The Matchmaker

 

Film Info

Country Israel
Language Hebrew (with English subtitles)
Year of Release 2012
Running Time 112 minutes

Crew

Director Avi Nesher
Producer Moshe Edery
Producer Leon Edery
Producer Avraham Pirchi
Producer David Silber
Producer Chilik Michaeli
Producer Avi Nesher
Producer Tami Leon
Producer Natan Caspi
Co-Producer Shlomo Mograbi
Co-Producer Rami Damri
Co-Producer Eviatar Dotan
Director of Photography Michele Abramowicz A.F.C.
Editor Isaac Sehayek
Original Score Philippe Sarde
Writer Avi Nesher
Produced in Association with Keshet -  Hot - Praxis
Supported by the Yehoshua  Rabinovich Tel-Aviv Foundation for the Arts-Cinema Project

Cast

Yankele Bride Adir Miller
Clara Epstein Maya Dagan
Meir the Librarian Dror Keren
Yozi Burstein Dov Navon
Arik Burstein Tuval Shafir
Tamara Neta Porat
Nili Burstein Yarden Bar-Kochva
Sylvia Bat-El Papura
Moshe Abadi Kobi Farag
Tikva Abadi Yael Leventhal
Beni Abadi Tom Gal
Arik Burstein - Adult Eyal Shechter
Uncle Nadgi Eli Jaspan

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Synopsis

Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968, gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker. Yankele, a mysterious Holocaust survivor, has an office in back of a movie theater that shows only love stories, run by a family of seven Romanian dwarves in the seedy area by the port. Yankele introduces Arik to a new world, built on the ruins of an old one. As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work with Yankele, he falls in love with Tamara, his friend Beni's cousin. Tamara has just returned from America and is full of talk of women's rights, free love and rock and roll. The disparate parts of Arik's life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways as he lives through a summer that changes him forever. Avi Nesher's latest film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike any you've ever seen before.

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"The Matchmaker" Now Available on DVD

Fall in love with the perfect summer movie - Avi Nesher's beloved film The Matchmaker comes to DVD Tuesday, July 30th!

Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a mysterious matchmaker and Holocaust survivor during the summer of 1968. As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work with Yankele, the disparate parts of Arik's life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways. Avi Nesher's acclaimed film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike any you've ever seen before.

Also available now on iTunes and Video-on-Demand!

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"The Matchmaker" - Now in on DVD and iTunes

Fall in love with Israel's beloved film The Matchmaker! A smash hit in theaters across the U.S., The Matchmaker continues to play in select cities, and is now available to watch at home through iTunes and Video-on-Demand. The Matchmaker is adored by critics and audiences alike, earning an 86% 'Fresh' rating on RottenTomatoes.com. Acclaimed filmmaker Avi Nesher's latest film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike any you've ever seen before.

86% 'Fresh' Rating on Rotten Tomatoes!

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The Matchmaker

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Reviews

NPR

The Matchmaker... played by (Adir) Miller with a scene-stealing mix of warmth and restraint... balances its darkness and its uneasy scenes of characters reckoning with their pasts with the lightness of youthful romantic anxieties. The film intelligently portrays how, even years later, the memories of trauma can be enough to inhibit a person from finding happiness — and consequently, how essential love is.”

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Indiewire

“Top-notch, emotionally resonant... The Matchmaker is at heart an unexpectedly complex film about love, but also an examination of Israel in flux, a country with one foot in the past and another in the future – a weight that may never fully vacate Israeli shoulders.”

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The Village Voice

"The Matchmaker combines the tender tone of a film like Cinema Paradiso with a clear-eyed, street-level vantage on Israel’s summer of the Six-Day War."

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Awards

Audience Award - Best Feature Film
Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival 2011

Panavision Audience Choice Award
Best Israeli Film
Israel Film Festival NY 2011

Silver Plaque Award
Chicago International Film Festival 2010

Official Selection
Toronto International Film Festival 2010

Opening Night Film
Los Angeles Israeli Film Festival 2010

Nominated for 7 Israeli Academy Awards
Including Best Picture

Additional info

Watch highlights from The Jewish Channel's interview with writer/director Avi Nesher about his smash hit film The Matchmaker. (Segment begins at 6:30.)

Writer/director Avi Nesher spoke to NBC New York about The Matchmaker, and his inspiration for the film growing up in 60's Israel.

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