The Klezmer Project

Ein jüdischer Hochzeitskameramann, der sich von der Religion seiner Familie abgelehnt fühlt, verliebt sich in eine Klezmer-Klarinettistin und erfindet eine Dokumentarfilm über diese Musik, um Zeit mit ihr zu verbringen. Dies führt sie auf eine Reise durch Osteuropa auf der Suche nach den verlorenen Klezmer-Melodien, die von den Roma-Sinti bewahrt werden, die vor dem Krieg mit den Juden zusammenlebten.


Kinostart: 26.01.2024


„Klezmer may be fading from the global consciousness, but this modest, engaging film suggests that it is a musical style whose history still strikes a chord.”  Screen Daily

„There is something bigger than us still here,” Cohen observes. Every culture long gone leaves its traces. With the Eastern European Jews, it is within the music: one just has to know where to look.”Cineuropa

„The story clearly mirrors the one Schachmann and Koch play out over the course of the documentary, which weaves another element of cultural revival into the film.”  International Cinephile Society

„What the directing duo creates, in the end, is a funny and personal work that slowly unravels itself into a tale about the cross-generational erasure of culture and individualism. And in addition to those personal notes, it is a documentary about making art, in which Koch and Schachmann use The Klezmer Project as a piece of self-reflection regarding their pasts, presents, and futures.”InSession Film


„The Klezmer Project is at once a riveting journey through time, space, and the souls of its protagonists, a music documentary exploring Klezmer music and, last but not least, a political film questioning the current state of Jewish cultural heritage worldwide. Many different narrative threads weave together to form this thought-provoking, heartfelt, witty, and thoroughly enjoyable film.” Senses of Cinema


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Close Up Culture: Interview with Leandro Koch & Paloma Schachmann (English)