Philadelphia Premiere
Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018
Time: 7 PM
Location: Gershman Y

Director: Jacob Goldwasser
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: Israel
Year: 2018
Running Time: 1 hr 38 min
Language: In Hebrew with English subtitles

General Admission: $15
Seniors: $13
Students: FREE (*for our rules and regulations on Student tickets, click HERE)

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In this emotional Israeli family dramedy, surly mechanic Reuven (Doval’e Glickman, Big Bad Wolves) reluctantly takes in his exuberant special-needs son, Gadi (Nevo Kimchi, Footnote), after his mother’s untimely death. As Gadi becomes accustomed to life with Reuven, Reuven’s world turns upside down by his newfound obligations of supervisor and caregiver. Yet, something has awoken in Reuven since Gadi came back into his life. In discovering that he enjoys both the responsibility and affection afforded by parenthood, Reuven vows to make up for his past shortcomings before it is too late.

Thoughtful, poignant, and unexpectedly funny, SHOELACES explores the complex dynamics of adult parent-child relationships through the delicate lens of its special-needs hero.

Special Guests: Eran Polishuk, Director of Film and Media at Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel, New York; Misha Zubarev, Director of ACHEINU.


For Fans of:

  • Family dramas
  • Father-son dramas
  • Inspirational films
  • Israeli cinema
  • Rom-coms
  • Tearjerkers

Screening with Shoelaces

Philadelphia Premiere
Directed by Misha Zubarev | Narrative Short | Israel | 2017 | 5 min | In Hebrew with English subtitles

While waiting for a bus in the hot, barren desert, a former secular IDF soldier and an elderly Orthodox man converse and discover that they have much more in common than they thought.

Official Selection:

  • Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival
  • Chicago Jewish Film Festival
  • Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival
  • Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
  • San Diego Jewish Film Festival
  • Seattle Jewish Film Festival