Special Jury Prize, Moscow Jewish Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival (World Premiere, Documentary Competition), Molodist 45th Kyiv International Film Festival (Ukraine), ArtDocFest (Moscow, Russia), 19th Black Nights Film Festival (Tallinn, Estonia), Odessa International Film Festival (Ukraine), Moscow Jewish Film Festival, Haifa International Film Festival
FINDING BABEL (2016)
TICKETS LA 12/2 - 12/8
-Paul Carlson, Examiner
"gains in power, insight, and urgency as it journeys"
- Alan Scherstul, Village Voice
"makes you want to read Babel's writing"
- Ben Kenigsberg, NY Times
“A glowingly rewarding investigation”
- David Noh, Film Journal
"Schreiber's powerful delivery of the prose is accompanied by evocative animation."
Frank Schenk, The Hollywood Reporter
A film of great sensitivity and rather unfortunately, significant modern relevancy."
- J.B. Spins
"The best proof of documentary's relevance ..."
“An exquisite ... blockbuster documentary”
- Vitaly Mansky, Meduza
“... by exploring the closed pages of the life of an outstanding writer ... [Novack] reveals something new in the life of modern Russia.” - MK.RU
75 years after iconic Soviet writer Isaac Babel's wrongful execution, his grandson comes closer to the elusive truths of his heritage. In Finding Babel, Andrei Malaev-Babel confronts lingering traces of a turbulent history that echo in his grandfather's subversive writing and in the conflicts and climate of today’s Ukraine and Russia. Babel’s life story and his fiction are woven into Andrei’s search with ethereal animation that puts viewers, like Babel’s readers, somewhere between fantasy and reality.