23rd Annual Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival

Metallic Blues (Contemporary World Cinema)
2004 - Germany, Israel, - 90 min

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DIRECTOR: Metallic Blues
CAST: Avi Kushnir, Moshe Ivgy

When an Arab-Canadian in a metallic blue 1985 Lincoln Continental Limousine drives into an Israeli car lot, the owner, Shmuel (Avi Kushnir), thinks he has landed the opportunity of a lifetime. He convinces his assistant Siso (Moshe Ivgy) to go into partnership with him to purchase the stretch limo. A dealer in Dusseldorf is offering many times what they finally pay for the same model. When they arrive in Hamburg to pick up the car en route to the German dealer their dreams begin to unravel. Customs police pull them aside as they are cautious of poorly dressed Middle Easterners in a huge American gas guzzler. For Shmuel this routine search begins hallucinations of the Germany his parents survived and fled some 60 years earlier. As the Nazi past erupts into Shmuel's present, this tragicomic road movie reveals the continuing impact of the Holocaust on the children of survivors. A warm and engaging tale of friendship and reconciliation, it was a critical and popular favourite at this year's Jerusalem International Film Festival. Whether in a moment of crisis or joy, the chemistry between Kushnir and Ivgy is perfect. Kushnir gives a compelling performance as the charming Shmuel, who often needs to be brought back down to earth by his friend. Siso himself is confronted with facing the fact he has risked his family's future on a deal which is not paying off.-AM One of Israeli filmmaking’s most exciting talents, Danny Verete’s filmmography includes the hightly acclaimed worldwide hit Yellow Asphalt (’00), Here is Not There (’97), and A Black Spot in the Desert (’94). He received best Israeli screenplay for Metallic Blues and screen veteran Moshe Ivgy was honoured with the best actor award at this year’s Jerusalem Film Festival.

PRODUCER: Suzanne Girard, Klaus Rettig, Danny Verete
EDITOR: Rachel Yagil
MUSIC: Michel Cusson
PRINT SOURCE: Media Luna International film Sales

Thursday, April 14 7:30pm Crown Theaters Block E
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Tuesday, April 19 9:30pm St. Anthony Main Theatre