By the age of thirty Chaim Nachman Bialik had already become the most famous poet in the Jewish world. Some 100,000 people attended his funeral in 1934. “King of the Jews” is a portrait of the most beloved Jew of his day. Combining special animation, a voice track by acclaimed actor Chaim Topol (Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof), rare archival footage, long-forgotten photographs, poems-songs by Bialik performed by stellar Israeli singer Ninet, and interviews with the foremost Bialik researchers in Israel and around the world, the film tells the story of the little boy from the shtetl, who became King of the Jews.
Director & Producer: Yair Qedar. Animator: Jewboy. Cinematographer: Philip Bellaish. Editors: Rachel Lea Jones, Ayala Bengad. Soundtrack Editor: Aviv Aldema. Music: Ninet. Supporters: The New Fund for Cinema and Television, the Avi Chai Foundation, Channel 8. The official selection of the Docaviv film festival 2014, premiered in spring 2014 in cinematheques and on Israeli TV Channel 8. Nominated for best documentary film in the Israeli documentary competition of 2014. ISRAEL 2014 56 minutes. Hebrew. Subtitles: Hebrew, English, Spanish.
One of the best and most important documentaries of the year, Globes / Impressive and poetic result, Haaretz /Beautiful animation, Makor Rishon /Delicate and accurate, MAKO /Excellent film, Jackie Levy, GLC
Summer is dying in the purple and gold and russet/ of the falling leaves of the wood,/ and the sunset clouds are dying / in their own blood. // In the emptying public gardens / the last strollers break their walk/ to lift their eyes and follow/ the flight of the last stork.// The heart is orphaned. Soon / the cold rains will be drumming. / ‘Have you patched your coat for winter! / Stocked potatoes against its coming?