KARAOKE - Opening Night

OPENING NIGHT & KARAOKE: Israeli superstars Lior Ashkenazi and Sasson Gabay lead this bittersweet comedy about a downtrodden, upper-middle-class suburban couple who are drawn to their new neighbor, a sexy, charismatic bachelor who holds karaoke evenings at his penthouse apartment. NOTE: Screens In Person + Virtually: Streaming window is 48 hrs after hit "play" and expires Sun. March 26 at 11:59pm.

  • Lior Ashkenazi, Sasson Gabay
  • Moshe Rosenthal
  • Israel
  • 103 minutes
  • PG-13

    [In-Person + Virtual]

    In-Person Special Event: Israel@75 Birthday Series + Opening Night truffle popcorn and “mocktails” served for the show, karaoke after party. Welcome + Introduction onscreen by lead actor Sasson Gabay, recipient of our 2023 Reel Difference Award. 

    Nominated for 13 Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and winner of the Audience Award at the 2022 Jerusalem Film Festival, KARAOKE pairs Israeli superstars Lior Ashkenazi (LATE MARRIAGE, FOOTNOTE) and Sasson Gabay (SHTISEL, THE BAND’S VISIT) in a bittersweet comedy about a downtrodden, suburban couple in their sixties who are drawn to their new neighbor, a charismatic bachelor who holds karaoke evenings at his apartment. Meir (Gabay) and Tova (Rita Shukrun) are a Sephardic married couple suffocating in the sameness of their upper-middle-class life, slumping towards retirement living in the banal comforts of an upscale apartment complex in a Tel Aviv suburb. When Itsik (Ashkenazi), a sexy bachelor from Miami, moves into the building’s penthouse, their lives are gleefully upended. Under the bright wattage of Itsik’s attentive smile, Meir and Tova start to feel better about themselves and imagine the possibilities of a new chapter of their lives. Joyous and poignant all at once, KARAOKE is an offbeat and optimistic comedy of midlife self-discovery that delights and surprises, laced with wisdom and barbed humor.

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Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF) is one of the largest and longest-running film festivals in the Pacific Northwest and one of the leading Jewish film festivals in the country. A cornerstone program of the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) and its Arts + Ideas Program, each spring SJFF brings people together from across Washington State—and virtually around the globe—to celebrate and showcase the vibrancy and diversity of Jewish and Israeli life through cinema. Year-round, SJFF and SJCC Arts + Ideas present a season of performing and visual arts, author and chef talks—in-person, livestreamed, and virtually—to build connections, unlock perspectives, engage the community, and uplift the human spirit. Follow us on Facebook / Twitter (@seattlejff) and Instagram (@sjcc.arts).  

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