Language: Russian, Hebrew (English subtitles)
Premiere Status: Australian Premiere
“When we arrived [in Israel] it was like coming from a different planet. Everything was so strange and bizarre for us and I want to capture this feeling.” - Director Evgeny Ruman
Husband and wife Victor and Raya Frenkel were the golden voices of the Soviet film dubbing for decades: all the Western movies that reached Soviet screens were dubbed by them. In 1990, with the collapse of Soviet Union, the Frenkels decided to make Aliyah and immigrate to Israel along with hundreds of thousands of Soviet Jews. However, in Israel there is no need for Russian speaking dubbing artists. Victor’s and Raya’s attempts to use their talent will cause bizarre and unexpected events during their first months in their new home, and turn the beginning of this chapter of their life into an amusing, painful, and absurd experience.
The Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF) celebrates extraordinary Jewish-themed film from Israel and the Jewish diaspora. In 2019, JIFF presents a diverse program of film from around the globe including Opening Night documentary 'Ask Dr Ruth', which celebrates the life and legacy of sex therapist Dr Ruth Westheimer; 'Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles' which considers the impact of Fiddler on the Roof the world over, and Closing Night feature 'Jojo Rabbit'. The new WW II satire film from Jewish Maori director Taika Waititi has its first Australian screenings at JIFF.