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Sheva Brachot

In this captivating bittersweet comedy/drama, which swept the Israeli Academy Awards with an impressive ten wins, including Best Film, we are immersed in the dynamic world of a lively Moroccan-Jewish family gathering for a cross-cultural wedding. Set in early ’90s Jerusalem, the celebration of a union between a Moroccan-Jewish bride and a French-Ashkenazi groom brings festering secrets to the forefront against a backdrop of joy, laughter, and a rich tapestry of languages.

As the Seven Blessings ritual unfolds—a week of celebratory meals dedicated to the newlyweds—the veneer of happiness begins to crack, revealing deep-seated wounds entrenched in ancient tradition. With a stellar Israeli cast drawn from the filmmaker’s own multi-ethnic background, this authentic and engrossing tale navigates a complex web of relationships, culture, and forgiveness amidst conflicting interpretations of shared memories. A true masterpiece, this film offers a poignant exploration of family dynamics and the enduring power of love and tradition.

Sponsored by:
Lyle Pullan
Arlene Howard and Irv Dardick
Art Toft
Cyndi and Max Mintzber
Shuli Ben Moshe
Norman Gladstone and Birgit Westergaard
Deborah Roitberg and Jack Amar

Festivals and Awards

  • Winner: Best Film - Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, 2023
  • Winner: Best Director - Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, 2023
  • Winner: Best Actress - Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, 2023
  • Winner: Best Supporting Actress - Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, 2023
  • Winner: Best Screenplay - Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, 2023
  • Nominee: Best Foriegn Language Film - Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2024

Screening Details

Film Info

Year2023
CountryIsrael
DirectorAyelet Menahemi
CastReymonde Amsallem, Tikva Dayan, Rivka Bahar
Runtime 108 min
LanguageHebrew, French, Arabic w/English subtitles
Genre , ,

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