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Israel Picks Ajami for Ophir and Oscar

Israel Picks Ajami for Ophir and Oscar

In an upset at Israel’s Ophir Awards, Ajami beat out Venice Golden Lion winner Lebanon today, tweets @Cinemascopian’s Yair Raveh:

“Lebanon” walks away with 4 awards, “Ajami” 5.

The Ophir-winner is usually the Oscar submission. Ajami won a certificate of distinction in the Camera d’Or competition at the Cannes Film Festival, where it played in the director’s fortnight. It was co-directed by an Israeli and a Palestinian, Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti. The film also won the Wolgin Prize for best feature film at the 2009 Jerusalem Film Festival.

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