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Menashe

by Joshua Z. Weinstein International Feature Film / Competition

The life of the ultra-Orthodox community of Jews in Borough Park, Brooklyn, is shaped by strict rules that remain rigid even in the face of bad fortune. Following the death of his wife, the not-so-Orthodox, sympathetic outsider Menashe Lustig is forced to give up his son to be raised in his brother-in-law’s family because, according to old traditions, it is forbidden for children to grow up in a household without a mother. When one day the Rabbi offers him the chance to take his son home for a week, Menashe must get to work: he has to master both his unstructured daily life and parental responsibilities while searching for a wife. MENASHE is a subtle yet highly emotional comedy, which depicts the peculiar reality of an insular world in the centre of New York with an almost documentary approach. Lead actor Menashe Lustig’s family history served as the inspiration for filmmaker Joshua Z. Weinstein's film, which has captivated viewers around the world since its premiere at Sundance Film Festival.


  • Genre: Tragicomedy
  • Country, Year: USA, Israel, Canada, 2017
  • Runtime: 83 Min
  • Languages: Yiddish, English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: German, French, English
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  • Director: Joshua Z. Weinstein
  • Cast: Menashe Lustig, Ruben Niborski
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  • Screenplay: Joshua Z. Weinstein, Alex Lipschultz, Musa Syeed
  • Cinematography: Yoni Brook, Joshua Z. Weinstein
  • Editor: Scott Cummings
  • Sound: Ian Stynes
  • Music: Aaron Martin, Dag Rosenqvist
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  • Producers: Alex Lipschultz, Traci Carlson, Daniel Finkelman, Joshua Z. Weinstein, Yoni Brook
  • Co-Producers: Royce Brown, Melanie Zoey Weinstein, Nancy Medford, David Medford, Gal Greenspan, Maya Fischer
  • Executive Producers: Adam Margules, Danelle Eliav, Chris Columbus, Eleanor Columbus
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  • Production Companies: Shtick Film, Green Productions, Autumn Productions, Maiden Voyage Films, Where's Eve, Sparks Production
  • World Sales: Mongrel International
  • Swiss Distribution: Look Now! Filmverleih
  • www.menashemovie.com
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