Israeli director picks up award at Detroit film festival

Guilhad Emilio Schenker's 'Lavan,' which tells the story of a prison guard who falls in love with an inmate, wins Best Short Film.

Lavan film (photo credit: Courtesy)
Lavan film
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Israeli director Guilhad Emilio Schenker won an award at the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival 2011 on Monday for his short film Lavan.
He picked up the award for Best Short Film, a week after he received the Best Director Prize at a Washington film festival.
Lavan tells the story of Gioza, one of the female 'White Torture' prison guards, who falls into an obsessive love with Nick, the prisoner under her supervision, without him knowing of her existence. Although inspired by the Iranian idea of the 'White Torture', the events and characters depicted in the film are purely fictitious.
Emilio Shankar thanked those who helped him in making the film and said that he "hopes that the honor and reception that the film won worldwide will help him forever."