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For the price of one ticket, this special cinephilic-minded program provides access to two marvelous movies: Federico Fellini's surreal and enchanting final feature, The Voice of the Moon, and Evgeny Ruman's Golden Voices, an offbeat romance about two cinema professionals who heroically strive to get Fellini's film released in Israel.

In 1990, Victor and Raya Frankel arrive in Israel along with a mass of other Jewish immigrants from the crumbling Soviet Union. Back in the USSR, the couple were the most in-demand dubbers of international cinema, sometimes providing their voices to dozens of characters in a single movie. Now, the sixty-somethings are struggling to learn Hebrew and having equal difficulty in finding suitable work in their new homeland. While Victor secures them a low-paying gig dubbing bootleg videos for the exploding Russian-speaking immigrant market, Raya gets a more lucrative job using her native tongue as a phone sex worker, a job she keeps secret from her husband to protect their increasingly rocky marriage. Golden Voices is a rare find: a romantic comedy that finds a rich, warm supply of often absurd situational humor in the lives of two film workers who are not superstar performers or directors. Victor and Raya eventually use clout from their association with Federico Fellini to bring the maestro’s little-seen final feature, The Voice of the Moon, to Israeli audiences. The cinephile couple’s success in importing Fellini is shown to be more a personal triumph than a professional or financial one, reminding us that Golden Voices is an affectionate salute to the uplifting power of cinema and the countless number of working-class heroes who make the magic possible. (JH) 


Presented with support from UW-Madison’s Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies.


  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    88 minutes
  • Language
    Russian, Hebrew, with English subtitles
  • Country
    Israel
  • Director
    Evgeny Ruman
  • Screenwriter
    Ziv Berkovich, Evgeny Ruman
  • Producer
    Tami Leon, Leon Edery, Moshe Edery, Eitan Evan
  • Cast
    Maria Belkin, Vladimir Friedman, Evelin Hagoel, Uri Klauzner, Elizabeth Kon
  • Cinematographer
    Ziv Berkovich
  • Music
    Asher Goldschmidt