WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

Brussels Transit

Dir. Samy Szlingerbaum | 80 min
Narrative 1980 YiddishFrench with English subtitles WJFF Classic

In 1980, visionary director Samy Szlingerbaum mined the childhood memories of his parents’ immigration to the “promised land” of Belgium to produce the first feature-length Yiddish film in 30 years. Weaving together a dream-like mosaic of stunning visuals, Szilingerbaum’s portrayal is suffused with a soft melancholy. While the horrors of the war are behind them, the family’s strained attempts to integrate to this foreign land are ultimately in vain, and the resulting alienation and loss of home are palpable. The new European restoration brilliantly brings this landmark artifact of surrealist cinema back to the big screen.

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