About The Film:
Nominated for eight Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film, SHOELACES is a wholly engaging, tender family dramedy about the knotty relationship between an aging, irascible mechanic and the exuberant special-needs son he abandoned long before.
With his ex-wife's untimely demise, Reuven (Doval'e Glickman, in an Israeli Academy Award-winning role) suddenly thrust into the position of caring for his now-grown son, whom he first considers placing in a group home. The transition is fraught with difficulty for both, as Reuven wrestles with the obligations of parenting a child with disabilities, while thirty-something Gadi (Nevo Kimchi) grieves the loss of the mother who nurtured and shielded him. Adjusting to their new circumstances, Gadi lends a hand in his father’s Jerusalem auto repair shop and befriends the locals at a neighborhood café. Reuven vows to atone for past shortcomings, over time warming to Gadi's boundless optimism, infectious laugh and seemingly infinite capacity for love. Their co-dependent bond tested by tribulations that prompt complicated ethical and legal questions with profound ramifications.
A rare, honest depiction of special-needs characters, told with gentle humor and sensitivity, SHOELACES is the highly personal project of director Jacob Goldwasser, himself a parent of a special-needs child.