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A Film by: Yossi Madmony
(Israel, 2011, 105 Minutes, Color, Hebrew, English subtitles, Cast: Sasson Gabay, Henry David, Nevo Kimchi, Sarah Adler, Ruth Borenstein)

Nominated for 11 Israeli Film Academy Awards
Winner of the Best Screenplay Award at Sundance 
Winner of Best Film, Best Music and Best Editing at the Jerusalem FF
Winner of the Best Film award at Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Winner of the Grand Prix - Golden Warsaw Phoenix at the Jewish Motifs FF
Official Selection - Toronto Int'l Film Festival

When his business partner of many years dies suddenly, Yaakov Fidelman realizes his antique furniture restoration shop is on the point of bankruptcy. Fidelman's son, who doesn't get along with his father, wants to close the shop for good. "Without Malamud you are nothing!" Fidelman hears people say. 

A ray of hope arrives in the form of apprentice Anton, who discovers an old Steinway piano in the back of the shop which could conceivably be spruced up and sold for big bucks. Will Mr Fidelman be able to establish peace within his own family and find tranquility within himself?


"Those who appreciate a film in which things are expertly made or done will find one in "Restoration”.  Gabay gives a terrific performance...the look is superb...the characters are well defined and the emotions genuine." - Variety, John Anderson

"An artfully elegantly made and intelligently nuanced film... a gently compulsive look at contemporary Israeli society,  beautifully shot and a real tenderness and compassion on view." - Screen International, Mark Adams

Well-crafted story that used to be a staple of European cinema and is rarely seen nowadays. The story feels so real that one can imagine it continuing after the film is over.”

"Beautifully crafted, “Restoration’’ is about the things we value, and what’s worth keeping." - The Boston Globe, Loren King

"A reminder that Israeli cinema is often the most grown up in the world." - Chicago Reader, Ben Sachs


 Jerusalem International Film Festival 2011 - Winner of the Best Feature Film Award, Best Music Award and Best Editing Award
 Sundance Film Festival – Best Screenplay Award
 Karlovy Vary Film Festival – Best Film Award
 Jewish Motifs Warsaw - Best Film Award
 Toronto Int'l Film Festival – Official Selection 
 Vienna Jewish Film Festival
 UK Jewish Film Festival
 World Cinema Ale Kino! Film Festival Warsaw
 Rendez-Vous Istanbul 
 Hong Kong Embassy
 Israeli Embassy in Zagreb
 Filmfest Hamburg
 Internetional Mediterranean Film Festival, Montpellier
 Taipei Film Festival 
 Valladolid International Film Festival
 Israeli Film Festival Tomsk Russia
 Israeli Film Festival Novosibirsk Russia
 Filmisreal - Amsterdam Israeli FF
 Berlin Jewish Film Festival
 Brazil Israeli Film Festival
 Shalom Europe - Strasbourg JFF
 Pitligiani Kolno'a Festival in Rome
 Molodist, Ukraine 2013


Chicago Reader
Screening fee:  $600.00

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