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The Middleman

Conversation with Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen (Event Accompanying the Exhibition Inside Out – Etgar Keret)

Due to health reasons, the conversation with Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen scheduled for 27 Nov unfortunately has to be canceled. Previously purchased tickets will be refunded. The screening of the series Mein sprechender Goldfisch (The Middleman), also scheduled for 27 Nov, will take place as planned at 3 pm. Free tickets are available from the online shop!

Have you ever heard your goldfish speak? That’s what happens to 50-year-old real estate agent Olivier, who has been strapped for money since his divorce. He was surprised to find out that his late mother left him a ram­shackle apartment building in Paris, where his best friend and lawyer Philippe then had a fatal accident. And ever since then he has been hearing Philippe’s goldfish talk. His worries about his father Rémi, his teenage daughter Sophie, and his conflict with the building’s last remaining tenant, seem practically banal by comparison. Until suddenly Olivier finds himself returned to the past of his childhood.

Past event

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The W. M. Blumenthal Academy is marked in green


W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)

Three men in dungarees in front of a wall opening in an apartment. One with a hammer in his hand, another with a cigarette and fanned cards.

Film still from The Middleman; photo: Foto: Les Films du Poisson

The four-part series, starring the French actor Mathieu Amalric, was written and directed by the Israeli dynamic duo Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen, who have both received numerous awards for their work, including the Caméra d’Or at Cannes. In conversation with Ofer Waldman, Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen will discuss The Middleman and draw connections with the exhibition Inside Out – Etgar Keret.

Before the conversation, also as part of the programming accompanying the exhibition Inside Out – Etgar Keret, a screening of The Middleman will take place at 3 pm.

Black and white photograph of Shira Geffen in a blaser.

Shira Geffen; photo: Eyal Nevo

Exhibition Inside Out – Etgar Keret: Features & Programs

Exhibition Webpage
Inside Out – Etgar Keret – 21 Oct 2022 to 19 Mar 2023
Digital Content
A Peculiar Kinship – Etgar Keret and Daniel Kehlmann in conversation, video recording of the event on 29 Nov 2022
Accompanying Events
Exhibition Opening – with Etgar Keret and JMB director Hetty Berg, 20 Oct 2022, in German and English
Writing workshop On Mothers – with fixed dates, in German
Writing workshop On Mothers – by appointment, in German
Writing workshop On Mothers – for classes from grades 7 to 13, by appointment, in German
Screening of The Middleman – Miniseries by Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen, 27 Nov 2022, in German
See also
Etgar Keret, author and screenwriter

In cooperation with

Logo: arte

Where, when, what?

  • When Sun 27 Nov 2022, 7 pm – cancelled
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
    (Opposite the Museum)

    See location on map
  • Entry fee

    6 €, reduced rate 3 €

  • Tickets If there are no tickets left for this event, it is, however, still worthwhile to ask at the box office on the evening of the event. Unclaimed tickets are given to people from the waiting list approxi­mately 15 minutes before the event starts.

    Corona rulesAll guests to live events are required to follow the current hygiene regulations of the Jewish Museum Berlin.

    LanguageThe event will be conducted in English.

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