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Morirse está en hebreo | My Mexican Shivah
Alejandro Springall

Mexico, Dramatic Comedy, 2007           
98 min, 35mm, Color           
Spanish, Hebrew, Yiddish with English subtitles

Regal Metropolitan 10
Thursday, April 17, 9 PM

Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar
Monday, April 21, 9:45 PM

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According to Jewish belief, from the moment a child is born, he or she is accompanied by two angels – the angel of light and the angel of darkness.  With the passing of the elderly Moishe, his family and friends gather to sit shivah, the seven-day Jewish mourning ritual.  The spirit of Aleph and Bet, divine accountants, watch over the mourners’ actions and comment about the deceased to calculate which angel will accompany Moishe’s soul to the afterlife.  Set in Polanco, a Jewish quarter of Mexico City, and filmed in Spanish, Yiddish and Hebrew, Morirse está en hebreo is a dramatic comedy about how the death of a man results in the celebration of his life.           

Born in Mexico City in 1966, Alejandro Springall studied Drama at the National University of Mexico, before studying filmmaking at the London Film School.  While in London he worked on three documentaries about the Cocaine War in Colombia for the BBC and Channel Four TV.  In 1991 he co-produced Cronos (directed by Guillermo del Toro).  The film won the Critic’s Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1993, and nine awards from the Mexican Academy, including Best Picture.  His directorial debut Santitos won several awards, including Best Latin American Picture at the Sundance Film Festival.

Producers: Alejandro Springall, Maite Argüelles                       
Production Companies: IMCINE, Foprocine, Goliat Films, Springhall Pictures
Screenwriters: Jorge Goldenberg, Alejandro Springall (based on the story by Ilán Stavan)           
Cinematographer: Celiana Cárdenas           
Editor: Madeleine Gavin           
Music by: Jacobo Lieberman, performed by The Klezmatics           
Cast: Raquel Pankowsky, David Ostrosky, Blanca Guerra, Sharon Zundel, Emilio Savinni, Martha Roth, Sergio Klainer    

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