The Klezmer Project

Berlinale 2023
Encounters Competition
Best First Feature
Berlinale 2023

The Klezmer Project

A Film by Leandro Koch & Paloma Schachmann

2023 - Austria/Argentina - Docu-Fiction/Musical Roadmovie - 1.85 - 115 min.

with Leandro Koch , Paloma Schachmann & Lukas Rinner

Languages: English , Spanish , German , Yiddish
Produced by Lukas Rinner & Andrew Sala

Argentinian cameraman Leandro makes a living from filming Jewish weddings. At one of his jobs, he falls in love with Paloma, the clarinetist of the Klezmer band. To seduce her he pretends to be shooting a documentary film about traditional Yiddish folk music. What Leandro does not know is that his “fake” film project will take him on an unscripted journey throughout Eastern Europe in search of the last remaining Klezmer melodies.

In Collections:
Berlinale 2023
Encounters Competition
Best First Feature
Berlinale 2023

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