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"The Ballad of the Weeping Spring"

Closing Night Film is a Falafel Western

downloadThings you should know about “The Ballad of the Weeping Spring,” the closing night film in the Boulder Jewish Film Festival Sponsored by the Millstone Evans Group of Raymond James:

  • It was nominated for nine Israeli Academy Awards, with wins for Best Original Music, Best Original Soundtrack, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design.
  • Director Beni Toraty borrows heavily from “The Magnificent Seven,” which in turn borrowed even more heavily from “Seven Samurai.”
  • Toraty has said he made “The Ballad of the Weeping Spring” in large part to honor his parents, Iranian Jews forced to leave all their belongings behind when they fled their country for Israel in the massive aliyah of the early 1950s. What they brought with them was their love for Persian classical music.
  • This is a riveting drama with outstanding music – described as “a pervasive pan-ethnic sound” – with heavy doses of humor and romance.
  • The location is Israel but no places are named.
  • The time is the present, more or less, but no dates are specified.
  • This combination buddy-film, road movie, and cowboy flick has been dubbed a “Falafel Western.”
  • TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE: CLICK HERE 

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About Kathryn Bernheimer

Director of Menorah: Arts, Culture and Education at the Boulder JCC. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time."

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