Eric Steel – Minyan #Berlinale2020

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A tale of a guy getting to terms with his self and his jewish upbringing in 1986 New York.

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12 min. and 33 sec.

PODCAST | Angelo Acerbi interviews Eric Steel, actor of the film Minyan.

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Eric Steel crafted a moving and precise tale, with a perfect description of an era , through an astonishing color palette and camera pov . The plot is moving and educational, bringing us back, in a softer and more intimate tone, to an updated Scorsese’s Taxi Driver atmosphere. Eric talks about the film and its production with Angelo Acerbi, at the world premiere in Berlin.

Minyan: For a Jewish prayer community or “minyan” to be able to hold a service, it must consist of at least ten practising Jews. David, who was born into a Russian immigrant family, is 17 years old and regularly helps out at minyans in Brighton Beach, a district of New York that is characterised by Jewish life. His father, a former boxing coach, his mother and his beloved grandfather all take this for granted. But David, who is just starting to tentatively explore life in the East Village gay scene, gradually begins to question the strict rules of his community and makes friends with two elderly gay Jews. At the same time, David’s sexual awakening cannot help but be affected by the emergence of HIV and AIDS. Director Eric Steel sets his sensitive portrait of a gay Jewish youth in the as yet un-gentrified, roughshod New York of the 1980s. In his feature-film debut, he depicts unobtrusively and with quiet humour how one young man squares social attributions – immigrant, Jew, homosexual – with his own feelings and learns to define them anew.

To discover more about the film, click here.

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    Angelo Acerbi
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    Eric Steel
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