Magazine article Screen International

A24 Acquires Sundance Entry 'Menashe'

Magazine article Screen International

A24 Acquires Sundance Entry 'Menashe'

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A24 has picked up US and Chinese rights to Joshua Z Weinstein's Berlin-bound Menashe, which will receive its international premiere at the Berlinale after debuting in Park City last week in the NEXT section.

The distributor plans a traditional theatrical roll-out later this year on the Shtick Film drama, a rare beast that shot almost entirely in Yiddish in secret within the New York Hasidic community in Brooklyn.

The film is loosely based on the real life of actor Menashe Lustig and centres on a loving single father who tries to maintain custody of his son in a culture that requires a mother present in every home.

"Our entire company has fallen in love with this magical and beautiful film," A24 said. "Filmmaker Joshua Z Weinstein has done an incredible job of presenting the movie's unique setting with great authenticity and fresh insights, but at the same time, this is a film whose warmth, tenderness, and heart-stirring depiction of family and love will resonate with audiences everywhere. …

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