From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician, to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, "Itzhak" is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor and above all, love.

Dir. Alison Chernick (USA/Israel, 2017, 80 min.)

With Alan Alda, Itzhak Perlman, Evgeny Kissin, Toby Perlman, Mischa Maisky, Billy Joel, Martha Argerich.

Opening Night of 2017 Hamptons International Film Festival

• Quad Cinema: Itzhak Perlman and director Alison Chernick in person March 11 at the 12:10pm show.

• The Landmark @ 57 West: Itzhak Perlman and director Alison Chernick in person March 10 at the 7:15pm show and March 11 at the 2:15 show. 




Thursday, March 22, 2018 (All day)


Various cinemas in New York, NY

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