WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Dir. Jeff Vespa | 90 min
Kazakhstan, Latvia, United States
EnglishHebrewFrenchArabic with English subtitles
Saturday, May 183:45 PM Bethesda Row Cinema Pre-sale only*
Saturday, May 251:45 PM AFI Silver Theatre Pre-sale only*
*Saturday screenings before 6:00 PM are pre-sale only in observance of Shabbat. Tickets to these screenings will not be available for purchase at the door.
Paris Song follows a small-town vocalist as he travels from Soviet-ruled Kazakhstan to the 1925 Paris Expo to compete in an international singing competition. There, the talented singer surprises his well-established competitors, impresses audiences, and develops an unlikely friendship with Jewish-American songwriter George Gershwin and photographer Lee Abbott (Abbie Cornish).
This enjoyable story, based on the life of Kazakh folk hero Amre Kashaubayev, has a fabulous score including a rousing rendition of “Fascinating Rhythm.”