Israel's latest Oscar prayer, Ajami, directed by Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti, is continuing to pick up awards as it makes the rounds of the European festival circuit. The latest plaudits came Saturday at the Cinemed Festival in Montpellier, France, where the film collected the Golden Antigone award.
Ajami's win came several days after it garnered the Sutherland first feature award at the London Film Festival.
The film is a gritty tale of crime in Jaffa that touches on many sensitive issues, including Jewish-Arab relations and other aspects of the underbelly of Israeli society.
Ajami won the chance to compete for an Academy Awards after besting Lebanon in the battle for Best Picture award. It is currently playing in select theaters throughout Israel,