Zorro´s Bar Mizwa

At the Wailing Wall or in the spotlight of a stage, wearing a Zorro costume or a designer dress, solemn or rollicking: crossing the threshold to the adult world can take place in very different ways. This film accompanies four 12-year-olds — Sharon, Tom, Moishy and Sophie — as they prepare for their bar or bat mitzvot. It takes a critical and ironic look at Jewish tradition and its interpretations, questions the significance of initiation rituals, and attempts to explore the diffuse terrain of adolescence.

Orig. Title
Zorros Bar Mizwa
Year
2006
Country
Austria
Duration
90 min
Director
Ruth Beckermann
Category
Documentary
Orig. Language
german, english
Subtitles
english
Downloads
Credits
Director
Ruth Beckermann
Cinematography
André Wanne, Lena Koppe, Nurith Aviv
Camera Assistant
Ludwig Löckinger, Gaby Moatty, Anna Manhardt, Konrad Edelbacher
Sound
Tully Chen
Editing
Thomas Woschitz, Dieter Pichler
Sound
Amos Zipori, Günther Tuppinger, Stefan Holzer
Editing Assistant
Kerstin Gebelein
Production Assistance
Daphne Frucht, Efrat Karlitzky, Nomi Lassar, Johanna Malloth
Recording
Thomas Szabolcz, Odo Grötschnig, Regina Höllbacher
Sound Mix
Bernhard Maisch
Sound Editing
Hannes Konecny
Dramaturgy
Gertraud Luschützky
Underwater Cinematography
Katarina Matiasek
Consultant
Olga Wille
Additional camera
Peter Roehsler, Joerg Burger
Executive Producer
Ruth Beckermann
Production Manager
Gaby Moatty, Peter Roehsler, Monika Lendl, Monika Lendl
Translation
Judith Deutsch, Sophie Kido, Itai Margula, Barbara Pichler
Supported by
Österreichisches Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen
Available Formats
35 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,85
Sound Format
Dolby digital
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
colour
DCP 2K flat
Aspect Ratio
1:1,85
Sound Format
Dolby 5.1.
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
colour
Festivals (Selection)
1998
Tunis - Doc A Tunis, Rencontres du Film Documentaire (Geißendörfer Award, main award of the festival)
1999
Spokane - SpIFF Spokanimation
2006
Paris - Cinéma du Réel
Chicago - International Film Festival
Créteil - Festival Int. de Film de Femmes