A Film by: Yossi Madmony
Screenplay by: Erez Kav-El
(Israel, 2011, 105 Minutes, Color, Hebrew, English subtitles, Cast: Sasson Gabay, Henry David, Nevo Kimchi, Sarah Adler, Ruth Borenstein)
Winner of the Best Screenplay Award at Sundance . Winner of Best Film, Best Music and Best Editing at the Jerusalem FF. Winner of the Best Film award at Karlovy Vary FilmFestival.
Winner of the Grand Prix - Golden Warsaw Phoenix at the Jewish Motifs FF. Official Selection to the Toronto Int'l Film Festival.
When his business partner of many years dies suddenly, Yaakov Fidelman realizes his antique furniture restoration shop is on the point of bankruptcy. Fidelman's son, who doesn't get along with his father, wants to close the shop for good. "Without Malamud you are nothing!" Fidelman hears people say.
A ray of hope arrives in the form of apprentice Anton, who discovers an old Steinway piano in the back of the shop which could conceivably be spruced up and sold for big bucks. Will Mr Fidelman be able to establish peace within his own family and find tranquility within himself?
AWARDS, FESTIVALS & SCREENNINGS
Jerusalem International Film Festival 2011 - Winner of the Best Feature Film Award, Best Music Award and Best Editing Award Sundance Film Festival – Best Screenplay Award Karlovy Vary Film Festival – Best Film Award
Jewish Motifs Warsaw - Best Film Award Toronto Int'l Film Festival – Official Selection Nominated for 11 Israeli Film Academy Awards
Vienna Jewish Film Festival
UK Jewish Film Festival
World Cinema Ale Kino! Film Festival Warsaw Rendez-Vous Istanbul Hong Kong Embassy
Israeli Embassy in Zagreb Filmfest Hamburg Internetional Mediterranean Film Festival, Montpellier Taipei Film Festival Valladolid International Film Festival
Israeli Film Festival Tomsk Russia
Israeli Film Festival Novosibirsk Russia
Filmisreal - Amsterdam Israeli FF
Berlin Jewish Film Festival
Brazil Israeli Film Festival
Shalom Europe - Strasbourg JFF
Director Yossi Madmony & Producer Chaim Sharir victorious after Sundance FF (right) Karlovy Vary IFF (middle) and the Int. Juersalem FF. QUOTES:
"Those who appreciate a film in which things are expertly made or done will find one in "Restoration”. Gabay gives a terrific performance...the look is superb...the characters are well defined and the emotions genuine."
(Variety, John Anderson)
"An artfully elegantly madeand intelligently nuanced film... a gently compulsive look at contemporary Israeli society,beautifully shot and a real tenderness and compassion on view." (Screen International: Mark Adams)
“Well-crafted story that used to be a staple of European cinema and is rarely seen nowadays. The story feels so real that one can imagine it continuing after the film is over.”
"Beautifully crafted, “Restoration’’ is about the things we value, and what’s worth keeping" (The Boston Globe, Loren King)
"A reminder that Israeli cinema is often the most grown upin the world"
( Chicago Reader, Ben Sachs)