The 23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival – Opening Night Selection MAGIC MEN


In this moving road trip comedy, 78-year-old Greek-born atheist and Holocaust survivor Avraham and his estranged, middle-aged, Hasidic rapper son travel from Israel to Greece searching for the man who saved the father’s life during World War II. Arriving there against the backdrop of the ongoing financial crisis, the two are forced to confront their prickly relationship and a cross-cultural, cross-generational adventure takes shape as the men reclaim the past. Punctuated by touching moments of humor and affection, spectacular panoramas of the Adriatic coast, and a vibrant, Greek-infused musical score, MAGIC MEN was nominated for four Israeli Academy Awards, with a win for Best Actor Makram Khoury. (100 mins.)

Welcome to the 23rd annual Portland Jewish Film Festival, produced by the Northwest Film Center and co-presented with the Institute for Judaic Studies. While the Festival specifically celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture, and identity, we hope that these films, and the stories they tell, resonate beyond their settings and speak to universal experiences and issues that confront our common humanity.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Oregon Israel Fund of OJCF; Oregon Jewish Life Magazine; Leonard & Lois Schnitzer Charitable Supporting Fund of OJCF; Diane Solomon, Family fund; Cedar Sinai Park; Schnitzer Care Foundation; Reuben & Liz Menashe; Carolyn Weinstein, Hasson Realtors; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Community Warehouse; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Portland Jewish Academy; Holzman Foundation; JStreet; German Consulate; Jewish Family & Child Services and Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education; Cong. Neveh Shalom and Cong. Shaarie Torah.

MAGIC MEN screens Sunday, June 14 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The program is being presented as part of the 23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival.

Tickets are available online or at the door. Festival passes are available for purchase here.

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