Netanyahu wishes 'Footnote' success at the Oscars

Prime minister says while he doesn't frequent the cinema, the last film he saw was Joseph Cedar's 'Footnote,' and he liked it.

February 26, 2012 17:32
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'Footnote' film

Footnote film 521. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that while he does not go to the movies too often, he did see Joseph Cedar's Oscar-nominated Footnote, and wished the director "great success" at the 84th Academy Awards gala in Los Angeles on Sunday.

"I am certain that I speak for all Israelis," Netanyahu said during his remarks at Sunday's Cabinet meeting, "We wish Footnote great success at the Oscars this evening."

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Footnote's nomination marks the tenth time an Israeli film has been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category, and the fourth in five years. But no Israeli film has ever won the award, although last year, the documentary short from Israel, Strangers No More, won an Oscar in its category.

Netanyahu said that while he does not often go to the movies, "the last film I saw was this one, Footnote."

"I enjoyed it very much," he said.

"While I was familiar with many of the scenes," he commented, "I also saw that it has touched the hearts of many Israelis, and apparently non-Israelis as well who have seen it."

Footnote has been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category, and is Cedar's second nod.

Footnote won the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival. It’s a demanding and ambitious film about the rivalry between a father and son who are both Talmud scholars.

Hannah Brown contributed to this report.

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