Based on a true story, IMORDECAI is a comedy about a Holocaust survivor whose life changes when his son buys him an iPhone. Mordecai (JUDD HIRSCH) likes to fix things. It’s why his phone is 20 years old and held together with duct tape and tinfoil. It’s why he worked his entire life as a plumber and a painter. But this is a story about the things he cannot fix: Getting older, the Alzheimer’s diagnosis of his wife Fela (CAROL KANE), his relationship with his son Marvin (SEAN ASTIN, The Lord of the Rings).
Sometimes, something small and unexpected can change your whole world. For Mordecai, this moment happens when his son, Marvin, replaces his ancient phone with a brand new iPhone. This act sets off a series of unexpected events and magically changes both Mordecai and the people closest to him. Mordecai becomes friends with the “Einstein’s,” led by Nina, who teach him to use this strange device with no buttons. He becomes open to new experiences and new perspectives. Ultimately, through letting go, he begins to heal the things he cannot fix and turn the pain of his past into something beautiful. A journey that takes you through every human emotion, IMORDECAI teaches you that it’s never too late for inspiration.
SPOTLIGHT AWARD RECIPIENT: JUDD HIRSCH
Judd Hirsch has been a singular presence in film, television, and the theater for six decades. He is a two-time Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actor, receiving nominations for Robert Redford’s Ordinary People (1980), and last year’s The Fabelmans, breaking the record for the longest gap between Academy Award nominations in history.
He is possibly best known for playing Alex Rieger on the classic television comedy series Taxi (1978–1983), for which he won two Emmys, while also making an indelible impression as John Lacey on the NBC series Dear John (1988–1992), which brought him a Golden Globe award. More recently, he played Alan Eppes on the CBS series Numb3rs (2005–2010). He is also well known for his career in theater and for his roles in films such as Sidney Lumet’s Running on Empty (1988), Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day (1996), Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind (2001), Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), and The Safdie Brothers’ Uncut Gems (2019).
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