua Z Weinstein's featured debut Menashe (USA, 2017) which is one of the only movies to be performed in Yiddish in nearly 70 years, will be shown at 67'th Berlinale Form section.

    Set within the New York Hasidic community in, Brooklyn, Menashe follows a kind but hapless grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven after his wife, Leah, 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 Leah’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 that he can be a capable parent.

    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.

    Menashe (USA)
    Directed by Joshua Z Weinstein
    Cast: Menashe Lustig, Ruben Niborski