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Breakthrough to shop “A Universal Language”

Igal Hecht's documentary about six comics bringing comedy to conflict-torn Jerusalem had its world premiere at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival (Yuk Yuk's founder Mark Breslin pictured).
September 19, 2013

Breakthrough Entertainment has acquired the distribution rights to Igal Hecht’s documentary A Universal Language, in which Mark Breslin (pictured), founder of the Yuk Yuk’s comedy club, brings six Canadian stand-up comics to Jerusalem to make Israelis and Palestinians chuckle amid their civil conflict.

The Chutzpa Productions 70-minute film features such comedians as Rebecca Kohler, Aaron Berg and Jean Paul among others.

“In a region rife with daily unrest, A Universal Language is a much-needed breath of fresh air,” said Nat Abraham, president of distribution for Breakthrough Entertainment, in a statement.

 A Universal Language had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

Breakthrough will introduce the documentary to international buyers at MIPCOM.

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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