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Edna Fainaru

  • Israeli Film Council avoids drastic reduction in government funding


    The Israeli Treasury has agreed to increase this year's annual film budget by almost 16% to $16m (67m shekels). The Israeli Film Council will continue to be in charge of distributing this sum between the various funds, foundations and institutions involved in film activities across the country. Only a few months ago, the Israeli film industry looked set to lose almost 50% of the subsidies it was ...
  • Waltz with Bashir takes six Ophirs at the Israeli Film Academy Awards


    As expected, Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir took no less than six Ophirs (Israel's version of the Oscar) at the Israeli Film Academy's annual awards ceremony last night.Folman's animated documentary officially competed as a fiction film and won all the categories it was nominated in including best film, director, script, editing, sound design and art direction. The best film distinction means Folman will ...
  • Avi Mograbi's Z32 restricted for PG audiences in Israel


    Avi Mograbi's documentary 'Z-32', has been restricted by the Israeli Board of Censors for an over 14 audience, after an appeal on its over 16 restriction.
  • Seven Days (Shiva) is tops at 25th Jerusalem Film Festival


    Seven Days (Shiva) by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz, which opened this year's Cannes Critics Week, was the big winner competition vying for the Wolgin awards for the Best Israeli films at the 25th Jerusalem Film Festival. There were only three other competitors.Having pared down their picture by some 12 minutes, the Elkabetz siblings walked away with the Best Picture award (accompanied by a $40,000 check), and a Best Actress award (and $3,000) for Hana ...
  • Rennen Schorr to head new $2m Jerusalem Film Fund


    The State Treasury and the Jerusalem Foundation are backing a $2m fund to promote film-making in Jerusalem, as part of the general effort the refresh the image of Israel's capital city.
  • Ilan de Vries replaces Van Leer at Jerusalem Cinematheque


    As expected, Ilan de Vries has been officially appointed to follow Lia Van Leer as the new director of the Jerusalem Film Festival, the Jerusalem Cinematheque and the Israeli Film Archive.
  • Israeli Producers Association to host international networking session


    Feeling they did not get the credit they deserve for the recent forward leap of the Israeli films and their resounding worldwide success, the Israeli Producers Association is organizing a networking session to be attended by international experts, including producer-director Claude Lelouch, producers Cedomir Kolar, Paul Trijbits, and the BBC's international development director David Morgenstern. Among the Israeli participants, industry ...
  • Schori withdraws candidacy for top Israeli film role


    After 18 long months of fruitless talks, Katriel Schori has officially withdrawn his candidacy for the top executive job at the Jerusalem Cinematheque.Had he taken the role, hewould havebecome not only head of the Cinematheque but also of the Jerusalem Film Festival and the Israeli Film Archive. Approached in the spring of 2006 to take over from founder and all-round chief of the institution, Lia Van Leer - whowas to move to an honorary position ...
  • Ardant and Depardieu to shoot Hello, Goodbye in Israel


    Fanny Ardant and Gerard Depardieu will travel to Israel in November to shoot new French featureHello, Goodbye (working title).
  • The Band's Visit sweeps the board at Jerusalem Film Festival


    Eran Kolirin's Cannes favourite takes best film, actor and actress; Moshon Salmona's Wassermil wins the inaugural Most Promising Debut
  • Etgar Keret and Shira Geffe: the nextbig sting


    Husband-and-wife film-making team Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen won the Camera d'Or at Cannes last month for Jellyfish, a surreal drama inspired by US indie films. Edna Fainaru reports.
  • Reprise scores another win at Istanbul Film Festival


    Young Norwegian director Joachim Trier adds to the prizes for his debut picture Reprise, which won the Golden Tulip for best feature film in the international competition at the 26th Istanbul Film Festival.
  • Documentary programme Greenhouse Project revived


    The Greenhouse Project is back in action. Thetraining program for the development of feature-length documentaries, whichlaid dormant for the best part of the last ten months, is now registeringcandidates for its first round of seminars, to take place in January 2007 in Istanbul. Targeting East Mediterranean territories, the programmeexpects candidates to come from Algeria, ...
  • Jerusalem festival gives top prize to satire Dead End


    In a surprise decision, thejury of the 23rd Jerusalem Film Festival awarded the Wolginprize for best Israeli feature to DeadEnd, a black satire on TV reality shows directed by DrorSzabo. Szabo, who has beeninvolved in the production of reality shows, makes his feature directorialdebut with the project. The jury, ...
  • Israeli company United King to begin shooting two new features


    United King, the leading distributor of domestic films in Israel,is launching two new productions one by Josef Cedar and the other by Avi Nesher in February.
  • Israeli-Palestinian consortium joins forces to promote docs


    The Israelis and Palestinians are about to join forces in arare alliance, on a project entitled Greenhouse, whose purpose is to train andcoach promising documentary filmmakers in the Mediterranean region. Originally initiated by David Fisher at theNew Foundation for Cinema and Television (NFCT) in Tel Aviv, and Adam Zouabi, the head of the RamallahFilm Institute, Greenhouse partners also include the Association of DocumentaryFilmmakers in Turkey,the ...
  • Israel experiences festival outbreak


    A stringof international film festivals are set to play in Israel over the next fewmonths, triggering calls for a re-evaluation of the country's festival scene.Threeinternational film festivals, all of them competitive, are scheduled in Israelduring April, with a fourth announced for late May. That's before Israel's veteranJerusalem International Film Festival takes place in early July. Threemore ...
  • Israel opens up film funds to international producers


    Internationalfilm producers can now apply to Israeli film funds for financing thanks torecent changes in the Israeli Film Law.
  • Israeli outcry as Cinema Council chief replaced


    Israeli Cinema Council chairman Eli Zohar has unexpectedlybeen replaced by Ronny Milo, a former Minister of Culture and the ex-mayor ofTel Aviv.
  • L'Esquive takes top Haifa prize


    L'Esquive,Abdelatif Kechichi's coming-of-age romp about immigrant kids in a Parisslum, walked away with the Golden Anchor, Haifa's supreme award for its20th International Film Festival, in a competition entirely dedicated toMediterranean production.
  • Walking On Water to get world premiere at Berlin


    Eytan Fox's new Israeli film, Walking On Water, will receive its world premiere at the Berlinale Panorama, the most natural place for it to open, since half of the picture was shot in the German capital last year.
  • Israeli director wraps up Syrian Bride


    Israeli director Eran Riklis has just wrapped The Syrian Bride, the story of a young bride who will never be able to visit her family in the Golan Heights after her marriage to a Syrian man.
  • Broken Wings set for breakthrough German release


    Nir Bergman's Broken Wings is to receive a 24 print release across Germany, the widest ever release in the country for an Israeli film.
  • Jenin Jenin doc banned again in Israel


    Mukhammad Bakkri's controversial documentary Jenin Jenin, about the Israeli military incursion into the Jenin refugee camp, has once again been banned in Israel.
  • Banned Palestinian film cleared by Israeli Supreme Court


    Overturning a previous decision of the Israeli Censorship Board, the country's The Supreme Court of Justice has lifted the ban on Mukhammad Bakkri's controversial documentary Jenin Jenin.
  • Israel hosts major Amos Gitai retrospective


    The first full scale retrospective programme of Amos Gitai's work in his own country was launched at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque this week with the national premiere of his latest feature film, Alila.
  • Haifa names No Longer 17 as best film


    Itzhak 'Tzeppel' Yeshurun's No Longer 17 won the best Israeli film prize at the 19th Haifa Film Festival (Oct 11-18), with Yoav Kosh taking top honours for the cinematography of Life Is Life by Michal Bar Adam.
  • Nesher returns to Israel to shoot End Of World


    Avi Nesher, one of the most promising Israeli filmmakers of the seventies who moved to US in the early eighties and stayed there for close to 20 years, is now putting the final post-production touches to his first Israeli film since The Rage And The Glory (1984).
  • Israeli Cinemas to slash ticket prices


    Israeli Theatres Cinemas has announced a reduction in ticket prices across its entire circuit for the whole summer season (until end September) and for all shows, by 22.5%.
  • Suddenly takes top award at Istanbul film festival


    Two feminist-themed pictures have grabbed the top prizes at the 22nd International Istanbul Film Festival.
  • Israel's Channel 10 on the brink of bankruptcy


    The future of Israel's newest television broadcaster, Channel 10, hangs in the balance as controlling shareholder Yossi Maiman gives the station one week to avoid bankruptcy.
  • Warner sues second Israeli cable outfit over content deals


    AOL Time Warner has launched a second multi-million legal action against an Israeli cable outfit, one week after announcing that it was suing Israeli cable operator Tevel for $17m for allegedly breaking the terms of their output deal.
  • Israeli Censorship Board bans Jenin camp documentary


    After 15 years of inactivity, Israel's Censorship Board is back in action, and courting controversy with its ban on Wednesday of the documentary Jenin, Jenin.
  • Italian directors team for Israeli-Palestinian conflict documentary


    Eleven Italian filmmakers, including celebrated veterans Ettore Scola, Mario Monicelli and Francesco Maselli are currently on location in Palestine shooting a documentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • Turkish director gets second look in Un Certain Regard


    In a highly unusual move Cannes has decided to invite a second film by Turkish director Zeki Demirkurbuz to appear in Un Certain Regard alongside his previously announced Confession (Itiraf).
  • Winning films narrowly avoid ban at Istanbul Film Festival


    Most talked about at the Istanbul Film Festival (April 13-28) was the one film that didn't show up - at least not in its official format, having been banned by the Ministry of Culture. Two other films, which both came away with awards, narrowly escaped similar bans.
  • Gov't make Israeli industry wait for cash support


    Israel's film-makers will have to wait some more before they can access the government support that seemed so near at hand,
  • Arthur Miller teams with Amos Gitai


    Celebrated American playwright Arthur Miller and Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai are collaborating on an adaptation of Miller's story, Homely Girl.
  • Israeli film-makers launch funding campaign


    A group of Israeli film-makers, led by veteran producer Marek Rozenbaum and Rennen Schor, head of the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem, have launched a lobby group to secure more public funding for Israeli features.
  • Robb quits as chief executive of Israel's Yes


    Eytan Robb is resigning from his position as chief executive of Israeli digital satellite broadcaster Yes, which made its much-delayed debut this July.
  • Terrorist drama sweeps board at Israeli Oscars


    Josef Cedar's Time Of Favour (Hahesder), a topical drama about a paramilitary Jewish organisation that attempts to blow up the El Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, won six prizes at the Israeli Film and TV Academy Awards on Tuesday night, including best film and best script.
  • Desperado leads race for Israeli film awards


    Benny Torati's Desperado Square has garnered the most nominations for this year's Israeli Film and TV Academy Awards, with 13 nods, one in each category. The winner of Best Film is automatically selected as Israel's candidate for best foreign-language Oscar.
  • Israeli-Arab crisis hits Haifa fest


    A slew of no-shows inevitably marred this year's Haifa "Neighbours" Film Festival, which was held despite the current Israeli-Arab crisis.
  • Fortissimo sells Venice titles to Canada, Brazil


    Fortissimo Film Sales has sold Venice titles The Goddess Of 1967, which is screening in competition, and Thomas Est Amoureux, screening in the Present Cinema section, to Canada's Seville Films, Brazil's Imovision and Greece's Prooptiki.
  • Altman lines up UK-set manor house drama


    In Venice to promote his latest feature, Dr T And The Women, director Robert Altman has revealed details of his next project, Gosford Park, which he plans to shoot in the UK from next March.
  • Israel's Yes signs up first subscribers


    Israeli digital satellite broadcaster Yes, which finally made its much-delayed debut on July 15, has reported that it has connected 10,000 subscribers.
  • Angels Of The Universe (Englar Alheimsins)


  • Israel's Wolgin prize split between Besame, Sister


    Josef Pitchhadze's Besame Mucho and Dan Wolman's Foreign Sister were jointly awarded the feature prize at this year's Wolgin Awards, a competition for domestic productions which runs as part the Jerusalem Film Festival (July 13-22).
  • First Love (Hatsukoi)


  • Jadviga's Pillow (Jadviga Parnaja)


  • Israeli culture ministry unveils film commission


    The Israeli culture ministry has launched a film commission which will be responsible for regulating all cinema activities in the country once the long-gestating Cinema Law has been passed.
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon opens Jerusalem


    Next month's Jerusalem Film Festival has finally opted for Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as the opening night film after long deliberations.
  • Israel's Sharanski set to close censorship board


    Israel's interior minister Nathan Sharanski has announced that he plans to close the Israeli Film Censorship Board and replace it with a tougher movie ratings system based on age.
  • Israel's Doc Aviv launches market


    The Doc Aviv documentary festival (April 21-26) is to host a market for documentary projects looking for co-producers and broadcaster partners.
  • Israeli government gives blessing to third channel


    The Israeli parliament has given the greenlight to the launch of a third free-to-air terrestrial channel in a bid to increase competition in the Israeli television market.
  • Deluxe backs Israeli film lab initiative


    Almost four years after Israel's only film laboratory was closed down, the Israeli Ministry of Industry and Commerce has given its blessing to the opening of a new facility.
  • Israeli cable operators agree to share with Yes


    Israel's cable operators have caved in to government pressure and agreed to share programming with start-up digital satellite franchise holder Yes.
  • Israeli actors form breakaway union


    A group of Israeli actors, which includes local stars such as Gila Almagor, Amos Lavi, Sami Houri and Shmil Ben Ari, has formed a breakaway actors'' union.
  • Dindo, Fox to be feted at Doc Aviv


    Tel Aviv''s second International Documentary Film Festival - Doc Aviv - will feature tributes to Swiss documentary maker Richard Dindo and UK film-maker Jennifer Fox.
  • Water Drops On Burning Rocks


  • Israeli Cinematheques plan Loach retrospective


    Three Israeli Cinematheques - Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa - will launch one of their most ambitious programmes in April - an extensive retrospective of the work of UK director Ken Loach.
  • Suzhou


  • Loews, Israeli Theatres expand into Poland


    Poland has become the latest hot spot for multiplex development with two international cinema chains - the US' Loews Cineplex International and Israel's IT International Theatres - unveiling plans to expand into the territory.
  • Israeli French Film Week unveils line-up


    Bruno Dumont's L'Humanité and Michel Deville's La Maladie De Sachs are among the films that have been selected for the ninth French and Francophone Film Week, which is scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv from March 25 to April 1.
  • Israeli commission calls for reform of IBA


    The Rafael Vardi commission, appointed by Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, has called for an urgent overhaul of the country's public broadcasting sector.
  • Audition


  • Israel's Yana's Friends adds BO success to awards


    Israeli film Yana's Friends, directed by Arik Kaplun, is fast becoming one of Israel's best performing movies as well as its most decorated.
  • Israel's Yes threatens to return digital franchise


    Israel's digital satellite franchise holder, Yes, has told the government that it will return the franchise to the ministry of communications unless the country's cable operators are forced to share their programming with the new outfit.
  • Israel sets date for TV franchise race


    The tender round for Israel's proposed third free-to-air television channel will start no later than July according to Israeli communications minister Benjamin Ben Eliezer.