The Zigzag Kid
Castro TheatreThu, Jul 25, 2013 6:30 PM Not Available
Cinearts at Palo Alto SquareSun, Aug 4, 2013 1:50 PM Not Available
California TheatreTue, Aug 6, 2013 6:15 PM Not Available
Film Info
Director(s):Vincent Bal
Year of Production:2012
Running Time:95
Language(s):Dutch, English and French with English subtitles
Categories:We Are Family
Growing Up
Premiere Status:Northern California
Special Events:Opening Night

Nono is a 13-year-old boy on the brink of his bar mitzvah with a rich imagination and quite the knack for getting into trouble. Inspector Jacob Feierberg is his father and also happens to be the best police inspector in the world. Zohara, his mother, died when Nono was an infant and remains a mystery to him. Inspector Feierberg helps Nono hone his powers of observation and deduction, while Gaby—his father’s young, zaftig secretary/girlfriend—fosters Nono’s imagination. Yet Gaby really functions as his second mother telling Nono wild stories about criminals and teaching him to sing along to the songs of famous chanteuse Lola Ciperola (played to perfection by Isabella Rossellini). When one of Nono’s creative hijinks sets off a pyrotechnic chain reaction at a cousin’s bar mitzvah, his father sends him to visit Uncle Schmuel, a shrink. Nono discovers a letter from his father on the train, instructing him to meet a secret mentor and fulfill a mission. With the help of master burglar Felix Glick, Nono exits the train, and the two go on the lam in search of the enchanting Lola. Their quest takes them to the French Riviera, where plot twists and turns mirror the twists and turns of the country roads they speed down. Director Vincent Bal’s fast-paced, superbly written feature, based on the popular novel by David Grossman, is a delightful mixture of genres: detective story and coming-of-age tale, with a dose of romance. High production values, a fabulous 1960s soundtrack and a series of chases on trains, scooters, cars and cranes make The Zigzag Kid an endearing tale about identity and following one’s best hunches. —Nancy K. Fishman

Official Selection, 2013 Berlinale

Director Vincent Bal and actor Jessica Zeijlmaker in person in San francisco.

Opening Night Bash
Thursday, July 25th, 9:00pm
Swedish American Hall
2174 Market Street, San Francisco (Between Church and Sanchez)

Opening Night of the Jewish Film Festival is always a great night and this year will be even better. Join us for live music from SF's La Peche Quintet and a great selection of some of the best food and drink in the Bay Area. The Backroom downstairs is our lounge, it's a great place to relax with a drink, pose with a friend for our photobooth, grab a desert or other goodie (the Backroom is ADA accesible).
Featuring: Fabrique Delices, Ciao Bella, Max's Market, Shorty Goldstein's and many more.
Event parking available for $10 at Everett Middle School on 17th Street between Church and Sanchez.


Additional Information

Born in Ghernt in 1971, Flemish director Vincent Bal began his career as a child actor, appearing in musicals, films and television from the age of six. After studying film at St-Lukas University of Applied Science in Brussels he made commercials and several shorts, the best known of which is The Bloody Olive (1996), based on the comic strip by Lewis Trondheim. He made his feature directing debut with Man of Steel in 1999, and followed that two years later with with Minoes, based on the award-winning novel by legendary Dutch writer Annie M.G. Schmidt. Ball wrote the screenplays for both films. Minoes became a domestic hit and enjoyed wide success on the international circuit.