The setting is Eastern Europe, circa 1904. Yentl, a smart, spirited woman, is forced to masquerade as a boy in order to pursue her love of knowledge... and discovers yet another kind of love. Mandy Patinkin gives a sensitive and forceful performance as Avigdor, Yentl's fellow student and best friend. And Amy Irving was nominated for an Oscar for her role as the demure and breathtakingly beautiful Hadass. Streisand's passion for the project shows in every frame - highlighted by the lush, Oscar-nominated art direction, stunning cinematography, and her shimmering performance of the Academy Award-winning song score.