Opening Night: Mr. Kaplan

 
Philadelphia Premiere
Date: Monday, March 23
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: The Gershman Y
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Director: Alvaro Brachner
Country:
Uruguay | Germany | Spain
Year: 2014
Running Time: 94 min
Languages: Spanish with English subtitles


SONY DSCUruguay’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission, MR. KAPLAN, opens PJFF CineMondays this spring.

Jacob Kaplan (Héctor Noguera) is a 76-year-old retiree, living in Montevideo with his wife of 50 years, Rebecca (Nidia Telles), and the insatiable desire to do something meaningful with his life before it’s too late. A survivor who escaped Poland during WWII, he immigrated to South America on his own, having lost his entire family during the Holocaust. After overhearing his granddaughter talking about a German cafe owner, whom all the kids call “the Nazi,” and catching a news report about a war criminal caught in Argentina and sent back to Israel to face trial, he embarks on what he perceives to be his true calling: Nazi hunting. Together with his hapless chauffeur, Contreras (Nestor Guzzini), Mr. Kaplan targets the seafront restaurateur (Rolf Becker) as a former SS officer taking refuge in Uruguay. Of course, amidst their plans to take “the Nazi” hostage, the amateur investigators discover more than they bargained for, ultimately realizing the true purpose of their findings.

Evocative of ‘60s Italian cinema, MR. KAPLAN will delight audiences with its unique blend of comedy and drama, its sprightly soundtrack, Wes Anderson-esque cinematography, and sweet ensemble cast.

Special Guest: Héctor Noguera, Star of Mr. Kaplan

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