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.