Omri Givon's Seven Minutes in Heaven will be featured in the World Narrative Feature Competition at this year's Tribeca International Film Festival in New York City in late April. The film, which won the top prize at the Haifa International Film Festival in October, tells the story of a Jerusalem woman who tries to put her life back together after her boyfriend is killed in a terrorist attack that leaves her severely wounded. Yoav Shamir's Defamation, an offbeat look at contemporary anti-Semitism, will compete for the World Documentary Feature Award. In the Discovery section, Israel will be represented by A Matter of Size, directed by Erez Tadmor and Sharon Maymon, a drama about some overweight friends who search for love while training to be sumo wrestlers.
The full lineup for short films and other categories will be announced in the next few days. The festival kicks off on April 22 with Woody Allen's latest film, Whatever Works, starring Larry David. The festival, which runs through May 3, will present 86 films. The festival was founded in 2001 by actor Robert De Niro (along with filmmakers Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff) to revitalize the downtown area of Manhattan after the 9/11 terror attacks.