Israeli filmmakers honored in Venice

Published on Monday, 09 September 2013 by Webmaster

Israeli filmmakers honored in Venice
Director Amos Gitai, actress Yuval Scharf and the rest of the crew of Israeli film "Ana Arabia," which competed for the Golden Lion Prize at the 70th Venice Film Festival, left the official competition empty handed. But the Israeli cinema can still take pride in its achievements in different events taking place alongside the prestigious festival.

Yuval Alder's film "Bethlehem" won an award on Friday on behalf of the Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean (FEDORA) as part of the independently-run Venice Days event, and on Saturday the Lion of the Future Award for a Debut Film Jury was given to Noaz Deshe for his film "White Shadow."

Deshe is the son of famed Israeli entertainment producer Avraham Deshe (Pashanel). "White Shadow" tells the story of a young albino boy in Tanzania. The film, a German-Italian-Tanzanian co-production, was screened as part of the International Film Critics' Week in Venice.

Gitai, who has been hosted many times by the Venice Film Festival which even held a retrospective of his work last year, won the Robert Bresson Award, which is bestowed each year on a film director who "has given a testimony, significant on account of its sincerity and intensity, of the difficult road in search of the spiritual meaning of our life."

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