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Tickle in the Heart, A

Tickle in the Heart, A

Max, Willie and Julie Epstein were the Kings of Klezmer Music. They began their career as "The Epstein BrothersÒ 60 years ago in New York playing at the celebrations of Jewish immigrants, which often lasted for days. Their music, like their audiences, came from Eastern Europe. The songs were as often loose and joyous as they were sentimental and sad. Today, the Epstein brothers live in AmericaÍs retirement paradise, Florida. Together with their old audience, they have withdrawn to the mild climate of "GodÍs waiting roomÒ. The brothers once believed that, after the JewÍs assimilation in the "American way of lifeÒ, their neighbors were the last Klezmer generation and themselves the last Klezmer stars. But a few years ago began the revival of Klezmer music and so also the revival of the Epstein Brothers. The kings of Klezmer music came back and this time they even took the famous concert halls of Europe and the United States by storm. And if "klezmorimÒ were once seen as on the same level as day laborers and vagabonds, now they are lionized as artists. A belated success - and no one is more surprised about it than the Epstein Brothers themselves ...


Stefan Schwietert was born in Esslingen in 1961 and grew up in Basel/Switzerland. He attended the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin and graduated in 1991 with Jumping Out The Clouds (Sprung aus den Wolken). He has been working as a freelance filmmaker and editor in Basel and Berlin since 1991. His other films are: The Topolino Project (Das Topolino Projekt, short, 1986), Tapez 36-15 Code Cobra (short, 1987), Fualna 88, The Last Ten Days of a Campagne (video, 1988), Long Shadow - Jura Soyfer and His Contemporaries (Der Schatten ist lang, documentary, 1994), A Tickle In The Heart (documentary, 1996)and El Acordeón del diablo (2000).
Category Documentary
Director Stefan Schwietert
Screenplay Stefan Schwietert, Thomas Kufus
Cinematography Robert Richman
Apard Bondy
The Epstein Brothers
Cast Max Epstein, Willie Epstein, Julius Epstein
Producers Thomas Kufus, Martin Hagemann, Edward Rosenstein
Production Company zero one film, in co-production with öFilm/Berlin, Neapel Film, Berlin
Length 83 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 English, Yddisch
Subtitled Versions German, English
Festivals Nyon 96, Locarno 96, Toronto 96, London 96
German Distributor Ventura Film/Berlin

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