Jerusalem 2111 movie 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy David Gidali and Itay Gross)
The winner of the “Jerusalem in 2111” competition, that sought to reveal the
best science fiction film depicting the city in 100 years, was announced over
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The winning film, Secular Quarter #3, directed by David
Gidali along with cameraman Itay Gross, two Israeli students studying at the
prestigious AFI Film school in Lost Angeles, was chosen among dozens of videos
entries from all over the world.
The clip was viewed two weeks ago, along
with nine other finalists, by a panel of senior international judges.
panel consisted of top film industry executives in science fiction and animation
from Germany, France, Venezuela, Britain, the US and other countries. The
winning film was the preferred pick of Avatar and Titanic producer, Jon Landau,
and renowned director Wim Wenders.
Gidali and Gross were jointly awarded
a $10,000 grand prize. Perhaps more important is the international exposure to
leading film executives the pair received.
In addition,the Jerusalem
Development Authority is looking into the possibility of turning the video into
a full-length featured movie.
Friday’s awards ceremony held in the
capital’s Cinematheque was attended by Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Naomi Tsur, Lia
van Leer, the Cinematheque’s founder, Yigal Molad Hayo, its director, Yoram
Honig, manager of the Jerusalem Film and Television Fund, architect Daniel
Varnik who initiated and produced the competition, as well as many senior film
Secular Quarter #3 presents a bleak vision of
Jerusalem in 2111, as a city where different populations are separated on the
ground by steel walls, and above by steel domes protecting the citizens from
missile attacks. At night, spacecraft hover over the city and break down the
walls, an event that leads to what appears to be a historic meeting between
secular and ultra-Orthodox youth. The film ultimately sends the message that the
more people continue to build walls, the less they will understand the other