Joseph Cedar, Shiomo Bar-Aba and Lior Ashkenazi at Oscar 390.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Footnote failed to win Israel’s first Academy Award, coming up short in the best foreign-language film category.
film, directed and written by Joseph Cedar, was beaten out by the
Iranian entry, A Separation by Asghar Farhadi, at the annual Oscars
ceremony on Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
the story of the rivalry between two Talmudic scholars who are also
father and son, was the second Academy Awards entry for Cedar, 43, a New
York native who now lives in Tel Aviv. “Beaufort,” his film about the
first Lebanon War, lost its bid in 2007.
Others vying in the best
foreign-language film category included In Darkness
, by Poland’s
Agnieszka Holland, which follows the fate of a dozen Jewish men, women
and children who hid for 14 months in the underground sewers of Lvov
during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Also, Bullhead
Michael Roskam, “and Monsieur Lazhar” by Canada’s Philippe Falardeau.
the Cannes Film Festival, Footnote
was awarded the top prize for best
screenplay, and in the United States the National Board of Reviews of
Motion Pictures placed the film among the five top foreign-language
Cedar's first two films, Time of Favor
, also were chosen as Israel's entries to the Academy Awards
but did not make the finals. They explored the gulf between observant
and secular Israelis.