The Hollywood Reporter
"Excellent! A moving account of Babel's travails, and particularly his writings!"
Los Angeles Times
"Invigorating...Finding Babel honors with intelligence and plenty of feeling."
The Village Voice
"Gains in power, insight, and urgency as it journeys"
"Makes you want to read Babel's writing"
Atlanta Jewish Times
'Babel' Towers Above Most Documentaries
“A glowingly rewarding investigation into the life of a great Russian writer who met a most untimely and tragic end.”
"David Novack has crafted an intelligent, poetic and engaging documentation...We witness the enduring power of words, the rising power of truth....Finding Babel is an important, and appreciated film, a contemporary complement to Isaac Babel's life and work."
NYC Movie Guru
"an illuminating, poignant and even somewhat suspenseful experience"
"It is a film of great sensitivity and rather unfortunately, significant modern relevancy. "
"Whether your interest in Babel is purely literary or political or like mine a combination of both, this is a must-see film. It will make you want to read his great works for the first time or once again like me. A superb production."
The Jerusalem Post
"We have to look at him from a contemporary standpoint... There have been other documentaries about him and we didn’t want this to be just some old photos and all the facts of his life. We wanted to find a way to incorporate his voice as a writer, and to understand who he really was as a person,” said Malaev-Babel"
Named Finding Babel among The Best of the Haifa International Film Festival
The Moscow Times
Finding Babel Takes Jury Prize at Moscow Jewish Film Festival
Seattle Review of Books
"We never see Schreiber’s face, but his performance is what holds the film together: by bringing Babel’s words to life, he’s demonstrating why we still care about his writing, why this journey matters."
“The somber and haunting documentary "Finding Babel” … exists with one foot in the past and one foot in the present.”
“…this documentary...is such a treat for people like me (the eternal lovers of [Babel's] storytelling)…”
“An exquisite ... blockbuster documentary” - Vitaly Mansky
Finding Babel named one of 10 films worth seeing at ArtDocFest by the Russian edition of Forbes.
“... by exploring the closed pages of the life of an outstanding writer...[Novack] reveals something new in the life of modern Russia.”
“Government officials arrived [at ArtDocFest] to check the legality of screenings of the films My Friend, Boris Nemtsov by Zosia Rodkevich, The Event by Sergei Loznitsa, and Finding Babel by David Novack. Papers were all in order."
“...perhaps the best proof of the relevance of historical dramas was David Novack's Finding Babel."
Wrap-up of the Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival, with Finding Babel featured at the end.
"To some extent, our film has emerged as a protest against the template of other Babel films. Our film is different from the others in that it looks at Babel of modernity. It is not only my search for my grandfather."
Interview with Andrei Malaev-Babel about his role in Finding Babel and his vision for the film.
Headline: At Artdokfest, a shortage of reality had people waiting in line
"The nationally honored artist and great composer Sergei Nikitin left shaken from watching the film Finding Babel by David Novack...'The dark past invades the present. A very heavy film,' sighed Sergei Yakovlevich."
Finding Babel named as one of the 10 best films of the Molodist International Film Festival.
Interview with Postimees after the International Premiere of Finding Babel at the Black Nights Film Festival.
Interview with “Stolitsa” after the International Premiere of Finding Babel at the Black Nights Film Festival.
Interview with "MEDIANANNY" after the World Premiere at the Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival.
Interview with “CULTPROSTIR” after after the World Premiere at the Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival.
"Most incredible...in the US, cinemas show unique documentaries"
Coverage of a panel on Babel at YIVO during the film's opening weekend in New York City.
"Finding Babel" bears little resemblance to the traditional bio-documentary. It is not too deep into the actual biographical details, but full details of a different kind and manages to say a lot about Babel, the writer and man of his time, and his tragic fate.
Interview with “Korydor” after the World Premiere at the Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival.
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