Anne Frank, Arab-Jewish relations, karaoke in focus at upcoming Israeli film awards – The Times of Israel

Posted By on August 12, 2022

The Ophir Awards, Israels version of the Academy Awards, will be held on September 18.

The nominated films were chosen by the Israeli Academy of Film and Television from a selection of 95 movies of all different genres, a record number of entries for the awards competition.

The competing features nominated in the Best Film category are Ari Folmans Where Is Anne Frank? his 2021 animated film narrated by Kitty, Franks imaginary friend from her diary; Karaoke, in which a middle-aged couple gets to know their neighbor through his karaoke parties; Cinema Sabaya, with takes eight Arab and Jewish women through a film workshop; Valeria is Getting Married, which tells the tale of two Ukrainian sisters, one who married an Israeli and the other who is about to do the same; and 35 Downhill, about a son and his estranged, kibbutz-dwelling father traveling across Israel on a tractor.

Four of the films nominated for best picture are also up for best director, including Michal Vinick for Valeria is Getting Married, Moshe Rosenthal for Karaoke, Orit Fouks Rotem for Cinema Sabaya and Yona Rozenkier for 35 Downhill. They are joined by Maor Zaguri for Virginity, a coming-of-age story.

Actress Dana Ivgy is up for the Best Actress award for two films, Savoy and Cinema Sabaya, along with Levana Finkelstein for Hashtika, Lena Fraifeld for Valeria and Rita Shukrun for Karaoke.

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Shukruns movie husband in Karaoke, veteran actor Sasson Gabbay, is also up for the Best Actor award, along with Yoel Rozenkier, the directors brother, in 35 Downhill, Yaakov Zada Daniel for Valeria and Morris Cohen for Hashtika.

Lior Ashkenazi is nominated for best supporting actor in Karaoke, along with veteran actor Moni Mashanov for All I Can Do, about a young prosecutor tackling a sexual assault case.

In the Best Screenplay category, Savoy, 35 Downhill, Virginity, Valeria is Getting Married, Karaoke and Cinema Sabaya are all nominated.

The Ophir Awards also include nominations for Best Documentary, Best Documentary Short, Best Short Feature Film, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music, Best Editing, Best Artistic Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Casting and Best Soundtrack.

The awards will be held on September 18 at 11:00 p.m. on Channel 12.

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