Tango Shalom

Director: Gabriel Bologna Run Time: 115 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2021

Starring: Joseph Bologna, Karina Smirnoff, Lainie Kazan, Philip Anthony-Rodriguez, Renée Taylor

Country: United States
Language: English

“All these wildly moving parts of different cultures and contrasting beliefs spin around to a cohesive, delightful film about a man who loves his family and his life”

—Bradley Gibson for Film Threat

About the film:

An award-winning comedy from Producer Joel Zwick, director of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. When a Tango dancer asks a Rabbi to enter a dance competition, there’s one big problem—due to his Orthodox beliefs, he’s not allowed to touch her! At odds with the entire Hasidic community, he seeks advice from a Catholic priest, a Muslim imam, and a Sikh holy man, developing a plan to enter the competition without sacrificing his faith.

With much needed prize money on the line, the bonds of family and community are tested one dazzling dance step at a time.

About the filmmakers:

Director Gabriel Bologna began his career as an actor before turning his hand to writing and directing. Among his features, he co-directed the Bronx Romeo and Juliet film Love Is All There Is and wrote The Elevator for HBO, which starred himself, Martin Landau and Martin Sheen. He also directed African Gothic, an adaptation of the 1986 play “Diepe Grond” by Reza De Wet, South Africa’s most celebrated playwright.

Written by his late father, Academy Award-nominee Joseph Bologna, and Jos and Claudio Laniado, Tango Shalom is the first film in history that was a joint collaboration with The Vatican, a Hasidic Synagogue, a Sikh Temple, and a Mosque. Read more from the filmmakers here.

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