Director: Pearl Gluck
Language: In English with Hungarian and Yiddish with English Subtitles
On March 20th at 8:00, please join us for a screening of “Divan”, presented by the director of the film and Ohio University School of Film professor, Pearl Gluck. Free admission. This event is co-sponsored by Ohio University’s School of Film and Hillel.
As a teenager, filmmaker Pearl Gluck left her Orthodox Jewish clan in
Brooklyn for secular life in Manhattan. Many years later, Pearl’s father has
one wish: that she marry and return to the community. Pearl, however,
takes a more creative approach to mend the breach. She travels to Hungary
to retrieve a turn-of-the-century family heirloom: a couch upon which
esteemed rabbis once slept. En route for the ancestral divan, Pearl
encounters a colorful cast of characters who provide guidance and
inspiration, including a couch exporter, her ex-communist cousin in
Budapest, a pair of Hungarian-American matchmakers and a renegade
group of formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews. Nimbly clever and intensely
illuminating, DIVAN is a visual parable that offers the possibility of
personal reinvention and cultural re-upholstery.