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Magic Men (2014)

An elderly Greek man and his Hassidic rapper son embark on a journey with absurd encounters, which ultimately leads them to a final confrontation of father and son.

Directors:

Guy Nattiv, Erez Tadmor

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Guy Nattiv (idea by), Guy Nattiv (story & screenplay) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ariane Labed ... Maria
Zohar Shtrauss ... Yehuda Kofinas
Vangelis Mourikis ... Markaris Theo
Makram Khoury ... Avraham Kofinas
Hilla Vidor ... Rivka
Errikos Litsis ... (rumored)
Nony Geffen ... Yonatan (rumored)
Shoshana Shani-Lavie ... (as Shoshik Shani)
Aryeh Cherner Aryeh Cherner ... (rumored)
Marina Tsigonaki Marina Tsigonaki ... Marina Klematis (tv hostess)
Ofira Rahamim ... Dniela (rumored)
Aya Kaplun Aya Kaplun
Zisis Papaioannou Zisis Papaioannou
Roy Butbul Roy Butbul ... Thomas
Efthymis Dimitriou Efthymis Dimitriou ... (rumored)
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A Magical journey of a 78 year old man and his religious Chasidic rapper son to Greece searching for an old magician who saved the father's lives. The journey leads them to absurd encounters, and brings them to a final test of father and son. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Israel

Language:

Greek | English | Hebrew

Release Date:

27 March 2014 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Az élet művészei See more »

Filming Locations:

Santorini, Greece See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Pie Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Bittersweet
3 August 2014 | by sfdphdSee all my reviews

I saw this film at the Jewish Film Festival in San Francisco. Enjoyed it more than I expected. It was promoted as a father-son story, with what seemed to be a focus on the father's disapproval of the son's religiosity. That's part of the story, yes, but really the main plot is about the father's search for the man who saved his life from the Nazis. I had no idea that the Nazis invaded Greece and sent the Jews there to concentration camps. I'd never heard of Jews in Greece but apparently they were part of the Holocaust too. Fascinating story.

Anyway, I was intrigued by the father's journey from Israel to Greece and his search for the man who had rescued him so many years ago. That search leads him and his son into various strange encounters that are both amusing and sad, and some quite surprising. If you have any interest in Jewish and/or Greek history and culture, and can appreciate diversity in Jewish and Greek characters, you will probably enjoy this film. The cinematography highlighted the beauty of Greece and made me want to visit someday...


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