Ballad of the Weeping Spring Premier

Ballad of the Weeping Spring
Pittsburgh Premiere
Director: Beni Torati
2012, Israel, 105 minutes
Hebrew with subtitles

 

Twenty years after disappearing, a legendary lute player is coaxed out of self-imposed exile for a deathbed concert for a former band-mate. He sets off on an epic quest to recruit the best musicians in the land, leading a growing posse through smoky bars and gambling dens, where exotic North African/Middle Eastern music pervades the air and campfires light the night. This stylized, moody and surprising journey is part spaghetti western, part SEVEN SAMURAI, with musical instruments instead of weapons.

 

Winner - Best Original Music and Best Costume Design – Israeli Academy Awards

 

(Immediately follows the Jewish Federation’s Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration at the JCC)