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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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Gary Palmucci

Anne, nice to re-meet you last nite at the NYFF…Ajami is in fact a Kino International release!
You may recall many years ago we spoke about the late Stuart Byron’s papers–whatever happened with them? gp


Great! Saw it, great film! Way better then Gomorrah (A film which similar in his style and tone to Ajami).

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