The Jerusalem Film Festival: The winning films were announced

The Jerusalem 2020 Film Festival, which took place this winter and online due to Corona’s limitations, reached its online climax tonight (Wednesday), with the announcement of the winners of the various competitions. The Best Feature Film Award went to Danny Rosenberg’s film, “My Dad’s Movie Death Too”.

Judges Tali Shalom-Ezer, Eran Kolirin, and Hannah Leslau argued that “his original, exposed, bleeding film of Danny Rosenberg “It is a film full of love for cinema and the love of a father, which, with a brilliant combination of documentary and plot material, manages to provide a glimpse into the obsessive soul of a film director in pursuit of the disappearing character of his ailing father.”

Mark Rosenbaum received a commendation mark for his performance in the film, while the film’s editors Nili Feller and Guy Nemesh won the Cummings Prize for editing “for having managed with the hand of an artist to build a uniform cinematic language from different materials.” The music award sponsored by Anova Music was awarded to Yuval Samu “for the original, cheeky and fresh soundtrack in the film manages to give the viewer a special look and another for the pains of the characters irritated their dreams and wars doomed to failure.”

The GWFF Award for Best Israeli Debut Film was given to the film “Asia” (Writing and directing: Ruthie Perry-Bar). “‘Asia’ is a beautiful and cinematic intimate portrait of a mother and daughter in the process of decay and separation. The film, made modestly and with great precision, manages to look subtly but ruthlessly at a complex human reality,” the judges reasoned.

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The Anat Farhi Award for Actress was also awarded toAlona Niv For her appearance in the film “Asia” “On the soft way in which Alona Niv plays a tough character and leads a film that takes place in a tough and difficult world, with compassion and emotion.” Daniela Nowitz won the Aharon Emanuel Prize for Photography “for succeeding with the help of precise and beautiful frames in capturing remarkably accurately the inner exile of the film’s protagonists in the Israeli space.”

“here we are”, A film by Dana Idisis Won the Dalia Sigan Award for screenplay. On the selection, the jury wrote: “The screenplay award is given to Dana Idisis for her painful and smiling screenplay for Nir Bergman’s moving film, ‘Here We Are,’ which depicts a journey to liberation and independence of a father and son, which pierces the heart with won and simple humanity.”

Spring gift Some with Noam Amber The Anat Farhi Award for Actor for their performances in “Here We Are”. “The two actors are an inseparable duo and carry Nir Bergman’s film on their shoulders: Shai Avivi who fully embodies pain and love as a wounded and haunted character in an endless war with the world, and Noam Amber on the exact smiling and clichéd way he plays the character of a boy on Sample of Life “The judges justified the awarding of the prize to both actors.

“Here we are” (Photo: Shai Goldman)

Documentary film competition

The Diamond Award for Best Documentary at the Festival was won by the film “Children” Of Ada Ushpiz (director and production). Judges Rachel Leah Jones, Maya Zinstein, and Dr. Ohad Landsman stated that “in her film, Ada Ushpiz looks at reality with her eyes literally. Along with direct and penetrating documentation in which she allows the girls she is filming to express themselves and their ‘truth’ completely freely. On life under occupation, it also captures the second, more inner truth, of the commandment – sometimes explicit and sometimes implicit – to conquer the pain, sadness, frustration and fear that are their lot.Ushpiz’s continuous and compassionate observation of the impossible trap in which childhood finds itself points to absurdities and tragedies Of their lives and crystallizes into an important, terrifying and uncompromising documentary document. “

Danor Glazer won the Aharon Emanuel Prize for photography for the film “Children”. “For Danor Glazer’s considered, compassionate and patient photography work, a key role in constructing the story. It is like scanning the souls of childhood, sifting through the bland, distilling the essentials and connecting us to the whale,” the judges ruled.

The movie The movie “Children” (Photo: AUfilms)

The Diamond Prize for documentary directing was picked up by Dror Dror for his film “The Human Factor”. “Dror Moreh offers a fresh perspective on the ongoing (and failed) diplomatic efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Sheds new light on a worn and familiar narrative, giving the viewer a sense of being behind the scenes in fateful historical moments.”

Shira Hochman won the Cummings Prize for editing Barak Heiman’s film “Danny Caravan”. “The portrait-duet between the film’s protagonist Danny Caravan and the film’s creator Barak Heiman is conducted with great grace also thanks to the precise editing of Shira Hochman,” the judges’ arguments emphasized.

The music award sponsored by Anova Music was awarded to Ofer Pinchasov’s film “Ahuva Ozeri:” Ringing Bells. “From the judges’ reasoning:” In the film, the character and the music are one. “The film is based almost exclusively on her own sounds and so, as Ozeri shaped the soundtrack of the lives of many, she composes her own story as a woman, an Oriental, a daring artist and a soul singer.”

Director Elad Davidovich Shikovich won a commendation mark for his debut film “Balcony.” “The creator opens a window to his inner world through his gaze outward into the world, within the boundaries of what can be seen from the balcony of his house. Davidovich Shikovitz is revealed as a poetic and political creator with a promising cinematic future.”

International competition

In the International Competition, the Nehama Rivlin Award for Best Feature Film is “Atlantis” by screenwriter and director Valentin Vsianovich (Ukraine). The judges’ reasoning reads: “The film depicts a man embarking on a quest for signs of life, meaning and renewal in a post-war wilderness. The unique poetic language of ‘Atlantis’ resonates far beyond the time and place where the plot takes place. The images from the film will be etched in your memory for a long time.” The award was announced by President Reuven Rivlin.

The movie “Where Are You Going, Aida?” (Quo Vadis, Aida) by screenwriter and director Ismaila Zavnic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) won the judges’ commendation: “The true power of the film lies in its simple and sober look that reveals to us all its banality, vulgarity and ambiguity.”

The GWFF Award for International Debut Award was given to The Assistant, written and directed by Kitty Green (USA). In the award’s reasons, judges Assaf Polonsky, Gaia Forer, and Philip Lakot wrote that “the award is given for giving aesthetic expression to claustrophobia and nightmares of those living in situations of complete powerlessness. And for the director’s skills Julia Garner in the lead role. ” A commendation was given to Eric Steele’s film, Minyan (USA).

Quo Vadis, Aida?  (Photo: Jerusalem Film Festival)Quo Vadis, Aida? (Photo: Jerusalem Film Festival)

The short film competition

The best short feature film is “The Death of It” directed by Avishai Sivan. According to the judges, “the award is given to Avishai Sivan, who in clever and clever cinematic language manages to produce a simple but incredibly complex film that raises complex questions about providence in the broadest sense of its absence and its relationship to violence and the individual’s emotional world.”

The Ambassador Family Award for Promising Creator was given to Emri Dekel-Kadosh for his film “The Accident.” The Ambassador Family Award was also given to the best short documentary – “The Mission” by Rona Segal.

The Jerusalem Development Authority’s Film and Television Project Award for Best Animated Film was awarded to Dotan Moreno’s “We Were a Demolished Bomb”. Commendations were given to Ben Ziv for his film “Spaces”, to Saleh Saadi for his film “Borax”, to Naama Shochat for her film “Three Things Lost” and to the animated film “Are You Still There?” Of Nadav Sheffer, son of Elia, Anan Gibson.

In a video art and experimental film competition, the Lia van Leer Prize was awarded, courtesy of Rebecca. The Ostrovsky Family Foundation Award was given to the Russo Foundation for the film “Junkhouse”

Additional awards

His Avner Prize for the film on the subject of the Holocaust, donated by Michaela and Leon Konstantiner, was awarded to Patrick and Hugo Sobelman for their film “Golda Maria” (France).

The Jerusalem Development Authority’s Film and Television Project Award for Jerusalem Creator “was awarded to creator Anat Tzuria for her work for three decades in Jerusalem.

The festival awarded Zehava Shekel an outstanding contribution to the Israeli film industry.