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Zorro’s Bar Mitzva

Film Information

Exhibition Title Zorro’s Bar Mitzva
Original Title Zorros Bar Mizwa
English Title Zorro’s Bar Mitzva
Director Ruth Beckermann
Year 2006
Format 35 mm
Colour Color
Duration 90'
  • Dirección / Director: Ruth Beckermann
  • Guión / Scriptwriter: Ruth Beckermann
  • Fotografía / Cinematography: Nurith Aviv, Leena Koppe, André Wanne
  • Edición / Editing: Dieter Pichler, Thomas Woschitz
  • Producción / Producer: Ruth Beckermann
  • Compañía Productora / Production Company: Ruth Beckermann Filmproduktion
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Ruth Beckermann is Viennese and so are the Jewish families in this documentary, but some of these images could have been shot in the porteño neighborhood of Villa Crespo. The traditions of the Hebrew religion repeat themselves, as well as the pomp saved for the great family events, whose representations tend to induce involuntary laughs. The filmmaker focuses on four well-to-do Viennese families, a detail that aggravates the artsy streak of the celebrations. Three teenage boys celebrate their bar mitzvah –and one girl, it’s female version, the bat mitzvah– with relatives and schoolmates, and they do it in a big way: in Israel. The invitations aren’t cards but videos that have them as actors, and the bar mitzvah planner showcases the new trend: theme festivity, which will allow one of the sentenced to play Zorro himself. The documentary becomes a comedy and provokes laughter through recognition, between peplum scenes and videos with “page-turn” effect.


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