16° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL
Short Film Competition 1998

ACHSHAV RACHMANINOV

AND NOW RACHMANINOV
by Daniel Syrkin
Country: Israel
Year: 1998
Duration: 12'


At the beginning of the 1990's a great number of Russians Jews moved to Israel permanently. Many of the new immigrants were forced to accept jobs that they were not used to. Vladimir, one of these new Russian refugees, works as a garbage man. One day he finds one old transistor radio that is broadcasting Sergei Rachmaninov's second piano concert on a pile of garbage. A sweet nostalgia lays siege to Vladimir until Shimon, the head garbage man, interrupts him. Shimon requisitions the radio but suddenly finds himself involved in a lot of trouble. "In 1990 more than a half million Russian Jews sought refuge in Israel due to the recession and the growing anti-Semitism in the ex-Soviet Union. The film tells the story of the conflict between Israeli and Russian culture, a conflict that is evident in the daily life of these new immigrants" (D. Syrkin).

Biography

film director

Daniel Syrkin

Daniel Syrkin (Moscow, 1971) comes from a family that moved from Russia to Israel in 1972. From 1990 to 1996 he was an Israeli army officer, discharged with the grade of captain. From 1994 to 1998 he took courses at BFA Film and Television at the University of Tel Aviv. He currently works as a director at Israeli Cable TV.

FILMOGRAFIA

Fully (cm), A Fistful of Popcorn (cm), Achshav Rachmaninov (cm, 1998), After the Rainbow (doc., cm, 1998).

Cast

& Credits

Director and screenplay: Daniel Syrkin.
Director of photography: Amir Alter.
Music: Golan Azoulai, Tal Blekhirovich.
Editor: Alon Alagem, Amir Ben Sira.
Cast and characters: Vladimir Khalemsky (Vladimir), Shimon Boutbul (Shimon), Annon Wolf (Benny), Golan Azoulai (Gaston), Yoav Rapaport (Hertzl).
Producer: Maya Leshem. Produzione e vendita all'estero: Shvilvil Productions, 134 Maalot Daphna street, 97762 Jerusalem, Israel, tel. fax +972-2-5814230, e-mail shvilvil@netvision.net.il

TFF

prizes

SHORT FILM COMPETITION 1998

Special Mention

CIPPUTI AWARD 1998

Best Film about the working world

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