Ophir Award winners: Films

Posted Oct 25, 2009
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  1. Late Marriage

    Late Marriage (2001)


    Late Marriage (Hebrew: חתונה מאוחרת‎, Hatuna Meuheret) is a 2001 Israeli film directed by Dover Kosashvili. The film centers on Zaza (Lior Ashkenazi, in his breakthrough role), the 31-year-old child of tradition-minded Georgian Jewish immigrants who are anxiously trying to arrange a marriage for him. Unbeknownst to them, he is secretly dating a 34-year-old divorcée, Judith (Ronit Elkabetz). When his parents discover the relationship and violently intervene, Zaza must choose between his family traditions and his love.

  2. Waltz with Bashir

    Waltz with Bashir (2008)


    Waltz with Bashir (Hebrew: ואלס עם באשיר‎, translit. Vals Im Bashir) is a 2008 Israeli animated war documentary film written and directed by Ari Folman. It depicts Folman in search of his lost memories of his experience as a soldier in the 1982 Lebanon War.

  3. Ushpizin

    Ushpizin (2004)


    Ushpizin (Hebrew האושפיזין) (lit. "the Sukkot guests", from Aramaic ushpizin אושפיזין "guests") is a 2004 Israeli film directed by Gidi Dar and written by Shuli Rand. It starred Rand, and his wife, Michal, who had never acted before.

  4. The Band's Visit

    The Band's Visit (2007)


    The Band's Visit (Hebrew: ביקור התזמורת - Bikur Ha-Tizmoret) is a 2007 Israeli film directed by Eran Kolirin.

  5. Nina's Tragedies

    Nina's Tragedies (2003)


    Nina’s Tragedies (Hebrew: האסונות של נינה‎) is a 2004 Israeli comedy-drama film directed by Savi Gabizon and starring Ayelet Zurer, Yoram Hattab, Alon Abutbul, Shmil Ben Ari, and Anat Waxman. It won 11 Ophir Awards.

  6. Ajami

    Ajami (2009)


    Ajami (Arabic: عجمي‎; Hebrew: עג'מי‎) is a 2009 Israeli Arab drama film. Its plot is set in the Ajami neighborhood of Jaffa, Israel.

  7. Campfire

    Campfire (2004)


    Campfire (Hebrew: מדורת השבט‎) (lit. Tribal Campfire) is an Israeli movie released in 2004, written and directed by Joseph Cedar.

  8. Sh'Chur

    Sh'Chur (1996)


    Sh'Chur is a 1994 Israeli drama film starring Gila Almagor and Ronit Elkabetz. It was written by Hannah Azulai Hasfari and directed by her partner Shmuel Hasfari. Sh'Chur received critical acclaim and was the 1994 official Israeli submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was also awarded the Ophir Award for best film by the Israeli Film and Television Academy. After its release, the film garnered various discussions in the Israeli press over its representation of the Moroccan community in Israel.

  9. Sweet Mud

    Sweet Mud (2006)


    Sweet Mud (Hebrew: אדמה משוגעת) is a 2006 Israeli satirical drama film written and directed by Dror Shaul. The semi-autobiographical film was shot on the kibbutzim of Ruhama and Nir Eliyahu, and draws on Shaul's memories of growing up on a kibbutz with his mentally unstable and widowed mother.

  10. Broken Wings

    Broken Wings (2002)


    Broken Wings (Hebrew: כנפיים שבורות‎ / Knafayim Shvurot) is a 2002 Israeli film directed by Nir Bergman and starring Orly Silbersatz Banai, Maya Maron, and Nitai Gaviratz.

  11. Clara Hakedosha

    Clara Hakedosha (1996)


    Saint Clara (Hebrew: קלרה הקדושה‎) is a 1996 Israeli film directed by Ari Folman and Ori Sivan. It is based on the novel The Ideas of Saint Clara by Pavel Kohout. The film was selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 69th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.

  12. The Human Resources Manager

    The Human Resources Manager (2010)


    The Human Resources Manager (Hebrew: שליחותו של הממונה על משאבי אנוש‎, translit. Shliḥuto shel Ha'Memuneh al Mash'abey Enosh) is a 2010 Israeli drama film directed by Eran Riklis. It was written by Noah Stollman, based on the 2006 book A Woman in Jerusalem by A. B. Yehoshua. The film tells the story of a bakery's human-resources manager (unnamed, like most of the film's characters) who reluctantly travels to Eastern Europe to bring the body of a deceased former employee, a recent immigrant to Israel, back to her family, in order to prevent a public-relations disaster for his company. The first half of the film is set in, and was filmed in, Jerusalem, while the second half was filmed in Romania, although the name of the country is never specified in the film.

  13. Ha-Chaverim Shel Yana

    Ha-Chaverim Shel Yana (1999)


    Yana's Friends (Hebrew: החברים של יאנה, HaHaverim shel Yana‎) is a 1999 Israeli film directed by Arik Kaplun. script editor: Savi Gabizon. Critically acclaimed, it won 10 Israeli Academy Awards including the Ophir Award for Best Picture. It also won the Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 1999. The film has a very rare 100% rating on the film website Rotten Tomatoes based on 30 reviews.

  14. Ha-Hesder

    Ha-Hesder (2000)


    Time of Favor (in Hebrew, Ha-hesder) is Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar's 2000 debut film, starring Aki Avni. The film plays out a psychologically complex love triangle in the middle of terrorist conflict in Israel's West Bank.

  15. What a Wonderful Place

    What a Wonderful Place (2005)


    What a Wonderful Place (Hebrew: איזה מקום נפלא‎ - Eize Makom Nifla) is a 2005 Israeli drama film directed by Eyal Halfon. It includes three seemingly unrelated storylines which intersect at the end, set in southern Tel Aviv, the Arabah and an unidentified Israeli urban suburb. The film deals with issues of trafficking of women and the lives of foreign workers in Israel.

  16. Farewell Baghdad

    Farewell Baghdad (2013)


    Farewell Baghdad (Hebrew: מפריח היונים, lit. The Dove Flyer; Arabic: مطير الحمام) is an Israeli film based on the novel with the same name, by Iraqi-born Jewish writer Eli Amir. The film was directed by Nissim Dayan, who also wrote the screenplay. The idea for the film was conceived by actress Ahuva Keren, and the script was translated by her into Judeo-Arabic. The making of the film was completed in 2013, but the film itself premiered in March 2014 and commercially released in April 2014.

  17. The Flat

    The Flat (2011)


    The Flat (Hebrew: הדירה) is a 2011 feature documentary film, an IsraeliGerman co-production written and directed by Arnon Goldfinger. It was theatrically released in Israel in September 2011. It played continuously for thirteen months and has received rave reviews. Time Out Tel Aviv chose to place the film at the top of its recommended films for 49 weeks under the headline: “not to be missed” and chose it as one of the 25 most important art works from around the world for 2011. The Flat was theatrically released in Germany in June 2012. The German version of the film features the voice of renowned German actor Axel Milberg taking on the role of narrator Arnon Goldfinger. The Flat was theatrically released in USA in October 2012.

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