Nominated for eight Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film, Shoelaces is a wholly engaging, tender family dramedy about the knotty relationship between an aging, irascible mechanic and the exuberant special-needs son he abandoned. With his ex-wife’s untimely demise, Reuven (Doval’e Glickman aka Shulem Shtisel), in an Israeli Academy Award-winning role) is suddenly thrust into the position of caring for his now-grown son, whom he first considers placing in a group home. The transition is fraught with difficulty for both.
A rare, honest depiction of special-needs characters, told with gentle humour and sensitivity, Shoelaces is the highly personal project of director Jacob Goldwasser, himself, a parent of a special-needs child.

Sponsored by: Margo Fluker and Barry Sanders, Ian and Sandy Penn, Jeremy Horwitz and Yael Rubanenko, Herb and Barbara Silber 

Festivals and Awards

  • Winner - Audience Choice Award; Berkshire Jewish Film Festival 
  • Winner - Audience Award; Indianapolis Jewish & Israeli Film Festival 
  • Winner - Audience Favorite Award; Baltimore Jewish Film Festival 
  • Winner - Audience Award; Seattle Jewish Film Festival 
  • Winner - Best Feature Film; Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival 
  • Winner - Audience Award; Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 
  • Winner - Audience Award; Boston Israeli Film Festival 
  • Winner - Best Supporting Actor (Dov Glickman) - 2018 Ophir Awards ​ 
  • Nominated for 8 Ophir Awards including Best Picture of the Year!

Screening Details

Film Info

Year2018
CountryIsrael
DirectorJacob Goldwasser
CastDov Glickman, Nevo Kimchi, Evelin Hagoel, Yafit Asulim
Runtime 98 min
LanguageHebrew w/English subtitles
Genre