Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Renée Taylor (“The Nanny”) will be seen in the independent film TANGO SHALOM, directed by Gabriel Bologna, which will make its New York City debut as part of the Brklyn Film Festival. The film will be shown on Thursday, June 10th at 7 pm at the Windmill Studio (300 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn).
The cast of TANGO SHALOM includes the Laniado brothers, Jos (Milcho Manchevski’s Bikini Moon), and Claudio (Mudbound); Judi Beecher (Only in Paris, Taken 3), Renée Taylor (Love is All There Is, Made For Each Other), Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding, MBFGW 2) and Karina Smirnoff (“Dancing With the Stars”).
In TANGO SHALOM, Moshe Yehuda (Jos Laniado), a Hasidic Rabbi and amateur Hora dancer, enters a televised Tango competition to save his Hebrew school from bankruptcy. There is only one problem: due to his orthodox religious beliefs, he is not allowed to touch a woman! At odds with his wife and five kids, the Grand Rabbi of his orthodox sect, and Moshe’s entire Hasidic community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Moshe asks a Catholic priest, a Muslim imam, and a Sikh holy man for advice. Together, they hash out a plan to help Moshe dance in the Tango contest “without sacrificing his sacred beliefs,” setting in motion a fun, passionate dance movie. Heart-pumping and heartwarming, TANGO SHALOM tests the bonds of family and community, and the bounds of tolerance and faith.
One dazzling dance step at a time, TANGO SHALOM is an inspiring and joyous celebration of Hasidic Jewish life. An interfaith milestone, this is the first film in history that was a joint collaboration with The Vatican, a Hasidic Synagogue, a Sikh Temple, and a Mosque, which promotes a timeless message of peace, tolerance, and understanding.
The film will also be shown online during the festival, taking place from June 4th – 13th. For more information, visit the film festival’s website at https://www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/film-detail?fid=2295.