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Directed by Jacob Goldwasser

Israel, 2018

Drama

Hebrew (with English subtitles)

90 minutes

"Shoelaces" tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son, whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy. Reuben's (60) kidney's are failing and his son Gadi (35), wants to donate one of his own kidney's to help save his father's life. However, the transplant committee objects to the procedure claiming that Rueben, acting as Gadi's sole legal guardian, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Gadi, who recently lost his mother, is afraid of losing his father as well. He feels he finally has the chance to do something meaningful; to become a man and stand on his own. He's furious with the committee's decision and sets out to fight for his right to save his father's life. Through the film's portrayal of a relationship full of love, rejection and co-dependency, it manages to shed some light and question the importance of human life, human connection and if life is even possible without it either one of them.

Statement from Director Jacob Goldwasser:
"Shoelaces" is a special project for me.  As a father of a special needs son, I never felt that the depiction of special needs characters on film rang true.  However, when I saw Nevo Kimchi's work, I was dumbfounded.  He created a special needs character, who was human and real, filled with humor, optimism and charm."

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Awards

Winner - Audience Choice Award

Berkshire Jewish Film Festival 2019

Winner - Audience Award

Indianapolis Jewish & Israeli Film Festival 2019

Winner - Audience Favorite Award

Baltimore Jewish Film Festival 2019

 

Winner - Best Feature Narrative

Cherry Hill Volvo Cars Jewish Film Festival at the Katz JCC 2019

 

Winner - Audience Award

Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2019

Winner - Best Feature Film

Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival 2019

Winner - Audience Award

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2019

Winner - Audience Award

Boston Israeli Film Festival 2019

Winner, Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film - Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles 2018

Winner - Best Supporting Actor (Dov Glickman) - 2018 Ophir Awards (Israel's Academy Awards)

Nominated for 8 Ophir Awards (Israel's Academy Awards) including Best Picture of the Year!