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Israel Picks Ajami for Ophir and Oscar

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 26, 2009 at 8:32AM

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