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CineAttico Films Production
The Universal Secret of Jewish Sexuality Revealed
THE LOST KEY
Rediscover Intimacy
A Film By
Ricardo Adler and Manis Friedman
Contact:
Melissa Mackenzie
[email protected]
Ph:561-281-3401
Venezuela/USA • 2014 • 89 mins • 16:9 • 5.1 Surround • NR
English, Spanish & Hebrew with English Subtitles
ShortSynopsis
The Lost Key explores how a sexual relationship can go beyond mere physical pleasure
and become a spiritual experience where two become One. This ancient Kabbalistic
secret was kept hidden for centuries, but now filmmaker Ricardo Adler and leading
Rabbis of this generation are breaking a historical tradition and revealing it for the first
time. After a traumatic divorce, Ricardo set out to discover how to attain a fulfilling and
lasting marriage. His search took him to renowned Torah scholar and marriage
counselor Rabbi Manis Friedman, whose book Doesn´t Anyone Blush Anymore? boasts a
cover quote by the legendary Bob Dylan. The film portrays the dramatic transformation
of Ricardo's new marriage, and the reactions of other couples to this revolutionary way
to intimate connection. The Lost Key reveals forgotten wisdom that could inspire modern
society to rediscover intimacy and usher in a new era in sexual relations.
Long Synopsis
Finding your soul mate can be difficult. But, once you do, reaching true and lasting
intimacy with your partner can be even harder. That’s what filmmaker Ricardo Adler
thought too until he discovered Jewish secrets about intimacy kept hidden for
thousands of years and decided to try them himself… and it worked like magic.
After speaking with many prominent Rabbis, Ricardo traveled extensively, filming and
speaking with relationship experts, married couples, and people on the street to find
out their views on marital intimacy. Some were skeptical while others were accepting.
But all wanted to know more about Ricardo’s discovery.
The Lost Key is a revolutionary new film that offers everyone, secular and religious,
the possibility to reach a form of intimacy in the bedroom that few couples have ever
experienced, where two people actually can become one.
Rabbi Manis Friedman, a world-renowned author, marriage counselor and lecturer,
along with leading sexologists, Western and Chinese medical doctors and media
experts, add modern insight into the subject. Young couples in many countries discuss
in remarkably candid terms their own relationship struggles and successes.
Director’s Statement
Thousands of years ago, Jewish sages instructed that teachings on sexuality found in
the Torah and Kabbalistic sources should be taught to groups of only 2 or 3 students.
This wisdom was kept private, almost occult, over the centuries. However, this
knowledge began to get lost several generations ago when Jews started to assimilate,
and even observant Jews are unfamiliar with some of these teachings today.
After a painful divorce I began to explore my roots and came across this wisdom, almost
by accident because Rabbis weren´t sharing it. Eventually I remarried, and we’ve
completely transformed our intimate relationship by following these ancient practices.
The process has been exhilarating and difficult, and we share it in the film. It was worth
it though, because we´ve experienced what Kabbalah describes as the highest form of
physical intimacy, Oneness. It changed our marriage forever.
I had to make this film. By now, after seven years in the making, it has become a life
mission. I would like everyone to know these hidden teachings, which are universal.
They could transform the way society views sexuality and bring deep fulfillment to
marriages everywhere. And I’m expecting resistance, despite support from leading
Rabbis, but I’m prepared and keen to encourage dialogue even in the most unlikely of
places.
This is not your typical documentary. It’s about sexuality but, because I wanted it to be
“kosher”, we faced an awesome creative challenge to make it provocative while dealing
with considerable limitations on the visuals and language. It also has a topical
component, but it’s precisely these teachings that are being revealed that make the film
unique and, we hope, a turning point in the history of human sexuality.
-- Ricardo Adler
What is Kabbalah?
Kabbalah is an ancient Jewish tradition integral to the Torah and is often referred to as
the "soul" of the Torah. Kabbalah reveals the deepest insights into the essence of G-d,
His interaction with the world, and the purpose of Creation. Sometimes called "the
Inner Torah" or the "Wisdom of Truth", it offers a comprehensive overall structure and
plan for the universe, as well as a detailed understanding of the particulars of our lives.
The student of Kabbalah is made aware of the personal as well as the collective
rectification process and is encouraged to play an active part in it.
About the Filmmakers
About Ricardo Adler
If Ricardo were a name-dropper (he isn’t), he might mention Stanford University where
he earned a Master’s Degree on a scholarship from Apple Computer. Or the Fortune
500 clients he served as CEO of Sapphire Design Systems out of Palo Alto, California.
He might bring up the major conferences at which he’s been a featured speaker, or the
numerous technology articles he’s published, with prominence in such magazines as
Machine Design and MacWorld.
But Ricardo would, by far, rather discuss his work after he switched careers and became
a filmmaker, starting CineAttico Films with his wife, Vivian, in 2006.
His first film, Mazal Tov: What You Didn’t Know About Jewish Marriage has been
downloaded over 75,000 times over the Internet and screened throughout Latin
America.
However, his most important effort to date is The Lost Key, a very personal story, seven
years in the making, which presents an alternative approach to sexuality for all couples
based on ancient Jewish teachings. The Lost Key is Ricardo’s debut as Director and it
promises to significantly raise the profile of this talented filmmaker.
About Rabbi Manis Friedman
World-renowned author, counselor, lecturer and philosopher, Rabbi Manis
Friedman uses ancient wisdom and modern wit as he captivates audiences around the
country and around the world. He hosted his own critically acclaimed cable television
series, Torah Forum with Manis Friedman, syndicated throughout North America. Over
150,000 copies of his provocative yet entertaining tapes, both audio and video have
been sold.
Rabbi Friedman’s first book, Doesn’t Anyone Blush Anymore?, published by Harper San
Francisco in 1990, was widely praised by the media, and features a cover commendation
written by the legendary Bob Dylan. Blush is currently in its fourth printing. Following
the publication of the book, he was featured internationally in over 200 print articles,
and interviewed on more than 50 television and radio talk shows. He has appeared on
CNN, A&E Reviews, PBS, and BBC Worldwide, and has been the subject of articles in
the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Seventeen, Guideposts, Insight, Publisher’s Weekly and
others.
Rabbi Friedman is a noted Biblical scholar, recognized for his sagacious grasp of Jewish
mysticism. In 1971, he founded Bais Chana Institute of Jewish Studies in Minnesota,
the world’s first yeshiva exclusively for women, where he continues to serve as Dean.
From 1984-1990 he served as simultaneous translator for the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s
televised talks.
Rabbi Friedman is a professionally ranked member of the National Speakers
Association. His speaking tours take him to every part of this country as well as Israel,
England, The Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Canada,
and Hong Kong. Rabbi Friedman was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1946 and
immigrated with his family to the United States in 1950. He received his rabbinic
ordination from the Rabbinical College of Canada in 1969.
Interview Subjects &
Dramatic Voices
Rabbi Eitan & Hadara Weisman
Ricardo & Vivi Adler
Hila Mizrahi & husband
Rachel & Eric Poses
Rabbanit Goldie Slavin
Pauline & Yosi Salman
Samra & Michel Vogel
Rabbanit Chani Lipskar
Dr. Norman Goldwasser
Bruce Turkel
Dr. Yong Ming Li
Dr. Marilyn K. Volker
Dr. James Pitisci
Credits
Executive Producers
Mairo Cohen
David Fridzon
Salomon Levy
Ricardo Adler
Written & Directed
Ricardo Adler
Co-Directed By
Belen Orsini
Ricardo Korda
Co-Written By
Fernanda Rossi
Sonia Chocron
Edited By
Carolina Aular
Cacho Briceño
Daniel Ruiz
Produced By
Jose Ernesto Martinez
Cinematography
Antal Steinbach
Daniel Garcia
Jose “Junior” Gonzalez
Many Thanks to the Brave Ones who Let Us in:
(in order of appearance)
RICARDO (RICKY) ADLER
RABBI MANIS FRIEDMAN
RABBANIT GOLDIE SLAVIN
PAULINE & YOSI SALMAN
DR. JAMES H. PITISCI
RABBANIT CHANI LIPSKAR
DR. NORMAN GOLDWASSER
BRUCE TURKEL
HILA MIZRAHI
SAMRA & MICHEL VOGEL
DR. YONG MING LI
RACHEL & ERIC POSES
RABBI EITAN & HADARA WEISMAN
VIVI ADLER
DR. MARILYN K. VOLKER
Friend who Dragged Ricky to See the Rabbi
JOSE ABITBOL
Also Appearing
Sushi Chef
JENNY ARANGUREN
Climbers in Love
PAUL FELLERMEIER
ROSA OHANESIAN
Yom Kippur Cantors
LEVI GROSSBAUM
BENZION SPRITZER
Shofar
JORGE MANDELBLUM
Rabbinical Supervision
RABBI MANIS FRIEDMAN
RABBI YOCHANAN FRIEDMAN
RABBI DAVID PERETS
RABBI YEHOSHUA ROSENBLUM
Creative Consultant
JESSE ZOOK MANN
Assistant Director
PATRICIA RAMIREZ
Art Director
JORGE MIRADA
Technical Advisor
DANIEL GOLDSCHLAGER
Initial Script
SAMUEL HENRIQUEZ
Research
RABBI YOCHANAN FRIEDMAN
RABBI YOSEF SLAVIN
DEBBIE AKININ
DR. ENDER BOSCAN
DR. SCHANTHAL FELSENSTEIN
PRODUCTION CREW
CARACAS
Unit Producers
Field Producer
Second Unit Producer
Production Assistants
Casting Director
Camera Assistants
Glide Cam Operator
Glide Cam Assistant
Gaffers
Electricians
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Key Grip
Props & Wardrobe
Assistant Art Director
Production Sound
Recording Facilities
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NATHALIE SAR-SHALOM
VICTOR GUEDEZ
SAMUEL KLEIN
JOSE COHEN
ROMINA HENDLIN
DANIEL MORENO
GUILLERMO LONDOÑO PARRA
KRENDYLL NIETO
JESUS GABRIEL ROJAS
FREDDY VASQUEZ
JORGE DIV
MIGUEL GONZALEZ
JAIRO VARGAS
JULIO APONTE
JHAN CARLOS PINEDA
MIGUEL TACOA
JEFERSON SANZ
GERARDO VELASQUEZ
NORA R. GONZALEZ
KAREN KAUFMAN
CARLOS MARTINEZ
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Catering
MERY SASPORTES
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AYMEE CRUZALEGUI
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Casting
HENRIETTA SCHWARZ
Camera Assistant
ALEJANDRO RENTERIA
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JUAN CAMILO BARRIGA
Gaffer
JORGE LUIS ALMEIDA
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JOSE “BUTE” MARQUES
JON UDELL
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Russian-English Interpreter LUCY SOKOLOVA, FTIA
NEW YORK
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MICHELLE GARCIA
ORLANDO THOMPSON
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RICK LOMBARDO
ZAKARY LEVIN
POST PRODUCTION
Animation Director
RICARDO KORDA
Post Production Coordinator JOYCE KAHN / OPA FILMS
Assistant Editor
AURELIEN MORYUSEF
Photo Editor
VIVI ADLER
Post Production Consultants DIEGO CARDIER
MICHAEL M. McGUIRE
ALEJANDRO PEREZ
Post Production Assistants
ANDREA STELLUTO
LEON KLEIN
JAMES MATHISON
PATRICIA RAMIREZ
Hebrew-Spanish Translator RABBI ISAAC CHOCRON
Russian-Spanish Translator ALEXANDER TREGUBOV
Animation & Graphic Design
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ALBERTO HADYAR
JESUS MARQUEZ
HECTOR DO NASCIMENTO
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DANIEL BORRAT
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ESTA NIÑA ESTUDIO
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360 STUDIO LABORATORIO DE AUDIO
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JUAN CAMMARANO
EDOUARD BRENNEISEN
ELIK ALVAREZ
Legal Services
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VICTOR BIGIO
CATHERINE GULACSY
JULIANA BARRETO
Distribution Strategist
PETER BRODERICK
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ERIK GUDRIS
MIKE SALISBURY
LESLIE J. YERMAN
Copywriter
RICK LAWRENCE
Website Development
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Music
“SABBATH PRAYER”
Written by SHELDON HARNICK
Performed by PEDRO STERN
“NALE, NALE”
Performed by ELENA REY Y ORQUESTA LA TRAYECTORIA
TRADITIONAL
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Very Special Thanks
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