|By PR Newswire||
|January 22, 2014 06:18 AM EST||
NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Devastation, Dreams & Debuts
Opening Night, a rousing new movie debuting on January 27, 2014 in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, allows contemporary adults and teens to relate to the six million individual stories behind the Holocaust.
With heart-stopping drama and emotional intensity, Opening Night poignantly exhibits the suffering and agony that survivors bear throughout their lives. Though physically liberated from the hellish fires of Auschwitz, a part of their soul forever remains smoldering in the flames of the crematoria.
Using Cinema to Counter Anti-Semitism
The alarming resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe and its slow but steady infiltration into North America united producer Cecelia Margules, a daughter of Holocaust survivors, and director Danny Finkelman, a prominent member of the Orthodox Lubavitch Hassidic community. This dynamic duo assembled a crew of professional actors--Jews, Christians and Muslims alike--to create a spectacular video masterpiece. Before it hits theaters, Opening Night will be marketed to film festivals with the imperative goal of preserving and expanding awareness of the Holocaust as the number of living survivors dwindles and Holocaust deniers proliferate.
From Broadway to a Holocaust Film
The leading actor of Opening Night is none other than internationally-acclaimed Broadway star and cantor Dudu Fisher who has been hailed on stages throughout the world for his famous Broadway hit performance as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Miserables. This is Fisher's first time appearing in a big-screen production.
The Everlasting Pain of the Holocaust Survivor
Opening Night exhibits the heart-wrenching tale of Mark, a survivor of Auschwitz, who seeks to reconcile with his grown-up son and finds himself thrust against his will into a battle to confront a past he strived for years to forget. Set in 1971, the film flashes back to Poland of 1939, to a younger Mark whose dazzling career as a performer is abruptly terminated by the rise of Nazi terror, and whose loved ones are carted away to the crematoria. As the story proceeds, Mark finally triumphs over internal conflict and, buoyed by the devotion and support of his family, churns out the performance of a lifetime.
Produced by Cecelia Margules and directed by Danny Finkelman of Sparks Next Productions, with cinematography by Mauricio Arenas, Opening Night is the riveting, touching account of an emotionally-tormented, aging Holocaust survivor finally making peace with a buried past in a concerted effort to build a brighter future.
Cecelia Margules serves on the national boards of The Jossi Berger Holocaust Study Center.
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SOURCE Sparks Next