Co-presented by the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival.
Hailed as the world’s greatest living violinist, Itzhak Perlman is presented in a highly personal light in Itzhak, revealing his appealing personality and deep passion for music.
The film explores Perlman’s remarkable biography as an immigrant of humble origins and a childhood victim of polio who went from young violin prodigy (debuting at 13 on “The Ed Sullivan Show”) to established international star, balancing a demanding performance schedule with a robust family life. Funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, Perlman is seen rehearsing with fellow musicians Evgeny Kissin and Mischa Maisky, trading stories in his kitchen with longtime friend Alan Alda, enthusiastically attending a Mets baseball game, teaching classes with eager young students, and sharing a loving marriage with Toby, his wife of over 50 years, in a close-knit household steeped in Jewish traditions. As delightful and fascinating as the famous violinist himself, Itzhak is an unforgettable portrait of musical virtuosity enclosed in warmth, humor and love.