About Menemsha Films

Menemsha Films, founded in 1998 by Neil Friedman, is dedicated to distributing the highest-quality art house films, hand-picked from around the globe. Menemsha Films set a record, discovering and representing five Academy Award nominees for five years in a row.

Our catalog includes:

THE RAPE OF EUROPA, a stunning documentary that uncovers the chilling and untold story behind the Nazi’s systematic looting of Europe’s art treasures. THE RAPE OF EUROPA continues the story to the present, featuring the David and Goliath story of Maria Altmann’s quest to return her family’s legacy – the luminous and priceless Gustav Klimt paintings – to their rightful owners.

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LIVE AND BECOME, which won the Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival and shattered all-time box office records in France. The film received a rare standing ovation at the Telluride Film Festival and has won an unprecedented number of Audience Awards at Berlin, Copenhagen, Vancouver, as well as at the Boston, Washington, Atlanta, and Miami Jewish Film Festivals.

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BEAUTY IN TROUBLE, an award winning Czech film ,by director Jan Hrebejk, that explores a young woman’s romantic dilemma: torn between a primal connection and the need to provide for her children, she loves two men. Set against the backdrop of the recent floods in Prague, BEAUTY IN TROUBLE is full of unexpected twists, humor and amazing performances culminating in a surprising and paradox ending.

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RASHEVSKI'S TANGO, by award-winning Belgian filmmaker Sam Garbarski (also the director of Irina Palm, starring Marianne Faithful).

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BELZEC, an Official Selection of the prestigious Venice Film Festival, and the final chapter in Executive Producer Claude Lanzman’s epic Holocaust masterpiece, SHOAH.

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A TOUCH OF SPICE, the most successful Greek film in Greece in history.

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MACHUCA, set in Chile, 1973, this is an astonishingly intimate and painful coming-of-age story about a pair of 12-year-old boys from opposite extremes of society who form an unlikely friendship during the last days of President Allende and the first days of Pinochet.

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GLOOMY SUNDAY, Menemsha Films broke records with its theatrical release, overcoming Cinema Paradiso for the longest consecutive week theatrical release. The film’s U.S. box office topped $1.5 million and was released on Warner Brother’s DVD label in 2006.

Menemsha’s film library encompasses 25 titles -- click on MOVIES to discover your very own undiscovered masterpiece.

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