Together Again with Oscar Nominated Renée Taylor and Directed by Gabriel Bologna
Co-Written and Produced by Oscar nominated Joe Bologna, and the Laniado Brothers Who Also Co-Star
Karina Smirnoff, 20 Season Champion of “Dancing With the Stars” Shows Off Her Acting Skills as Tango Shalom Female Lead
Los Angeles – New York– Tango Shalom, the long-awaited Joel Zwick Comedy Dance Film will roll out in Top Film Festivals Worldwide in this award-winning ensemble of actors and filmmakers including Academy Award, Grammy and Emmy talent.
After the bleakest year in the 21st Century, ecumenical reps of major worldwide religious beliefs come together over this groundbreaking film to promote the one doctrine they all share in common: laughter. How fitting, the first film in history that the Vatican, a Hasidic Synagogue, a Mosque, and a Sikh Temple would collaborate on, is a comedy.
“TANGO SHALOM” rolls out in over nine seasoned Film Festivals in the US and one in India, the film production capital of the world, where it just won The Jaipur Critics Award as per The Times of India and Best Comedy and Best Actor (Jos Laniado) at the Montreal Independent Film Festival. This American dance comedy with a star-studded soundtrack and fun Bollywood-like dance sequences will steal your heart away step by step!
“TANGO SHALOM” storyline: Moshe Yehuda, a Hasidic Rabbi and amateur Hora dancer, played by Jos Laniado, enters a big 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 is forced to ask 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.
Produced by Joel Zwick, director of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and Robert Meyer Burnett (“Agent Cody Banks” franchise), co-written by and co-starring Academy Award-nominated, Emmy Award-winning Joseph Bologna (“My Favorite Year”, Adam Sandler’s “Big Daddy”, “Lovers and Other Strangers”) and starring Golden Globe nominated Lainie Kazan (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”), Karina Smirnoff (20-season alumna of “Dancing With The Stars”), Academy Award-nominated, Emmy Award-winning Renée Taylor (Adam Sandler’s “The Do Over”, “The Producers”, CBS’ “The Nanny”, “How to Be a Latin Lover”), Jos Laniado (Milcho Manchevski’s “Bikini Moon”), Claudio Laniado (“Mudbound”), Bern Cohen (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), Judi Beecher (“Taken 3”, “Family is Family”, “La Garconne”) and directed by Gabriel Bologna (co-writer of “Love is All There Is” starring Angelina Jolie, writer of HBO’s “The Elevator” starring Martin Landau, director of “Boston Girls” starring Danny Trejo, and “The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond”).
An eclectic and modern soundtrack provided by Universal Music includes multiple Grammy Award-winning Gordon Goodwin, Latin Grammy-nominated Tango sensation Daniel Binelli, The actual Vatican Choir, the top-charts British act Touch and Go, as well as modern Klezmer bands Golem, The Burning Bush, and Barcelona Gypsy Klezmer Band. All the dance sequences were choreographed by Jordi Caballero, who worked with Madonna, and The Spice Girls, and was Supervising Choreographer for “Dancing With The Stars”.
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 love.
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GENRE CATEGORIES: Dance Film/Family Comedy
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Film Festivals to Screen Tango Shalom (Ongoing)
1. Jaipur International Film Festival: Screened on January 19, 2021. Won: JAIPUR FILM CRITICS AWARD India premiere
2. Montreal Independent Film Festival February 1-3, 2021 Won: BEST COMEDY, BEST ACTOR Jos Laniado Quebec premiere
3. Charlotte Jewish Film festival February 18 to March 1, 2021 An
4. Anatolia International Film Festival-Finalist, February 5, 2021
5. San Diego International Jewish Film Festival February 11-21, 2021
6.Vancouver International Film Awards FEBRUARY 20, 2021
7. Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift February 2021
8. Sacramento Jewish Film Festival Sacramento March 3-24, 2021
9. JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival April 30- May 2, 2021