Editors note: Although Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish was released last year, The Algemeiner publishes this story today in honor of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival taking place this week where the film will be viewed.
Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish is a film Written and Directed by Eve Annenberg, which just opened in San Francisco for the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.
The film centers on Ava, a woman in graduate school who needs to translate Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet from English to Yiddish. In order to take on such a task she employs a few young Orthodox men to assist her. With Ava’s descriptions of the novel and some fairy dust, the young men’s minds begin to whirl bringing us to a parallel universe where the timeless characters of Shakespeare’s play are replaced with Hasidic Jews.
The entire film was shot in 30 days for $175,000, and it won an audience award when it premiered at the Berlin Jewish Film Festival last year.
The musical score bursts liturgical Jewish A Cappella wailing in minor keys and was composed by Joel Diamond, with the contributions of Pharoah’s daughter and Lior.