Kaddish for a Friend

Poster for Kaddish for a Friend This Film Supports This SiteBeyond all societal conventions, KADDISH FOR A FRIEND tells the authentic and touching tragicomic story of an intense friendship between two mismatched heroes in today's Berlin.
Russian Jew and WWII veteran Alexander Zamskoy, now 84, does not want to go into a retirement home. He rights against the strains of his age, holed up with all his memories in his flat in Kreuzberg, observing the district's decline with relaxed cynicism. His Palestinian neighbor, 14-year-old Ali Messalem, has quite different problems: he longs for nothing more than to be accepted by his fellow Arab youths. In a test of courage, he breaks into the home of the Jewish arch enemy. The situation escalates into wrecking the apartment with wild abandon. Criminal charges arise, threatening sentencing and deportment. Alexander is willing to withdraw the charges under one condition: Ali will help him to completely renovate the place so the social services will determine that he, Alexander, is capable of taking care of himself. Dependent on one another, their initial distance and hostility move through interest, recognition and tolerance into a genuine friendship. But when Alexander is unable to keep his promise to prevent Ali from having to appear before court, the boy's deep-seated prejudices come to the fore again. Full of rage and disappointment, he breaks from the old Jew. With passionate conviction and the last of this strength, Alexander mobilizes for their special friendship...
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Festivals the film was shown at before 2015 March

  • „Au fil(m) du temps“- 15. Brussels JFF d’IMAJ Brüssel, Belgium
  • „Deutsche Filmwochen in Polen“, Kattowitz, Breslau, Posen, Oppeln, Grünberg, Krakau, Poland
  • „Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers“ Film Festival, Shaoxing China: BEST FOREIGN ACTOR BY AUDIENCE AWARD to Ryszard Ronczewski
  • „Les Enfants du Cinema“ Int. FF, Ardennes, France: Audience Award Best Feature Film
  • 1. Giffoni Experience – Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 1. Int. Festival of Film Producers REGIOFUN, Katowice Polen: Out of Competition Panorama Section,
  • 1. Tashkent Int. Film Forum „Golden Guepard“, Usbekistan: Competition, Special Jury Award „DIALOGUE OF CULTURES IN ART“
  • 10. Festival Internacional de cine judio, Col. Polanco, Mexico
  • 10. Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Poland: GRAND PRIX Best Movie of the 2012 Festival & BEST ACTOR for Ryszard Ronczewski
  • 10. Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival, Ohio,: Opening Night Film,
  • 10th Fresno Jewish Film Series, Fresno CA: Opening Night,
  • 11. AUDI Festival of German Films, Australia
  • 11. Jewish Arts and Film Festival of Fairfield County, CT USA: Opening Night, AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
  • 11. Mobile Jewish Film Festival, Alabama, USA
  • 12. Ames Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival, New York State: „Opening Night Film“,
  • 12. Annual Beth Tzedec Congregation JFF, Calgary, Canada
  • 12. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Georgia
  • 12. Broward County Jewish Film Festival, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: Closing Event,
  • 13. Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival, Hong Kong: AUDIENCE AWARD Best Feature
  • 13. Jewish Film Festival Jerusalem, Israel
  • 13. Rutgers New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, NJ
  • 14. Festival de Cine Judio de Barcelona, Spain
  • 15. Kristiansand Int. Children’s Film Festival BARNEFILMFESTIVAL, Norway
  • 15. Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival, Detroit, Michigan, USA
  • 15. Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival, Wisconsin USA
  • 15. Religion Today Film Festival Trento, Italy: Competition, Special Mention from: Giuria SIGNIS & Prix Giuria Interreligiosa Trento da Silvio Franchi
  • 15. Shanghai Int. Film Festival, China + Beijing German Films Screenings, China: Focus Germany,
  • 15. UK Jewish Film Festival London, England
  • 15. Univerciné Allemand, Nantes, France: Competition,
  • 16. Festival de Cinema Judaico de Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 16. Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival, Connecticut
  • 16. Miami Jewish Film Festival, FL, USA: Competition, AUDIENCE AWARD Best Feature
  • 17. Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, Arizona USA
  • 17. Int. Film Festival for Children and Young Audience SCHLINGEL, Chemnitz, GER: Competition Blickpunkt Deutsch-land,
  • 18. Saint Louis Jewish Film Festival, Missouri
  • 19. JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum, Pennsylvania: AUDIENCE AWARD for Best Narrative Film
  • 19. Randi & Bruce Pergament Jewish Film Festival, East Hills, NY State: Opening Night,
  • 2. Sankt Petersburg Int. Film Festival „Kinoforum“: Out of Competition Euphoria, WP 14.7.11
  • 20. Portland Jewish Film Festival, Oregon
  • 20. Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Kanada
  • 21. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, San Jose, California: AUDIENCE AWARD Best Feature
  • 22. San Diego Jewish Film Festival, California
  • 22. Washington Jewish Film Festival, Destrict of Columbia: AUDIENCE FAVORITE FEATURE AWARD
  • 22nd Tucson International Jewish Film Festival, Arizona
  • 23. Boston Jewish Film Festival, Massachusetts: Opening Film, AUDIENCE AWARD „Best Feature Fiction Film“
  • 24. CASTELLINARIA Festival Internazionale del Cinema giovane: Competition 6 - 15, Main Award „CASTELLO D’ORO“ & Menzione Giuria „FUORI LE MURA“
  • 24. Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, Canada
  • 25. Internationales Filmfest Braunschweig: Out of Competition „Neue Deutsche Filme“,
  • 28. Buffalo Intern. Jewish Film Festival, NY State
  • 29. BUFF Filmfestival Malmö, Sweden: Panorama,
  • 3. Jüdische Filmtage München
  • 3. Kirchliches Filmfestival Recklinghausen, Germany: MAIN AWARD
  • 32. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, California
  • 34. Kino! New Cinema from Germany, MoMa NY, USA
  • 35. Int. Kinderfilm Festival LUCAS, Frankfurt a.M., Germany: Competition Youth,
  • 4. Festival des Deutschen Films in Vietnam, Hanoi & more
  • 41. Giffoni Film Festival: Competition Generator +13, Menzione speciale la Giuria CGS Ragazzi „Percorsi Creativi“ 2011
  • 45. Internationale Hofer Filmtage: DP 27.10.11
  • 5. Chattanooga Jewish Film Series, TN, USA: Opening Film,
  • 6. Delmenhorster Kinder- und Jugendfilmfestival
  • 6. Festival de Cine Judio de Caracas, Venezuela
  • 63. BERLINALE Int. Filmfestspiele Berlin, Germany: German Cinema – Lola @ Berlinale,
  • 7. Giffoni Albania, Tirana
  • 7. Zagreb Jewish Film Festival, Croatia
  • 8. Festival AUGENBLICK, Elsass, France: Competition, LE PRIX DU PUBLIC 2012 (Audience Award)
  • 8. Houston Jewish Film Festival, Texas: Opening Film,
  • 8. JFF of Central NJ, Scotch Plains, NJ
  • 9. JCC Rockland Film Festival, West Nyack, NY State
  • 9th Ventura County Jewish Film Festival, CA, USA: Opening Film,
  • Athens GA JFF, USA
  • Austin Jewish Film Festival, Texas, USA
  • Baltimore Jewish Film Festival, Maryland
  • BiancoNero Youth Screening, Trento, Italy
  • BUSTER Copenhagen Int. Film Festival for Children and Youth: Competition Youth,
  • Central Mass Jewish Film Series 2012, Worcester, Massachusetts: Opening Night,
  • Cincinnati JFF, USA
  • Cine Sparks Film Festival for young people, Brisbane, Qld Australien
  • Cleveland Jewish FilmFest, Ohio
  • Columbia Jewish Film Festival, SC, USA
  • Columbus Jewish Film Festival, Ohio
  • Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival, Dänemark
  • Crossing Cultures Festival, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • Dayton Jewish International Film Festival, Ohio: AUDIENCE AWARD Best Feature Film
  • Desert Film Society,Palm Springs, CA
  • Deutsche Filmreihe, Temeswar, Romania
  • Deutsche Tage in Rostow am Don, Russia
  • Deutscher Filmpreis LOLA 2013 Berlin, Germany: LOLA 2013 Best Feature Film for Children & Youth
  • East Bay Int. Jewish Film Festival Oakland Californien
  • Edmonton Jewish Film Festival, Alberta, Canada
  • Festival de Cinéma Scolaire VO/CO, France
  • Festival of Tolerance Sarajevo, Croatia
  • Film at the JCC in Manhattan, New York, NY, USA
  • German Film Festival Singapore, Singapore
  • Glasgow Youth Film Festival, Scotland
  • Grand Rapids Jewish Film Festival, Michigan
  • Greenwich JCC, CT USA
  • Inverness Film Festival, Scotland: Competition,
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton, USA
  • Jewish Film Festival of Australia in Sydney & Melbourne, Australia
  • Jüdisches Filmfestival Wien, Austria
  • Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, CA
  • Louisville Jewish Film Festival, KY, USA
  • LYOLA, Lyon, France
  • Maine JFF, USA
  • Martha’s Vineyard Jewish Film Series, Massachusetts
  • MFG-Star 2012 Baden-Baden, Germany: Competition, MAIN AWARD MFG-STAR 2012 given to Leo Khasin
  • Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival, Minnesota
  • Monterey Peninsula Jewish Int. Film Festival Carmel, CA, USA: Closing night,
  • Naples JFF, FL, USA
  • New Brunswick JFF, USA
  • New Jersey Jewish Film Festival
  • Nice Jewish Film Festival, France
  • Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival, Fairfax, USA
  • Orange County Int. JFF, Laguna Beach, CA, USA: Opening Night,
  • OTHER FESTIVALS
  • Park City Film Music Festival, Utah USA: Competition,
  • Philadelphia Jewish FF, Pennsylvania
  • Pioneer Valley JFF, West Springfield, MA USA
  • Potsdam Jewish Film Series, NY State
  • San Antonio Jewish Film Festival, Barshop, Texas, USA
  • Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival, CA
  • Seattle Jewish Film Festival, WA, USA
  • Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Stockholm Jewish Film Festival, Sweden
  • The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach JFF, CA, USA: Audience Award Best Feature Film
  • Triad JFF, Greensboro, USA
  • Virginia Peninsula JFF on Merchants Square, VA , USA: Opening Night,
  • Westchester Jewish Film Festival, Pleasantville NY
  • ZLIN Film Festival 52. Int. Film Festival for Children and Youth, Czech Republic: European First Film Competition,

Shown at

  1. 11th Annual Austin Jewish Film Festival - 2013
  2. 12th Annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival (Ann Arbor) - 2013
  3. 12th Annual Mobile Jewish Film Festival - 2013
  4. 12th Annual San Antonio Jewish Film Festival - 2013
  5. 13º Punta del Este Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  6. 15th Annual Jewish Film Festival of Grand Rapids - 2013
  7. 15th Annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival (Detroit) - 2013
  8. 15th Annual Louisville Jewish Film Festival - 2013
  9. 16th CAJE Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2013
  10. 18th Annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival - 2013
  11. 22nd Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2011
  12. 28th Annual Buffalo International Jewish Film - 2013
  13. Annual Northern Virginia International Jewish Film Festival - 2013
  14. Athens Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  15. Boston Jewish Film Festival - 2011
  16. Cincinnati Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - Summer Cinema Series - 2014
  17. Columbia Jewish Film Festival - 2013
  18. Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  19. Edmonton Jewish Film Festival - 2013
  20. Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival - 2013
  21. International Jewish Film Fest (Binghamton) - 2014
  22. Maine Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  23. Monterey Peninsula Jewish International Film Festival - 2013
  24. Naples Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  25. Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2013
  26. Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival - 2013
  27. Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  28. Southwest Michigan Jewish Film Festival - 2013
  29. St. Louis Jewish Film Festival - 2013
  30. Triad Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  31. Tucson International Jewish Film Festival - 2013
  32. Zsido Film Fesztival - 2014

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