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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 1, 2013 | 1:24 pm

    Footnote is a 2011 Israeli drama film written and directed by Joseph Cedar, starring Shlomo Bar'aba and Lior Ashkenazi. It tells the story of father and son, both Professors studying and teaching Talmud and Judaism, and their complicated relationship. The son is extremely popular...

  • Family-focused stories at forefront of Israel Film Fest

    By Tom Tugend

    March 1, 2012 | 12:57 pm

    It’s springtime in Los Angeles, which means raising the curtain on the 26th Israel Film Festival, this year displaying a colorful palette of more than 30 feature movies, documentaries, TV shows and student shorts.

    The March 15 opening-night venue is the main theater on the...

  • Oscar gold again eludes Israel’s grasp

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 27, 2012 | 12:58 am

    A brief groan of disappointment swept through the crowd of some 200 Israelis gathered at a Westside hotel with the announcement that the Iranian entry, “A Separation,” had beaten out four other finalists to win the Oscar for best foreign-language film.

    Among the runner-ups was...

  • ‘Footnote’ falls, continuing Israel’s Oscar drought

    February 26, 2012 | 10:12 pm

    “Footnote” failed to win Israel’s first Academy Award, coming up short in the best foreign-language film category.

    The film, directed and written by Joseph Cedar, was beaten out by the Iranian entry, “A Separation” by Asghar Farhadi, at the annual Oscars ceremony on Sunday night...

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  • A sneak peek at ‘Footnote,’ Israel’s Oscar nominee

    February 21, 2012 | 10:17 am

    In his latest film, Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar has created a drama of personal controversy. He explores spirit, resilience and responsibility. “Footnote” tells the story of a father, embittered by his life and angered by the success of his son. That son, though publicly...

  • For Mideast foes’ Oscar films, family trumps flag

    February 17, 2012 | 2:58 pm

    As their nations warn of war, the Israeli and Iranian directors facing off at next week’s Academy Awards share a reluctance to see politics read into their movies, both of which are portraits of troubled families.

    Joseph Cedar, director of Israel’s “Footnote,” and Asghar Farhadi,...

  • How Tel Aviv became big business in Hollywood

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 8, 2012 | 3:21 pm

    In December 2009, Avi Nir, the chief executive of one of Israel’s largest broadcasting and production companies, invited the Hollywood agent Rick Rosen to spend a day at Keshet’s Tel Aviv office. Nir, who has a reputation among his Hollywood counterparts for being an aggressive...

  • Oscar nominee Agnieszka Holland on “In Darkness” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 2, 2012 | 10:28 pm

    Agnieszka Holland was sitting by a window in a Los Angeles hotel recently, bathed by sunlight streaming in through slatted Venetian blinds.

    Light and dark are the prominent metaphors in her film, “In Darkness,” based on the true story of a group of Jews who escaped the...

  • Israel at the Academy Awards… again

    January 30, 2012 | 11:08 am

    Most 43-year-old film directors/screenwriters cannot say that half of the films they have made were nominated for Academy Awards. Joseph Cedar is an exception to that rule. The 43-year-old Cedar, born in the United States but raised in Israel, just secured his second Oscar nomination...

  • Jonah Hill, Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, ‘Footnote’ in Oscar finals

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 24, 2012 | 8:34 am

    Veterans Steven Spielberg and Woody Allen and Israel’s “Footnote” are in the finals of the Oscar race as the 84th Academy Award nominations were announced early Jan. 24 in Los Angeles.

    Spielberg’s “War Horse” and Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” are among the nine best picture...

  • Will this finally be the year for an Israeli Oscar?

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 18, 2012 | 4:28 pm

    Joseph Cedar’s “Footnote,” Israel’s entry in the Oscar sweepstakes for best foreign-language film, has jumped the first major hurdle by making the shortlist of nine semi-finalists.

    “Footnote” is Cedar’s fourth feature film in an 11-year career, and each one has been...

  • Israel’s entry to Oscars does not plan to become a ‘Footnote’

    By Tom Tugend

    January 13, 2012 | 4:36 pm

    Joseph Cedar has made four movies during his 11-year career, and the first three have represented Israel in the Oscar races for Best Foreign-Language film.

    One made the five finalists cut, but none has been awarded the golden statuette, nor has any other Israeli film. Cedar and his...

  • Israel’s First Slasher Flick at Screamfest! [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 22, 2011 | 6:34 pm

    I was walking out of a screening of the cheeky new animated film, “Puss in Boots,” starring Antonio Banderas as the titular bad kitty, at Grauman’s Mann Chinese 6 Theatres when a splattering of fake blood on the cinema’s glass doors, gaunt skeletal figures and assorted skulls...

  • Israeli director Cedars awarded at Cannes

    May 23, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Israeli director Joseph Cedars won the best screenplay award at the Cannes film festival for his movie “Footnote.”

    The director, whose film “Beaufort” was nominated for an Oscar in 2007, had already left Cannes on Sunday and was called back to receive his prize. He did not return in...

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