Smile Upon Us, Lord

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RUNNING TIME
3hr. 20min.
Opens 28 Feb 2018

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Efraim, an elderly stonecutter, journeys from his shtetl to Vilnius when he learns his son is awaiting trial for the attempted assassination of the governor-general there. Accompanied by his compatriots, they face calamitous setbacks on the way to their 'promised land'. At times fantastical and dreamlike, at others expressive and skilfully comic, the image-rich drama illuminates the Jewish experience in the first half of the 20th century while speaking of love and compassion for mankind.

Adapted from two novels by Lithuanian-born writer Grigory Kanovich, Smile Upon Us, Lord features an all-star Russian cast, with the 40-plus ensemble. Performed in Russian with English surtitles.