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The awards of the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival were announced in a ceremony on Thursday night at the Jerusalem Cinematheque.
The winner of the Haggiag Competition for Full-Length Israeli Feature went to Avishai Sivan’s Tikkun, and Sivan also won the Anat Pirchi Award for Best Script. The movie, which is set in the ultra-Orthodox community, tells the story of a young religious man who goes through a near-death experience and finds it changes him significantly.
The director’s first film, The Wanderer, was also about an ultra-Orthodox family.
The movie, which was produced by Ronen Ben-Tal and Moshe and Leon Edry, received a prize of NIS 120,000.
Khalifa Natour won the Best Actor Award for his performance in Tikkun, and the film’s cinematographer, Shai Goldman, won the Van Leer Award for Best Cinematography.
The Haggiag Award for Best Actress went to Asi Levi for her performance as the mother of a disabled young woman in Nitzan Gilady’s Wedding Doll. Gilady also won the Anat Pirchi Award for Best First Film.
The Israel Critics’ Forum Award for Best Feature Film went to Tova Ascher’s AKA Nadia.
It was no surprise that the Audience Award went to Doron Paz and Yoav Paz’s JeruZalem, an overthe- top horror movie in which two American tourists arrive in the Holy City just as it is taken over by winged undead creatures. Young audiences were buzzing about the film, which was technically billed as a work-in-progress and will have its official world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Canada later this month.
The cleverly filmed movie, in which much of the action is viewed through a pair of Google glasses, also won the award for Best Editing. It should have a bright future on the horror film-festival circuit.
The Van Leer Award for Best Documentary Film went to Silvina Landsmann’s Hotline, which is about the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants in Tel Aviv.
The Van Leer Award for Best Director of a Documentary went to Nirit Aharoni for Strung Out, about young women living on the streets. Strung Out also won an award for Best Music.
Thru You Princess by Ido Haar, about an Israeli who gets to know a New Orleans-based singer through the Internet, received an Honorary Mention.
In the Wim Van Leer In the Spirit of Freedom competition, for movies about human rights, the Cummings Award for Best Feature Film went to Three Windows and a Hanging by Isa Qosja, about women who were raped during the war in Kosovo and decide to start talking about what happened to them.
Patricio Guzman’s documentary, The Pearl Button, about water and political conflict in Chile, won the Ostrovsky Award for Best Documentary in the Spirit of Freedom competition, and Anat Goren’s Mussa won an Honorary Mention.