THE BALLAD OF THE WEEPING SPRING
Dir. Beni Torati (105min, Israel, 2012)
In Hebrew with English Subtitles
The final wishes of a dying man result in Josef Tawila (Uri Gavriel) traversing the northern Israeli countryside on a mission. He travels in search of the best musicians to perform the world premiere of The Ballad of the Weeping Spring.
Written more than 20 years earlier when Tawila led the hugely successful Turquoise Ensemble, the music was never performed. Tragedy struck and the band was torn apart the night it was first to be played. Having abandoned playing as a result, the initially reluctant Tawila is drawn into his past as he searches out oud (Middle Eastern stringed instrument), tar (Persian lute), kamancheh (Persian fiddle) and voice.
This stylized, moody and surprising journey is part spaghetti (Falafel?) western, part Seven Samuri, with musical instruments taking place of weapons.