Itzhak

Director Alison Chernik
Israel, United States / 82 min. / 2017 / English, Hebrew


A contemporary portrait of Itzhak Perlman, one of the world’s best violinists. An endearing journey, alongside his equally charismatic wife that exudes passion, kindness and wisdom.


This film brings us up close to world violin star Itzhak Perlman. A funny and intelligent guy who constantly verbalizes phrases that ponder and demystify what it means to educate musically or what it is for him to play the violin well, or reveal with no drama, how he has overcome life’s obstacles, a childhood in Israel in a hard-up family and the polio that made many people believe he could not have a career for all the talent he wielded. This is a human documentary, with an air of a Woody Allen film casting, that far from the chronological tradition, shows the life of this musician and his wife in the present, and only travels to the past when necessary. We see him fighting with the snow to get around New York in his wheelchair, playing with Billy Joel, recording with the Argentinean pianist Martha Argerich, reuniting with his native Tel Aviv, playing the United States anthem at a baseball game, his other great passion, sharing a wine with his friend Alan Alda.... And so, little by little, we get acquainted with a good guy, at peace with himself, who does what he likes best. It's that simple and complicated.

Entradas BCN

Details
Subtitles
VOSE

Showing format

Participation
in festivals
DOC NYC, Docaviv

Leadings
Itzhak Perlman, Toby Perlman, Billy Joel

Producer
Alison Chernick, American Masters Pictures

Film company

Film distributor

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