USA, Israel, 2017, 82 min.

Directed by Alison Chernick

Israel Embassy of Israel Sofia

From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to… Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s transcendent violin playing evokes the depth of the human experience. This enchanting documentary details the virtuoso’s own struggles as a polio survivor and Jewish émigré, and reminds us why art is vital to life.

From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician, to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, ITZHAK is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love.

Festivals and Awards:

  • DOC NYC, New York, USA 2018
  • Nomination for Best Music Film Grammy Awards 2019 Best of Fest
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA 2018
  • Audience Award
  • Miami Jewish Film Festival, USA 2018

Cine Grand Park Center 08.04, 19:30
Lumiere Lidl 09.04, 18:45
Odeon 13.04, 17:00
Lucky Cinema home 09.04, 19:00
FCC – Varna 09.04, 18:00