Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, October 19, 2012 – Sunday, October 28, 2012

 Detroit Film Theatre

(Israel/2010—directed by Avi Nesher)

Set in Haifa in the summer of 1968, Avi Nesher’s The Matchmaker is a tender and surprisingly comic story of love, loss and survival during a fascinating juncture in Israeli history – when a society still reeling from the memory of deep trauma is further stirred by the cultural-sexual upheaval of the sixties. This richly detailed story of a teenage boy who gets a job working for a matchmaker – whose office is in the back of a movie theater that shows only love stories – is based on the novel When Heroes Fly by the prize-winning author Amir Gutfreund. Far more than just an exploration of a fledgling country learning to stand, The Matchmaker is an enchanting and memorable coming-of-age story about the manifold incarnations of friendship and love. An audience favorite at the Toronto Film Festival, it received seven Israeli Film Academy nominations, including Best Picture, and won the Silver Award at the Chicago International Film Festival. In Hebrew with English subtitles. (118 min.)

“Critic’s Pick! A beautiful, honest and insightful surprise… as satisfyingly eccentric and unexpected as anything we’ve seen.” –Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“A unique and terrific coming-of-age story. See this.” –James Verniere, The Boston Herald

“Singular among Israeli features… a strong, accessible, character-driven drama.” –John Anderson, Variety

Friday, October 19 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 20 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 21 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, October 27 at 9:30 PM
Sunday, October 28 at 4:30 PM