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
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
Marco Carmel’s My Lovely Sister
, about a
conflict between two sisters that takes on supernatural overtones, also received
The other Best Picture nominees are Maya Kenig’s Little
, 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
, which tells parallel stories of a cop and a cell of
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.