About The Film

Nominated for eight Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film, SHOELACES is a wholly engaging, tender family dramedy about the knotty relationship between an aging, irascible mechanic and the exuberant special-needs son he abandoned long before.

With his ex-wife's untimely demise, Reuven (Doval'e Glickman, in an Israeli Academy Award-winning role) is suddenly thrust into the position of caring for his now-grown son, whom he first considers placing in a group home. The transition is fraught with difficulty for both, as Reuven wrestles with the obligations of parenting a child with disabilities, while thirty-something Gadi (Nevo Kimchi) grieves the loss of the mother who nurtured and shielded him. Adjusting to their new circumstances, Gadi lends a hand in his father’s Jerusalem auto repair shop and befriends the locals at a neighborhood café. Reuven vows to atone for past shortcomings, over time warming to Gadi's boundless optimism, infectious laugh and seemingly infinite capacity for love. Their co-dependent bond will be tested by tribulations that prompt complicated ethical and legal questions with profound ramifications.

A rare, honest depiction of special-needs characters, told with gentle humor and sensitivity, SHOELACES is the highly personal project of director Jacob Goldwasser, himself a parent of a special-needs child.


Gala for Sponsors and Members (Fan-level and above) at 5:00 PM • Film at 7:30 PM

SHOELACES will be featured as the Opening Night event on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. A preshow reception, for sponsors and members (Fan-level and above) only, will feature a food tasting with some of Atlanta's finest chefs.

If you'd like information about becoming a sponsor or member, and attending the Opening Night Gala, please contact our Development Director, Lori Zelony.

Note: Free parking is provided compliments of AAA Parking.

Film Details

Running Time 
90 minutes
Viewing Region 
Atlanta Premiere
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