The Tenth Man


Castro Theatre Thu, Jul 21, 2016 6:30 PM
Cinearts at Palo Alto Square Sun, Jul 24, 2016 4:55 PM
Roda Theatre Tue, Aug 2, 2016 6:30 PM
Smith Rafael Film Center Sun, Aug 7, 2016 6:25 PM
Film Info
Director(s):Daniel Burman
Editor(s):Andrés Tambornino
Principal Cast:Julieta Zylberberg
Dan Britman
Cinematographer:Daniel Ortega
Screenwriter(s):Daniel Burman
Year of Production:2015
Running Time:80 min.
Language(s):Spanish w/ English subtitles
Categories:Big Nights
Premiere Status:California


Sponsored by Steven and Bunny Fayne

Ariel lives in New York, far from El Once, the lively Jewish district in Buenos Aires where he grew up. When his father Usher, who runs a Jewish charity, summons him back home for help, Ariel reluctantly returns. His memories growing up involve Usher prioritizing the formation of a minyan (a quorum of 10 men needed for certain Jewish rituals) for strangers’ funerals over meaningful activities at his own school. Even now, Usher acts very much like the absent father of Ariel’s childhood, communicating only by cell phone. Yet he has a grand scheme that actually has his son’s best interests in mind. He has a laundry list of tasks for Ariel to complete, all of which involve helping to keep the charity running. Usher carefully choreographs Ariel meeting Eva (Julieta Zylberberg), a silent Orthodox beauty who Ariel is unmistakably drawn to, first through her cooking and then romantically. Director Daniel Burman (Lost Embrace, SFJFF 2004; Empty Nest, SFJFF 2009; All In, SFJFF 2012) deftly mixes the real people of El Once with actors. What ensues is a paean to the Jewish values of charity and community. The Tenth Man is a kindhearted comedy with a gentle romantic touch. It joyfully upends the old adage that you can never go home again and instead says, maybe under the right circumstances, you can.

—Jay Rosenblatt

Director Daniel Burman in person in San Francsico. Actor Julieta Zylberberg invited

Opening Night Bash
Thursday, July 21, 2016 I 9:00PM
Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St, San Francisco

Event parking available for a fee at Jessie Street Garage I 223 Stevenson St.

Opening night at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is always a special affair, but our double chai year promises to be even more full of life! Film and art come together at the bold and elegant Contemporary Jewish Museum, where party goers can explore the newly opened Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, sip Hagafen wine and Lagunitas Beer, and taste featured dishes from Wise Sons, L’chaim Sushi, and many more.