Gitel 5GITEL
Sunday, November 8
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Hiway Theater
Premiere Status: US Premiere
Director: Robert Mullan
Genre: Narrative
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2014
Running Time: 115 min
Languages: Russian and Lithuanian with English subtitles


It’s 1969. Concert violinist Gitel Bargman (Marija Korenkaite) lives within the confines of her Lithuanian Soviet community and the brutal memories of the Nazi massacre in Kovno, Lithuania, which claimed the lives of her parents and two older sisters. Privy to Gitel’s inner torment and concerned for her welfare, her older brother Chaim (Gediminas Storpirstis) – who also survived the war – attempts to set Gitel up with Lev (Nikolaj Antonov), a bookish older man he envisions would be a good catch for his little sister. In fact, in Chaim’s overzealous mind, his beautiful and talented sister, having just turned 33, is ripe for the taking, at least when not lost in her own head, harboring intense feelings of guilt for being alive at all. Will Lev, a man battling his own demons, be able to break through the stronghold of Gitel’s self-perpetuating purgatory? Will the promise of love be enough for Lev to finally forgive his own mistakes and missteps? Thoroughly engaging and beautifully shot on location in Russia and Lithuania, Robert Mullan’s GITEL plays like an epic Russian melodrama seen through a Jewish lens.

Special Guests: Director Robert Mullan; Moderator Hannah Pollin-Galay

Community Partners: DoubleTree by Hilton, Hiway Theater, Holocaust Remembrance Foundation