The Prince and the Dybbuk

Showings

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 Thu, Apr 26, 2018 5:45 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre Fri, Apr 27, 2018 1:00 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre Thu, May 3, 2018 9:15 PM
Film Info
Runtime:82
Copyright:2017
Country Listing:Poland
Germany
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Language:English
Italian
Hebrew
Ukrainian
Yiddish
Polish
German
Spanish
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Film & Filmmakers
Jewish Interest
Mystery & Intrigue
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Elwira Niewiera
Piotr Rosolowski
Producer(s):Malgorzata Zacharko
Matthias Miegel

Description

He was an acclaimed Hollywood producer, a Polish aristocrat, a lying scoundrel, a gay man married to an Italian countess and the director of The Dybbuk, one of the most important Jewish films ever made. Winner of Venice Film Festival's Best Documentary on Cinema, this spellbinding detective story searches the globe and film history with one question: who was Michal Waszynski, really? Born Moshe Waks, the son of a poor Jewish blacksmith in Ukraine, he died in Italy as a Polish prince with an oeuvre of more than 50 films, including hits with Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale and Orson Welles. Using their signature vibrant camerawork and artful narrative sense, acclaimed filmmakers Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski (The Domino Effect) reconstruct him as the modern-day Wandering Jew, a restless storyteller who, obsessed with the shtetls of his adapted masterpiece The Dybbuk, reinvents himself time and again, rejecting his true identity until he finally escapes it. Myrocia Watamaniuk

Co-presented with Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

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Additional Information

Women and Hollywood - "Hot Docs 2018 Women Directors: Meet Elwira Niewiera?—?“The Prince and the Dybbuk”"