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Written by Grigory Kanovich

Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia

Rimas Tuminas' adaptation of two novels by fellow Lithuanian, Grigory Kanovich, is a dreamy, ruminative, comedic road trip, centering around the parlous fortunes of Eastern European Jews at the start of the 20th century. A period piece that carries a modern conscious, Smile Upon Us, is a Becket-like "Waiting for Jehovah" that has garnered rave reviews during its recent runs in both London and New York, and promises to be just as memorable on the big screen. Featuring three towering figures from the Russian stage, Viktor Sukhorukov, Aleksei Guskov and Vladimir Simonov.

In Cinemas Now

"A comic, epic 'Waiting for Jehovah" - Guardian, London

"I wouldn't have wished it a moment shorter. This is food

for the soul" - Independent, London

"Viktor Sukhorukov is otherworldly, ecstatic and altogether heartbreaking" - NY Times

Language: Russian
Translation: English subtitles
Running time: 2 hours 32 minutes

Creative Team

Director - Rimas Tuminas

Writer - Grigory Kanovich

Set Design and Costumes - Adomas Jacovskis

Music - Faustas Latenas

Lighting Designer - Maya Shavdatuashvili


Efraim Dudak – Vladimir Simonov

Šmulé-Sender Lazarek​ – Aleksei Guskov

Avner Rosenthal – Viktor Sukhorukov

The She-goat – Yulia Rutberg

“The Palestinian” – Pavel Popov

Yudl Krapivnikov – Alexander Ryshchenkov

Rabbi Aviézer – Alexei Kuznetsov

Khloyne-Genekh – Victor Dobronravov

Joselé the Gypsy – Vitalys Semenovs

Khasya – Olga Chipovskaya

Nekhama – Oksana Surkova

Feiga – Lidiya Konstantinova

Upcoming Screenings

There are currently no scheduled screenings for "Smile Upon Us, Lord"

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