Award-winning new Itzhak Perlman documentary debuts at Mary D. Fisher Theatre
Sedona AZ (April 12, 2018) – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the award-winning new documentary “Itzhak” — showing April 20-26 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.
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 “Itzhak” looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability.
Itzhak himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, and here his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, and most endearingly his devoted wife of 50 years, Toby. Itzhak and Toby’s lives are dedicated to their large, loving, Jewish family in NYC and their continual support of young musicians.
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. It also reminds us why art is vital to life.
Critics and audiences are cheering and raving about “Itzhak”.
“A love story on so many levels: Perlman’s love of music, of the violin, of life itself!” — Ray Rogers, The Hollywood Reporter
“A musical masterpiece. Captures the life, work and heritage of world-famous violinist Itzhak Perlman.” — Vicki Leopold, Atlanta Jewish Times
“Briskly entertaining.” — Dennis Harvey, Variety
“Itzhak” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre April 20-26. Showtimes will be 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21; 4 and 7 p.m. on Monday, April 23; and 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, April 24 and 26.
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.