PJFF 21 Trailer of the Day: The Ballad of the Weeping Spring

Ballad of the Weeping Spring

Torn apart by tragedy, a legendary band reunites to play an emotional final concert in THE BALLAD OF THE WEEPING SPRING, a stylized homage to Spaghetti Westerns, samurai epics, and South American mysticism, shot entirely in Israel but set in a mythical time and place. With a pervasive pan-ethnic soundtrack serving as the film’s backbone, the story centers on the brooding Jossef Tawila, once the leader of a Mizrahi band (a unique musical form combining Middle Eastern and North African influences), who lives a hermit-like existence in the wake of a terrible accident. In a series of quirky vignettes across stunning exotic locations, Tawila brings together his old musician buddies to grant the last wishes of a dying friend, while healing his own tortured soul. Nominated for nine Israeli Academy Awards, with wins for Best Original Music, Best Original Soundtrack, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design. (105 mins.)

FOLLOWED BY

STAND UP!
ISRAEL, 2011
DIRECTOR: ASI TZOBEL

Dudi, a distracted young yeshiva student, secretly dreams of being a stand-up comic, but it’s a secret that may have a price. (25 mins.)

 

THE BALLAD OF THE WEEPING SPRING and STAND UP! are being presented as part of the 21st Portland Jewish Film Festival on Saturday, June 22 at 8p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Special thanks to our Festival sponsors: Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation; BedMart; Cedar Sinai Park; Portland Chapter of Hadassah; Hasson Realty; the Holzman Foundation; Honest Tea; the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco; Jerry Eckstein, CPA; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Paul and Joan Sher; J Street Portland; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Oregon Israel Business Alliance; Oregon Jewish Museum; Oregon Israel Community Foundation; Portland Jewish Academy; Diane Solomon Family Fund; Wieden+Kennedy; and Ruben J. and Elizabeth Menashe.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Festival passes available here.

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