Ophir nominations announced

Two films that won major awards abroad, Joseph Cedar’s Footnote and Yossi Madmony’s Restoration, among the nominees for Best Picture.

August 16, 2011 22:35
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Joseph Cedar

Joseph Cedar 311. (photo credit: Ran Mendelsohn)

Two films that won major awards abroad, not surprisingly, dominated most categories when the nominations for the 22nd annual Ophir Awards, the prizes of the Israel Academy for Film, were announced Tuesday in Tel Aviv. Joseph Cedar’s Footnote, which won the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival, and Yossi Madmony’s Restoration, which took the Best Screenplay Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, were among the nominees for Best Picture.

Footnote, which received 13 nominations, tells the story of a rivalry between a father and son who are both Talmud scholars. Restoration, which got 11 nods, is about a father who restores furniture while his son is a business-oriented lawyer.

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Marco Carmel’s My Lovely Sister, about a conflict between two sisters that takes on supernatural overtones, also received 11 nominations.

The other Best Picture nominees are Maya Kenig’s Little White Lies, about an estranged father and daughter who claim to be fleeing Haifa during the last Lebanon War and are taken in by a family in Jerusalem and Nadav Lapid’s Policeman, which tells parallel stories of a cop and a cell of anarchists.

The awards will be given out in a ceremony in September. The winner of the Ophir Award for Best Picture will be Israel’s official nominee to be considered for one of the five Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominations. Cedar’s 2007 film, Beaufort, received an Oscar nomination.

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