Athens International Film Festival
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MINYAN

28/9/2020, 22:30, ATHINAIA
1/10/2020, 19:45, STELLA

New York in the 80s. 17-year old David discovers his sexuality on the queer scene of the East Village while starting to question the strict rules of the Russian-Jewish community he belongs to. In this much-promising debut, Eric Steel sketches a portrait of a young man caught between two minorities, charting with care the deeply personal search for identity in a diverse world, set against the backdrop of the unspoken terror of AIDS, James Baldwin’s writings and the irresistible attraction of the “forbidden”.


USA | 2020 | COLOR | DCP | 118' | ENGLISH, HEBREW, RUSSIAN, YIDDISH

New York, mid-80s. A young Russian-Jewish is trying to understand the orthodox Judaism he is being taught, his narrow-minded parents, his public school and his gradual sexual awakening.

‘Wrapped’ between the two deaths of the beginning and the ending, Eric Steel’s debut maps various aspects of diversity. The prescripts of orthodox Judaism (‘Minyan’ is a public prayer requiring at least ten men) and homosexuality are present in the face of Samuel Levine like constant fear and reserve. The atmosphere of the East Village, the background fear of AIDS, James Baldwin’s writings (the ‘ghost’ of the film) and a story of a suppressed love, awaken David and offer a low-key experience of high importance. I.D.

DIRECTOR: Eric Steel
SCREENWRITERS: Daniel Pearle, Eric Steel
DoP: Ole Bratt Birkeland
MUSIC: David Krakauer, Kathleen Tagg
EDITOR: Ray Hubley
PRINCIPAL CAST: Samuel H. Levine, Ron Rifkin, Christopher McCann, Mark Margolis, Richard Topol, Brooke Bloom, Alex Hurt

ERIC STEEL
Born in 1964, he graduated from Yale in 1985. A Disney producer who later on collaborated with Scott Rudin. He has produced for Alan Parker and Martin Scorsese and has directed the well-known documentary ‘The Bridge’. This is his fiction debut.

FILMOGRAPHY
2020 Minyan


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        : International Competition

        MY LITTLE SISTER / SCHWESTERLEIN

        MY LITTLE SISTER / SCHWESTERLEIN

        24/9/2020, 22:15, ATHINAIA

        SPRING BLOSSOM / SEIZE PRINTEMPS

        SPRING BLOSSOM / SEIZE PRINTEMPS

        25/9/2020, 19:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        30/9/2020, 19:30, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        MAKE UP

        MAKE UP

        25/9/2020, 22:15, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        26/9/2020, 19:45, RIVIERA

        I CARRY YOU WITH ME

        I CARRY YOU WITH ME

        25/9/2020, 22:30, ATHINAIA
        28/9/2020, 22:30, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        GAGARINE

        GAGARINE

        26/9/2020, 21:00, STELLA
        1/10/2020, 23:00, STELLA

        JOSEP

        JOSEP

        27/9/2020, 19:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        1/10/2020, 23:15, RIVIERA

        WISDOM TOOTH

        WISDOM TOOTH

        27/9/2020, 22:00, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        1/10/2020, 22:45, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        BAD TALES / FAVOLACCE

        BAD TALES / FAVOLACCE

        28/9/2020, 22:15, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        2/10/2020, 22:45, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        AUGUST / AGOSTO

        AUGUST / AGOSTO

        29/9/2020, 22:30, TRIANON

         THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT'S A RESURRECTION

        THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT'S A RESURRECTION

        30/9/2020, 22:15, TRIANON

        SOUND OF METAL

        SOUND OF METAL

        30/9/2020, 22:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        2/10/2020, 19:30, STELLA

         STRIDING INTO THE WIND / YE MA FEN ZONG

        STRIDING INTO THE WIND / YE MA FEN ZONG

        1/10/2020, 22:15, ATHINAIA

        AWARD-WINNING FILM SCREENING

        AWARD-WINNING FILM SCREENING

        4/10/20, 22:15, ATHINAIA