Beautiful Jew

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  • Beautiful Jew

  • Artist: Oliver Hockenhull
  • Year: 2002
  • Duration: 1:45:
  • Country: Canada
  • "...important, and seriously entertaining,
    unforgettable, challenging, enlightening and
    ...funny." Katherine Monk, The Vancouver Sun

    "Provocative - winningly goofy work in which paradox
    is paramount and truth is always around the bend."
    Ken Eisner, The Georgia Straight

    Created with Vancouver filmmaker Oliver Hockenhull, One Yellow Rabbs first feature-length movie was inspired by an infamous 17th Century Jewish messiah named Shabbatai Zevi.

    Shot on digital video in Calgary, Drumheller, Jerusalem and Nablus (before the current Intifada, and edited before 9/11), it is a mutant Prairie Baroque tale genetically engineered with a neo-Fassbinder sensibility and One Yellow Rabbit s trademark theatricality.

    Set in the present, it portrays Zevi as a used car salesman whose supposed messiah-hood leads him unwittingly into gang activities involving heroin dealing and car theft. He then takes the proceeds to the Holy Land, tries unsuccessfully to give them away in Jerusalem, and ultimately becomes a Muslim purveyor of falafel. Take that, Ron Howard.

    The first digital video comedy about religious ecstasy.

    Beautiful Jew is available on DVD from Video Out Distribution in Vancouver B.C.

  • Accession #: 2689 a-b
  • Distribution Status: In Distribution
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