Israel Picks Ajami for Ophir and Oscar

by Anne Thompson
September 26, 2009 8:32 AM
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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 | September 27, 2009 5:12 AMReply

    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

  • surrogates | September 26, 2009 11:35 AMReply

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

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