The Opening Ceremony of the 17th Warsaw Jewish Film Festival will take place on November 18, 2019 at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

The ceremony will feature the Polish premiere of the film “Crescendo # makemusicnotwar”, directed by Dror Zahavi and produced by Alice Brauner. It is the story of an outstanding conductor who creates a Palestinian-Israeli orchestra. The two groups of talented musicians, led by the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Jew Ron, are deeply mistrustful of each other. Will these young people, affected by terrorist attacks and occupation, find a way to bridge their differences and forget about hatred during the weeks of rehearsals in South Tyrol?

Loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Academy-Award nominated director Dror Zahavi (“Alexander Penn”, “Everything for my Father”) directs this gripping drama as a constantly growing ‘crescendo’, rising the tension and conflicts until the last frame. Lead actor Peter Simonischek (“Toni Erdmann”) stars next to a highly convincing selection of up-and-coming actors like Daniel Donskoy (“Victoria”) and Sabrina Amali (“4 Blocks”). A remarkable theatrical movie and contribution to the world-wide efforts towards understanding, humanity and peace.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film creators.

„Crescendo #makemusicnotwar” dir. Dror Zahav, producer Alice Brauner, Germany 2019, POLIN Museum, November 18, 7:30 PM

The program of the 17th Warsaw Jewish Film Festival will include over 30 new Jewish films from Poland, Israel, the United States, Germany, Canada, Australia, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Great Britain. The main goal of the festival is to present various perspectives and voices, show the diversity of modern Jewish life and include historical topics, including films about the Holocaust.

The full festival program and screenings schedule will be announced on October 31st!

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