Iraqi-born, veteran Israeli actor, Sasson Gabai (“The Band’s Visit”) plays Fidelman, an elderly wood restorer who is lost following the death of his partner of 40 years. He is as broken down as the shop he operates in an old section of Tel Aviv. As he struggles to keep his workshop open, he also has to confront his own son trying to close down the shop to turn the property into apartments. Since his partner’s death and his strained relationship with his son Noah, Fidelman seems to have little connection to the world. Even impending grandfatherhood does little to lift the old man’s spirits. Something has to change.
When that change arrives, it’s hardly momentous. Fidelman hires Anton to help him clean up and do menial work around the shop. He’s a mysterious young man running away from his family’s wealth and his past as an accomplished musician. As the old man’s finances become more and more desperate, Anton discovers an antique Steinway piano in the store. Its restoration, if even possible, could solve all their problems. Over time, as the piano is delicately restored, a fragile bond forms between Anton and Fidelman, bringing the old man and his apprentice closer together.
Ultimately, the film is more about the restoration of Fidelman, than the piano’s.
Best Feature Film – Jerusalem Film Festival 2011 Best Film – Grand-Prix Crystal Globe Award Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2011 Dramatic Screenwriting Award – 2011 Sundance Film Festival Nominated for 11 Israeli Academy Awards! 2011 Official Selection – 2011 Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection – World Cinema Dramatic Competition Sundance Film Festival 2011