Ames Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival

The Vigil

Expired February 26, 2021 12:00 AM
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Steeped in ancient Jewish lore and demonology, THE VIGIL is a supernatural horror film set over the course of a single evening in Brooklyn’s Hasidic Borough Park neighborhood. Low on funds and having recently left his insular religious community, Yakov reluctantly accepts an offer from his former rabbi and confidante to take on the responsibility of an overnight “shomer,” fulfilling the Jewish practice of watching over the body of a deceased community member. Shortly after arriving at the recently departed’s dilapidated house to sit the vigil, Yakov begins to realize that something is very, very wrong.

In partnership with IFC Films and Tamar Simon from Mean Streets Management

  • Year
  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Language
    English, Yiddish, (w/subtitles)
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Upstate New York Premiere
  • Director
    Keith Thomas
  • Screenwriter
    Keith Thomas
  • Producer
    Raphael Margules, JD Lifshitz, Adam Margules
  • Cast
    Dave Davis, Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman