It was a miracle three times over, according to Portuguese-American novelist Richard Zimler, that “The Slow Mirror,” the short film based on his story of the same name, won the Best Drama prize at the New York Downtown Short Film Festival on May 2.
“First it was a miracle that we got the money to make this film,” he said by telephone from Porto, Portugal where he has lived for 20 years. “Then it was a miracle that it was accepted into the film festival. And finally, it was a miracle that it won.”
Zimler, who is best known for his series of novels about the Sephardic experience throughout history, including “The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon,” was elated. The film beat out 14 other short films from the U.S., Taiwan, United Kingdom and Canada. It was his first screenplay.
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