Israeli film wins award in Moscow

For My Father tells the story of Tarek, a young Arab man who sets out on a suicide bombing mission in Tel Aviv's Carmel Market.

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The Israeli film For My Father, directed by Dror Zahavi, won the audience favorite award at the Moscow International Film Festival earlier this week. The movie, which officially opened the event on June 19, is the story of Tarek (Shredi Jabarin), a young Arab man who sets out on a suicide bombing mission in Tel Aviv's Carmel Market. But when he goes to detonate the explosive, he discovers the device is broken. He tries to fix it by buying parts at the market, but the electrician there (Shlomo Vishinsky) - who is a bereaved father - is missing the necessary piece. Tarek ends up staying in Tel Aviv over the weekend while waiting for a new switch to come in. As he hangs around, he meets and falls for an Israeli girl named Keren (Hili Yalon). In the end, he is faced with the decision of whether to detonate as planned, or not. The Moscow International Film Festival, established in 1959, is considered among the top 10 most important film competitions in the world. For My Father competed against 16 other movies during the festival. The German-Israeli coproduction, originally called Shabbat Shalom Maradona, will be shown at the upcoming Jerusalem Film Festival as well. It will be released in local theaters in early August.