'Ajami' wins top prize at film fest

'Ajami' is a drama about crime in Jaffa, codirected by Scandar Copti, a Christian, and Yaron Shani, a Jew.

July 20, 2009 11:57
'Ajami' wins top prize at film fest

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Ajami won the Wolgin Award for Best Israeli Feature in the Jerusalem Film Festival, which came to a close on Saturday. In a highly competitive year, the judges chose Ajami, a drama about crime in Jaffa, codirected by Scandar Copti, a Christian, and Yaron Shani, a Jew. Zohar Strauss won the Wolgin Award for Best Actor for his performances in Eyes Wide Open, as a gay ultra-Orthodox man, and Lebanon, in which he played an aggressive officer. Rita Zohar won the Wolgin for Best Actress for her performance in the title role in the film Mrs. Moskowitz and The Cats. The Wolgin Award for Best Israeli Documentary went to Diplomat, a film about Russian immigrants, directed by Dana Goren. The Lia Award in the Jewish Experience Category went to The Last Krasucky, and Michael Verhoeven's Human Failure won the Yad Vashem Chairman's Award. The In the Spirit of Freedom Award, given in memory of Wim van Leer, went to Burma VJ and Yodok Stories.

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