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FILM OPENS: August 16, 2017

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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.

  • Director: Joshua Z Weinstein
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2017
  • Run Time: 01:22:00
  • imdb Score: 7.1/10 (84 votes)
  • Language: Yiddish
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Menashe Lustig
"With its intimate focus, MENASHE avoids indicting the strict logic that stifles its anti-hero’s individuality (though secular viewers can reach their own conclusions). Instead, it succeeds at showing how his challenges are more universal than judgmental viewers might think."
Eric Kohn - INDIEWIRE

"My heart broke a little near the end of MENASHE, a sweet comedy that's not without a bit of sadness. For sure, this funny and tender film prompts cheerful smiles, but sometimes they turn melancholy"
Ken Jaworowski - NEW YORK TIMES

"It's a gentle, melancholy father-and-son story that's as notable for an evocation of its self-contained world as it is for its drama"
Kenneth Turan - LOS ANGELES TIMES

AWARDS

Nashville Film Festival 2017
Lipscomb Ecumenical Prize

Sarasota Film Festival 2017
Terry Porter Visionary Award

FESTIVALS

Independent Film Festival of Boston 2017

Cleveland Int'l Film Festival 2017

Berlin Int'l Film Festival 2017

Seattle Int'l Film Festival 2017

Montclair Film Festival 2017

Nashville Film Festival 2017

Sun Valley Film Festival 2017

Sarasota Film Festival 2017

Sundance Film Festival 2017