The Tenth Man (El Rey Del Once)
80 mins / Spanish (English subtitles)
Director — Daniel Burman
“A lighthearted charmer… that’s like Sholem Aleichem by way of Seinfeld” — NPR
After many years away, Ariel (Alan Sabbagh) is summoned by his distant father to his childhood home in the bustling Jewish quarter of Buenos Aires, known as El Once. Unfolding over seven days of colourful Purim festivities, the narrative follows Ariel’s attempts to reconnect with his father, a big macher in the Jewish community who had little time for Ariel growing up.
Director Daniel Burman (Lost Embrace) continues to wrestle with notions of identity, home and the intricacies of the father-son relationship. This well-observed comedy is at once a heartfelt valentine to the El Once district, Burman’s own Jewish upbringing and his continuing desire to use cinema as a means of self-exploration. Premiered at Berlin Film Festival, and winner of Best Actor (Alan Sabbagh) in an International Narrative Feature Film at Tribeca Film Festival.