Winner! Israeli Academy Award for Best Actress
Winner! Chicago Int’l Film Fest Silver Plaque Best Director
“… gripping …”. The New York Times“
“… well-executed …” Chicago Sun Times
“… a memorable connection …” Boston Globe
“… insightful portrait …” Los Angeles Times
Avi Nesher’s acclaimed film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a tender coming-of-age story that also serves as commentary on life in Haifa in the late sixties. Arik, a teenage boy, gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a mysterious matchmaker and Holocaust survivor during the summer of 1968. As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work with Yankele, the disparate parts of Arik’s life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways. The Matchmaker goes beyond the traditional coming-of-age story, causing us to look at how we treat those on the fringe or outside the norm.
Cinema Cafe: A Conversation with Eyal Shechter
Join us on Wednesday, November 20 at 10:00 am for the first in our new Cinema Cafe series of conversations with actors, directors, producers and others in a more intimate setting. This special event is an opportunity to speak with Eyal about the movie (he as a small role), life in Haifa where the film takes place, his own personal experiences and his career as an actor and musician. Eyal was part of a well known musical group in Israel and will play some of his music. “A Conversation” takes place in a private home in Las Campanas, about 12 minutes from the Plaza and directions will be provided upon purchase of tickets.
The Matchmaker is underwritten by the Israeli Consulate in Houston
Meet Eyal Shechter
Eyal Shechter is a musician, actor and journalist who was born in Quiryat Bialik which is near Haifa. Shechter has performed in film, television and stage and was nominated for the Israeli Academy Award for Best Actor for his film and television roles. He won the Best Actor award at the Theatronetto Festival for his performance in his one man show, “Theater on the Highway”.
With his friend Amir Ben-David, Shechter formed the band Avtipus and composed, wrote and sang for the band for twelve years. Since then, Shechter has been writing and composing for television and the cinema and is currently working on his second solo album.