Awards for 2017

Wolgin Award

Best Israeli Documentary

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In Spirit for Freedom Award

Best Documentary

WINNER

City of Ghosts: Matthew Heineman
"A harrowing film about a group of young Syrians struggling to shed light on the horrors happening in their home town at great personal risk."

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Best Feature

WINNER

Toivon tuolla puolen: Aki Kaurismäki
"A film that masterfully uses humor to tackle a harsh reality, showing that one person's act of kindness could make a difference."

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In Spirit for Freedom Award - Honorable Mention

Best Documentary

WINNER

FIPRESCI Prize

International First Film

WINNER

Tehran Taboo: Ali Soozandeh
"Tehran Taboo is an important film while still remaining entertaining. It brings us into a corrupt and unequal society, and gives every character a chance to exist without judgement and in an uplifting tone."

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Israeli First Film

WINNER

Holy Air: Shady Srour
"Holy Air is a good crossover between comedy and drama about serious issues reflecting religious and political complexities in modern Israeli society."

The Avner Shalev Yad Vashem Chairman's Award

Best Feature

WINNER

1945: Ferenc Török
"This innovative mystery unravels amid a landscape of cataclysm. Its stunning cinematic vision exposes the corrosive power of anti-Semitism and collaboration during the Holocaust."

Haggiag Award

Best Actor

WINNER

Best Actor - Honorable Mention

WINNER

Best Actress

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Best Editing

WINNER

Best Israeli Feature

WINNER

Scaffolding: Matan Yair
"For a film that combines the reality of a group of teenagers and the will of questioning cinema and the role of filmmaking. For its capacity of capturing the tenderness sometimes behind these kids' violence, their capacity for love, their surprising imagination, in a society that places them in a marginal role forever."

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The Wilf Family Foundation Award

Best International Film

WINNER

Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja: Sang-soo Hong
"Using the simplest of cinematic tools, Hong Sang-soo creates a mysterious magic, rooted in the heart of daily life. Love, hatred, affection, rage, sexuality, loneliness and deep pain are reflected in the face and body of a young woman, the main character, one of the deepest descriptions of a human being we've seen in cinema in recent years."

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Anat Pirchi Award

Best First Film

WINNER

Best Script

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Audience Award

WINNER

The Lia Van Leer Award

WINNER

The Cakemaker: Ofir Raul Graizer
"An original, beautifully acted story with a sensitive approach to mourning and loneliness, the complexities of love and family, religion and food traditions, and the sweetness that nourishes our souls."

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The Wilf Family Foundation Award - Honorable Mention

WINNERS


Aaron Emanuel Award

Best Cinematography - Honorable Mention

WINNER

Best Cinematography

WINNER

The Jerusalem Foundation Award

Best Score

WINNER

Family: Daphna Keenan
"An original, beautifully acted story with a sensitive approach to mourning and loneliness, the complexities of love and family, religion and food traditions, and the sweetness that nourishes our souls."

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