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Metallic Blues

Metallic Blues
Scene from "Metallic Blues" (photo © Gemini Film)

Metallic Blues is a touching and amazing tragicomic road-movie, about two Israeli car dealers who risk it all in search of a better life, only to find out the most unexpected personal and historical truths. The opportunity of a lifetime has crossed paths with Shmuel and Siso; or so they think.

They invest US$5,000 in a vintage 1985 Lincoln Continental Limousine and plan to sell it in Germany for €50,000. They ship the car to Germany, and bring themselves and their dreams to Hamburg where their nightmare begins.

Meanwhile, Shmuel experiences a very disturbing hallucination. The family stories of the Holocaust are taking over his mind…

A film about friendship and reconciliation surrounded with the memories of the dark days in the history of Germany and Israel.


Danny Verete began his career as both a writer and director in 1981. He immediately received recognition for the 35-minute short Wall Within a City (1981). Verete teamed up with the director Daniel Waxman for Hammsin (1982). The film won an Israeli Oscar and Best Israeli Film of the Decade and numerous other awards abroad. His first feature film was Koko is 19 (1985). His second feature as a director, Yellow Asphalt (2000), was shown at several international festivals and won the Special Jury Prize in Cologne.
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Danny Verete
Screenplay Danny Verete
Cinematography Yoram Millo
Rachel Yagil
Michael Cusson, Jean-Pierre Bissonnette, Ismael Cordeiro, Marc Girard
Cast Avi Kushnir, Moshe Igvy
Producers Klaus Rettig, Suzanne Girard, Danny Verete
Production Company BBR Verete Film/Srigim, in co-production with Gemini Film/Cologne, Telefilm Canada/Toronto
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English/Hebrew/German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Jerusalem 2004, Montreal 2004, Vancouver 2004, Philadelphia 2005, Seattle 2005, Festroia 2005, Moscow 2005
Awards Best Screenplay & Best Actor Jerusalem 2004
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Israeli Film Fund, Israeli Cable Television, Israeli Film Council

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