Part of our A Summer of Film Series, presented by the Cinetopia Film Festival and Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival

When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck accepts the task of creating an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression and the constant risk of terror attacks, the young musicians on both sides are far from able to form a team. Lined up behind the two best violinists – the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron – they form two parties who deeply distrust each other, on and off-stage alike. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert?

An impressive supporting cast of Israeli and Palestinian non-actors are featured in the cast. While eliminating discord and achieving harmony are undeniably noble undertakings, is music really powerful enough to pierce through years of caustic political discourse and the real-life suffering experienced by both sides of the conflict? It is the act of trying, itself, that lies at the center of CRESCENDO. This uplifting and affecting film about forgiveness and reconciliation will strike a chord with audiences, young and old alike.


2019. 106 min. Drama. NR.

“Academy-Award nominated director Dror Zahavi helms this gripping drama as a constantly growing “crescendo,” raising the tension and conflicts until the last frame. A remarkable theatrical movie and contribution to the worldwide efforts toward understanding, humanity and peace.”

Jewish Press

“There is a reason I love the New York Jewish Film Festival and that is simply because every year I get to discover at least one film that lives in my heart. This year that film is CRESCENDO… the wonderful characters, genuine emotion, music and witty dialog carry it along. I love this film.”

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