A24 Films

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Set within the New York Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, Menashe follows a kind but hapless grocery store clerk trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven after his wife, Lea, passes away. Since they live in a tradition-bound culture that requires a mother present in every home, Rieven is supposed to be adopted by the boy’s strict, married uncle, but Menashe’s Rabbi decides to grant him one week to spend with Rieven prior to Lea’s memorial. Their time together creates an emotional moment of father/son bonding as well as offers Menashe a final chance to prove to his skeptical community that he can be a capable parent.

Shot in secret entirely within the Hasidic community depicted in the film, and one of the only movies to be performed in Yiddish in nearly 70 years, Menashe is a warm, life-affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son that also sheds unusual light on a notoriously private community. Based largely on the real life of its Hasidic star Menashe Lustig, the film is a strikingly authentic and deeply moving portrait of family, love, connection, and community.


Best Picture

Alex Lipschultz
Traci Carlson
Joshua Z Weinstein
Daniel Finkelman
Yoni Brook

Best Director

Joshua Z Weinstein

Best Original Screenplay

Joshua Z Weinstein
Alex Lipschultz
Musa Syeed

Best Actor

Menashe Lustig

Best Supporting Actor

Ruben Niborski

Best Cinematography

Yoni Brook
Joshua Z Weinstein

Best Film Editing

Scott Cummings

Best Original Score

Aaron Martin
Dag Rosenqvist

Best Sound Mixing

Re-Recording Mixer
Ian Stynes

Best Sound Editing

Supervising Sound Editor
Ian Stynes