Absorbing family dramedy Shoelaces to screen at MSU’s Procrastinator
Bozeman’s fifth annual Jewish Film Festival continues Thursday, June 13th at 7pm with a presentation of acclaimed film, Shoelaces. The screening will take place at the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building on the Montana State university campus.
Nominated for eight Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film, Shoelaces is a wholly engaging, tender family dramedy about the knotty relationship between an aging, irascible mechanic and the exuberant special-needs son he abandoned long before.
With his ex-wife’s untimely demise, Reuven (Doval’e Glickman, in an Israeli Academy Award-winning role) is suddenly thrust into the position of caring for his now-grown son, whom he first considers placing in a group home. The transition is fraught with difficulty for both, as Reuven wrestles with the obligations of parenting a child with disabilities, while thirty-something Gadi (Nevo Kimchi) grieves the loss of the mother who nurtured and shielded him. Adjusting to their new circumstances, Gadi lends a hand in his father’s Jerusalem auto repair shop and befriends the locals at a neighborhood café. Reuven vows to atone for past shortcomings, over time warming to Gadi’s boundless optimism, infectious laugh and seemingly infinite capacity for love. Their co-dependent bond will be tested by tribulations that prompt complicated ethical and legal questions with profound ramifications.
The Jewish Film Festival is organized and sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom, along with MSU’s Jewish Student Association, MSU Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons, and Bozeman Film Society.
Future films to be shown at the Procrastinator include: The Tobacconist on June 20th, The Last Supper on June 26th, Red Cow on July 3rd, and The Light of Hope to close this year’s slate on July 17th. All films begin at 7pm. Admission is free and open to the public. For descriptions of all films, please visit www.bethshalombozeman.org/community/#specialevents. •