Between the Temples


Ben, a forty-something cantor, is losing his voice and possibly also his faith. As he struggles to live up to the expectations of his rabbi, his congregation and not one but two Jewish mothers, an old acquaintance suddenly comes back into his life: the spirited Carla, his music teacher from primary school who becomes his later-life Bat Mitzvah student. Perhaps she will provide the mid-life jolt he didn’t even realise he needed? Their unexpected but increasingly close connection is threatened by two external factors: Carla’s son, who is deeply suspicious of his mother’s newfound religiosity; and Gabby, who also seems to be vying for Ben’s affection.
Nathan Silver’s warm and anxious comedy explores the inconstancies of faith and the question of what it means to be a real mensch.


  • Runtime

    117 min
  • Country

    United States
  • Year of Presentation

  • Year of Production

  • Director

    Nathan Silver
  • Cast

    Jason Schwartzman, Carol Kane, Dolly de Leon, Caroline Aaron, Robert Smigel, Matthew Shear, Madeline Weinstein
  • Production Company

    Ley Line Entertainment
  • Berlinale Section

  • Berlinale Category

    Feature Film

dates of presentation

    1. Zoo Palast 1

      Hardenbergstraße 29A
      10623 Berlin

    1. Cubix 9

      Rathausstr. 1
      10178 Berlin

    1. Cubix 5

      Rathausstr. 1
      10178 Berlin

    1. Cubix 9

      Rathausstr. 1
      10178 Berlin

    1. Cineplex Titania

      Gutsmuthsstraße 27/28
      12163 Berlin

    1. Haus der Berliner Festspiele

      Schaperstraße 24
      10719 Berlin