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Director Moshe Rosenthal and actor Lior Ashkenazi expected to attend
Meir and Tova are a Sephardic, upper-middle-class couple, seemingly resigned to live out the rest of their semi-retirement in the banal comforts of an upscale apartment complex in a Tel Aviv suburb. When Itsik, a sexy bachelor from Miami, moves into the building’s penthouse, their lives are gleefully upended. Energized by their newfound friendship with Itsik, Meir and Tova undergo personal transformations, but will their relationship as a couple be a casualty of expressing their individual desires? When Itsik begins to pull away from Meir and Tova, the couple’s obsession with the bachelor grows into a full-blown identity crisis. What follows is an entertaining foray into masculinity, the institution of marriage, social status, narcissism and conformity as they relate to a “new Israeli” class identity. Taking inspiration from his own family, director Moshe Rosenthal has created a special film that focuses on a major population in modern Israel—the Sephardic middle class—that is underrepresented in cinema. With its title playing on the duality of the kitschy and the operatic that coincide within the social act of amateur singing, Karaoke is an optimistic portrait of midlife self-discovery, laced with both poignant wisdom and barbed humor.
Film & Party: $65 Members / $75 General
Film Only: $30 Members / $35 General
Sponsored by Steven and Bunny Fayne
OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Thursday, July 21 • 8:45pm
The Randall Museum
199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 94114
Following Karaoke, the party continues nearby at The Randall Museum. Try your hand at the karaoke station, nosh on tasty treats, and sip on refreshments from our festival partners. This event takes place outdoors and indoors.
Proof of vaccination is required for all indoor screenings. Masks are mandatory. Read more.